Should the Ontario Building Code be modified to allow six storey wooden buildings?by Alec Caldwell
The association representing concrete and masonry producers says, not surprisingly, NO.
Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structuresby Steve Payne
Currently, builders in Ontario are not permitted to build wooden structures higher than four storeys. But when B.C. increased the height limit to six storeys in 2009, it created jobs in the industry and provided more affordable options for new homebuyers, Ontario builder and developer groups argue.
Apprenticeship ratios making the trades shortage worseby Steve Payne
The organized sector is making the trades shortage much worse than it should be. And qualified applicants, who want to work, can’t get jobs.
What’s really behind No Trespassing signs?by Alec Caldwell
No Trespassing signs can be legitimate attempts to keep members of the public from hurting themselves in places they don’t belong. Most contractors use them this way. But shady contractors can use them to keep a jobsite private from prying eyes who might see, and report, gross safety violations.
Firefighters in constructionby Alec Caldwell
It seems that more and more firefighters are moonlighting in the renovation contracting business. What if reno contractors were to moonlight as firefighters?
Renovators in Canada: Happy New Year!!by Robert Koci
There is no good reason to start a new year in January but there are a few very good ones to do it in July. The weather, for one, would make New Year’s celebrations easier to walk or drive to,…
Ontario Grants Fund Residential Rehab Assistance Renovationsby Robert Koci
Here’s where the money is…
A pocketful of natural gasby Robert Koci
Calling before you dig doesn’t cover everything
Install once and you will hate all othersby Robert Koci
The best method of heat supply on the planet
Hanging Fireby Robert Koci
If a picture on your customer’s wall is worth 1,000 words, what’s a fire worth?
What does this woman have to say about your reno business?by Robert Koci
She says you have to match your brand to your core values or your company is going nowhere