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3 Signs your Home is at Risk of Moisture Damage

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September 13, 2016

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Moisture can cause a disastrous amount of damage to your home when left unchecked. Performing regular maintenance and looking out for these warning signs will help you to reduce the risk of damage and keep your home functioning optimally.

Your Water Meter Runs Continuously

Leaks can slowly drain your resources and introducing water into your home in places where you won’t see damage until it’s too late. The easiest way to gauge if you have a leak is to read your meter before you leave for work and when you get back home. If there is a difference in the readings while the home is unoccupied, you have a leak.
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Portable technologies appearing on the job site

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September 7, 2016

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Movile techWith technology being known for its portability, contractors have been progressively using basic devices on the job, including smartphones, laptops and tablets.  A Texas A&M survey found that “there’s growing confidence in technology as builders are increasingly transitioning to use of digital spreadsheets on the job site” and that “contractors are more receptive to IT solutions than ever before, even if their companies are not budgeting for them yet.” The authors of the Texas A&M survey expect that construction professionals will depend on drones and wearable technology capable of detecting motion and taking photos capable of syncing with a smartphone.
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New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Western Canada

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August 24, 2016

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The new energy efficiency requirements reference effective thermal resistance (or RSI) for the wall assembly as opposed to “nominal” RSI. Effective RSI adds up the thermal resistance associated with all of the components within an assembly. The nominal RSI value for a wall, accounts only for the insulation. Read more

Easy Electrical Upgrades that will Save you Money this Fall

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Outdated electrical wiring and connections can be dangerous. For example, if your home was built during the ‘70s, you may have aluminium wiring which has been implicated in a number of house fires and is no longer permitted in most areas. If you have knob and tube or aluminium wiring, you may struggle to get insurance or have higher premiums. If you are already looking to upgrade your electrics, here’s how to get the most out of every dollar while adding to the value of your home.
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Largest Multi-Storey Condo footprint in Niagara, Ontario

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Olympia Retirement Condominium development with a 4.9 acre parcel of greenspace in north Niagara Falls. – See more at: http://www.olympiaretirementcondos.com/#sthash.pti24Mhp.dpuf

 
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ICFs offer Protection from Fires

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This year’s El Niño phenomenon has caused widespread drought which places many areas at risk of wild fires. As climate change continues to affect our weather, the instances of wildfires, floods and high wind events will continue to increase. Every year, fires claim more Canadian and American lives than all other natural phenomenon combined. If you are planning a new build or a renovation, building to meet the changing climate will ensure the safety of your home and family.
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