Magazine for professional home renovators.

September 2012

Three contracting reasons to get your head in the cloud

Cloud computing isn’t as complicated as it sounds. It’s just a way to store and access computer files “out there” rather than on your own computer. Which means you can access them from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection.

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A Passive House in Quebec

Le Belvédère Special Events Center, Wakefield, QC, will, once certified, be the largest certified Passive House in North America.

Peter Simpson

Simpson remembers

Peter Simpspn, outgoing CEO of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association, remembers some of his favourite people in the home building industry

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Homeshow contractors

Are you in contracting for a good time, or a long time?

REality check

What contractors know

Working with material things has given you perspective

Garaga Door facts

R Values: Often misleading, sometimes useless

R Value credibility takes another serious beating


New boss for Vancouver Home Builders’ Association

Bob de Wit takes over from Peter Simpson, who ran the GVHBA, which is Canada’s second-largest association of home builders, for 19 years

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Green is dead…again

Okay, maybe not “dead” dead, but dead enough

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Getting paid

As a contractor, you work way, way too hard to let yourself get stiffed for money you have fairly earned. A primer on the ins and outs of collecting what you’re due.

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Green is dead

If you are thinking of becoming an environmental contractor, forget it, there’s no point. The market has disappeared.