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Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

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Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

If you’re looking for a new lowrise home in the Niagara Region, Lucchetta Homes has something for you. Be it a bungalow townhome or a single-detached home, this award-winning builder has offerings at some of the finest locations in the Niagara region.

Davis Heights

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development by Lucchetta Homes will feature a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft towns, backing onto a Carolinian forest and the Niagara escarpment.

Out of respect for some rare chestnut trees in the area, Lucchetta will be building around the trees to preserve them. This type of care is also evident in the attention to detail that the company invests in each and every home.

At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom-curated by the renowned interior design firm, Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine cellar embedded in the staircase, filled with local wines.

Double masters with ensuite, paneled elegant library, sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and an oversized island perfect for entertaining are just some of the highlights. The lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet bar, Great Room with home theatre, and your own personal gym. Every detail has been meticulously thought out. Homes are priced from the $699,900s for floorplans that range from 1,600 to 3,000 sq. ft. Occupancy is fall 2019-20. Stop in to see the award-winning models available for viewing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Davis Heights is currently 60 per cent sold. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility.

Riverside, Hunters Pointe

As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunters Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $25,000 off the purchase of luxury, single-detached, custom bungalow homes. Premium, walkout waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in April 2020.

There are also move-in ready homes available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings. The contemporary Lancaster NZR model home, designed by Wendi Pelfrey, is now open. Everything is conveniently within reach, and perfectly designed, addressing residents’ every need, and the home is surrounded by natural elements in a serene and lush landscape. The Lancaster was recently nominated as Best Home in Ontario by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), and Best Home in Canada by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).

“This is a premier, resort-style, adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA. And the quality of life is far superior.”

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Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago. Today it is well known for its quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service.

Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of-mouth praise from their customers.

In 2018 alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. Most recently it won Community of the Year by CHBA, and the EQ Energy Star Builder of the Year, by EnerQuality. Lucchetta Homes was the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories:

  • Best Detached Home – One-Story Bungalow: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad – Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – 1,500-plus sq. ft.: Davis Heights

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl.

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered for such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and this achievement further validates our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

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Riverside at Hunters Pointe

Pre-construction pricing now being offered at Riverside at Hunters Pointe

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Pre-construction pricing now being offered at Riverside at Hunters Pointe

As part of the premium collection at the Residences at Hunters Pointe, all new home buyers of the Riverside release will receive $25,000 off the purchase of a luxury, single-detached, custom home, for a limited time only. This community is located in the heart of the Niagara region, overlooking the Welland Canal.

Limited-time promotion

Standard lots, as well as premium waterfront lots, are priced from $586,900. Executive bungalow-towns start at only $499,900. Riverside is currently under construction with expected occupancy in November 2019. Two stunning model homes, designed by Wendi Pelfrey from That’s Fab Design, are now open for viewing – one of which is the net-zero-ready Lancaster model that was nominated for Best Production Home, by the OHBA in 2018. To take advantage of pre-construction pricing, visit soon, as limited lots remain.

Net-zero-ready homes

Lucchetta is leading the way at Riverside. Net-zero-ready homes produce clean energy, and may use renewable sources, like solar or wind power, for any additional energy that is required. The net-zero-ready homes are quality built, custom homes that use 80 per cent less energy than homes built to the Ontario Building Code. In a net-zero-ready home, all systems are synchronized to work together – providing you with a home that is draft-free and maintains a consistent temperature, with up to 0.5 per cent air leakage, resulting in lower utility bills and a healthier indoor environment. “It equates to a better living experience, while doing your part against climate change,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing. “Plus, it preserves our natural resources for future generations, while reducing your costs.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago, and his sons, Robert and Ed, carry on the ethical traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of-mouth praise expressed by their customers. Lucchetta Homes has won, or was nominated for, more than 26 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national – a testament to their superior craftsmanship and customer service.

Niagara at its finest

There are many perks and benefits to living in this area, which include lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, designer outlet shopping, casinos, the Shaw Festival, and its proximity to a plethora of other attractions and amenities. The GO train is well on its way to Niagara. And, for those who love to travel, the Buffalo and Niagara airports are easily accessible, as is the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Outdoor activities are plentiful, and include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding and golfing. “Simply put,” says Kopyl. “This is a lovely place to live a very fulfilling life.”

