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CSA: New Standards for Fall Arresters and Vertical Lifelines

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A White Paper Discussing the New CSA Z259.2.5-12 Standard
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) has released a new Standard dealing with the certification of fall arresters and vertical lifelines. The Standard was released in 2012 and immediately ran into issues with the Testing and Compliance Group at CSA. They were not equipped to handle some of the testing and there were questions regarding the sloped roof test which required resolution.

The standard has now ready for implementation and is on the threshold of being released. CSA has yet to inform manufacturers of an “in service” date for the standard therefore there has been no cancellation date issued for products sold under the current standard CSA Z259.2.1-98. Therefore, until further notice, products approved under the current standard can be sold and remain in CSA compliance. New Standard details are described below.


Major Changes
While some of the contents remain the same, there are key elements for manufacturers and users regarding the build and application of the product which did not exist in CSA Z259.2.1-98. Most of the items discussed in this paper will focus on the product changes, product compatibility and new testing.

Standard Scope
The new standard has a broader scope that its predecessor. The new scope now includes sloped surface applications as well as vertical applications. It no longer covers rigid rail applications of any kind. Those are now found in CSA Z 259.2.4-12.

Classes
The new standard has revoked the identification classes for fall arresters (rope grabs). Instead, there is a new emphasis on identifying the rope grab on the product label in the following manner:
1. Fall arrester – a component that
a. Engages a vertical lifeline in a vertical or sloped plane;
b. accepts a connecting linkage;
c. moves along the lifeline with the worker;
d. engages the lifeline automatically to arrest a fall.

2. Manual fall arrester – a fall arrester that
a. Locks onto a synthetic lifeline;
b. requires a worker’s manual action to move it along the lifeline;
c. connects to the dorsal D-ring of a harness;
d. remains engaged on the lifeline if released or held beyond its non-engaged position.
3. Park feature – manually operated feature of the fall arrester that holds it in place on the lifeline.
4. Panic lock feature – remains unchnged but is required for all synthetic rope devices.

Design requirements
The most important end user item covered in the standard deems that lifelines match the rope grabs to which they are best suited by the manufacturer. All fall arresters shall be designed and marked in a way that ensures that they are used with a lifeline in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. (Clause 4.3.1) This is similar to the last update of the previous standard but it is now clearly stated in the Design Requirements section.

Connectors
1. Synthetic rope fall arresters
a. Not longer than 750 mm (30 in) for dorsal attachment;
b. integral or separate.
2. Wire rope fall arresters
a. Not longer than 225 mm (9 in) for sternal attachment;
b. integral or separate.
3. All connectors will meet Z259.11 and Z259.12.

Lifelines
Unlike the previous standard where polypropylene was admissible if UV protected, that is no longer the case. Only copolymer versions of polypropylene ropes are now allowed.

Terminations
1. All lifelines will have a termination at each end;
a. one end with either a Class 1 connector or a Class 2 connector equipped with a Class 1 connecter (a thimble with a D-ring or carabiner);
b. the second end must be finished with a termination that prevents the rope grab from passively coming off the lifeline.
2. Lifeline stretch has been standardized at 10% on an 8 kN load. There was a separate number for polyamide and polyester in the previous Standard but they are now grouped under the one value.

Slope test
A keen addition to the test procedure is the test on a sloped structure obviously designed to reflect the use of the product on a sloped roof. When the test is performed in accordance with the test regimen, the device is allowed to slip 1 meter (39 in) from the dorsal attachment point.

 

Markings and information
Fall arrester markings
1. Manufacturer’s name or logo;
2. type(s) and diameter(s) of lifeline(s) with which the device may be used as specified by the manufacturer. (This refers to the device manufacturer and not the rope manufacturer);
3. permanent arrow up indicator;
4. manual or automatic indicator and attachment point indicator;
5. lot or serial number with the date of manufacture;
6. Standard designation (Z259.2.5);
7. minimum and maximum slope designation;
8. warning to follow manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Lifeline markings
1. Manufacturer’s name or logo;
2. fibre used and construction type (synthetic rope only);
3. rope diameter;
4. model number and length;
5. percentage elongation under 8 kN load both wet and dry (synthetic rope only);
6. tensile strength with termination if applicable;
7. lot or serial number with the date of manufacture;
8. Standard designation (Z259.2.5);
9. warning to follow manufacturer’s instructions for use;
10. a statement to inspect before each use and at least annually.

