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HOMES Publishing Group launches new official magazine of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) in association with HOMES Publishing Group (HPG) is proud to announce that, beginning in 2018, Building Excellence is the new and official national magazine of the association.

Reflecting the dynamic energy and innovation that are the hallmarks of CHBA members, Building Excellence will provide wide ranging and timely insight into all aspects of the residential construction business. From new technology and products, to business and financial management, to marketing and sales.

CHBA shares a commitment with HPG to make Building Excellence the must read journal covering the home building, renovation and development industry in Canada.

HOMES Publishing Group is Canada’s leading source of home-related and award-winning magazines, web sites, newsletters and their 33 years of experience working within the industry will help ensure that Building Excellence is the most valued print information resource for CHBA’s members.

HPG also publishes HOMES Magazine, Condo Life, Active Life, RENO & DECOR, Renovation Contractor, and Ontario Design, as well as acting as the publisher of the Building Industry and Land Development’s (BILD) membership guide, the Durham Region Home Builders’ (DRHBA) membership guide and the programs for the National Home Show, GTA Home & Reno Show and the Toronto Fall Home Show. HPG and Renovation Contractor are also producers the annual Renovators’ Roundtable, a three-day trade show.

With a circulation of over 12,000 and anticipated readership of well over 25,000, Building Excellence is the only business magazine distributed to all CHBA member-companies, from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

HPG has exclusive access to the association’s member database, ensuring new members get this great resource as soon as they join.

CHBA is very pleased to be working with experienced and talented staff at HPG in this next generation of the magazine, which is sure to be extremely popular with its members, both in hard copy and online.

CHBA member companies build more than 80 per cent of all new homes in Canada, develop new communities from coast to coast to coast, and represent the professional home renovation industry.

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Message from Jim: You’ve got mail (coming soon)

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Message from Jim: You’ve got mail (coming soon)

We’ve just finished up the June/July issue of Renovation Contractor, and this edition nicely encapsulates everything we’re trying to do here at the magazine. For starters, we literally explore building materials from top to bottom, with an item on DuPont’s new slip-resistant Tyvek Protec roofing underlay and regular contributor Martin Zibauer’s feature on the different options for foundations.
Next, we help you find and generate new business by tapping into the ever-growing market for energy conserving renovations. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Gary Sharp looks at some general trends in his regular column for us, freelance contributor Heath Applebaum takes a close look at MyEnergyXpert, a brandable app that contractors can use to help customers clearly see the long-term value of green renos, and Jay Somerset – a writer who’s been working with us since the very first issue – checks in to see what serial entrepreneur Casey van Maarion has been up to recently. Spoiler alert: he’s using ground screws to mount solar panels across Alberta and B.C.
Then we highlight some work that’s as fantastical as it is functional. Another long-time contributor, Diane Peters, profiles Tyson Leavitt and his crew at Charmed Playhouses out of Lethbridge, Alta.
Watch for your print issue to arrive in your mailbox shortly. The digital reprint will be available here

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Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

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Mikey Network one example of how homebuilders give back

by Andrew Pariser
RESCON

Every February is heart month and with it comes the annual heart health campaigns from various groups, including the Mikey Network. While their slogan is “The Beat Goes On,” their message is of awareness and preparation.

In construction, two important health and safety principles are awareness and prevention.

By studying near misses we can gain valuable information, which can be used to prevent future accidents or respond in the most effective way possible when an emergency situation occurs.

That’s why it is important to talk about a program like The Mikey Network, which provides portable defibrillators for all kinds of public spaces, including construction sites. It’s a registered charity that has distributed about 2,200 easy-to-use units across Canada, with 1,600 of those in GTHA schools, hockey rinks, golf courses, apartment buildings and shopping centres. We we even have one at RESCON headquarters.

Many in our industry have heard of Mikey and how it began after beloved Heathwood Homes marketing VP Mike Salem, 56, died in 2002 at the Bigwin Island golf course on Lake of Bays after suffering a cardiac arrest. That led Heathwood Homes’ founder Hugh Heron to spring into action.

However, few realize that 35 lives have been saved by Mikeys, including Archer Hackett of Renfrew, Ont.

In January 2015, Archer was three months old and suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm. His parents were driving him to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa when they had to pull over on the side of the road after he suffered a cardiac arrest. They put the pads on his tiny chest and re-started his heart.

Morty Henkle of the Mikey Network donates four Mikeys to the Halton Region Police Service.
Morty Henkle of the Mikey Network donates four Mikeys to the Halton Region Police Service.

“That is the youngest person that we have had the good fortune to have saved,” says Morty Henkle, executive director of the Mikey Network.

Archer was one of eight lives saved in 2015, the highest number in one year throughout the 12 years of the program.

