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CCA issues recommendations for adaptation to climate change

In a country with the world’s longest coastline, wide-ranging geography and climate zones, and rugged, northern winters, ensuring that infrastructure can withstand the conditions that prevail across the country has always been a key tenet of construction project planning, design, and execution. But the conditions that have prevailed are changing.

Passive House recognized as highest energy standard in Richmond

A bulletin from the city of Richmond, B.C., lists incentives available to builders for projects requiring conformity to Step 4 and 5 of the B.C. Step Code energy regulations. But the highest incentives are available right now for certified Passive House projects: a 10 percent floor area ratio, five meters squared for mechanical and a 100 percent building permit fee refund. The Passive House rebates exceed those offered for Step 4 and 5.

The weirdest recession – report from the OCS State of the Industry conference

The Ontario Construction Secretariat hosted its online State of the Industry and Outlook Conference on March 4. Many presenters commented on the fact that the last time the conference was held in 2020 also marked the last live event they had attended since.

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The Hammer Podcast

The Hammer Episode #11: What Inspectors Want – Steve Nason, Town of Rothesay, N.B.

Steve Nason is a building inspector in New Brunswick who has taken a special interest in windows and doors and the many issues around compliance with their codes and standards. It can be difficult for contractors to know when products meet their area’s regulations for things like energy efficiency and air/water ingress. Steve is here to help with some solid tips about using Fenestration Canada’s online calculator, reading labels and, mainly, providing the manufacturer’s quote sheets to building inspectors ahead of time so you know if the product passes muster before you buy and install. We also touch on some general issues of communication and enforcement and get into a couple other problem zones such as roof trusses and radon rough-ins. » Listen now

Paint Smarter With Rust-Oleum® ULTIMATE Turbo Enamel

This innovative product sprays up to 25 cm (10") wide allowing for faster project completion making it ideal for large projects and applies 4 times faster than traditional spray paints. Available in Gloss Black & Gloss White, this ULTIMATE formula provides the best-possible corrosion protection with easy application, long-lasting colour, gloss and durability. Save time and money on your next project, choose Rust-Oleum ULTIMATE Turbo Enamel. » Learn more

At home in the woodshop – Farah Jhuman, Mazenga Building Group

I am nominating Farah based on her exceptional skills as a project manager, overseeing three key projects for Mazenga Building Group. » Read more

A red hot career – Lindsay Leney, Your Local HVAC Team

Myself and three other Chamber executive directors in Muskoka (along with a separate customer who uses her service as well) would like to nominate Lindsay Leney of Your Local HVAC Team for this recognition. » Read more

Inspiring her daughter – Rachael Ganson, Canadian Builders

I would like to nominate Rachael Ganson from Canadian Builders Inc. in Vernon, BC. She has been a cornerstone in our business and we could not have achieved the success we have had to date without her. » Read more

The Buildings Show

Dates: Dec. 1 - 3, 2021 » More info