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Ontario’s new apprenticeship ratio a boon to home building industry

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Ontario’s new apprenticeship ratio a boon to home building industry

 

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The Ontario government’s plans to change the 40-year-old apprenticeship system is welcome news to the home building industry.

“This is a game changer,” says Rick Martins, president of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA). “This means our industry will finally have a system in place to close the trades skills gap across Ontario. This means employers can finally bring apprentices into their small businesses and train the next generation of skilled trades workers. This opens thousands of new opportunities for youth, and people looking for new employment opportunities.”

COMPETITIVE BOOST

The new one-to-one ratio, a significant change from the current ratio of 3-to-1, will enable home builders and renovators to more easily hire and train new apprentices.

“The existing apprenticeship system in Ontario includes ratios that are among the most restrictive in Canada – this is why it hampers builders,” OHBA CEO Joe Vaccaro told Homes Publishing. “Most other provinces have had a 1-to-1 ratio for years, and as a result Ontario ranks last in Canada in the number of tradespeople with certification. The high ratio limits Ontario’s ability to compete and remain competitive.”

OHBA says it has been recommending lower apprenticeship ratios for about 10 years, to help make Ontario a competitive training and business jurisdiction and removing a major barrier for young people to enter the skilled trades.

“Ontario will grow by more than 4.3 million people in the next 25 years, and with that there will be an overwhelming need for skilled labour in the building and renovation sector,” says Vaccaro. “With this new apprenticeship plan, our members are now going to be able to hire and train the skilled workers they need to build the new housing choice and supply for future #homebelievers.”

For home builders and renovators employing carpenter apprentices, the current ratio of 3-to-1 means a company must have three licensed journeypersons on staff before they can hire an apprentice.

“This ratio may not be a reality that makes sense how builders and renovators operate their businesses,” says Vaccaro. “For example, they may not have the exact mix of employers to apprentices, or they may want to take on more than one apprentice but not have the proportionate number of staff to support additional apprentices.”

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5 steps to solving the housing affordability issue in Ontario

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5 steps to solving the housing affordability issue in Ontario

5 steps

Promising to create more housing supply was the first step, now industry leaders are calling on the Ford Government to action solutions that will bring much-needed supply into the marketplace and help solve the housing affordability issue facing many Ontarians.

This week, leaders from housing associations – the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA) and the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) – gathered at the second annual Housing Summit event to examine bold policy prescriptions that will help Millennials get their hands on the keys to their first home.

“Keeping the dream of home ownership alive in Ontario requires bold policies and action from the provincial government,” says Tim Hudak, chief executive officer, OREA.

“First and foremost, to get more new homes in the marketplace, the building approvals process must be streamlined and zoning updated to allow for more homes in the right places. The best and fastest way to give Ontario’s first-time homebuyers a break is to eliminate the punishing land transfer tax for first-time buyers.”

“#Homebelievers know that government can support more housing choice and supply needed to make the great Canadian dream of home ownership a reality in existing, expanding, and established communities across Ontario,” adds OHBA chief executive officer Joe Vaccaro.

As advocates for greater home supply and home affordability in the province, OREA, OHBA and FRPO say the solutions to keeping housing within reach for young Ontarians include:

1 Speed up the planning approvals process

The home development approvals process can take up to 10 years in some parts of Ontario. Better alignment of municipal and provincial housing priorities, will get new homes to the market faster.

2 Build more homes and build them higher around and above transit stations

Use “As of Right” zoning to ensure housing intensification along rail transit lines and stations, exactly where many Millennials want and need them.

3 Provide first-time home buyer tax relief

Eliminate the land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers or dramatically increase the current rebate offered to first-timers.

4 Bring back the Ontario Municipal Board

The traditional role of the OMB has been to take the NIMBY out of housing decisions. Bringing back the OMB means evidence-based planning decisions, which will create more housing supply and choice.

