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A summary of some of the significant changes affecting Housing and Small Buildings in the new NBC, reasons for these changes, and their anticipated outcomes.
EXPERT OPINION: Tech Trends in Residential Construction Net Zero. Social Media. Attracting—and retaining—employees and sub-trades. Building quality affordable housing. Using online video to communicate with buyers. These are the five talking points. Which ones resonate with you and your business? A look into how a few growing residential construction technology trends are working together to improve the communities we build.
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COMMON CENTS CONSTRUCTION: Uncovering Opportunities It’s a global market and investors are finding Canada an increasingly attractive place to spend their money.
BUILDING REPORT: Building Tall in Wood Lightweight wood framed (LWWF) construction has gained significant popularity over the past decade as a sustainable, cost-effective solution for lowrise multi-level buildings. An interview with Michael Baldinelli, Strik Baldinelli Monizk, on building taller with wood.
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CIBC: Lack of Succession Plan Puts Canadian Businesses at Risk TORONTO — Canadian small and medium-sized business owners are putting their companies at risk by not having a succession plan in place, with nearly three-quarters of family-owned businesses failing after just one generation.
employees, business partners and shareholders—in your plan so you can objectively consider succession. Understand where the business sits in the competitive landscape and what resources it needs to survive and grow. These could be financial
“Some 70 percent of family-owned businesses fail to make it beyond
or managerial resources.
the first generation simply due to the owners’ lack of preparation and
Consider the future leadership needs of your business and adequately
communication with their children,” said Sean Foran, Managing Direc-
prepare a willing and capable successor. This could be a member of
tor, Business Transition Planning, Wealth Advisory Services, CIBC. “In order for the next generation of owners and managers to succeed, a well-thought-out succession plan is crucial, and acts as a roadmap for the successful transition of your business.”
your family, a business partner or a third party. Update the succession plan as your business grows and changes to reflect both your personal and business objectives. Assess your lifestyle and income requirements in retirement. The
Foran offers advice for business owners to consider in a succession plan:
transfer of your business should be reflected in your overall tax and estate planning.
Define the short and long term objectives of all stakeholders—family,
BMO Harris Bank: Most Americans Are Planning Renos
RBC Economics: Housing Affordability Rift Widened Across Canadian Markets
CHICAGO — Most American homeowners say they expect to spend money on updates to their home in the next five years, according to the
TORONTO — With the exception of Toronto and Vancouver, where
2015 BMO Harris Bank Homebuyers Report. The report states that 80%
the bar to own a home at current prices was set to multi-year highs,
plan to make cosmetic changes and 45% plan to make their homes more
housing affordability remained fairly stable across Canada in the second
quarter of 2015, according to the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report issued by RBC Economics Research.
The research, conducted by Pollara, also found that more than half of homeowners plan to make changes to the exterior of their homes, 25%
While trends in the national affordability measures have been fairly flat since 2010, RBC reports that Toronto and Vancouver continued
plan to enlarge their home or put on an addition, 62% plan to remodel their kitchen or bathroom, and 26% will refinish their basement.
to experience strong housing price increases—particularly for single-
Fifty-eight percent of American homeowners plan to pay for these
detached homes—in the second quarter, further widening the rift
renovations with savings, while 18% plan to pay with a credit card and
between these two markets and the rest of Canada.
17% plan to use a home-equity loan or line of credit.
“The Toronto and Vancouver markets really stand out because of their elevated and rapidly rising prices, and they are the main factors contributing to further modest erosion in affordability overall in Canada,” said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. “Outside of Toronto and Vancouver, affordability levels are close to, or slightly better than, long-term averages, which suggests that housing affordability remains fairly neutral in most of Canada with limited signs of undue stress being exerted on home buyers.”
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Prepare Now for Tomorrow’s Home Buyers
By Peter Norman
A remarkable demographic trend is emerging in Can-
And now all of this is about to come to an end.
ada that promises to have a significant effect on housing
Between now and 2026 the rate of growth in family
demand in the decade ahead and beyond. No, this is
households is expected to more than double to some
not the aging of the population or the “grey tsunami” of
37,000 net new households per year—and account for
baby boomers on the precipice of retirement, nor is it
over 20% of total household growth.
the influence of the so-called millennials. Rather, a third
This change will create significant changes in the
important demographic is emerging and they are just
profile of what houses are demanded and, hopefully,
now being born.
supplied in Canada. Traditionally, households (with chil-
Between 2000 and 2014 the annual number of births
dren) predominantly choose single-family structures in
in Canada rose by about 60,000—a 20% increase over
all markets across Canada. In 2011, some 78% of family
the period. The year 2014 saw 388,000 new babies born
households chose a single family dwelling and, by some
in Canada, a high not seen since 1993—21 years before.
surveys, the desire to be in one is even higher than that.
This mini “baby boom” is about to catch all sorts of sectors by surprise, influencing in the years ahead everything from school attendance to housing markets.
Between now and 2026, the rate of growth in family households is expected to more than double to some 37,000 net new households per year.
Reuse, Recycle There are currently about 10 million single-family
Importantly, family households (with children) will
dwellings in Canada, and about 56% of them are occu-
entail a significantly stronger share of household growth
pied by baby boomers or older generations. There are
in the decade ahead. Certainly, this will be much more
those who see a great transition ahead, as baby boomers
significant than over the past decade, a period that was
choose to move out of single-family homes, freeing them
driven by the corresponding “baby bust” of the early
up to be “recycled” to younger households.
1990s to mid 2000s (see chart).
While there will be some of this “recycling” taking
The baby bust that bottomed out in 2000 was the
place in the decades ahead, it’s a lot less than many would
harbinger of a long period of unusually low growth in
believe, and will certainly not be sufficient for the mag-
family households in Canada between 2006 and today.
nitude of single family dwellings that younger families
By our estimates, since 2006, only some 15,800 net new
will demand. As an illustration, over the next 10 years,
family households per year were formed in Canada—less
only about half of the requirements for single-family
than 10% of total household growth. Correspondingly,
homes by younger emerging generations will be met by
single-family home construction fell precipitously from
a “recycled” single family-home vacated by someone
75% to 60% of total.
born before 1961.
Many would believe that a change in planning policy, a fundamental shift in preferences, or a crisis of afford-
Expect More Aging-in-Place
ability are primarily responsible for the decline in sin-
Traditionally, seniors in Canada have tended to “age
gle-family housing production in lieu of higher density
in place”—which is to say they remain in their family
condominium apartments, and there may be some truth
homes as long as physically possible. While “downsiz-
to each of these points. But far more significant was the
ing” is often spoken of, it is relatively rare. Only about
baby bust and the corresponding lull in family household
4% of seniors move from their family homes each year,
and many of these moves are to another ground-oriented home (rather than truly “downsizing” to a higher density option). Some will speculate that baby boomers, as they retire, will buck this trend and downsize more prevalently, but to date there is no evidence to support this. The remarkable demographic trend about to influence our markets in the years ahead is the mini baby boom happening now, and this will dramatically increase needs for singlefamily homes in your community. These needs
Peter Norman is a member of the CHBA Economic Research Committee and is Chief Economist at Altus Group (formerly Clayton Research), the leading provider of independent real estate consulting and advisory services.
will not be fully met by resale markets with homes recycled by baby boomers, so home builders will have to step forward and bring more new product to market. What are you doing to address this coming need?
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
2015 National Building Code Preview The 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC)
The current airborne sound transmission ratings
some of the significant changes affecting Housing and
(STC) will be replaced with a new metric that reflects
Small Buildings in the new NBC, the reasons for these
the acoustical performance of the complete building
changes, and their anticipated outcomes.
system (Apparent Sound Transmission Class or ASTC).
Stairs (Step Dimensions, Stair Configurations, Continuity of Handrails, Climbable Guards)
By Sarah Gibb
Airborne Sound Transmission
will be published this December. This article summarizes
Unlike the existing rating which only includes direct sound transmission through the wall or floor separating adjacent dwelling units, the ASTC also includes indirect sound transmission through floor and wall junctions (i.e.
