A Passive House in Quebecby Robert Koci
Le Belvédère Special Events Center, Wakefield, QC, will, once certified, be the largest certified Passive House in North America.
Simpson remembersby Robert Koci
Peter Simpspn, outgoing CEO of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association, remembers some of his favourite people in the home building industry
Homeshow contractorsby Robert Koci
Are you in contracting for a good time, or a long time?
R Values: Often misleading, sometimes uselessby Robert Koci
R Value credibility takes another serious beating
New boss for Vancouver Home Builders' Associationby 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
Getting paidby 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.
Helmets to Hardhats program helps put Canadian Forces veterans on the toolsby Steve Payne
Many Canadian Forces veterans have received military training in the construction trades, making many of them well-suited to residential construction
A contractor's guide to getting found on the Internetby 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?
CBC Vancouver uses hidden camera to expose permit-shy contractorsby Steve Payne
Two out of three contractors filmed would do work without a permit.
RONA share price suffers after Lowe's walks awayby 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.
Ontario College of Trades "not ready" for Jan. 1 launch, opponents sayby 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…
"Aging in place" a new buzzword for accessibility renosby 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…
Lowe's withdraws "friendly" offer to buy RONAby 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.
What homeowners do when they check you out onlineby 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.
Canadian house prices dropped 2 per cent in past year: Scotiabankby 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
National Tradesmen Day approaching fastby Steve Payne
Mark your calendars for Sept. 21. It’s a great day to ask for that final holdback cheque, no?
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
Five easy ways for tech-savvy contractors and subtrades to find each otherby 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.