RenoMark Renovator Profile: Capoferro Design Build

Capoferro Design Build Group has been designing and building custom homes all over the GTA since 2002. Since then, they’ve been involved in over fifty projects, each one with its own unique style and function.Having won the 2011 RenoMark award for best renovation under $75,000, the Capoferro team has a proven understanding of what it takes to do outstanding work on a…






Adding a bit of green to your home

As seen in the Toronto Sun. By: Stephen Dupuis When I first started working in this industry, greening your home meant little more than setting back your thermostat at night and turning off the lights when you left the room. Today, as we enter the second decade of the new millennium, green is gold and with the technological advancements that…






Pro-active advocacy pays dividends for members

Dear BILD builders and developers, I am writing to ensure that every developer and/or homebuilder member is aware of yet another advocacy breakthrough by BILD, namely the Divisional Court decision to deny the Town of Orangeville leave to appeal BILDs precedent-setting victory in our OMB appeal of the Town’s development charges (DC) by-law. Long story short, a few years ago,…






Don’t overrate January’s sales numbers

As seen in today’s Metro News.Recently, I was asked by a reporter what I thought of the fact that new home sales in the GTA were down 13 per cent in January.My response was that January is when builders are offering inventory as opposed to new launches, therefore I would be no more or less excited if sales were up…






New condo sales set record in February

There were 2,202 new condominium suites sold in the Greater Toronto Area in February, marking the first time ever that sales have exceeded the 2,000 unit threshold in that particular month, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) revealed today.According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD’s official source of new home market intelligence, the 2,202 units sold represents the highest…






The economic value of home ownership

As seen today in Metro News.  As Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak arrived at the Allstream Centre to speak at BILDs annual industry luncheon a few weeks ago, he tweeted something that, in my opinion, is well worth re-tweeting.  I don’t know if it counts as a re-tweet in print, but in 140 characters or less Hudak said “About…






Here we grow again

As seen in Home Decor and Renovations.By Stephen Dupuis I’ll be honest, when the RenoMark program was started in Toronto back in 2001, I hoped but never dreamed it would expand to a national level. Ten years later, RenoMark has virtually swept that nation thanks to the support of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the provincial and local Associations that…






Solar for Builders

EnerQuality, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and BILD will be hosting a workshop on April 20th for builders to learn about the benefits of incorporating solar products into projects.  The instructors, Svend De Bruyn and Alex Waters will give an overview of photovoltaic technology; explain the feed-in tariff program; discuss the benefits of solar thermal technology; and answer questions about…






Survey reveals homeowners’ renovation agenda

A recent survey conducted by The Globe and Mail asked 800 readers about their renovation plans for 2011. Readers responded quite favourably with 74 per cent indicating that they are planning a project sometime this year.  Bathrooms were singled out as the most popular renovation targets, taking in 41 per cent of the total vote. Kitchens came in second place…






BILD releases finalist list for 2011 BILD Awards

After a lengthy judicial process which saw a team of judges review and rate over a thousand submissions, BILD is pleased to unveil a list of finalists for the 2011 BILD Awards. This is, perhaps, one of the most diverse finalist lists ever compiled at the BILD Awards, and a lot of it has to do with the record-breaking amount…