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Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 4 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 4 of 5)

This part of our story features a couple of large Passive House structures in Peterborough, Ontario and Vancouver. by Joseph Hough This is Part 4 of our 5 part series on Passive Houses. In this episode, we look at ...READ MORE
Ontario’s mandatory home energy audits: Boon or Boondoggle?

Ontario’s mandatory home energy audits: Boon or Boondoggle?

Ontario realtors call it, “expensive, inefficient and risky” By John Bleasby There’s a dramatic split in opinion between leading industry organizations regarding the cost/benefits of impending mandatory home EnerGuide audits in Ontario. The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and ...READ MORE
Sealing the envelope — Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Sealing the envelope — Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Can our industry balance home affordability with energy-efficiency requirements? by John Bleasby With Net Zero Energy-ready the ultimate goal for new Canadian housing by 2030, one might consider energy-efficiency, internal air quality and energy generation the three critical columns ...READ MORE
Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

By Mahyar K. Hansotia, President of Sobel and Company, Professional Corporation Given the seasonality of the homebuilding and renovations industry, having a Dec. 31 year end may not always be your best strategy Choosing a year-end for your corporation ...READ MORE
TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

Who is the most trusted? Who is the least? How did they get that way? By John Bleasby One of Canada’s leading peer review platforms, TrustedPros, has released a report based on data collected over 13 years from their Canadian website, indicating ...READ MORE
Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Who are these “energy advisors” and what do the energy ratings mean? By John Bleasby Decades ago, home inspectors rode into town, offering home-buyers honest third party assessments of homes on the resale market. Now, in the current environment ...READ MORE
Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Save trouble later by knowing what the mechanical system designer has specified by John Bleasby As homes become more energy efficient, air movement and climate control on all living space levels becomes increasingly important. There is more than one ...READ MORE
Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Pitfalls abound between architect, contractor and homeowner By John Bleasby Timeline management and clear lines of communications are keys to the successful completion of a new custom home build or major renovation. A recent article in the Toronto-based Globe ...READ MORE
Make your focus the bottom line

Make your focus the bottom line

By Mike Draper Some companies strive to increase their top line revenue without too much worry about the bottom line. A company that thinks this way is typically in rapid-growth mode. On the flip side is the company focused ...READ MORE
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