Informational material
1. Intended purpose of the device;
2. hazard warnings;
3. a warning that care must be exercised when selecting the connector between the fall arrester and the attachment point on the harness to ensure free fall distances in all work situations is in government compliance;
4. a warning to ensure lifeline stretch is included in the clearance calculations;
5. instruction for proper use and limitations on use including the following statement: “The lower end of the lifeline shall have a termination that prevents the fall arrester from passing through that termination. When the line is installed, the bottom end shall have a counterweight to provide stiffness.”;
6. recommendations for care and storage.

The general spirit of the standard remains unchanged. The specifics of making sure the end user is safe during use has required additional testing and administrative work to take place before the rope grab can be brought to market. This includes matching the lifeline to the roe grab, additional markings and the sloped drop test. Watch for the cancellation date of the old standard to be published soon.


OHBA Activity Summary – October 2016

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October 2016

 

Dates to Note:

October 20:  OHBA’s Suburbs on Track Housing Tour

October 25 – 27:  CHBA Fall Meetings – Ottawa


OHBA’S SUBURBS ON TRACK HOUSING TOUR – OCTOBER 20TH OHBA is pleased to announce an upcoming housing tour on October 20th focused on transit-oriented Development based in part on OHBA’s joint report with the Ryerson City Building Institute “Getting the Suburbs on Track”. The province of Ontario is investing over $32 billion on transit in the next decade. But building better suburban and regional transit is just the beginning. It is equally important to build better neighbourhoods along these transit lines and around stations. We have an opportunity to “get on track” and realize the benefits of transit-oriented communities that are walkable, support local businesses and provide more mobility choices and affordable housing options. Join us for an interactive experience as we tour three major transit-oriented development sites and explore how housing along transit corridors creates complete communities. Click here to register for the tour.

 

WSIB 2017 RATES ANNOUNCED Starting this January the premium rate for home builders (RG 764) will decrease from $9.10 for every $100 of a workers income to $7.83 for every $100 of income, a decrease of 14 per cent. This rate decrease is equivalent to a savings of up to $1,123.55 per worker based on the 2017 maximum earnings ceiling of $88,500. This rate decrease will save professional renovators and home builders in rate group 764 more than $30 million across Ontario in 2017. OHBA builders and renovators have led the way in improvements in safety outcomes through changes in workplace practices and investments in safety training. Due to the renewed efforts on safety by local home building associations and our member companies over the past several years, the lost time injury rates in home building have decreased by 64.3 per cent since 2002. We are pleased that WSIB has recognized our members’ achievements by lowering premium rates.

 

ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD REVIEW The provincial government is undertaking a review of the scope and effectiveness of the OMB. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of the Attorney General are working to develop proposed recommendations to improve how the OMB works within the broader system of land-use planning. On September 23rd both the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Attorney General’s mandate letters from the Premier stated that they were to work, “on a review of the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB),” and that they were, “to recommend reforms to improve the OMB’s role within the broader land use planning system and introduce legislation by spring 2017.” A consultation paper will be released in the fall 2016 for further comment. Prior to the release of the consultation document, the province has requested to hear views from stakeholders on the following topics – Jurisdiction and powers; Meaningful citizen participation and local perspective; Clear/predictable decision making; Hearing procedures and practices; Alternative dispute resolution; and, Timely processes and decision making. OHBA submitted preliminary recommendations regarding the OMB Review on August 31 in a letter to the Attorney General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

 

INCLUSIONARY ZONING In May the provincial government tabled legislation (which was again re-introduced in September following to Prorogation of the legislature), Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 (Bill 7), that will allow municipalities to force the inclusion of government-required affordable housing units in new residential projects. The province has also posted a proposed regulation under the Planning Act that would set the framework for Inclusionary Zoning as well as a consultation discussion guide. OHBA responded to the original legislation with a media release, “Inclusionary Zoning Will Only Work through Partnerships.” The legislation follows the release of the updated the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy which OHBA responded that “Housing is Never Free – New Neighbours will pay the Bill for Inclusionary Zoning.” In advance of the legislation being introduced, OHBA and BILD created a Statement of Intent on Affordable Housing & Inclusionary Zoning. The Statement of Intent outlines our principles for creating legislation to permit Inclusionary Zoning. The Urban Land Institute also released a new study on July 20th The Economics of Inclusionary Development which found that almost all cities in the United States offer various type of development incentives to offset the economic impacts the inclusionary policy has and that the inclusionary policies depend on market-rate development to be successful. OHBA has also submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Housing regarding the regulatory consultation.