The run dimension of stairs in housing and small
This will shift the focus from the separating assembly,
buildings is set to increase to 254 mm (10 in.) from the
which may be over-designed, to the more critical floor-
current minimum of 210 mm (8¼ in.), bringing stair
wall junction, which, without sufficient isolation, often
dimensions more in line with requirements for other
dominates the sound transmission. The minimum per-
buildings, and with international codes. Research shows
formance level is set at 47 for the complete system. Com-
that steps with a larger run dimension provide better foot
pliance can be demonstrated by measuring the ASTC of
placement and greater stability, potentially reducing falls
the assembly, looking up acceptable constructions in
by up to 64 per cent. Research didn’t
The new NBC permits additional stair configurations, such as flights, with a mix of tapered and rectangular treads.
tables or by a calculation method in Part 5 of the NBC.
support a reduction in the stair rise;
This change should help designers and builders cre-
so this requirement wasn’t changed.
ate dwelling unit assemblies with acceptable sound
Analysis shows that the increased run
ratings, cut compliance costs, and reduce the likelihood
dimension is the most cost-effective
option for construction with 2400 mm (8 ft.) and 2700 mm (9 ft.) ceilings. This
Lateral Loads (Seismic Resistance)
change may require an increase in the
The lateral resistance requirements have been updat-
dimensions of minimum-sized houses
ed for all areas across Canada reflecting new calculations
and cause some lot sizes to increase.
of the seismic hazards for those areas. In some areas the requirements have been increased, while in others
Stair Configurations The new NBC permits additional stair configurations, such as flights with
the requirements have stayed the same or decreased. 110 locations in Canada, mostly in the West, have been assigned an increased risk.
a mix of tapered and rectangular treads.
To address the additional lateral resistance require-
Spiral stairs are permitted when used
ments for these higher risk areas, Part 9 of the 2015 NBC
as secondary stairs or when the stair
contains new prescriptive solutions that allow design
serves three people or less. These new
without a professional engineer. These include braced
provisions allow design flexibility while
wall panels, thicker sheathing, perpendicular blocking
ensuring a reasonable level of safety.
between wall studs, nailing of splices in wall top plates and anchor bolts.
Continuity of Handrails To improve safety, the 2015 NBC has more stringent requirements for continuous handrails throughout the length of a stair and at changes in direction.
Roofing, Dampproofing and Waterproofing Roofing, dampproofing and waterproofing standards currently referenced in the NBC have been updated. This applies to the many outdated Canadian General Stan-
Climbable Guards The requirement that guards should not encourage climbing has been relaxed where they protect occupants from an elevation difference of 4.2 metres or less. There is little evidence of people (especially children) having Sarah Gibb is a housing industry researcher and writer based in Ottawa. Sarah wishes to thank Barry Craig, Technical Advisor at NRC – Canadian Codes Centre for his help with the article.
dards Board (CGSB) standards for roofing, waterproofing and dampproofing materials, and in some cases their installation.
Changes Outside Part 9
serious falls as a result of the decorative design of bal-
For buildings designed to Part 3 of the NBC, the height
ustrades. The outcome is that there will be many more
for combustible construction has increased from four
possibilities for the design and manufacture of guards up
stories to six. While this does not affect Part 9, it does
to the second floor level, such as those already permitted
enable builders to construct mid-rise buildings using
in the United States.
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Tech Trends in Residential Construction Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. Each
many Canadians. Starting with the Nest (www.nest.com)
year there are more impressive advancements than the
thermostat (launched in 2011), which allows users to
last, and the time between a technology being born and
control their home’s temperature from their smartphone,
its practical application will continue to become shorter.
the integration of smart home technologies is now a
Today, it is more important than ever to pay attention to
simple process and includes everything from controlling
emerging trends and identify how they will impact our
heating/cooling to home monitoring and keyless entry.
By Lauren Hasegawa
Despite the simplicity of setting up smart home
Construction innovation is happening in relation
technologies, it is still something that many home
to materials, building processes and communication.
owners take on post-construction, replacing builder-
Here’s a look into how a few growing residential con-
grade thermostats, locks and switches with new, smart-
struction technology trends are working together to
phone powered devices.
improve the communities we build.
Real-Time Construction Collaboration
However, we are currently seeing a trend toward including smart home technologies in the initial construction plans for both single and multi-family projects.
This past year, more construction-focused technol-
Companies specializing in smart home technologies,
ogy companies were launched than ever before and the
such as Toronto-based True Marque (www.truemarque.
majority of them are focused on improving construction
com), are partnering with leading developers to create
collaboration through the use of mobile apps and cloud-
homes that are smart from day one.
based web platforms. Several companies are catering
With the introduction of smart home technologies
specifically to the residential construction industry and
into the construction process, a new range of skills are going to be required from construction teams in order to support the installation and technical testing needed to ensure proper performance. It’s time to start preparing for the day when we will literally need to test a home the same way we test a software—before launching it to the owner.
Connected Communities The need to communicate with our friends, service providers or neighbours without friction is one of the most important trends at play today. This ranges from being able to order an Uber car from your phone in seconds to the ability to book your condo’s party room during your commute. While online community management software for
Lauren Hasegawa is the co-founder of Bridgit, a construction software company focused on developing mobilefirst solutions that can help relieve on-site pain points, such as punch list management. Lauren is an active mentor to young women in engineering and a frequent speaker at local and national industry events focused on construction innovation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
are focused on workflows like managing deficiencies,
condos and rental buildings has been around for over a
pre-installation checklists and pre-delivery inspections.
decade, the trend of integrating this kind of technology
The options for construction collaboration software
into buildings from day one is growing rapidly.
are plentiful and include Canadian products such as
Today, many new communities are being designed
RENOMii (renomii.com), a change order management
and marketed as technologically advanced. According
app for renovation contractors, and Closeout (www.
to Peter Pietrzkiewicz, CEO of Concierge Plus (www.con-
gobridgit.com), a comprehensive subcontractor man-
ciergeplus.com), “offering an online community website
agement software for larger residential developers.
is now a critical component of this product positioning.
Whether it’s a single-family home or a large condo,
Condo buyers are tech savvy and they really value know-
residential construction projects always bring together a
ing that the developer from whom they are making an
multitude of stakeholders who are all on the go and either
important purchase is as well.”
spread out across a single project or around the city.
Software of this type is used during construction for
Moving forward, communication practices that allow
things like sharing progress photos and communicating
people to get all of the project information and updates
construction milestones as well as once the residents
they need—on the go and in real-time—will be a non-
move in for tasks such as amenity bookings and notifying
negotiable in construction.
residents about deliveries or community events.
The Internet of Things Is Coming Home
more important takeaway is how they all work together
In the past few years, the concept of a smart home has gone from an exciting idea to an accessible option for
12 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
While each of these trends is important on its own, the to build smart, connected and high-quality living environments for homeowners and renters alike.
COMMON CENTS CONSTRUCTION
Uncovering Opportunities Canada is increasingly attractive to inbound real estate investment Given the scope and expense of major real estate
By Bo Mocherniak
Understanding who your tenants are and what they
analysis and insights to support project location deci-
want is critical to sustained investment success. Two
sions. In the second quarter of 2015, Grant Thornton sur-
global population trends—an increasingly aging popula-
veyed a number of experienced real estate professionals
tion and the growing impact of millennials and their work
across our global network, as well as representatives of
and lifestyle needs—are influencing investment strate-
several global real estate firms.
gies. For instance, older people are living longer and
The resulting report—Uncovering opportunities for
staying healthier, making traditional retirement homes
overseas investment and growth: Real estate and construc-
less appealing than independence-focused retirement
tion 2015—uncovered four key trends driving and shap-
communities and villages. Millennials, on the other hand,
ing global real estate investment and offers a range of
tend to look for mix-use real estate in downtown centres,
valuable data and opinion on where, and how, global
where residential, retail and work spaces merge.
investors should be looking to commit their resources. Moreover, the data made it apparent that these investors are finding Canada an increasingly attractive place to spend their money. Here is a brief recap:
Investment decisions are often influenced by factors other than hard data.
Four Key Trends Are Guiding Global Investment
Urbanization Breeds Opportunity The world’s urban population grew from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is projected to grow by 2.5 billion more by 2050. With urban growth spiralling up and mobile workforces increasing, the need for infrastructure should create opportunities that are appealing
The more complex the global picture becomes, the
to both foreign governments and investors. Keeping an
more potential risks arise—and the more opportuni-
eye on urbanization trends and their implications—such
ty there is for savvy, judicious investors to optimize
as where people are going and what they will need—is a
their decisions by uncovering opportunities others have
good way to extract opportunity from complexity.
missed. Understanding how key trends such as “soft power,” political stability, demographic trends, and urbanization play into strategic investment success will be critical going forward.
