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March 19, 2012 News

National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) talks to you

by Robert Koci

The NECB publishes a summary of its contents.

March 18, 2012 Voice

Being a MOL

by Alec Caldwell

After my close shave with the Ministry of Labour (MOL), I contacted them to compliment their inspector. You might think I’ve a screw loose doing this.

March 18, 2012 Product

Cleaning and servicing the macerator

by Robert Koci

Saniflo Canada has once again raised the bar by creating a new system for its macerating toilets that requires less time on the job site for contractors and minimal stress for the do-it-yourselfers. The new SANIACCESS 3 is an easy-to-open

March 17, 2012 Product

No-VOC Flooring Adhesive

by Robert Koci

DriTac Flooring Products introduces DriTac Eco-5500 Premium “Green” Pressure Sensitive Flooring Adhesive

March 16, 2012 Video

Contractor Shorts 1

by Robert Koci

WARNING: This post will not help you build better, increase your market or help you make more profit.

March 13, 2012 Voice

Win more business

by Mike Draper

To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner.

March 11, 2012 Product

Footings done different

by Robert Koci

A FastFoot project for a rammed earth house in Ontario.

March 10, 2012 News

Marketplace kicks contractor butt

by Robert Koci

Is this fair? Is it just a setup to sell adds for Marketplace?

March 10, 2012 Product

Getting into a Froth

by Robert Koci

Spray foam has become standard for many insulating applications where batt insulation is too difficult to install evenly or where there is not enough room to install sufficient amounts to provide the R value desired. Because of its ability to

March 9, 2012 News

New Housing Price Index Up

by Robert Koci

The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.1% in January, following a similar increase in December.

March 8, 2012 Voice

The Profit Series Part 2: Markup and Margin

by Robert Koci

Knowing the difference between Markup and Margin can make or break your profit strategy

March 8, 2012 News

Laneway houses

by Robert Koci

By David Godkin   Peter Simpson is an optimist at the best of times. Ask him about the phenomenon of laneway houses – homes built on existing lots in the footprint of a typical garage – and his enthusiasm knows

March 8, 2012 Product

The "little black dress" of kitchen products

by Robert Koci

If your customer is the “little black dress” type, she’ll want to know about this faucet

March 8, 2012 News

Starts break 200,000 in February

by Robert Koci

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 201,100 units in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 198,100 units in January.

March 8, 2012 News

Building permits down for January

by Robert Koci

The value of building permits fell 12.3% to $6.0 billion in January, following a 10.5% rise in December. The decline was the result of decreases in both residential and non-residential sectors.

March 7, 2012 Voice

How can you compete against this?

by Alec Caldwell

You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?

March 7, 2012 News

The Big Orange goes Green

by Robert Koci

The Home Depot has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a Green Home Products Database.

March 6, 2012 News

Multiple Trades On Site at the Same Time

by Mike Draper

The secret is all in the expectations of the trades