 

CO-ORDINATED REVIEW OF GROWTH PLAN AND GREENBELT In May the provincial government announced proposed amendments to four Plans that were part of the Co-ordinated Review. OHBA, along with BILD and HHHBA, responded to the announcement with a media release noting that the provincial government’s proposed amendments would mean less housing choice and higher prices for home buyers. Due to high interest in the review and in response to requests made by several municipalities and stakeholder organizations, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has extended the deadline to receive comments to October 31st. On September 23rd, Premier Wynne’s mandate letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs noted the with respect to the Co-ordinated Review that the Minister would be responsible for:

  1.  Finalizing the Co-ordinated Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and working with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Niagara Escarpment Plan early in winter 2017.
  2. Working with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and stakeholders, municipalities and the public, you will recommend opportunities to grow the Greenbelt on the outer edge, improve alignment across provincial plans and transit investments, and support more complete communities across the province. OHBA is seeking input from members as we prepare our submission to government at the end of October – please share your comments, questions and concerns to OHBA Policy Director Mike Collin-Williams.

 

ONTARIO RENOVATION SPENDING POISED FOR ADDITIONAL GROWTH In 2015 alone, Ontario’s renovation market was estimated at about 25 billion dollars. In recent years, popular projects included: remodelling of rooms which includes basement upgrades, painting and wallpapering, heating and air-condition and landscaping.

 

METROLINX – REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION REVIEW A review of the GTHA’s first Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), The Big Move, is underway. The review provides an opportunity to take stock of Big Move projects and supports working toward the completion of an updated RTP in 2017. Metrolinx has published “Discussion Paper for the Next Regional Transportation Plan”. Comments are due on October 31, 2016 – please submit any comments, questions, recommendations or concerns to OHBA Director of Policy, Mike Collins-Williams.

 

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES REVIEW Last year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act by posting a discussion paper to the Environmental Registry to which OHBA submitted recommendations to the Ministry last fall. In response to the public and stakeholder comments received, the Ministry has identified five priorities for updating the Act: Strengthen oversight and accountability in decision-making; Increase clarity and consistency in roles and responsibilities, processes and requirements; Improve collaboration and engagement among all parties involved in resource management; Modernize funding mechanisms to support conservation authority operations; and, Enhance flexibility for the province to update the Conservation Authorities Act in the future. A consultation document “Conserving Our Future” was posted to the Environmental Registry (012-7583) this spring representing the next stage of the legislative review. OHBA made a submission to the Ministry with our recommendations on September 9, 2016 .OHBA is scheduled to meet with the new Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in early October to discuss the legislative review. On September 23rd, Premier Wynne’s mandate letter to the Minister stated responsibilities that included: “Continuing the review of the Conservation Authorities Act which will identify opportunities to improve the legislative, regulatory and policy framework that currently governs the creation, operation and activities of conservation authorities.”

 

WETLAND CONSERVATION STRATEGY The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was given a mandate to review Ontario’s wetland conservation framework and identify opportunities to stop the net loss of wetlands. As a first step in the process, MNRF released a Discussion paper in July 2015. OHBA responded to the discussion paper with a submission last fall that supported a mitigation hierarchy and we worked closely with a number of industry stakeholders supporting biodiversity offsetting. On August 8th, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry released A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario 2016-2030 which was posted on Ontario’s Environmental Registry (EBR 012-7675) and includes a clear vision, goals and outcomes for wetlands in Ontario and sets out a series of actions the government will incrementally undertake over the next 15 years to improve wetland conservation. OHBA is seeking comments and inputs from members as we prepare a submission due to the government on November 16, 2016. Please send comments to OHBA Policy Director Mike Collins-Williams.

 

CONSTRUCTION LIEN ACT RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED The government has publicly released the recommendations from Bruce Reynolds and Co-Counsel Sharon Vogel on updating the Construction Lien Act. Their report ‘Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act’ which outlines significant changes to the Lien Act is over 400 pages and provides 100 recommendations. OHBA along with RESCON provided comments to the review and met with Bruce Reynolds to provide the position of the residential development industry. The province announced it would review the Construction Lien Act following a Liberal MPPs private member’s bill on ‘Prompt Payment’ in 2014 which had received PC and NDP support at Standing Committee. The Liberal government ultimately did not move Bill 69 through the legislative process choosing a more traditional consultation process which began in 2015. OHBA will be meeting with the government over the fall to discuss the proposed changes to the Act. Please contact Stephen Hamilton if you are interested in providing comments to the recommendations.

