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  • Small Contractor vs LARGE

    My question of the day: What advantage does the smaller to mid size GC have in today’s construction market? Anyone out there who was in attendance at the panel discussion on members day at the Toronto Construction Association?  You might remember a question was asked from the audience to the panel (something to the effect of) “what advantage does the smaller to mid size GC have in today’s construction market??” In my opinion it was Mr. Smith, CEO of EllisDon, who answered it best – it was speed.   Another addition to speed would also be relationship building. Relationships ...

    Posted at May 31, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Butter Avenue Project

    It's been about 6 months since Calvin & Tina Su opened the doors of Butter Avenue, a French inspired Patisserie located on Yonge St.  south of York Mills. Calvin and his sister Tina have been very pleased with the business and how it's progressed; so much so that plans are in place to open a central kitchen to service what they hope will be multiple locations. Rascom GreenBuild with The DAE Group Inc. was engaged to provide the general contractor  services on this project, and we will be working with Calvin & Tina as they progress with their plans for future expansion.   Here is an excerpt from "BLogTO" written by Robyn Urback, December 2011:     Butter Avenue has one of those salesmen-to-entrepreneur feel good stories. Calvin Su had been working at FedEx for years, settled ...

    Posted at May 28, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Watching the clouds roll in today around the Greater Toronto Area, I am on a "roll" myself about capturing and reusing this water.    Here is a link to a prior post about Grey Water Recycling, but today I am going to comment on Rain Water Harvesting. I will turn to trusty old Wikipedia for our definition: " the accumulating and storing of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer. It has been used to provide drinking water, water for livestock, water for irrigation, as well as other typical uses." It's a great idea that has been used by ...

    Posted at May 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Spring Cleaning for Facility Managers

    Spring cleaning for your facilities? 4 smart things you should do By Jim Sinopoli Published April 30, 2012 Email Tags: Buildings, Energy Efficiency, More... Facility management is undergoing a significant process of evolution and transformation. The days when the facilities management (FM) or engineering group was housed in a small office in the basement next to the elevator mechanical room are long gone. The profile and value of the facilities management team has become more visible and critical as organizational executives grapple with energy, building costs, finances and occupant expectations. However there's still work to do for FM to be fully appreciated and seen as a strategic internal organization and valuable asset. The increasing pressures, challenges and expectations of FM are ...

    Posted at May 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Design Build or “Turn Key Services”

    On a beautiful Saturday of a long weekend, my thoughts turn to this topic. Why am I not relaxing? Oh well, here we go....   Definition Design-build (or design/build, and abbreviated D–B or D/B accordingly) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design–builder or design–build contractor. In contrast to "design–bid–build" (or "design–tender"), design–build relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. "DB with its single point responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the DB contractor will be responsible for ...

    Posted at May 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Shoulder Season!

    A beautiful sunny day in Toronto. Spend some time with family outdoors, mow the lawn, open the shades. Shoulder season weather is the best time, spring and fall, to conserve energy. No need to heat, no need to cool, and the longer days reduce the need for indoor lighting.  Additionally, the warmer weather allows you to hang laundry outdoors to dry or motivates one to use the barbecue, lowering your electricity costs ( or gas if you have a gas dryer/range). nature, she thought of everything....!

    Posted at May 12, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Proliferation of Solar

    While taking a road trip recently out of our lovely city of Toronto, I couldn't help but notice the number of solar arrays set in farmers field and even on the front lawn of some rural residential properties.  Specifically, I noticed quite a few in the Ottawa Valley area, around Pembroke, an old lumber town situated about an hour north west of Ottawa on the Trans Canada highway. I thought "this is great", the number of individuals who seemed to have taken advantage  of the programs pushed by the O.P.A through the F.I.T. and Micro F.I.T.  programs.    It had me wondering what's happening with the program now? Recently I was approached by a local company looking to set solar panels on my roof.  Initially I thought it was a groovy idea, but then I had to stop and ask, "What ...

    Posted at May 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Deck’s and Docks for Cottage Country

    Need a new deck or dock for your cottage? Check out our friends at Heatherdale Cottage Contracting Kawartha Ltd. Heatherdale Cottage Contracting is a unique, and socially responsible, owner operated business. The owners all come from very different backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and experiences to each project. Upon request, Wil and Matthew will meet with you for a free consultation and develop a cooperative design that both suits your site and exceeds your expectations..... http://www.heatherdalecc.ca/

    Posted at May 5, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Check out The D.A.E. GROUP INC

    Welcome to DAEGROUP INC.   Check out our friends at The D.A.E. Group Incorporated.  Design-Builders of several well known franchises such as: McDonald`s The Beer Store Casey`s As well as Project Management for lease-hold improvements at locations for the  Toronto Fire Department and Morrison Hershfield. Projects ranging from less than $500K to over $8M.    

    Posted at April 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Home or Office, Reduce your Electricity Bill

    As an electricity consumer you can conserve energy this year by following cheap and easy solutions first, simple ways where you can save money on your bills – and you can start with the following list: • The lighting of the future will focus more on using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED bulbs. Other lighting technologies are being developed now that could save even more electricity. But why wait for these new things to come when you can save energy now by using CFL lamps available in the market. They are a bit pricier than incandescent but the overall savings you can get with prolonged use can more than compensate for that. Plus, incentives from the Ontario Power Authority are ongoing through to 2014, which help to offset the cost of a retrofit. Combined with ...

    Posted at April 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
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