5 Create new rental stock by reducing barriers and red tape

Adjust the annual rent increase guideline to CPI plus two per cent, implement a 20-year rent control rolling exemption on new construction and maintain vacancy decontrol.

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OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

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OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

Great Gulf wins prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year Award for the first time.

For the first time in OHBA history, Great Gulf won the prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) during its awards gala in Ottawa on September 25, 2018. A finalist in the Builder of the Year category in years past, 2018 was Great Gulf’s year to shine.

An industry leader and innovator in energy efficient, high-quality new homes for more than 40 years, Great Gulf utilizes leading technology in their residential construction, such as the H+ME Technology panelization system and Tucker HiRise, an integrated platform to manage and coordinate the design and construction of buildings.

Great Gulf also has a long-standing tradition of serving the community with partners like The Daily Bread Food Bank and actively participates in fundraising initiatives to assist disenfranchised youth and families.

Great Gulf also supports the industry as a founding member of the Canadian Active House Alliance, volunteers on the BILD Board, as well as the OHBA/EnerQuality Technical Committee and Canada Green Building Council.

The 2018 Ontario Renovator of the Year award was merited by Ottawa-based OakWood. It is renowned for its technology-driven innovation, demonstrated in their partnership with Tesla MPOWER Powerwall for solar roofs, which stores solar energy for later use, thereby reducing reliance on the grid and lowering the electric bill. In addition, OakWood’s High Performance Initiative with Mike Holmes and The Holmes Group leverages additional design-build expertise, allowing OakWood to provide energy-efficient, sustainable services and products.

Fourth-generation and family-run, the company participates in ongoing support for local organizations and charitable causes, including the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Algonquin College and several local sports teams.

This year there were a record 511 entries submitted to the awards program.

PRESTIGE AWARDS

Project of the Year Lowrise: Minto Communities for Glen Agar, Etobicoke (credit to: Montana Steele Advertising, NAK Design Group, RN Design Ltd.) Project of the Year High or Midrise North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill, Toronto (credit to: kg&a, The Walsh Group/Printserver Inc.)

OHBA People’s Choice Award: Paradise Developments for High Point, Brampton (credit to: Ryan Design International)

Ontario Renovator of the Year: OakWood, Ottawa

Ontario Builder of the Year: Great Gulf, Toronto

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Production Built Home (one storey): Silvergate Homes for Amuse by the Lake “The Beechwood,” Fort Erie (credit to: Aristocrat Floors of the World, Artcraft Kitchens)

Production Built Home (two storeys up to 2,500 SF): Marz Homes for South Coast Village “The Beachside,” Crystal Beach

Production Built Home (two to three storeys 2,501 SF and over): Georgian International Build for Braestone Estates “The Thoroughbred,” Oro-Medonte

Attached Multi-Unit Home: Granite Homes Guelph for Gallery Towns “Gallery Corner Model,” Guelph (credit to: AM Roofing Solutions, Ceramic Decor Centre, Sarmazian Brothers Ltd., Space Age Shelving)

Stacked Townhome Unit: Sorbara Group of Companies for The Way “Dreamway ,” Mississauga (credit to: Greybrook Realty Partners, Guthrie Muscovitch Architects, Metropia)

Custom Home (up to 3,000 SF): Art House Developments for Vaughan St, Ottawa

Custom Home (3,001-5,000 SF): Larco for Canal Terrace House, Ottawa (credit to: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.)

Custom Home (5,000 – 10,000 SF): Timberline Custom Homes for Stoney Cove Lake House, Stoney Lake

Midrise Building (4 – 10 storeys): Morley Hoppner for Schoolhouse Lofts, Ottawa (credit to: Hobin Architecture)

Highrise Building (11+ storeys): Mizrahi Developments for The One, Toronto High or Midrise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 SF): CentreCourt Developments and SmartCentres for Transit City, Vaughan (credit to: Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., Figure3)

High or Midrise Condo Suite (4+ storeys 801 SF and over): Tridel for Via Bloor, Toronto (credit to: architects Alliance, The Brand Factory)

RENOVATION

Home Renovation (actual retail value up to $250,000): Accubuilt Construction for Maple Sugar Lane Renovation, Thornhill

Home Renovation ($250,001 – $500,000): Oke Woodsmith Building Systems Inc. for Small Cottage Bliss, Goderich

Home Renovation (over $500,001): Homes By Hendriks for The Butterfly Effect, Oakville (credit to: Amber Stairs & Railings Ltd., Aristocrat Floors of the World, Regional Doors & Hardware, Turkstra Lumber Co. Ltd.)