“Soft Power” Investment decisions are often influenced by factors
Foreign Investment is Proving Successful Global trends have contributed to Canada becoming a popular target for foreign investors. Significant opportunities exist for Canadian construction firms that can attract foreign investment money. Survey research supports this:
other than hard data. The concept of “soft power,” for
uu Of the 10 countries receiving major inward real estate
example, is illustrated when a nation’s cultural attrac-
investment in 2014, only 25 per cent of that invest-
tiveness begets a positive view of the nation itself—a
ment went to the five highest-ranked countries in
phenomenon that can impact investment decisions, as
the World Bank’s political stability index, of which
when someone is predisposed to invest in the country
Canada is one. As the trend toward investing in stable
where they were educated. Investors need to consider
regions continues, this number should rise.
carefully whether their target environments are sup-
uu In Toronto, Allied Properties REIT has attracted mil-
ported by data and research or are the product of flawed
lennials by investing in properties that integrate office
investment logic. With over 30 years experience with audits, acquisitions, divestitures and valuations, Bo Mocherniak, CA, CBV, provides services to both public and private companies in Canada and the United States. Bo is National Sector Leader for the Real Estate and Construction Group of Grant Thornton Canada, a member of the Grant Thornton International Real Estate Sector Group and past Chair of Grant Thornton LLP. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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investments, global investors are hungry for research,
Stable Thinking Political stability is another key investment influencer, as the ongoing attractiveness of investment in countries such as the US and UK indicates. Other factors, however, should be considered to successfully realize a foreign opportunity. Investors should be certain that:
and living workspaces in the city core. uu In Edmonton, the growing population (an 8 per cent increase from 2011 to 2014), spurred by high levels of oil and gas-related manufacturing, is driving demand for residential property.
Success Starts Where Instinct Meets Analysis While entrepreneurial intuition will always be impor-
uu Stability is real and not just perceived.
tant, fact-based market and trend analysis is becoming
uu It is supported by an investment-friendly, tax-
indispensable to investment success, especially at the
incentivized, low-regulation environment. uu Opportunities are not lost because a false assumption of instability exists. uu The country, though stable, is not already overinvested.
international level. The good news is that the facts point increasingly to Canada as a strong environment for a range of real estate initiatives, positioning Canadian construction companies to benefit through contracts and partnerships with foreign investors.
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Building Tall in Wood An interview with Michael Baldinelli, Strik Baldinelli Moniz
By Judy Penz Sheluk
Lightweight wood framed (LWWF) construction has gained
toured four six-storey wood buildings under
significant popularity over the past decade as a sustainable,
an internal Wood Building R&D group and
cost-effective solution for low-rise multi-level buildings.
construction. Following the visit, SBM formed spent 18 months (on and off) researching the structural design implications, fire issues during construction, implications of wood shrink-
More recently, the push has been to extend
Waterloo, Ontario. Baldinelli has been involved
age and cost implications for six-storey LWWF
the use of LWWF to mid-rise construction for
in the design of more than 35 LWWF buildings in
increased density on urban or rural projects.
Ontario. His firm has won numerous awards in
In 2009, British Columbia amended its building
regard to low-rise wood construction, includ-
HBM: What was the result of the research?
code to allow five- and six- storey residential
ing Best Design for Multi-Level Wood Building
MB: We developed a proprietary three-dimen-
wood-framed buildings, and in September of
(2013) by the Canadian Wood Council.
sional software program that analyzes LWWF
2014, the Province of Ontario passed legislation to permit wood-framed buildings up to six storeys in the next Ontario Building Code amendment (effective January 1, 2015). In Quebec, rule changes in 2010 allowed for wood to be used in buildings with up to five or six floors. The province recently unveiled a 60-page technical guide for designing and constructing taller wooden buildings, including
buildings under earthquake and wind loading
The program has been implemented on five wood buildings and found savings of 10-15% versus traditional design methods.
what type of lumber can be used, fire resistance
and at the same time takes into account material costs, the first of its kind in the industry. [See flowchart on next page.] During the design, the program selects from a database of walls, floors and tie-downs based on the least expensive option (ranked as such). If the option selected â€œfailsâ€? then the next wall, floor or hold-down is selected. The program typically goes through 300 to 400 iterations to
HBM: Why LWFF?
ensure all Code requirements pass. Once com-
Home BUILDER sat down with Michael
MB: I knew our current commercial clients
pleted, the most cost-efficient code-compliant
Baldinelli, MESc, P.Eng, principal of the large
would seize the opportunity to building tall-
design is produced.
building division at Strik Baldinelli Moniz
er with wood, but I also saw a tremendous
(SBM), a medium sized Civil and Structural
opportunity for residential construction. In
HBM: Have you implemented the program or
Engineering firm with offices in London and
early 2014, I went to British Columbia and
is it still in the beta-testing stage?
and structural calculations.
14 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
MB: The program has been implemented on five wood buildings and found savings of 10 to 15 per cent versus traditional design methods. We are finding in most cases a building that was originally designed or planned as a fourstorey building is easily being transitioned into a five- or six-storey wood building (pending Q4 Architects
zoning requirements). HBM: What is the occupant use for the buildings? Are they primarily commercial? MB: Not at all. The occupant uses vary from
Oak Park Phase II, Oakville, Ont.
affordable housing projects, post-secondary student residences and residential apartments or condominiums. In some instances, municipalities are requiring a commercial component on the main floor to encourage mixed-use buildings where people can “work and live.”
LWWF buildings do have their pros and cons.
MB: LWWF buildings do have their pros and cons. For example, sound transmission (STC rating) through walls and floors is always a concern, but if properly detailed and built, the sound ratings compare closely with other
HBM: What were the key issues during the
maximum building height requirements, non-
conventional products such as block and con-
combustible cladding requirements, higher
crete. Structurally, floor joist spans, depths
MB: At the beginning of the review process,
seismic loads vs. non-combustible buildings,
and overall flexibility are often less than con-
fire prevention, mitigation and suppression
and enhanced automatic sprinkler with addi-
ventional products such as steel and concrete.
were the key issues, both during and after
tional compartmentalization for large sprin-
With the advancement of engineering wood
construction. The OBC has adopted a slightly
kler spaces such as attics.
products (floor joists, beams, columns, walls, etc.) we are noticing an increase in perfor-
more stringent life safety requirement than British Columbia. Some of the provisions
HBM: What are the challenges of building
mance, allowing wood buildings to become
are:non-combustible exits (1.5 hour fire rated),
much more flexible than in the past, meeting the requirements of the architect, owner and engineers. The main advantages of LWWF buildings are reduced cost of construction, speed of installation, reduced construction time, and reduced demand on the foundations. These types of buildings are not the answer for every project but we should always consider them as viable building material going forward.
SBM’s proprietary three-dimensional software program analyzes LWWF buildings under earthquake and wind loading and at the same time takes into account material costs, the first of its kind in the industry. The program: Calculates all wind and seismic loading on the building. Takes into account both rigid and flexible floor diaphragms. Calculates the overall building deflection and inter-storey drift at any point in the building. Accounts for the stiffness of other building materials (Concrete Masonry Units, Cast in Place Concrete, Steel Cross Braced Frame, etc.). Calculates building natural frequency, overcapacity ratio and torsional sensitivity. Takes into account the cumulative effect of hold-down anchor slippage and nail slippage in deflection calculations. Meets CSA O86-14, Canadian Wood Design Manual and Ontario Building Code 2012 (OBC) code requirements. Optimizes the shear wall selection based on material costs (i.e. labor and material).
HBM: Thank you, Michael.
King William: Templar Flats, Hamilton, Ont.
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Five Businesses, Five Points of View Compiled and edited by Judy Penz Sheluk
Net Zero. Social Media. Attracting—and retaining—employees and sub-trades. Building quality affordable housing. Using online video to communicate with buyers. These are the five talking points. Which ones resonate with you and your business?
Building Affordable Quality Housing
quality to be. I like to relate housing to the
In Western Canada, home build-
did to the car—we are completely
automobile. In the late 1800s, car
early days of the automotive industry.
changing the way the game is played
makers built cars one at a time. Cars
Every home is essentially custom built
by using modular construction. With
were expensive, lacked features and
in the sense that each home is built
factory-built modular housing, it
prone to failure and costly breakdowns. However, in 1908, Henry Ford revolutionized the industry by building cars on an assembly line. Not long after, the average person had a Tyler Mathies, Innovative Residential, Co-founder and CEO
Quality housing doesn’t have to
to construction what Henry Ford
ing has been much the same as the
car that was better than they could have ever imagined. Fast forward over 100 years and we now have cars with
becomes possible to incorporate
“Housing affordability is vital to the success of any city’s growth strategy.” Tyler Mathies
features typically reserved for high priced site-built homes: on-demand hot water heaters, hydronic furnaces, and Energy Star certification. As of Q4 2014, the average price of a new single-detached home in Saskatoon surpassed $500,000,
break the bank. Unfortunately, people
features that our grandparents could
often think they have to spend a lot
have never imagined. An affordably
of money to get a good quality home.
