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Home Builder Magazine July 2004
Home BUILDER Magazine - July 2004

Hydronic Breakthrough
Three years of research and development through the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and a private investor have resulted in what some are hailing a breakthrough in residential hydronic heating.

Prepare for a New Interest Rate Cycle
Declining interest rates over the past four years have been a major contributor to the health of the housing industry. Housing starts in Canada have returned to levels that we never thought we would see again.

Getting smart, easy -- and wireless -- with CAD
Computer assisted design (CAD) has been refined since its introduction more than two decades ago to now offer an array of specific software packages that can handle everything from whole house designs to intricate architectural details. And most come with instant material take-offs and even on-line communication with clients and suppliers. Plus, by linking with wireless networks, CAD has become a field and sales tool.

Real Tools for the Real World
By Jon Eakes
Twenty years ago I was active hands-on in renovation, and my hands were considerably younger and more flexible. . . Let me share with you some of the tools that really made a difference in my real world.

Heavy duty tools
Stand back: these tools put bottom-line power into tough jobs
There are times when a contractor needs a big, tough power tool that will quickly do what a smaller piece of equipment would burn out trying.

40 for '04 - New Product Showcase 2004
Welcome to Home BUILDER's third annual New Product Showcase. We have been swamped with information about great new materials and new products - including the kitchen sink and the first mould-sniffing dog - for our annual celebration of the latest and greatest ideas for the home building and renovation industry.


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