Kitchen Renovation: OakWood for The New Timeless, Ottawa

Bathroom Renovation: Amsted Design- Build for Ensuite Getaway, Ottawa

ROOM DESIGN

New Home Kitchen (up to 2,500 SF): Schuit Homes for Residence 7-Novokowsky, Ancaster

New Home Kitchen (2,501 SF and over): FarSight Homes for Sunset Ridge, Uxbridge (credit to: Builder Insight Group Inc., Colours & Concepts Inc.)

High or Midrise Condo Suite Kitchen: Mizrahi Developments for The One, Toronto

New Home Bathroom: Activa Holdings for The Greystone – Riverwood, Kitchener

IMAGE & ADVERTISING

Low Rise Project Video (1-3 storeys): Starward Homes for Parkview at River Mill, Cambridge

High or Midrise Project Video (4+ storeys): North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill, Toronto

Social Media Campaign: Empire Communities for Love Design Live, Breslau (credit to: LuxStoryMedia)

Website: North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill, Toronto (credit to: The Walsh Group/Printserver Inc.)

Lowrise Ad Campaign (1-3 storeys): Empire Communities for Empire Legacy, Thorold (credit to: Pureblink)

High or Midrise Ad Campaign (4+ storeys): North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill, Toronto (credit to: kg&a, The Walsh Group/Printserver Inc.)

Lowrise Project Logo Branding (1-3 storeys): Great Gulf for Arbor Peaks, Milton (credit to: Community)

High or Midrise Project Logo Branding (4+ storeys): Skale Developments Inc. for 1181, Toronto (credit to: The Brand Factory)

ON-SITE SALES PRESENTATION

New Home Sales Office (Up to 1,500 SF): Mountainview Homes (Niagara) for Timberwood, Fonthill (credit to: ADhoc Studio, Cambria Canada, PS Mediahouse)

New Home Sales Office (1,501 SF and over): DECO Homes for Richlands, Richmond Hill (credit to: Guidelines Advertising Inc.)

Design/Decor Centre: Sky Homes for Sky Homes Design Studio, Woodbridge (credit to: Cambria, Quality Sterling Group)

Model Home/Suite (up to 2,500 SF): Empire Communities for Empire Riverland 3 “Coastal Chic,” Breslau Model Home/Suite (2,501 SF and over): Reid’s Heritage Homes for Lora Bay Masters, Blue Mountains

Lowrise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 storeys): Marz Homes for Smithville Station, Niagara

High or Midrise Project Sales Brochure (4+ storeys): RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust for Kingly, Toronto (credit to: The Brand Factory)

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OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

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OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards of Distinction finalists. Judged by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada, the entries were submitted into 41 categories showcasing excellence in building, design, professional renovation, and sales and marketing. The complete list of finalists is available online at ohbaaod.ca/winners-finalists/.

The Awards of Distinction winners will be announced September 25, 2018 at the OHBA Conference in Ottawa.

Notably, OHBA will also announce the winner of the prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year award to a company that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community.

This year, finalists are Tridel, Minto Communities and Great Gulf.

Finalists for the coveted Ontario Renovator of the Year award are Amsted Design-Build, OakWood and Lagois Design Build Renovate.

Until August 24, the public also has a chance to vote online for their favourite project and help decide who wins the 2018 People’s Choice Award (vote here https://www.ohbaaod.ca/). People’s Choice Award contenders are the top finalists in Project of the Year Lowrise and Project of the Year High or Midrise awards categories:

Geranium for Friday Harbour, HIP Developments for The Gaslight District, Minto Communities for Glen Agar, Mizrahi Developments for The One, North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill and Paradise Developments for High Point.

