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Home BUILDER Magazine - March 2005

Lifetime Builder
As a progressive home builder in Southern Ontario, a former member of the OHBA Technical Committee for 13 years and the new president of the Canadian Home Builders' Association, David Wassmansdorf is a second-generation builder who has dedicated his career to the pursuit of better homes.

Spring selling season should be a good one
The preconditions are in place for another good spring selling season. While new and existing home sales are expected to edge lower from last year's record-setting pace, 2005 will probably still rank as one of the best in the past 10 years.

Outlook sees starts slowing through 2006
New home building in Canada will slow in 2005 from the 17-year high of a year earlier, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Total starts are now forecast to reach 216,300 units this year.

Tool Time testing comes to Tool Talk
By Jon Eakes
Once a year I get the opportunity to call up all the power tool manufacturers and ask them to send me one - only one - of their tools that would knock the socks off of a contractor audience...

"Building is cool"
When British Columbia's Industry Training Authority set targets for enrollment in trades training in March 2004, the agency expected 30,000 students would be in apprentice programs within three years. Instead, ten months into the program, enrollment had nearly surpassed the three-year target.

Retrofitting Siding
A range of exterior cladding products is convincing homeowners and renovators to experiment when replacing vinyl siding or upgrading a home's exterior. At the same time, vinyl siding manufacturers are introducing new materials that can improve performance and regain market share...

The new ICFs
Since their introduction a decade ago, insulated concrete forms have proved popular with home builders right across Canada, with particular take-up in Atlantic Canada and in the EnerGuide homes being built in Ontario.

Canada Wonder Windows
It was a successful public relations event that also showed how far window security research has come. This winter in Vancouver, a stack of bills - if all real, worth $3 million - were packed behind two panes of glass coated with a new Trim Line security glazing film...

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