priced car selling for $20,000 now
one at a time by tradespeople who
new townhomes are all less than
This is ingrained in all of us— when
comes with a GPS navigation system,
are usually different people from job
$300,000, whereas townhomes in
we don’t have a technical under-
satellite radio, and a 100,000km
the same neighbourhoods are gener-
standing of a product, we instinctively
warranty. It was the efficient assembly
relate quality to price—the higher the price, the higher we assume the
16 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
while the average MLS home was over $353,000. By comparison, our
At Innovative Residential, we
ally in the $330-350k range. We also
line approach that allowed this to
are not satisfied with settling for the
include (at no extra charge) features
status quo. That’s why we’re doing
such as quartz countertops,
To demonstrate the feasibility of
on-demand hot water, tile back-
NRCan’s CanmetEnergy’s Net Zero
splashes, stainless steel appliances,
Energy Home cost-optimization
building Net Zero Energy Housing
Federal government through its new
triple-pane windows and doors, 12”
research, this project is aimed at these
(NZEH) Communities in Alberta,
EnerGuide rating system and the
sound-walls between units, program-
requirements and promises to be a
Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
R2000 standard, which is the plat-
mable thermostats, and full home
very significant milestone on the road
Energy Star certification. As a company, we believe it is
mance will be recognized by the
To address challenges to building
form of NZEH. CHBA’s Net Zero Ener-
to Net Zero Energy Homes and com-
to NZEH performance levels spe-
gy Housing Council has announced a
munities in Canada.
cific to production housing, and
labeling program for both NZEH and
possible to run a socially responsible business and we demonstrate that through our ongoing commitment to building high quality affordable housing. We are proud to have partnered with the City of Saskatoon for over seven years to provide cost-shared
NZE Ready Homes.
“For the first time, NZEH performance will be recognized by the Federal government through their new EnerGuide rating system and the R2000 standard.” Andy Goyda
vision and dedication. Net Zero Energy Homes no longer need to be research projects or one-offs. The five innovative production builders have shown that it’s not a question of if but
down payment grants for modest income first-time home buyers earning less than $78,000 annual income. Housing affordability is vital
To date, NZE Homes continue to
rather when affordable NZEH will be
To act as a platform for the
be stuck in a research and develop-
broader adoption of NZEH across
ment phase and pilot demonstra-
built as a standard.
tions, with little focus on the unique
The Project will assess and
strategy. Without affordability in the
challenges that the housing platform
resolve challenges in relation to site
home ownership market, sustainable
presents for the production builder.
planning, construction, equipment,
in-migration is difficult to achieve
To achieve wide acceptance and
grid connections, cost, trade capabil-
because renters often have nothing
industry adoption, a community-sized
ity/training, warranty, reliability, sales,
stopping them from moving to other
demonstration by production builders
marketing and home buyer informa-
communities. On the other hand, our
is critically important.
tion / education.
new home buyers have a track record of putting down roots in Saskatoon and contributing to the city’s future D
ecoEII Net Zero Energy Home Project
The ecoEII Net Zero Energy Home
Social Media for Builders and Renovators
to the success of any city’s growth
The success of the ecoEII NZEH Project is a product of the group’s
Owens Corning Canada has
Project is the largest NZE Community
assembled a team of experts in the
demonstration in Canada to date.
fields of building technology, building
Owens Corning Canada is the Lead
science, solar technology and energy
Proponent of this project and is work-
efficiency / renewable energy mea-
ing with five leading production home
sures, including NZEH. The participat-
builders across the country. The five
ing builders have been selected based
builders are: Mattamy Homes Lim-
on their experience and successful
tors and new home builders say they
ited (Calgary, Alta.), Reid’s Heritage
adoption of voluntary measures in
don’t have time for social media
Homes (Guelph, Ont.). Minto Com-
their products. It is intended that
because they can barely keep up
munities (Ottawa, Ont.), Construction
project insights will be disseminated
with their daily work. However, most
Voyer (Laval, Que.) and Provident
through CHBA’s Net Zero Energy
will have a family member or staff
Development Inc. (Halifax, N.S.).
Council for use by local HBAs to pro-
member who is on social media of
mote and facilitate the construction
some form, such as Facebook, Twitter,
of other NZEH communities.
Houzz or Pinterest.
Each builder will be building a minimum of five Net Zero Energy
Stefanie Coleman-Dias, Co-owner, Coleman-Dias³ Construction Inc. (CD³)
Frequently, renovation contrac-
Homes in a community setting. Reid’s
What has become very clear
Heritage Homes held a ribbon-cutting
is that conservation is the lowest
keting such as direct mail becoming
ceremony in September at their NZEH
cost to the builder. Reducing energy
increasingly less popular, particularly
opening and have announced that, as
consumption requires a super tight
with the younger generations, social
of 2016, NZE Ready Homes will be a
and super insulated envelope that
media is entering this space. The good
industry building Net Zero Energy
standard for all of their single-family
includes triple pane windows and effi-
news: Digital marketing is often low
Homes (NZE) by 2030. Simply put, a
homes. Minto Communities’ ribbon-
cient mechanicals. Generating energy
cost or free. Furthermore, once you
Net Zero Energy Home produces as
cutting was held last month in Kanata
on site (solar photovoltaic) is currently
have invested the time to develop
much energy as it uses. NRCan part-
(Ottawa). The other builders will be
the highest cost to builders; the key to
your plan, it does not have to take
nered with Owens Corning Canada to
opening their NZEH projects by end of
affordability is first conservation, then
a lot of time to manage. You do not
develop a platform to build affordable
need to be on every app; select a few
Net Zero Energy Homes. Leveraging
The objective of this Project is:
Andy Goyda, Market Development Manager, Owens Corning Canada
Canada’s goal is to have the
For the first time, NZEH perfor-
With traditional methods of mar-
that work best for you and will give
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
you the greatest benefit in reaching
to search and save photos on Houzz
to enhance word-of-mouth market-
when planning the renovation with
your target customer.
Ideabooks. Business accounts allow
ing is to send your client a link to their
clients. Uploading photos to your
Marketing professionals tell you
any size of business to upload images
Houzz project folder with before-and-
company website and then pinning
to be where your customers are. For
of their renovation projects and share.
after photos. They can then share this
them from your website to Pinterest
our company, and I believe for most
Both of these accounts are free to
on their social media pages with their
can drive people to your website.
construction companies, female cli-
use. Additonally, Ideabooks can be
friends and family.
ents are often the primary influencer
shared between client and contractor
Pinterest is another very popular
or decision makers for the construc-
or designer, and are a useful and easy
free website and app that is a digital
tion work on their home. Therefore, we want to be where the women are, and more often than not our female clients say they are on Houzz and Pinterest. Houzz is a website and mobile
Once you have photos taken of your projects, it’s easy to upload these images to your website and a quick click to share them on social media
“Female clients are often the primary influencer or decision makers for the construction work on their home.” Stefanie Coleman-Dias
app that is a free database filled with
platforms. To take it one step further, you can set up free company Twitter and Facebook accounts and link them together. From Houzz and Pinterest, you can “tweet” your new images and they will automatically post to Twitter
photos of residential homes. Current-
tool for design planning and com-
bulletin board where you “pin”
and Facebook, just by a single push
ly, the site has more than eight million
municating between client and con-
pictures from the web to your boards.
of a button.
photos of only residential housing,
tractor. Should a company want more
Pinterest is open to any subject
which is broken down into multiple
exposure in their geographic area,
matter, where both individuals and
family member or staff member who
they can pay to promote their Houzz
businesses can set up accounts and
enjoys social media to get this set
spaces, styles etc. There are two
business page and it will pop up
pin images to their boards. These
up and running: it will put you in the
primary account types. The personal
frequently when anyone in their area
boards can be shared between clients
same room and conversation with
account is geared for homeowners
searches for ideas in Houzz. A benefit
and contractors and are a useful tool
If this is not your thing, find a
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Using Online Video to Communicate with Customers
our customers. This is particularly true with condominiums, an increasingly
environment. We’re aware that our customers have a deep hunger for informa-
just over eight seconds. This creates
more to buying and maintaining one
tion. We’re equally aware however,
definite challenges, yet at the same
than most people realize.
that how customers want to digest
time presents opportunities, one of
80,000 homes we’ve delivered, has gained a tremendous amount of wisdom. Each community teaches us something moving forward as our Sales and Customer Care team
Our approach to communication and education with our custom-
the average attention span in 2015 is
popular choice, where there’s a lot
Tridel, through each of the
Andrea DelZotto, Director, Communications TRIDEL
modern technology. Not surprisingly,
continuously respond to topics and questions that surface daily from our customers. This “mind trust” has served
them being our continued improve-
“The average attention span in 2015 is just over eight seconds.” Andrea DelZotto
ment in how we interact with our customers and ensuring that we’re a company that they enjoy doing business with. For that reason, Tridel is tapping into the power of online video to help new condominium buyers understand the ins and outs of condo life and has created the Condo Talk video series,
ers is founded on the belief that an
as a source for our educational
informed decision is always the best
initiatives moving forward and, as a
decision. It’s a philosophy that starts
result we’ve invested both the time
well before purchasing one of our
and effort in delivering relevant and
homes and extends well into the years
meaningful content to our customers.
the information they’re seeking is
our job right, a customer will have one
The end result is a better understand-
important. Similar to most of us, our
less problem every time they do busi-
ing of what’s involved in both pur-
customers are drowning in informa-
ness with us. We will not have wasted
chasing and living in a condominium
tion as a result of the conveniences of
their time, money or effort.