 

MODERNIZATION OF APPROVALS (MOECC) The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is continuing to review several programs for modernization, specifically those that have an external service delivery component (i.e. approvals, permits and licenses). Brownfields have been identified as a candidate for modernization aiming to build on the established program framework. The Ministry is specifically looking at delays in RSCs and RA delivery, supporting products and activities such as guidance and electronic service delivery, new approaches. The Ministry has also developer a streamlined risk assessment process (Tier 2). Version 1 was released in 2011 as part of broader regulatory amendments. Version 2 was posted for public consultation through the Environmental registry in Nov 2014. A decision notice is anticipated in the near future to bring Version 2 in to force. The Ministry is in the process of developing a draft EASR Regulation for Activities with Air and Noise Emissions which was posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR 012-8646) for 30 days on September 26th . Stakeholder consultations are taking place throughout Ontario in October with January 2017 targeted as the regulation implementation date. Please contact OHBA Director of Policy Mike CollinsWilliams for more information.

 

OHBA CONFERENCE, AWARDS OF DISTINCTION AND PRESIDENT’S GALA – A HUGE SUCCESS! Last week, OHBA and member delegates from across Ontario made their way the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, for the annual three-day conference. The conference was an opportunity for members to meet the incoming OHBA Executive Committee for 2016/17, mix and mingle and celebrate two exciting events – the 2016 Awards of Distinction and the President’s Gala. The OHBA Annual Meeting of Members also took place at the conference and members voted on a number of resolutions for 2016. The conference is an opportunity to pay tribute to our Awards of Distinction winners but also our association champions. Top honours at the Awards of Distinction this year went to Great Gulf Homes (Project of the Year – Low Rise), Minto Communities (Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise), Branthaven Homes (People’s Choice Award), Amsted Design-Build (Renovator of the Year) and Tridel (Home Builder of the Year). The OHBA President’s Gala was an opportunity to welcome the 2016/17 president, Neil Rodgers, and to pay tribute to members who have gone above and beyond for the association. Honours went to Chuck McShane who won the OHBA Member of the Year, the Stratford & Area Builders’ Association (SABA) who won Local Association of the Year and to John Herbert who won the David Horton Leadership Award. Please visit the OHBA Facebook page to see photos from the conference.

 

OHBA/OBOA JOINT TRAINING ON SB-12 2017 Following the recently published revised Supplementary Standard SB-12 (Energy Efficiency Requirements for Housing), effective on January 1, 2017, OHBA and OBOA have launched joint training sessions on SB-12 2017 across Ontario this fall through EnerQuality. HBA and OBOA members are eligible for a member rate of $50 +HST. For more information and registration, please check out EnerQuality’s website. The Sarnia-Lambton Home Builders’ Association is also hosting on their own SB-12 workshop with Gord Cooke on Monday, November 21, 2016. Price is $100+HST (lunch included).

OHBA – 2016 Annual Awards

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ONTARIO HOME BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESENTS

2016 ANNUAL AWARDS

September 20, 2016 Collingwood, Ontario….

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s (OHBA) President’s Gala welcomed president Neil Rodgers and paid tribute to association members and local associations for their dedicated commitment to the association.

OHBA presented the Stratford & Area Builders’ Association (SABA) with its 2016 Local Association of the Year Award. Among SABA’s list of outstanding achievements was their community engagement, member services, exceptional leadership and successful advocacy work. Notably is SABA’s work within the community, the local has partnered with several high schools on build projects where they work with the students on the fundamentals of building and budgeting. Recently, funding for this program was set to be cut however SABA members, knowing the opportunities this program provided for students, pooled resources to fund this program themselves. In addition, the local provides six yearly scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing an apprenticeship or post-secondary education in the building and construction industry. The local places a strong emphasis on education and advancing careers in the skilled trades with the local offering Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs for unemployed and underemployed people as well as a program encouraging more women to get involved with the skilled trades. “SABA is a smaller local whose impact within the association and industry is huge. They are among the biggest advocates for encouraging youth to consider careers in the skilled trades and provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved and learn more,” said Neil Rodgers, President of OHBA. “SABA has also been incredibly supportive of the work OHBA does at the provincial level and is quick to volunteer to participate in any meeting or event on behalf of the association.”