“This year, we’ve seen the rise of #homebelievers in Ontario – that is, government, builders, renovator, and local champions rallying around the great Canadian dream of home ownership,” said OHBA president Pierre Dufresne. “The OHBA Awards of Distinction has always celebrated that dream by recognizing excellence in homebuilding, professional renovation and sales and marketing; all of these efforts lead to more housing supply and choice in communities across Ontario.”

As #homebeliever champions, the OHBA believes in the great Canadian dream of home ownership by supporting more housing choice and supply across Ontario. OHBA is the voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 29 local associations across the province.


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INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

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INDUSTRY EXPERT: Smart & Selective

by David Wilkes

Partner with a Pro for your Reno

I am a proud Torontonian who is fiercely connected to my neighbourhood. I’ve lived in this great region my entire life and, for the last 25 years, raised my family in the east-end of Toronto. We’ve done more than one renovation to our house, which added value and made it our home. Like many Torontonians, my neighbourhood is a part of my identity.

In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our neighbourhoods. They are what make our region great. We value them and recognize the importance of creating livable communities through their development and revitalization.

Increasingly, GTA homeowners are choosing to stay in their neighbourhoods because, like me, they love them. They are renovating rather than selling and creating the home they want in the area they want to live.

Photography: BigStock.com
Photography: BigStock.com

REPUTABLE RESOURCE

There are more than 200 RenoMark renovators in the GTA. All of them agree to abide by the BILD Code of Ethics and a renovation-specific RenoMark Code of Conduct. They understand the value of customer service, provide warranties and continually educate themselves on trends, materials and new regulations.

UNDERGROUND ECONOMY SPIKE

Unfortunately, the introduction of the HST in 2010 accelerated the growth of an underground economy in the renovation industry. A report released by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) in November 2017, shows the amount of residential renovation spending through contractors that leaked underground fluctuated between 38 and 40 percent between 2010 and 2016.

The underground “cash” economy in home renovation and repair poses significant risks, including worker safety liability risks for the homeowner if workers are not covered by the WSIB, no warranties, unfair competition with reputable contractors and loss of tax revenues.

This underground industry also undermines the integrity of the HST system. The report suggested that provincial and federal governments lost $16 billion in potential tax revenues through residential renovations undertaken by illicit contractors in Ontario during the same period.

FINDING CONSUMER-FAVOURED SOLUTIONS

Instead of fostering an underground economy, which encourages the avoidance of paying taxes, the OHBA has recommended the Ontario government consider introducing a tax rebate that would incent homeowners to document properly, and report their contractor renovation projects as well as a Home Renovation Tax Credit for energy-efficient upgrades.

Our colleagues at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association are also active partners with the Minister’s Underground Economy Advisory Committee, sharing industry information and recommendations with the Canada Revenue Agency on how to best address the impact of working around the system.

BILD has written its own renovation Service Standard of Excellence that was presented to the City of Toronto, outlining a practical system that would put the consumer first. The Service Standard of Excellence would speed up approvals and make Toronto City Hall more efficient. This would ease consumer frustrations and steer them away from using the underground economy.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? If you’re considering a renovation, your first step is to go to renomark.ca. There you will find the RenoGuide (Five Steps to a Worry-Free Renovation), the RenoMark Code of Conduct and you can use the Find a Renovator tool to find a participating renovator near you. If you’re a renovator in the GTA looking to get involved with the RenoMark program, email us at membership@bildgta.ca.

David Wilkes is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA.

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THE COUNCIL: Construction industry targets red tape

THE COUNCIL: Construction industry targets red tape

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THE COUNCIL: Construction industry targets red tape

by Richard Lyall, RESCON

There is no reason why Canada should be ranked 54th out of 190 countries measured by the World Bank for a routine building approval.

The year 2018 will be marked for big steps in cutting red tape and speeding up the development approval process.

Frankly, there’s no excuse that a wealthy country like Canada should be ranked 54th out of 190 countries measured by the World Bank for a routine building approval (construction permitting for a warehouse in Toronto).

