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Ride tweet for Humanity

It was a pleasure to have so many of our members join us at Stephen’s Ride for Humanity yesterday. Close to 200 riders participated and over 50 volunteers dedicated their time to making sure the day went smoothly. The weather more or less cooperated, starting out windy but settling down soon enough, while the rain held off until the riders crossed…






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Skyline stories: Panama

This is the last in a three part series looking at cities around the world with famously high skylines. After taking a look at the towers of Hong Kong, we explored the Chicago skyline, finding similarities and differences in both examples. In this instalment we’re going to examine yet another international city that has recently experienced a boost in high rise construction,…






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RenoMark gets an official endorsement from the province

Homeowners in the GTA know what a renovation can do for their homes. Just in 2011 alone, more than $23 billion worth of home renovations were completed in Ontario. Not only did this boost homeowners’ property values, as well as the economy, it helped create 211,000 jobs in the home renovation industry, according to the Ontario government.






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Reno101

Renovating? Don’t know where to start? Why not check out Reno 101 – a free renovation-themed seminar presented by BILD, Renomark and Metro News. Join RenoMark Renovator of the Year, Paul Gallop from Men at Work General Contractors, as he goes through the initial steps of a home renovation, walking you through the vital, often misunderstood process of adding more…






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Skyline stories: Chicago

The other week we featured a brief overview of the similarities and differences between the City of Toronto and Hong Kong, illustrating how learning from the success and failures of others is a great way of making educated decisions and, in turn, building great cities.






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The Fall Home Show is back

If sending the kids back to school didn’t signal summer’s end for you, this will. The Fall Home Show is coming back to the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place from September 20-23. Time to think about upgrading your home to make it ready for cosy family dinners and holiday parties. Plus it’s never too early to start thinking about next spring’s…






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Skyline stories: Hong Kong

As city builders, we’re constantly learning from the successes and failures of others. It seems to be working if the GTA’s thriving high rise market is any indication. There are 213 high rise projects currently under construction in the GTA consisting of 56,294 new homes, making our condo market the most active in North America. Given the success of the…






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In preparation for Stephen’s Ride for Humanity

We’re getting really excited for Stephen’s Ride for Humanity coming up on September 23. It should be a really fun day, but there are a few rules to follow. Please review the below road rules so you know what to expect. All riders are required to have an adequate road bike and helmet. Bikes and helmets will be inspected prior…






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BILD members dominate on the OHBA Awards short list

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association announced the finalists for the 2012 Award of Distinction. The awards will be presented at the Village of Blue Mountain Conference Centre in Collingwood on September 24, and the list is full of BILD member companies.






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Ontario’s land supply conundrum

We recently blogged about the return to average sales for new homes in the first half of 2012. We have already talked about how the decrease in sales when compared with 2011 can seem misleading due to that year’s record-setting sales figures. But the market’s shift toward high-rise living is still worth examining. In recent years, our industry has seen a shift towards high-density housing as a result of the Ontario government’s intensification policies which our members have respectfully adhered to.