Handing out the hardware to builders

As seen in today’s Metro News. By: Stephen Dupuis The Golden Globes, Academy Awards, Grammys and Junos are behind us now, but it’s far from the end of awards season. In fact it’s just beginning as far as the building and development industry awards are concerned. On Friday April 29, BILD will hand out 46 different awards for everything from…






Past and present BILD Chairs all over Toronto Builder

The latest issue of Toronto Builder magazine, a local publication covering all things construction and renovation, welcomed 2011-12 BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr. with a highly informative cover story while paying tribute to 2009-10 Chair Leith Moore with an equally impressive editorial feature. It’s only fair that Golini got the cover, but Moore can still show off one thing his…






Redrawing Toronto’s Zoning By-law

Councillor Karen Stintz placed a last-minute motion on the table at last week’s Toronto Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting to repeal the city’s newly-harmonized Zoning By-law and request planning staff report back by January 2012 with a revised by-law.Committee members voted unanimously in favour, which shows a distinct appetite for a re-worked by-law, but the rest of council still…






Last chance for non-member finalists at the BILD Awards

As many of you may already know, the finalists for the 31st Annual BILD Awards have all been unveiled on bildawards.com and BILD would like to congratulate this year’s finalists in all categories including the recently announced Home Builder of the Year Award finalists – Great Gulf Homes, Mattamy Homes, Monarch Corporation, Rosehaven Homes and Tridel.As mentioned previously, recognition at the…






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…