Buying and moving into a new home is merely a starting point with
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hosted on our website and on our YouTube Channel. We realize that the path our customers are on shouldn’t be a confusing one, and that if we do
The Condo Talk Video series has become a resource for our customers and allowed us to become a consistent part of their home buying journey—even prior to the decision mak-
Attracting & Retaining Good Employees and Sub-trades
Comprehensive Benefits Plan:
two annual Christmas parties:
shorter than average probation-
one for our trades and one for
ary period for employees to start receiving the benefits. Group RSP: We offer our staff a
ing process. In reality, 60% of home
more personal level. We also hold
We offer great benefits and have
buyers have made their decision to
group RSP wherein they can con-
purchase before even reaching out to
tribute up to 4% of their salary
our staff. Team Building trips: Every year we plan a team building trip as an employee reward and a group. Employee recognition programs:
your company. The mobile and social
per month and we match it.
Employees are recognized for
world they’re part of offers them an
Education Support: We value and
their years of contribution to
unprecedented amount of research
encourage employees’ ongo-
tools at their fingertips. As a result,
ing learning and development. Andrew Williams, CEO, North Prairie Developments
they’re better informed consumers than ever before.
North Prairie Developments has
By presenting intelligent and helpful information, every step of the way, we essentially serve as a “go to” in the industry. We realize that it’s our responsibility to solve, not sell, while at the same time ensuring that we both educate and empower our
been in business for over 27years in Saskatchewan. Our company currently employees 31 direct employees and multiple long-time sub trades and suppliers. We have a number of employees and trades that have had a relationship with our company that
customers. In addition to Condo Talk , there’s a video series, called Maintenance Minutes, explaining practical everyday condo ownership issues such as
extends over 20 years.
We personally sit down with all
We strive to be leaders in quality,
employees on an annual basis, at
affordability and innovation. We
which time we review their skill
place a large marketing emphasis
sets and work collaboratively
on our awards and achievements
to provide an educational plan
by visibly displaying them in a
to assist them in achieving their
show case in our front office,
goals. In the past, we have sent
placing a section in our corporate
employees to national conferenc-
newsletter and sending out “hot
es, brought in industry specialists
news” emails for our employees.
for seminars, sent managers to
It is important for our staff to take pride in their work and this is a
“Set clear goals and a mission statement.” Andrew Williams
way they can publicly display the company’s collective achievements. Set clear goals and a mission
changing air filters, resetting circuit breakers and cleaning and maintaining appliances. YouTube has transformed the way we share and discover information and is now the second largest search engine we use. We’ve embraced it with our customers in mind and want to make every interaction they have
We are able to attract and retain employees based on the following: Family Owned and Operated: We are perceived as a medium-sized company with strong family values. Compensation: We pay competitive salaries with the market.
with us as easy and convenient as possible.
North Prairie Developments. Celebrate our Achievements:
Bonus programs are available over a certain time period.
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the Ivey School of business, hired
statement. This offers clarity and
university students on internships
direction on the company’s future.
and supported numerous site
One of our tag lines is that “fun
employees in completing their
must always prevail.” This helps
Red Seal Carpentry program
establish part of our corporate
to become certified journey-
culture where hard work is
rewarded with excitement.
We produce an annual company
We conduct an annual strategic
newsletter where we showcase
planning session with our entire
our projects, innovations, new
staff. We spend the time going
features and employee news. This
through the corporation’s annual
helps to establish our corporate
objects and future plans. The
brand as we highlight our bench-
staff spends time in break-out
mark employees and feature
sessions where they can openly
personal events and stories.
offer suggestions on areas of
We hold a number of corporate
improvement. Then we bring in
events throughout the year,
a guest speaker to talk with the
including a spring barbecue for
staff on areas of the business that
our staff and families. The day
we want to focus on. Last year we
consists of a ball tournament,
brought in Chandra Crawford, a
barbecue in which our owners do
Canadian Olympic gold medalist
all of the cooking, and a number
who talked about the importance
of events for the kids. This is
of setting clear and achievable
a great event to socialize and
goals and the possibilities that
engage with our employees on
goal setting leads to.
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The Power of Partnership UBC’s Wilden Living Lab examines the energy efficiency of building materials
By Matthew Grant
Like many places in Canada, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a
PLANNING - UBC’s Shihria Alam (left) reviews blueprints with builder Scott Tyerman and developer Karin Eger-Blenk at a construction site located near UBC’s Wilden Living Lab.
region with an active housing market. Having been discovered in earnest, the valley has grown substantially over the past 20 years. Since 1995, its
ince’s most prestigious research university, the
largest city, Kelowna, has grown to a population of 117,000—more than
University of British Columbia (UBC), with the
20%—and has welcomed large and small businesses, wineries, resorts and hotels, and scores of new housing developments.
idea of turning homes into guinea pigs.
Partnerships From those initial conversations, the
Over the same period, Kelowna has experi-
ter, more sustainable homes, there is a limited
Wilden Living Lab was born, a project that has
enced the rising cost of electricity and fuel seen
amount of information they can provide to
enlisted the help of the Blenk Development
in the rest of Canada. According to local real
their customers to help them make informed
Corp., engineering researchers from UBC’s
estate figures, the average price of a single-
decisions. “We’ve been building in greater
Okanagan campus, teachers and students
family home has increased from $170,000 to
energy efficiencies for a long time, but we’re
from Okanagan College’s trades programs,
just shy of $500,000. Combine those factors
always trying to do better and to help our
and builder AuthenTech Homes, another
with a greater focus on energy efficiency—from
customers do better, because that’s what they
CHBA Okanagan member.
both people and building codes—and companies in the housing industry have their work cut out for them. “It’s a priority we’re always looking to stay on top of,” said Karin Eger-Blenk, director at the Blenk Development Corporation, a
Each partner has brought their own resources and expertise to the table.
Each partner has brought their own resources and expertise to the table, from the two building lots and $60,000 in research funding from the Blenk Development Corp., to the equipment and expertise provided by UBC. It is, according to the partners involved,
CHBA Okanagan member currently develop-
want and it’s the right thing to do. It’s tradition-
an exciting real-world project that will take
ing one of the largest housing subdivisions in
ally been a balancing act, because people want
cutting-edge energy efficiency research out of
Kelowna. “There are a lot of new products on
to know what kinds of features and products
the lab and into the marketplace.
the market, from HVACs, to insulation, to win-
they should put into their homes, what those
“As researchers, we know how things work
dows, but nearly all the information available
features would cost, and what using them
on paper, but we don’t always see how they
is from manufacturers.”
would actually mean.”
actually perform in the real world, and that’s
That’s a challenge, said Eger-Blenk,
It is with that information gap in mind that
what this is,” says UBC’s Shahria Alam, Associ-
because in her company’s quest to build bet-
Eger-Blenk’s company approached the prov-
ate Professor of Engineering and the project’s
22 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Homes, the builder in charge of
The project, Alam says, will involve the construction of two identically designed homes on similar lots in Kelowna’s Wilden subdivision.
between the two? One will be built to current building code standards and the other will include additional energy efficient equipment and upgrades. UBC researchers will then install sensors throughout both homes with the energy use of the
“As researchers, we know how things work on paper, but we don’t always see how they actually perform in the real world, and that’s what this is.” Shahria Alam, Associate Professor of Engineering, UBC.
construction of the Living Lab homes, notes that there are a number of companies who see the benefit that the university/ industry collaboration could bring with regard to sustainable development, and suppliers have already stepped forward. “We’ve been building homes in the Okanagan since the 1990s and, through the years, we have seen people get more energy conscious and environmentally
participating families monitored
aware, so it just makes sense
and the results published online
for us to do this,” said Tyerman.
in real time. “These will be homes, but at the same times
“People are quite excited about ment here in Kelowna.”
the prospect of working with the university and
they will be our labs,” said Alam. “We will see
The technologies to be added to the upgrad-
the benefits of the different types of energy effi-
ed house are being selected with the help of the
ciency measures installed and measure them
building trades program students and teachers
Construction on the two homes is set to
over three years. At the end of the research, we
at Okanagan College. Many of the supplies are
begin in the spring of 2016. Once completed,
will have information to provide to home build-
being donated to the project by building sup-
energy use data will be available on UBC’s
ers and home buyers as to the performance and
pliers in the region.
