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September 27, 2012 News

A Passive House in Quebec

by Robert Koci

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

September 27, 2012 News

Simpson remembers

by Robert Koci

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

September 26, 2012 News

Homeshow contractors

by Robert Koci

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

September 26, 2012 Video

R Values: Often misleading, sometimes useless

by Robert Koci

R Value credibility takes another serious beating

September 25, 2012 News

New boss for Vancouver Home Builders' Association

by Steve Payne

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

September 24, 2012 News

Getting paid

by Steve Payne

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.

September 21, 2012 News

Helmets to Hardhats program helps put Canadian Forces veterans on the tools

by Steve Payne

Many Canadian Forces veterans have received military training in the construction trades, making many of them well-suited to residential construction

September 20, 2012 News

A contractor's guide to getting found on the Internet

by Steve Payne

When you Google “Vancouver plumbers,” you will get over 3,000,000 search results. So how is your contracting business ever going to get found on the Internet?

September 20, 2012 News

CBC Vancouver uses hidden camera to expose permit-shy contractors

by Steve Payne

Two out of three contractors filmed would do work without a permit.

September 20, 2012 News

RONA share price suffers after Lowe's walks away

by Steve Payne

Lowe’s now-cancelled offer of $14.50 per share to acquire RONA looks pretty good this morning as RONA shares sit in the doldrums at $11.22.

September 17, 2012 News

Ontario College of Trades "not ready" for Jan. 1 launch, opponents say

by Steve Payne

The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition has fired another shot across the bow of the Ontario College of Trades, a regulatory body which is set to start sending out invoices to tradespeople in the New Year. The Coalition says the College

September 17, 2012 News

"Aging in place" a new buzzword for accessibility renos

by Steve Payne

The most recent issue of Canadian Contractor featured a cover story about “accessibility renovations,” and how the mobility needs of seniors and the disabled is creating a big opportunity for contractors to become specialists in the field. Well, it seems

September 17, 2012 News

Lowe's withdraws "friendly" offer to buy RONA

by Steve Payne

The world’s second-largest home improvement retail chain, Lowe’s, had offered $14.50 per share to RONA in an attempted non-hostile purchase.

September 14, 2012 News

What homeowners do when they check you out online

by Steve Payne

Google yourself. See what your customers are reading about you. Your “webutation” may or may not be fair to you, but it’s important to know what it is and, if possible, improve it.

September 14, 2012 News

Canadian house prices dropped 2 per cent in past year: Scotiabank

by Steve Payne

Ottawa’s mortgage rule changes in July, including a reduction in the maximum amortization period from 30 years to 25 years, are expected to “further moderate” prices in the fall

September 10, 2012 News

National Tradesmen Day approaching fast

by Steve Payne

Mark your calendars for Sept. 21. It’s a great day to ask for that final holdback cheque, no?

September 10, 2012 News

CSA to take control of home inspectors?

by Steve Payne

The Canadian Standards Association is in talks with the National Home Inspector Certification Council about having the CSA train, test and certify home inspectors in Canada

September 10, 2012 News

Five easy ways for tech-savvy contractors and subtrades to find each other

by Steve Payne

A long-term business relationship between a general contractor and a subtrade can’t be forged instantly. But finding each other can be done in a second, online. A look at various ways to get connected.