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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.






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Gearing up for Stephen’s Ride for Humanity

Stephen’s Ride for Humanity is coming up on September 23, which is much closer than it seems. For those of you who are interested, a group will be getting together to do a training run on Saturday, August 11 August 25.






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Toronto has 135 green roofs and counting

The Globe and Mail recently ran a story on green roofs in the City of Toronto. BILD’s Toronto Chapter Co-Chair Leona Savoie, who also works as Director of Land Development and Acquisitions for Hullmark Developments, was interviewed by the Globe’s Brenda Dalglish about the industry’s experience with the City’s green roof bylaw.






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The 20th annual BILD Charity BBQ wraps up for another year

Last Thursday’s 20th annual Charity BBQ in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto went off without a hitch. A big thank you goes out to everyone who was involved in this amazing event, from the organizing committee, to our volunteers, to sponsors, to donors. You know who you are! 






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BILD’s Race for Humanity

Thursday’s Race for Humanity was a huge success. The event, a raucous scavenger hunt, had participants going all over Toronto solving clues that would lead them to their next destination. Team spirit was at an all time high as our teams raced not only to beat their opponents to the finish line but more importantly to support Habitat for Humanity Toronto. We’re…