I feel that this was an important topic for our debut contribution to the Builder Bites Newsletter as this is an unacceptable statistic for Toronto, Ontario and Canada that you should know about.

That’s why approvals are being targeted by both the builders council that I represent – RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario) – as well as the cross-sectional construction organization that I’m proud to chair this year – CDAO (Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario).

This is a continuation of a lot of good work that RESCON and other CDAO members – including BILD and OHBA – took part in through the provincial Development Roundtable Action Plan. The 14-point plan unveiled last April includes implementing the use of e-permitting as well as streamlining development processes to boost the supply of new housing.

So, what does that mean for a new homebuyer? It’s simple; we’re trying to get more supply on the market to slow down the increasing costs of new housing. Supply inventory in the GTA has dropped to less than half of what it was 10 years ago while more than 100,000 people move into the region every year.

But there is no silver bullet to the GTA’s supply issue. It will take a multi-pronged approach to help free up supply for new homebuyers, including building with innovative new practices (including tall wood), off-site construction and panelization.

All three building practices will continue to grow in 2018 as pieces of panelized homes are constructed in a factory then shipped to sites around the GTA like massive bits of Lego. The actual on-site assembly time is reduced by months and this can save new homebuyers a lot of time.

Back to development approvals: read this space this spring when RESCON will write more about its latest published report on best practices to streamline and improve Ontario’s development and approvals process. The report will have three themes: streamlining routine planning and applicable law approvals; expanding e-permitting in Ontario; and enhancing the role of professionals in regulatory compliance.

The red tape problems we are looking for include those related to excessive delays; excessive costs; problems with accountability and corporate culture within regulatory agencies; unnecessary or unclear procedures, processes and requirements; as well as last-minute/surprise requirements.

Richard Lyall is the president of RESCON and has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991.

Reach him at media@rescon.com or @RESCONprez.

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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

Leading companies in sustainable housing recognized for their contributions and advancements in Ontario’s Green Building category

Ontario’s best Green Builders were celebrated at the EnerQuality Awards Gala (EQ Awards) at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan. Hosted by Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish, more than 200 industry peers gathered to share concepts and accolades as together they help to move towards a more energy conscious future.

“Advancing energy-efficient techniques and tools are huge priorities in the building sector to continue to improve healthy living conditions, fight climate change and minimize unnecessary spending,” said Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum and Awards help to connect builders with the innovations they need to meet their design goals as well as spotlight the change-makers who are effecting policies and driving standards towards a shared goal of Net Zero housing.”

Among the biggest attractions of the Innovation Forum, which took place during the day, was the keynote from MaRS, Tom Rand, who offered tangible solutions to combat climate change, including his stance on pricing carbon and how sharing a new story of clean energy abundance has the power to engage the public and inspire action.

The highly competitive Innovation Gauntlet rounded out the day before the official award ceremony began, with IBC Technologies Inc. being named the winner for their Newest Innovation – IBC DC Series Dual Condensing Appliance. “The IBC Better Boiler product is a forward thinking, adaptable technology with integration to smart homes. This is a truly unique product and was a clear leader in this year’s submissions,” said Shaun Joffe, executive director of sustainability and building sciences at Great Gulf and judge of the Innovation Gauntlet participants.

The EQ Awards were enjoyed by all and featured special designations to highlight the outstanding contributions of industry leaders.

Larry Brydon, VP business development with Cricket Energy, was the 2017 Hall of Fame nominee. Brydon has been in the HVAC distribution and energy services market for more than 25 years. A past chair of Sustainable Buildings Canada and the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Efficiency Alliance, the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) and EnerQuality. Among his many achievements, Brydon led the Enbridge and Union Gas’s Savings by Design program. This initiative has participated in over 200 lowrise, and 50 highrise developer-design charrettes where they shared energy-efficient design alternatives resulting in 15 to 25 per cent energy improvement over the Ontario Building Code.

Doug Tarry of Doug Tarry Custom Homes was named Leader of the Year. It was a banner year Doug Tarry Custom Homes. Fresh off winning the inaugural Net Zero Builder Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, his Project Hope, a fundraising event that was the first time a Net Zero home was built in just three days, raised funds for the family of the late Johnny Nooren, a building inspector from St. Thomas. The project won the 2017 Prestige Award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association for Project of the Year Lowrise, and the trailer for the accompanying documentary was seen by more than 10,000 in movie theatres in Ontario.

