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…






Think I’ll go out to Alberta

By: Stephen Dupuis As I reflect back on the recent Canadian Home Builders’ Association annual conference in Banff, Alberta, I’ve got that Ian and Sylvia Tyson song (but the Neil Young version) Four Strong Winds playing in the back of my mind — Banff is a truly beautiful place in an amazing Province, even if it was so cold that…






Singing the praises of the GTA’s red hot market

As seen today in the Metro News.I always say there’s a song about everybody and everything, and the song that came to my mind last week as I toured several high-profile marketing and design professionals from Vancouver, Calgary and Boston around a great many of our downtown condo sales offices was the Carly Simon song Nobody Does it Better. As…






The Chair’s Message with Paul Golini

Sorry for taking a bit longer than usual to throw a blog post together. I was in Banff, Alberta for the CHBA’s National Conference and simply had no time to sit down and put something together.It was a lot of fun catching up on all the latest developments (no pun intended) in the industry, and my company actually won the top Marketing…






Things are looking good in our ‘economic hotspot’

As seen today in the Metro News. It was so cold in Banff, Alberta during the annual conference of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association held there last week that the ski resorts shut down twice, so it’s a good thing I wasn’t there for a holiday.  I was there for all the Council and Committee meetings, particularly the Economic Research…






RenoMark Renovator Profile: Eurodale Developments

Jim Cunningham and Brendan Charters started Eurodale in 2003 after operating a large firm in Ottawa together. Eurodale specializes in unique and well-planned additions, renovations and custom homes while providing a full range of services from design to complete construction. Having earned the title of BILD Renovator of the Year, there’s no question that these guys excel at what they do. What…






Review of the 2011 National Home Show

The 2011 National Home Show was a great success! The Direct Energy Centre was packed with more than 700 vendors from different home and garden backgrounds, showing off their products and projects to thousands of people. In addition to huge displays of hot tubs, solar panels, flooring samples and heating units, this year’s National Home Show also had some bigger…