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The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 3)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 3)

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) may be the answer for the residential housing industry By John Bleasby “Globally, labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only one percent a year over the past two decades, compared with growth of 2.8 percent ...READ MORE
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
The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 2)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 2)

Wood frame panelization cuts time on the site, and more By John Bleasby Say “prefabricated” or “modular” housing and you might think of small, rectangular homes built in a factory and hauled down the highway on massive trailers. However, ...READ MORE
The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 1)

The inevitability of residential prefabrication (Part 1)

Three factors that point to a dramatic change in the future of Canadian home building This is the first a three-part series that will consider alternatives to the way many contractors approach a home building project. We start by ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 3 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 3 of 5)

This is Part 3 of Joseph Hough’s 5-part series on how the Passive House arrived in Canada. In this part, Hough looks at a couple of modern day case studies of Passive House construction in Canada – and discusses ...READ MORE
Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

A 5-part series for contractors in which we outline the basics of the history of energy-efficient housing in Canada. Editor’s Note: This article was submitted to Canadian Contractor Magazine by Joseph Hough, an apprentice carpenter in Vancouver with a lifelong interest ...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
Doing the Step Code Two-Step

Doing the Step Code Two-Step

Are municipal councils in BC recognizing the risks of Step Code? By John Bleasby British Columbia’s Step Code, a five-level graduated pathway to Net Zero Energy ready residential construction, has been lauded by governments and environmental policy advisors across ...READ MORE
Heard about HER&D? It will change the way you build or renovate houses

Heard about HER&D? It will change the way you build or renovate houses

Before codes require NZE, builders will need to know about energy rating disclosure By John Bleasby HER&D is the word! Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) is coming to Ontario possibly as soon as 2019, and after that perhaps ...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
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