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Passive House moves on to renovation focus
Passive House, the aggressive energy-saving construction program, has never achieved the traction in Canada that proponents expected, despite decades of demonstration projects.

Housing starts dip in August as Calgary surprises
There were some surprises in the August housing starts report—actual starts of single-family detached houses across Canada were up 26 per cent from August 2020 and Calgary posted a triple-digit increase.

New home price hikes not builders’ fault
New home prices in Canada posted the highest one-month gain in August 2021 in three years—not due to the fault of home builders. Instead, the price hike was traced to rising, and even record-high, costs for building materials.



B.C. rent increase capped lower than inflation
While property taxes, utilities and other input prices for residential landlords are increasing in British Columbia, the provincial government recently capped the allowable annual rental increase for 2022 at 1.5 per cent—well below the rate of inflation.

Liberals “use it or lose” lingo spooks landowners
The federal Liberals have raised some concerns in Canada’s estate community with an election statement, released September 1, that hints at government expropriating privately-owned vacant land that could be used for affordable housing.

Economic dip reveals housing’s vital role
An economic contraction in Canada during the second quarter (Q2) 2021 has further exposed the near dominance of the real estate industry on the country’s overall economy

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Attack on Demand
Governments are gutting Canada’s housing market by stifling demand and stalling supply.

Market Report: Quebec Steps Up

La belle province has its housing groove back.


Renovator profile:
Design, build and keep the HAMMERDOWN

Despite government disruptions home builders delivered 200,000 new homes and more than one million jobs in 2017.

TOOL TALK: Renovation is Outpacing New Construction

One characteristic of renovation is that contractors are more a jack of all trades, using a wider variety of tools than new construction workers and often dabbling in fields that are not their speciality.

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