Chuck McShane, President of the Niagara Home Builders’ Association (NHBA) and Division Manager at St. Catharine’s Building Supplies, was named 2016 OHBA Member of the Year. Chuck’s passion for the industry has made him a dedicated and strong advocate for NHBA, where he has served as president three times, as well as for provincial association. Highly active in his community, Chuck has participated and spearheaded several charitable events, most notably is the work he has done with the Mike Strange Foundation where he sits on the Board of Directors. Chuck has also been a big supporter of getting youth into skilled trades and has travelled the province advocating to the College of Trades for apprenticeship reform in Ontario. Well known among his local representatives, Chuck works hard to inform them on issues that impact the industry; his efforts have significantly heightened the credibility and influence of his local association. “Chuck McShane has been a champion and leader within his local association as well as here at OHBA,” said Rodgers, who added, “His can-do attitude and desire to affect positive change within the industry is inspiring. Never one to shy away from any task, Chuck is always the first to throw his name in the ring and it is nice to know we have a member of his caliber to call upon when needed.”

John Herbert, Executive Officer of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) was awarded the David Horton Leadership Award recognizing his outstanding contributions to the industry and his fellow association professionals. John has had a lengthy and successful career in various capacities within the residential homebuilding and commercial building industries. After graduating from University of Waterloo, John worked as a planner for the City of Edmonton and from there he moved to an international stage where he managed the exportation of Canada’s wood-frame technology to Russia. Highly supportive of the work the associations do at all three levels of government, John is quick to lend his expertise and assistance to any member, Executive Officer or association when called upon. A true leader within the association, John has been an invaluable mentor to new Executive Officers as well as the presidents within his local in Ottawa. Respected and admired by his peers, John is a dedicated advocate for the new home building and professional renovation industries. “We have truly benefited from having John as part of our association,” said Rodgers, who continued, “His unwavering commitment to the industry, his success as an Executive Officer and his devotion to giving back to the community has led to the success of many events and initiatives across the province. John is known for his passion for the industry and never one to shy away from the issue. The association is fortunate to have a strong advocate like John in our midst. ” The award honours the memory of David Horton who served as Executive Director of OHBA for more than 25 years.

Diane Murray of Union Gas was the recipient of a special recognition award for her outstanding leadership within the industry and her contributions to the association. Diane has served on the OHBA Executive Committee for 11 years and has been an active member at her local association as well as a strong representative for OHBA. Chatham-Kent Home Builders’ Association (CKHBA) was honoured with a special recognition for their charitable work within the community. This past year CKHBA became very involved with a home renovation project for a young girl within their community who had been diagnosed with a rare congenital defect that cause her to have a stroke at the age of nine. CKHBA undertook the initiative to renovate the young girl’s home to accommodate her medical needs.

Sheila Hissa of Prime Time Financial, Shari Pryce of Reliance Home Comfort and Dorothy Stewart of Enbridge were also honoured with a special recognition awards for their contributions to their local association, the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association (SCHBA) who hosted this year’s conference and have been instrumental in organizing this year’s event.

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association is the voice of the building, land development and professional renovation industry in Ontario representing 4,000 member companies organized into 30 local associations across the province. Our members have built over 700,000 homes in the last ten years in over 500 Ontario communities. The industry contributes over $45 billion to Ontario’s economy, employing over 300,000 people across the province.

 

For further information contact Kathryn Segal at (416)443-1545 ext. 223 or by email at ksegal@ohba.ca

Ontario Home Builders’ Association

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(416) 443-1545 Toll Free:800-387-0109

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OHBA – 2016 Awards of Distinction Winners

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OHBA ANNOUNCES AWARDS OF DISTINCTION WINNERS FOR 2016

September 21, 2016… Collingwood, Ontario

Tridel, captured top honours when it was named 2016 Ontario Home Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) at the association’s Annual Conference in Collingwood. The Toronto-based company was the recipient of the award based on its commitment to building sustainable communities, its involvement and initiatives within its communities and its devotion to customer engagement and service. With over 80 years of experience as a leader in the new home and condo industry, Tridel has built their reputation on their core values of being a responsible global leader and places a strong emphasis on the importance of collaboration with stakeholders to ensure they meet the needs of those who live in and around their communities. Tridel has built several complete communities that include residential and commercial space as well as community features that showcase the company’s commitment to long-term sustainability. Tridel buildings are designed and built to conserve more energy, water and resources than standard Building Code compliant buildings. In addition, Tridel is a strong advocate for community action and in 2009 Tridel initiated a program called B.O.L.T. (Building Opportunities for Life Today) – a collaborative community and industry initiative to connect youth-at-risk to careers in construction. Tridel has raised more than $1.2 million to provide 168 scholarships for this program to date. In 2015, Tridel also sponsored a 1,500 milk crate farm behind the new YMCA Youth shelter adjacent to Tridel’s Alexandra Park SQ development in Downtown Toronto. The initiative produced almost 400 lbs of organic produce while engaging more than 30 youth and 100 volunteers.