Okanagan campus website, www.ubc.ca.
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Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Electromagnetic Fields More and more Canadians are calling on building professionals to reduce their exposure. Here’s what you need to know. By André Fauteux
hen leukemia struck Christian
antennas and wireless devices, which IARC
(see bioinitiative.org) and hundreds of experts
Groulx’s three-year-old son,
tied to brain cancer in 2011. (Electric fields
(emfscientist.org) suggest otherwise. High
Ylan, in 2007, it rattled the Quebec builder’s
created by voltage have not been classified
EMFs can notably hamper the body’s nighttime
outlook on life. Luckily, Ylan was cured and
healing mechanisms. Builders, renovators and
Groulx was transformed right down to his
And in the age of wireless, “the number
electricians have an important role to play in
building practices. That’s because he learned
of diagnosed cases of electrohypersensitivity
helping reduce their clients’ unnecessary EMF
that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produced
(EHS) has increased dramatically in the last 10
exposure, often with no-cost or low-cost mea-
by power lines, electric appliances and home
years,” according to Dr. Riina Bray, Medical
sures. This introductory article will focus solely
wiring are among the suspected triggers of leu-
Director of the Environmental Health Clinic at
on 60 Hz magnetic fields.
kemia and brain cancer, especially in children.
Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. As many
In fact, electrical code violations are the major cause of EMFs. “I decided to investigate EMF health effects in detail to see how I could reduce their impacts on my family and my clients,” said Groulx, coowner of Eastman-based Habitations Kyo.
Why Precaution Is Warranted
Builders, renovators and electricians have an important role to play in helping reduce their client’s unnecessary EMF exposure.
Electrosmog mitigation is a growing hous-
Start by Measuring How can building professionals stand out? “In existing housing, many constraints warrant hiring a consultant to measure EMFs, pinpoint problems and recommend solutions,” said Christian Groulx. “In new housing, it’s pretty simple if you follow a few basic rules.” The first thing to do is to buy a quality meter, such as the Cornet ED-78S EMF/RF detector,
ing market as more and more Canadians are
as 3 per cent of Canadians are complaining
which costs $155 (at www.slt.co). IARC said
calling on building professionals to reduce
of severe headaches, insomnia, heart palpi-
children chronically exposed to magnetic fields
their radiation exposure. Two types of domes-
tations and other acute EHS symptoms not
above 4 milligauss (mG) or 0.4 microtesla (µT)
tic radiation are classified as “possibly car-
linked to any disease and which regress when
double their relative risk of leukemia. And
cinogenic” by the International Agency for
RF exposure is reduced, often without people’s
kids with leukemia have a poorer survival
Research on Cancer (IARC): 60 Hertz (Hz) mag-
rate if they are exposed to fields above 1-3
netic fields, generated by current (amperage)
But the science is inconclusive, so Health
mG (0.1-0.3 µT). Paradoxically, Health Canada
when electricity is consumed, officially linked
Canada says precautionary measures are not
says short-term exposures to 833 mG (83.3 µT)
with greater risk of child leukemia in 2001;
needed to reduce daily EMF exposures. Yet
fields are acceptable to prevent acute effects
and radiofrequency (RF)/microwaves used by
thousands of independently funded studies
such as nerve and muscle stimulation, but
24 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
it does not consider long-term risks such as
rent splitting and part of it exiting the building
cancer. For its part, the Austrian Medical Asso-
through the grounding conductor to the metal
ciation says chronic exposures above 1 mG (0.1
water pipes which present a parallel path for
µT) are unacceptable.
neutral current to return to the transformer.”
Wiring Errors the Major Culprit
plumbing as it is non-conductive and grounds
This is why Christian Groulx prefers plastic
Living close to a power line, using electric
the electrical system on two buried metal
heating and outdated knob-and-tube wiring,
rods. In existing housing, replacing a section
and living in multifamily housing are com-
of the water service pipe with plastic pipe or
mon sources of high magnetic fields. However,
dielectric (brass and plastic) coupling stops the
about 70 per cent of the time, the most common
flow of neutral current (and its magnetic field)
cause is living in a home with wiring errors,
throughout the house.
and/or code violations that present fire and shock hazards, says American consultant Karl Riley, author of the bestselling guide, Tracing
Karl Riley/Magnetic Sciences
EMFs in Building Wiring and Grounding.
The electrical service drop should ideally be buried and located as far away from bedrooms as possible.
Energy Efficiency and Distance Key Since magnetic fields are generated by cur-
materials. “Net current from wiring errors is
rent, reducing power use will reduce their
unshieldable and drops off slowly with dis-
intensity. And by balancing the amount of
tance,” said Riley. “As for magnetic fields from
current circulating on nearby cables, their
correctly wired sources, they can only be
magnetic fields cancel each other out. That’s
shielded with expensive ferrous metals, such
why twisted pairs are now used in most radi-
as in MuMetal shielding. Appliances produce
ant electric heating cables instead of single
fields based on their containing coils of wire
conductors (like knob-and-tube wiring). “If the
and weaken fast, with the cube of the distance.
wiring is correct (neutral equals hot current,
For example, a microwave oven produces a
hence cancels fields),” explained Riley, “then
field from the wires of its transformer, usually
inches away achieves under 1 mG, but if there
under 1 mG at 1 meter.”
is a wiring connection error, three feet away
Shielding Electric Fields
could still have you in 3+ mG. However, too many factors are involved to recommend safe
The most common wiring error is to connect the neutrals from two different circuits, which happen to be sharing a box like a wall switch box with multiple switches, according to Karl Riley. Returning neutral current from one circuit then goes back on both neutrals (paralleling), unbalancing the cable and generating a magnetic field. This is a code violation as is grounding neutral buses in subpanels, but is commonly done out of both ignorance and convenience by many electricians.
Finally, home wiring and plugged appli-
distances from power lines and wiring.”
ances always produce electric fields because
Ideally, site building and bedrooms as far
of tension (voltage), present even when appli-
away as possible from power lines. The service
ances are turned off. But, according to Riley, if
drop should be underground and perpendicu-
installed according to Code, regular Loomex
lar to structure, and electrical panels should be
cable won’t expose you to high electric fields.
at least 6 to 10 feet from sleep and work areas,
However more sensitive people such as chil-
advises British Columbia consultant Chris
dren may react to very low levels, which is why
“Elevated magnetic fields in buildings are
Anderson of ElectroSmog Solutions. Riley adds
Chris Anderson recommends hydronic heating
caused mainly by net currents in unbalanced
that DC power does not induce currents in
instead of heating cables.
circuits, meaning some of the neutral return
people and objects and that pure sine-wave
“It’s best to use short back-and-forth wiring
current has been diverted to other paths due to
inverters for alternative energy systems also
runs than creating loops around beds,” said
common wiring connection errors,” explained
produce less EMFs.
Groulx. The good news is that electric fields
Riley. “It can also be caused by neutral cur-
Magnetic fields travel through building
are easily shielded with armoured cable, which Chris Anderson prefers where people spend time, especially bedrooms. “Since we are up to 100 times more vulnerable to any stress when we sleep and metal acts as an antenna, avoid placing bedrooms over garages and workspaces, or having metallic components under and near bed sites.” Concludes Riley, “Those rare people who are hypersensitive to electric fields will need a whole house with armoured cable, and the
More and more people with electrohypersensitivity are leaving cities to live in the countryside away from high EMFs, such as this group in France showing their medical certificates confirming their diagnosis.
cords and extension cords to all lights and appliances will also have to be shielded.”
For more, visit buildingbiology.net and mikeholt.com
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
CHBA President’s Message
A Busy Fall, Heading into a Very Busy Winter CHBA’s Fall meetings ran from October 27 through
work shifting gears, moving ahead at full speed with the
29 in Ottawa, and my take-away was that our Commit-
new government. It is clear we are in good position to
tees and Councils are both busier and more productive
continue our successful engagement on Parliament Hill. At our Board meeting, we received a very thorough
Jane Morgan President, CHBA
Our committee, council and board meetings are a very
briefing on the changes in Ottawa and what this means
important part of moving the business of the Association
in terms of how CHBA government advocacy can best
forward. The expert input from our Association leaders
proceed. Our CEO Kevin Lee, joined by Yaroslav Baran
from across Canada is critical to best representing our
from Earnscliffe, guided us through the changes taking
members and their interests.
place and how events will likely unfold over the coming
From the Board of Directors meeting, I can report
With some 60% of MPs being new to Parliament, there
have set, both in terms of tangible results and financial
is certainly a lot to be done. As we’ve learned over the
management. There was a very positive mood around
last three years, ensuring that these MPs understand our
the Board table, and considerable enthusiasm for moving
industry, and its significant role in the economy both
forward in the post-election period.
nationally and in their home communities, is vital.