Reading a letter from Archer’s parents, Henkle said the couple “cannot express how grateful we are. Archer wouldn’t have survived without your help. We’re so thankful to have him home.”

Henkle says saving Archer’s life was a big moment for the Mikey Network.

“I was truly amazed that we were so lucky to have placed a Mikey with a family that was able to save this child’s life,” Henkle says. “Every save is a big save. We’ve had teenagers, we’ve had young children, a person in their 70s, but when you can actually save a child that’s just coming into the world, it’s a pretty awesome feeling.”

Heathwood Homes president Hugh Heron admitted he got emotional when he heard Archer’s story.

“A three-month-old baby. Just imagine. There were tears in my eyes – just for a child to be given a second chance, it’s fantastic,” he said.

About 230 children in Ontario carry a Mikey – donated to families by the Network –Heron said. The Mikey Network also has a close relationship with both the Peel District School Board and the Toronto District School Board.

Heron said the Network is trying to put Mikeys in as many public spaces as possible, and he believes defibrillators should be on every residential construction site in the GTHA. “Builders owe it to their staff to have defibrillators. Everywhere there is fire extinguisher there should be a defibrillator. We want to make this a cardiac-safe city.”

Heathwood’s Bob Finnigan – president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – agrees.

“When you’ve got a site with 100-plus people and it’s hot and they’re working hard, it’s important to keep them safe. Highrise builders should look at having those kinds of stations on every second or third floor.

“You look at those 35 direct saves, and who knows how many of those people would have had direct access to a defibrillator.

“It’s a tangible asset that gives you a chance to survive if you’re in cardiac arrest. There’s 2,200 places in Canada that are a whole lot safer than they would be without one.”

We are proud to say our office is one of them, and that the builder making the GTHA a safer region is a member of RESCON.

 FIVE IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MIKEY

  • Cardiac arrest has no respect for age – whether someone is three months old or 80, anyone can suffer one.
  • If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, they will be unconscious. Here’s what to do: Call 911, then open the defibrillator unit. The machine gives simple, verbal instructions, monitors the person’s heart and assesses whether to shock it.
  • The Mikey portable defibrillator can jolt the heart back into a rhythm with up to 360 joules.
  • The unit can be used two to three times, but the battery and pads must be replaced after each use.
  • If the Mikey sits unused, the pads must be replaced every two years, and the battery must be replaced every five. The unit will last 10.

Learn more about this terrific program at mikeynetwork.com.

Andrew Pariser Andrew Pariser is the vice-president of RESCON and chair of the RESCON health and safety committee.

Reach him at pariser@rescon.com.


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Model Home Feature: Braestone in the Horseshoe Valley

Model Home Feature: Braestone in the Horseshoe Valley

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Model Home Feature: Braestone in the Horseshoe Valley

This is the look of attainable luxury!

The two must-see models at Braestone showcase attainable luxury that reflects the stature of this exceptional community. The 2,720-square-foot Thoroughbred model has many deluxe options that complement the relaxed Horseshoe equestrian lifestyle. White kitchen cabinets, with a subway-style backsplash, contrast the dark centre island. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and spa, and includes a deep soaker tub that faces the window.

The 2,658-square-foot Morgan model features an optional finished loft. A vaulted ceiling tops a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the living room. Many of the other features and finishes are standard, highlighting the luxuriousness included in all homes.

The Canadian Home Builders Association named Braestone the Best New Home Community of 2016 in all of Canada. The Discovery Centre was also named the Best Low Rise Sales Office in Canada.

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The Sales Office and Model Homes are located at 3288 Line 9 North in Oro-Medonte. From Toronto and the GTA, go north on Highway 400 past Barrie to Exit 117 (Horseshoe Valley Rd. W.), then travel east to Ninth Line N. and turn south. Call or visit the website for hours, directions and more information.

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CHBA president to talk housing affordability with feds

CHBA president to talk housing affordability with feds

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CHBA president to talk housing affordability with feds

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Bob Finnigan, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, or CHBA, heads to Ottawa this week to talk to the federal finance committee about housing affordability. Of particular concern for the group is one of the latest changes to mortgage rules, which expanded an existing stress test from a limited pool of prospective homebuyers to all insured borrowers.

The stress test raises loan eligibility rules by requiring prospective homebuyers to qualify for mortgages at a higher interest rate than what they will actually pay, as a way to gauge their ability to absorb interest-rate hikes. In some cases, the move disqualified prospective homebuyers who qualified for mortgages under the old rules, said Finnigan, and it has adversely affected markets outside of active regions such as Toronto and Vancouver.

https://www.reminetwork.com/articles/14503/


 

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