Doug Tarry led his team of builders to receive the 2016 EQ Builder Achievement Award and now holds the 2017 title of Leader of the Year for propelling the company’s holistic Net Zero housing concepts with simple controls designed to allow homeowners to save money while living in a healthy environment.

Arista Homes was awarded the Impact Award, which was introduced in 2016 to recognize a builder’s significant voluntary progress in reducing carbon emission and outstanding achievements through energy efficient and sustainability practices. “Green initiatives and Energy Star participation have become staples of our building practices and we remain committed to continuing to improve our building practices and to lead by example,” said Franco Crispino, VP of sales and marketing. Arista Homes has proudly enrolled more than 1,200 Energy Star homes since the construction of its first multi-phase Energy Star community in 2009.

Other Award Winners

Partner Award: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Owens Corning

Enbridge Savings By Design: Remington Homes

Building Innovation Lowrise: Great Gulf Homes

Building Innovation Mid/Highrise: Times Group

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (small volume): sean.ca (Sean Mason Homes)

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (mid volume): Remington Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (large volume): The Minto Group

Energy Star Champion of the Year: Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Best Green Marketing Campaign: Doug Tarry Custom Homes

R-2000 Home Builder of the Year: RND Construction

Net Zero Home Builder of the Year: Reid’s Heritage Homes

Evaluator of the Year: Angela Bustamante, Building Knowledge

Builder Achievement Award: Shaun Joffe, Great Gulf Homes

Ontario Green Builder of the Year: Sifton Properties Ltd.

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Consumer Protection: Partnerships are the Backbone of Success

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Consumer Protection: Partnerships are the Backbone of Success

When investing in a new condominium, you want to know that your new home will be properly built, safe to live in and covered by a new home warranty if anything goes wrong.

Tarion plays a role in fulfilling those expectations — but we don’t work alone. Like any thriving industry, partnerships are often the backbone of success.

Historically, the many different parties in the new home building industry have worked together on a number of issues like protecting buyers from illegally built homes, radon awareness and emerging trends. Take for example, the falling condo glass issue that has been prominently featured in the media since around 2011.

Once it became apparent that this was more than an isolated incident and involved various building projects by different builders, the City of Toronto and building industry association members requested an expert panel to tackle the problem.

The panel, comprised of industry partners like engineers, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, municipalities from across the GTA, building science experts, condo builders and Tarion, requested an emergency change to the Ontario Building Code. The revised standard required glass balcony guards to be both tempered and laminated so they would act like a windshield on a car and stay together if breakage occurred.

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Whether your new home is a house or a condo, getting it from sales brochure to a standing livable structure involves a complicated system of standards, permits, inspections and finally, warranty coverage. Proper protection for you, the homeowner, throughout this process requires coordination and cooperation from Tarion and two of our long-standing partners – the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) and the Ontario Homebuilders’ Association (OHBA).

So it’s fitting that after a long history of informal collaboration, Tarion recently joined with the OBOA and OHBA to formalize this relationship and announce the creation of the Ontario Building Partnership.

While each organization plays a different role within the industry, we share a commitment to increase consumer confidence, enhance the new home ownership experience and continue to ensure Ontario’s home building industry is regarded as a world class leader.

So how does this partnership benefit you, the home buyer? Among other things, it means we will be expanding our efforts to advocate for a province-wide model to protect home buyers from illegal building, collaborating on consumer education and homeownership issues and working on establishing more consistent building standards across the new home building industry.

Ontario’s home building industry is changing at a rapid pace. As those changes occur, it is more important than ever that we are all are aligned in protecting consumers. After all, your new home or condo is likely the largest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. We want to make sure you purchase with confidence and we are proud that this partnership brings together three industry leaders who all share this commitment.

HOWARD BOGACH is president and CEO of Tarion Warranty Corp., a private corporation established to protect the rights of new homebuyers and to regulate new home builders.

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