Overall, I think these meetings demon-
To this end, I’m pleased that CHBA’s Forum for Growth
strated a strong focus on priority items and
will be taking place early in March 2016, soon after the
a real push to “get things done,” taking full
new Parliament begins its work in earnest in the new
advantage of our volunteers’ knowledge and
year. This annual event brings Association leaders from
insight. I want to thank all of the members
across Canada to Ottawa, and onto Parliament Hill, for
who travelled to Ottawa for this round of
a day of face-to-face discussions with Ministers, MPs
meetings—your commitment and effort is
and senior government representatives. The Forum for
Growth has proven to be invaluable in ensuring that
There were a number of highlights from the various meetings I’d like to share:
A Warm Welcome to CHBA-Prince Edward Island The Board of Directors was pleased to
Jane Morgan welcomes members at the Association’s fall meeting reception
that the Association is certainly achieving the goals we
the federal government is knowledgeable about our industry, which in turn provide the best assurance that policies impacting our industry will be well informed and appropriate.
Enthusiastic About Net Zero Energy Homes
welcome our newest provincial Association,
One of the Association meetings in Ottawa I very
representing our industry in Prince Edward
much enjoyed being part of was the Net Zero Energy
Island. Following the Board’s unanimous
Housing Council. This is certainly a “high energy” group,
vote in favour of accepting this new mem-
with a great deal of enthusiasm for the work they are
ber to the CHBA family, CHBA-PEI President
doing. It is so cool to see builders driving this initiative
Martin Hilchie, who was present, immediately took his new seat at the Board table.
forward. For me, personally, it’s a big deal. I see Net Zero
This marks completion of a lot of work on the part
Energy homes as building on Canada’s pioneering work
of our PEI members, who were helped immensely by
in energy efficient home construction, which is R-2000.
our colleagues at the CHBA-New Brunswick as they
Net Zero homes embody the R-2000 standards, and then
worked toward provincial status. Martin and his team,
take them to the next level. Since my father was President
CHBA EXECUTIVE Committee
including CHBA-PEI Executive Officer Susan Zambonin,
of CHBA back in the 1980s when the original R-2000
President: Jane Morgan, St. John’s, NL Past President: Bard Golightly, Edmonton, AB First Vice-President: Bob Finnigan, Toronto, ON Second Vice-Presidents: Eric DenOuden, Belleville, ON Nathan Stone, Langley, BC Treasurer: Blake Hudema, Burnaby, BC Presidential Appointees: Carolina Oxtoby, Calgary, AB Stefanie Coleman-Dias, St. Thomas, ON Chief Executive Officer: Kevin Lee, Ottawa, ON
have ambitious plans for building their Association’s
Standard came into being, I love to see it evolving into
membership on the Island, and we wish them the very
its next phase, and I love being the President of CHBA
best in their efforts!
as I watch the evolution. Talk about “next generation”!
CHBA Contact: David Foster National Office, Ottawa, ON
Martin was not the only new Board member. Replacing their HBA president predecessors, Steve Ruggiero, the new President of CHBA-Edmonton Region took his seat, as did John Meinen, the new Ontario Home Builders’ Association President. Welcome to all our new CHBA Board members!
Catching Up on the “New” Ottawa As Kevin outlined in his CEO Update, with the federal election now behind us, CHBA’s government relations
26 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
CHBA CEO’s Update
CHBA Advocacy with the New Liberal Government Well Underway
Kevin Lee CEO, CHBA
For the past two and a half years, the Canadian Home
councillor who won a by-election last year and was re-
Builders’ Association (CHBA) has dramatically increased
elected in October. His experience with big city housing
its government relations activity, strengthening the voice
issues has made him a key participant in forming the
of the residential construction industry on Parliament
Liberal party’s thinking on housing.
Hill. Much of this was in anticipation of the 2015 Federal
The Liberal campaign team also contacted CHBA
Election, and involved working with all parties. As a
during the election campaign to help inform the party
result, CHBA and the industry are in a strong position
platform. CHBA provided recommendations to all parties
in similar fashion, and was pleased to see its policy pro-
CHBA’s goal was to make housing and affordability
Finally, and very importantly, CHBA’s engagement
discussions and party platforms show that we were suc-
with party headquarters resulted in a three-page letter
cessful. Housing has never been more prominent in a
from the President of the Liberal Party to me during the
federal election campaign.
campaign. This is a direct response to CHBA asks and a
The national office contacted over 1,000 candidates
demonstration of understanding, by what is now the new
in the four national political parties. Engagement by all
government, of the key CHBA issues of affordability, jobs,
three levels of the Association turned into meetings with
and the underground economy.
local HBAs and members, and all-candidate debates
CHBA’s goal was to make housing and affordability issues prominent during the campaign.
posals reflected in many ways throughout the campaign.
issues prominent during the campaign, and both public
hosted by HBAs. These were supported by CHBA’s online election toolkit, including videos, Q&As and more.
Moving Forward As we move forward, CHBA will continue to work
With the election of a new majority Liberal govern-
with all the parties, as it is important to work with the
ment led by Justin Trudeau, we can take a quick look at
government in power as well as with the opposition.
CHBA engagement with the Liberal party to date, the Lib-
This is how the Association has conducted its federal
eral election platform as it relates to housing, and plans
government relations over the past two years. Many of
to continue building on our solid reputation in working
the key players from the past government will be return-
with the government of Canada.
ing to Ottawa in the opposition, and CHBA will continue
Forum for Growth
its relationship with all MPs. In the months to come, we will learn more about
Firstly, we met with Justin Trudeau during CHBA’s
how key housing-related aspects of the Liberal platform
Forum for Growth day on Parliament Hill in each of the
will move into the policy space. Much of the platform
past three years. Through this engagement, the new
was in strong alignment with CHBA recommendations.
Prime Minister is familiar with the issues and posi-
These include changes to the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan,
tions of our industry, and knows our leadership. On his
measures to encourage rental construction and address
return to Ottawa the day after the election, CHBA was
social housing priorities, increased investment in skills
invited to, and attended, a reception in Ottawa with Mr.
training, a focus on innovation, and a significant ramp-up
Trudeau. And needless to say we have congratulated Mr.
of infrastructure investment. These are a good start, and
Trudeau, expressing how we look forward to working
additional measures to support affordability, particularly
with him and his new government on
for first-time home buyers, will continue to be at the heart
the housing issues facing Canadians and
of CHBA advocacy.
In each of these areas, CHBA will be working to ensure
At the Forum for Growth as well as
that the new government sets its policy on the basis of
other occasions, including House of
solid information and an understanding of our industry
Commons Committee appearances and
and our customers.
one-on-one meetings, CHBA has met
So the table is set for CHBA to continue to provide
and had very meaningful dialogue with
solid advice and build a strong relationship with the
many Liberal MPs who will now be form-
new Liberal government. We already have a good start-
ing the 42nd Government of Canada, as
well as senators. From finance committees to human resource committees and more, CHBA has engaged and informed all parties, including the Liberals. On an individual basis, CHBA has CHBA CEO Kevin Lee in discussion with Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill (May 2015)
also engaged key players such as Adam Vaughan, the former Toronto municipal
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Sensible Solutions for the Jobsite Sometimes the best solutions to age-old problems aren’t sensational techno-wonders. Instead, they’re just plain sensible.
Tool Tethering Goes To Sky Hooks
Dock onto your belt or pouch. Then you attach
We often need to tether our tools when
the 9” tether with its SkyHook to your hand tool.
working at heights where we would not want
The SkyHook has two openings with a teeter-
the tool to fall on a fellow worker, or in places
totter catch mechanism. When the tool is teth-
where recovering a dropped tool could be very
ered to your belt, you simply slide your wrist
difficult. It is common to tether them to a rail-
dock into the second slot and the connection
ing or to our own tool belts with cords long
is released on the belt dock: Away you go with
enough to let us work, but long tool cords can
the tool securely attached to your wrist. When
be a safety hazard in itself. Attaching them to
you want to change tools you simply slide the
your wrist greatly reduces that problem since a
open side of the Skyhook onto the belt dock
cord from your wrist to your hand is very short,
and it releases from your wrist while locking to
while allowing you to move while you work.
the belt. You don’t even need to look in order to
However, untethering wrist attachments and
make the secure transfer. With a dock on each
transferring them to your tool pouch or belt
wrist, you could change the tool from hand to
can be cumbersome and the tool is not safely
Led Lighting With Legs
secured at the moment of transfer. Stanley
The Skyhook system is made for hand tools
All companies are competing with small,
Tools has just acquired Proto Tools and their
weighing less than six pounds only, not power
lightweight but powerful LED light sources
Proto Skyhook systems, listed as Stanley JPS
tools, and only for tools that have an obvious
and many have pivoting heads and/or hanging
hole or ring for attaching the carabiner clip on
hooks. Milwaukee just put some sturdy legs
The beauty of this is that you strap a Sky-
the tether. Ask for it where they sell Stanley
on one of their lights with their TRUEVIEW
Dock onto your wrist and thread another Sky-
tools or, on Amazon.ca, just look up SkyDock.
