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November 30, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Why more and more contractors are building with JELD-WEN


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January 16, 2015 News

CertainTeed the first insulation manufacturer to issue a "Health Products Declaration"

by Steve Payne

These new HPDs “raise the bar for product transparency in the insulation marketplace,” CertainTeed says

November 20, 2014 News

Bill C-377: The government forcing a private entity (a union) to make their financial statements public is downright scary.

by Steve Payne

Mike has worked in both the union and non-union side of the electrical business for 25 years. Though he’s a conservative, he hates the proposed Harper government legislation to force unions to publicly disclose their spending.

October 21, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (21) Completing the puzzle

by Robert Koci

21 posts later, pilot-turned-contractor John Bleasby has shared with us every decision he had to make as a GC, from his windswept, snow-covered empty lot to his completed new family home. Here he wraps up his post-mortem on the build.

August 6, 2014 Voice

In a work site accident, is calling 911 your rescue plan?

by Alec Caldwell

Calling 911 is NOT a jobsite rescue plan in the event of an accident on your worksite. Rescue plans have to be a little more detailed than that. Read this article for some tips on the extra information you need to build into YOUR plan.

July 4, 2014 News

A pattern of needless, completely preventable workplace deaths

by Steve Payne

“I expect this epidemic of workplace deaths and injuries to be addressed head-on by the government…” Patrick Dillon, a leading union voice in Ontario, wrote

February 14, 2014 News

I developed a system early on for new clients using a tastefully compiled referral book with an eye-catching cover

by Steve Payne

“When signing the contract I carefully went over that policy sheet again. On one occasion I folded by books and left, due to a testy attitude at signing time.

January 13, 2014 News

BONE Structure's light steel frame house in Caledon, Ont. "inspired from LEGO and Meccano"

by Steve Payne

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.

November 4, 2013 News

Having a positive mindset equals a successful renovations business

by Brynna Leslie

A positive mindset can make the difference between a successful business and one that’s just slogging along, says contractor Ian Szabo. “This industry is the most underappreciated there is – for the amount of work you do and the time

September 24, 2013 News

Dulux launches first-of-its-kind paint program to help add colour to commercial spaces

by Steve Payne

Dulux’s functional colour and design program helps healthcare and educational facilities choose colour schemes designed to have a positive impact on patients, students and staff.

April 30, 2013 News

Engineer charged as Algo Mall collapse enquiry continues

by Steve Payne

For 30 years, water from the parking lot on the roof of the mall seeped into the steel structure underlying the hollow concrete slabs. A continuous rubberized asphalt membrane, that would have protected the steel, had been considered too expensive.

February 12, 2013 Voice

Working for cash, some thoughts

by Alec Caldwell

It’s the homeowners. They are the ones that want to avoid the taxes, but it’s the contractor who is exposed to most of the risk.

January 29, 2013 Voice

Are we here to “convince” customers to buy what they don’t want?

by Robert Koci

Don’t tell me that “sustainability” should be more important to my renovation customers than their Return on Investment. That’s up to them to decide.

January 29, 2013 Voice

Are we here to "convince" customers to buy what they don't want?

by Robert Koci

Don’t tell me that “sustainability” should be more important to my renovation customers than their Return on Investment. That’s up to them to decide.

January 23, 2013 News

Canada's 'largest home improvement centre' launches inspirational publication

by Steve Payne

i Magazine is published by the people who are developing Improve Canada, which will feature 400 showrooms under one roof

September 25, 2012 Voice

Green is dead…again

by Robert Koci

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

June 25, 2012 Voice

Homecare seminar, Part 2: I am part of the problem

by Robert Koci

The biggest resistance to this industry’s growth is the unwillingness to admit it is necessary.

June 11, 2012 News

Do we need energy audits?

by Robert Koci

Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner for the Province of Ontario, thinks we do