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Child safety kits are all made for round door knobs

And yet building code changes are outlawing round door jobs in favour of levered handlesets in various Canadian jurisdictions

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Ban the doorknob? Building code change removes choice for renovations contractors

In March, Vancouver’s ban on doorknobs in all new residential construction in the city came into effect,  with city councillors arguing homes should be designed with accessibility in mind. For people with disabilities,…

(Only) a handful of projects have been affected by the combined effect of (our) new demolition bylaw

Montreal councillor Alex Norris, who has taken some heat for the city’s “Park Fees” on renovations deemed to be “complete demolitions” in the Le Plateau neighbourhood, has defended the legislation with a post on our site

Mohawk College skilled trades students performing Hamilton, Ont. church reno

The project has been funded in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Mobee brand of eco-school-portables launched by Ontario builder

Contractor Ben Polley, Evolve Builders Group, may be onto something with his straw bale construction technology, now being applied to the commercial market for schools

VIDEO: In a dispute about a tile or marble installation? Call these experts for a third party opinion

TTMAC, the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC), will send an expert to inspect your tile installation if you have a quality dispute with a homeowner

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Can this new wall panel system help you finish a basement FIVE times faster?

An Ontario company, DRIcore, says its new Smartwall product can be a “game-changer” for any contractor who is in the business of finishing basements.

Union Gas

Want to learn how to build and sell a high-performance home? Attend these Union Gas seminars…

Union Gas partners with builder Andy Oding and building expert Tex McLeod to help Ontario builders improve their selling and building processes

BONE STRUCTURE - A house without nails

BONE Structure’s light steel frame house in Caledon, Ont. “inspired from LEGO and Meccano”

There are currently more than 150 Bone Structure homes in Quebec and a few more across the country. The company has big plans to become a household name in the construction industry.

Wood first

Masons launch campaign against National Building Code’s anticipated wood-frame provisions

“An attack ad has reignited a simmering feud between the Canadian wood industry and rival groups in the construction sector,” according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. Since British Columbia introduced its…