Roy Nandram What is a true Green home? The energy efficiency of Canadian homes has increased greatly in recent decades. In fact, according to Natural Resources Canada, energy efficiency in the residential sector improved 45 per cent between 1990 and 2013, saving Canadians $12 billion in energy costs in 2013 alone. Why is it happening? For many reasons, including upgrades to the building code as well as advances in both design and building materials. Over the next decade, the picture should get even better as various levels of government accelerate energy-efficient requirements in building codes. But there are many...Read More
Author: Adriana Valentina
By Francie Healy It’s stunning. Jaw-droppingly beautiful. And to think it grew out of an 80-year-old plumbing wholesale company. The Mondeau Bathroom and Kitchen “flagship” showroom on Algoma Road, a division of Boone Plumbing, is 12,000 sq. ft. of what can only be called an inspirational experience for homeowners, designers, builders, renovators, and residential plumbers. Mondeau has two other locations: the newly renovated store, re-opened in June, on Edgewater Street in Kanata, and one in Gatineau. Part of the largest network of plumbing showrooms in the region, Mondeau Bathroom and Kitchen showrooms are functional as well as beautiful. People...Read More
Watch out for red flags Renovating? Where do you start? What should you be looking for? There are so many things to consider. Begin, first of all, with a RenoMark™ renovator. In this issue, you will see why that’s important. Here are some of the most important things to understand: Contracts These are meant to protect both you and the contractor and to make sure you’re on the same page. They should clearly define: A minimum two-year warranty on all work The contractor’s liability insurance, which must be, at minimum, $2 million Workplace safety and employers’ liability All the...Read More
A simple secret of success By Francie Healy When Clark Cada was a boy, his mother would say to him as he walked out the door to school: “Go do your best!” It’s a family tradition now. It’s so ingrained that his kids often utter those words first, before he has a chance. “I know, Dad,” they interject as they’re at the door, “We’ll go do our best!” This philosophy is also at the heart and soul of Cada Construction. Go do your best. “Do it properly and be honest and do what you say you’re going to do, then stand behind it,” says Clark. He feels it’s the “secret of success” of any long-term business, especially a mid-size one like his that has been well established for 35 years. It wasn’t just his mother who drilled “Go do your best” into him. It was also a hard-nosed, old-school, tough-as-nails fellow by the name of Ted Smith. Clark worked for him for eight years. “He was absolutely miserable,” he says. “You didn’t do anything that was less than perfect. If it was less than perfect, he made you do it again.” But, he adds, in many ways this “Simon Legree” character, as he calls him, was responsible for his own success. “The number of times I wanted to quit!” he remembers. “And others did, too. He was tough to...Read More
Traditionally, a window was simply an opening in a wall, roof or door that allowed light, sound and air to enter and people to see out. Today, windows are complex architectural features of our homes that provide: Protection against wind, rain and snow; Passive light diffusion in rooms to reduce the need for electric light; Insulation in the exterior envelope (winter & summer); A visual connection to the exterior; Ventilation when required; Solar heat gain in the winter to reduce heating costs; Decrease in summer heat gain to lower air conditioning costs; Egress in some cases; Protection against bugs...Read More
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What is RenoMark™?
RenoMark™ renovators are held to the highest industry standards. They have to do the big things – carry $2 million liability insurance and enforce strict workplace safety – and the smaller things that give you comfort: pledge to call you back within two business days, for instance.
RenoMark™ renovators must pay a fee to be certified. They must also follow detailed guidelines. In addition to insurance, safety and courtesy, they must:
• Give you a detailed written contract for all jobs, big or small
• Provide a minimum two-year warranty on all work except minor repair
• Carry the proper licences and permits
• Keep their worksite organized and safe
• In the Ottawa area, be a member in good standing of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and abide by the GOHBA Code of Ethics.
• Stay current, through consistent and continuing education, in their professional knowledge of building codes, permit procedures and technical skills.