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Home BUILDER Magazine - May 2005

Solar Subdivision
An Okotoks, Alberta, project uses sun, earth and smarts to cut heating and cooling costs.

Pace slows but remains respectable
Canada's economy has slowed but it is still advancing at a respectable pace. Net exports are a drag on activity and automotive and industrial product exports are slumping.

Technology Watch:
Satellites: "Flyovers" track building sites.
Mobility: Cell phones do more and Polaroid challenges digital

The challenge of air-powered tools
By Jon Eakes
For years, pneumatic tools have dominated our worksites and, to a large extent, they still do. However, the cumbersome hoses and heavy compressors have provided a driving force for alternatives.

Bring on the hybrids
GM, the world's largest automaker, and its German-U.S. rival have signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of the hybrid technology, which creates trucks that are super energy efficient without any lack of power.

Most homeowners plan to renovate
Sixty-five per cent of Canadian homeowners plan to renovate their homes in the next 12 months, according to a recent Scotiabank/Ipsos-Reid survey.

Palm nailers
After a slow start, contractors start to applaud the flexible little nailers

Girls flock to trades training
Students from 10 school districts met with women in construction to learn about the wide range of opportunities available to women in B.C.'s booming construction industry.


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