LED Stand Light. The M18 battery is the ballast
28 Home BUILDER November/December 2015
hanging low for tripod stability, while the light-
shear tack while being easy to lift off
weight light source is adjustable from 4 to 7
the board so it actually holds onto
feet height, with both rotation and pivot adjust-
the board while you hammer the
ments as well. It can provide 2,000 lumens of
rubber bumpers in one direction or
light for 10 hours.
The Bulldog Takes a Plank Out of the Middle of a Click Floor
tape end with your hand or your foot,
Putting pressure on the hinged you first slide the boards out a small
One of my dreaded tasks has always been
bit, starting at the wall and working
replacing a plank in the middle of a floor. On
toward the damaged board until the
a nailed down floor it remains a daunting task
damaged board is free on both ends.
and, while lifting a click floor up from one side
Then force the boards in the two
of the room to the middle and laying it back
rows next to the damage away until
down was better, it wasnâ€™t really much better.
the click tongue and groove is free
The flooring guys at Torlys have invented the
on one side. After that, simply put
Bulldog Easy Plank Replacer, and it works for
the taped end on the damaged board
all click flooring.
itself and use the hinge action to tilt the
The key is that under the flat-hinged section of this tool you apply a special doublesided tape, which Torlys supplies. It has great
board up and free. Work backwards to snug the new board into place. The tool is selling for about $110, and $34 for a 75-foot roll of Bulldog tape. It is worth
The Connected/Disconnected Job Site Sound Box
watching the demo on the web at www.Tor-
Suspended inside the rubber and aluminum
lys.com under Residential/Accessories. The
roll-cage is the new Bosch Power Box PB360C.
dealer locator is under Residential/Resources.
On the power side you can plug this in or cut
DeWalt Goes Retrofit
it loose running on a Bosch 18V Li-ion battery. On the sound side you can plug in your sound
When Lithium Ion batteries came out,
source through an AUX plug and even store
DeWalt did not make them backward com-
small devices inside a secure weatherproof
patible for all of their Ni-Cad tools. The bases
storage nook, or cut that music side loose with
were a completely new shoe design. That is
new Bluetooth connectivity up to 150 feet from
always frustrating for someone who has old
any Bluetooth enabled device, or simply tune
tools still in good condition but no more bat-
in an AM or FM radio station. The free Power-
teries to drive them.
Box smart phone app even controls the sound
I thank you, DeWalt, for finally bringing out
box from a distance, giving you maximum
the adaptor that will make the shoe style Li-Ion
use of the four-way 360-degree speakers and
batteries compatible with my old insert tools.
subwooferâ€”or instant quiet to be able to hear
You simply slide it into the shoe of a battery
and insert it into the socket of your still good
Since it is intended for a jobsite, you can
old tools. The DCA 1820 is listed at about $55.
also use it as a power bar, to charge Bosch bat-
They also offer a kit with two 20v Max batteries, a charger and the adaptor.
teries and profit from its powered USB outlet.
L TOOK TA L L TOOK TA L Montreal-based TV broadcaster, author, home renovation and tool expert Jon Eakes provides a tool feature in each edition of Home BUILDER. www.JonEakes.com
Home BUILDER November/December 2015
Survey Shows How Much Canadians Willing to Spend on Kitchen Renovation In its 2015 Kitchen Trends Study: Canada, Houzz.com surveyed 701
The study also found that, when compared with the U.S.:
homeowners who either completed a kitchen renovation in 2014 or
Canadians are more likely to hire a kitchen designer
planned to start one within three months. Half of the respondents are
More Canadians favour contemporary and modern kitchen styles and
budgeting $25,000 or less for upcoming kitchen remodels; about the
fewer show interest in farmhouse and craftsman styles
same number spent that much on finished projects (51%). One-in-ten
Electrical appliances are in half or more of Canadian urban and
are spending more than $75,000.
suburbanDemand homes, compared to less than a third of those in the U.S. Pent-Up
When it comes to the colour of cabinetry, more than half are choos-
Find the complete survey at http://info.houzz.com.
More than a third of us finally have the means to renovate (34%). In 2014, just 8% of us are remodeling to improve resale value in anticipation of selling a home.
ing white cabinets (51%), while16% are opting for medium-toned wood. This is consistent with last year’s finding that 75% of new kitchens have
KITCHEN REMODEL MOTIVATIONS
“soft and neutral” colour palettes. When it comes to style, the choices Wanted to do it all along and finally have the means to do it
are more varied, with Shaker (43%), raised-panel (25%) and glass-front (22%) topping lists.
Can no longer stand my old kitchen
While most respondents opt for subtle backsplashes, homeowners
Purchased my home recently and want to make it my own
This is in keeping with the 2014 Houzz and Home Survey, which found
Old kitchen broke down
that homeowners under 35 are more likely to renovate for resale. Stainless continues to shine, with 83% of kitchens incorporating stainless appliances. That’s up from 65% in 2013. Granite and engineered quartz are counters of choice in all neighborhoods. Rural dwellers are
Was recently inspired to make changes
Adapting to recent changes in my family and lifestyle
twice as likely to install laminate, and also go for butcher block more so
Improve resale value to sell soon
than the urban and suburban dwellers.
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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum: On the Move
OTTAWA — In 2013 the provinces and territories reported 469,680
OTTAWA — Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is offering a one-
registrations in apprenticeship programs in Canada. Of these, more
stop, online reference for apprentices who move prior to being certified
than three-quarters were apprentices continuing their programs from
and employers who hire apprentices from other parts of the country. It
the previous year (already registered), about one-fifth were new regis-
outlines apprenticeship regulations, inter-provincial agreements and
trations in 2013, and the remainder were people reinstated in a specific
processes to support recognition of previous on-the-job hours and tech-
trade over that year.
nical training. Immigrants can also access information about the trade
The majority of registrations (77.3%) were in apprenticeship programs where the associated trade had a Red Seal designation at the
qualifier process in each province and territory. Find it at http://caf-fca. org/on-the-move/.
Canada level. Already-registered apprentices in trades with the Red Seal designation accounted for 6 in 10 registrations. About 15% were new registrations in Red Seal designated trades, and 1.5% were reinstatements. By comparison, 22.7% of all registrations were in trades without Red Seal designation. Of these, 17.2% were apprentices who were already
Trending in Paint for 2016: Soothing Colours The forecast for the year
registered in the apprenticeship program the previous year, while 5.4%
were new registrations in 2013.
when it comes to paint. Some
Men accounted for more than 85% of registrations, while just over 14% were female. In some trades, males made up almost all registrations in the group. In 2013, four trade groups (electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters, and automotive service technicians) were the most common choices for male registered apprentices.
Construction electricians and carpenters accounted for more than 20% of overall registrations.
of Canada’s leading paint brands have announced their popular colours for 2016 and the common theme is serenity. The 2016 colour palette by Dulux Paints, for example, is filled with soothing, misty-coloured pastels, highlighted by the brand’s top pick, Bear Run (10BG 46/112), an ethereal, calming blue. CIL paint predicts that warm colours will
Together, these four trade groups
take centre stage. Think brown-
accounted for just over half of all male apprentices.
hued neutrals, beachy driftwood
Just over 65,000 certificates were awarded to apprentices and trade
tones and cloudy transluscents,
qualifiers in 2013. More than 7 in 10 of these certificates were issued to
with pink, especially CIL’s Che-
apprentices. This compares with 27.8% issued to trade qualifiers. Almost
mise Pink (60YR 75/075 MC10),
23,000 of the certificates issued in 2013 had the Red Seal endorsement.
being the hottest colour of all.
The 10 Red Seal trades with the highest number of registrations
For the PPG Paints brand, next
accounted for half of all registrations in 2013. Among these Top 10 Red
year’s colours are all about tran-
Seal trades, construction electricians and carpenters accounted for over
quility and security in the midst of
20% of overall registrations.
uncertain times. Taking the PPG
Paints top spot is a soft, muted
According to CIL paint, soft blush pink—such as Chemise Pink—will be the hottest colour in home decor in 2016.
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