OHBA presented Amsted Design-Build with the 2016 OHBA Ontario Renovator of the Year Award. Based in Ottawa, Amsted Design-Build emphasizes the importance of customer satisfaction while designing and building up to the highest industry standards and places a strong emphasis on giving back to the communities where they renovate. With over 25 years of experience, Amsted has established itself as one of the most recognized custom residential specialists in Ottawa and this year the company earned its sixth consecutive Guildmaster Award which is given to members who have gone above and beyond the standard of building professionalism with their clients. In addition, Amsted recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an initiative to undertake 25 community acts that give back to the neighbourhoods where they build and renovate homes. The company far exceeded their commitment and participating in programs including: the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Ottawa Food Banks, The Ottawa Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.

Both Ontario Builder and Renovator of the Year Awards are presented to the companies that demonstrate outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community.

 

Other Prestige Award winners include:

Project of the Year – Low Rise: Great Gulf for Summerlyn Village – Simcoe County

Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise: Minto Communities for Bside at Minto Westside – Toronto

People’s Choice Award: Branthaven Homes for Lake House – Grimsby


There are 39 categories in the 2016 OHBA Awards of Distinction program honouring innovation and excellence in the areas of design and sales and marketing and the following companies took home first place awards in 2016:

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (One storey) Gordon Tobey Developments Ltd. for: The Hawthorn – Brighton (credit to: Arriscraft International, Hollandale Nurseries Ltd., Clearsphere)

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two storeys up to 2500 sq. ft.) Reid’s Heritage Homes for: Net Zero Discovery Home “Townsend Craftsman” – Guelph (credit to: Building Knowledge Canada Inc., Owens Corning Canada)

Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two storeys 2501 sq. ft. and over) RND Construction for: Riverpark Green “The Orchard” – Ottawa

Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home (semi/town home/stacked) Zinc Developments Inc. for: 35 Wabash – Toronto

Most Outstanding Custom Home (Up to 3000 sq. ft.) Gordon Tobey Developments Ltd. for: The Twisted Willow – Brighton (credit to: Monaghan Lumber Specialties, Hollandale Nurseries Ltd., Clearsphere)

Most Outstanding Custom Home (3001-5000 sq. ft.) Discovery Dream Homes for: The Towerhill – Peterborough

Most Outstanding Custom Home (5001 sq. ft. and over) Fourteen Estates Custom Homes for: The Bolton House – Pickering

Most Outstanding Mid-Rise Building (4 – 10 storeys) Homes by DeSantis for: Aquablu – Grimsby (credit to: KNY Architects Inc., 52 Pick-Up Inc.)

Most Outstanding High-Rise Building (11+ storeys) The Tricar Group for: Azure – London and Minto Communities for: Minto Yorkville Park – Toronto (credit to: Page + Steele / IBI Group, Ferris and Associates, North Drive)

Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 sq. ft.) Adi Development Group for: Nautique Lakefront Residences “Norte” – Burlington (credit to: Cecconi Simone)

Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys 801 sq. ft. and over) Tridel for: Scala “L5T” – North York

RENOVATIONS

Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value up to $250,000) Amsted Design-Build for: Personalized Details – Ottawa

Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value between: $250,001 – $500,000) Coleman-Dias 3 Construction Inc. for: 1940’s Colonial Revival Revitalization – Whole Home Renovation – St. Thomas (credit to: Ambrose Plumbing, Ferrell Brick and Stone, Mitten by Ply Gem, Geerlinks Home Hardware)

Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value over $500,001) Men At Work Design Build Ltd. for: Broadway – Toronto

Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation Design First Interiors for: Open to the View – Ottawa

Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation Design First Interiors for: Magical Modification – Ottawa

ROOM DESIGN

Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (New Low-Rise Home up to 2000 sq. ft) Mountainview Homes for: Thundering Waters “Fallsview” – Niagara Falls

Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (New Low-Rise home 2001 sq. ft. and over) Castleform Developments for: 63 Yorkview – Toronto

Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen Zinc Developments Inc. for: 35 Wabash – Toronto

Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom Fusion Homes for: Solterra “Belvoir B” – Guelph

PROJECT IMAGE & ADVERTISING

Best Video Low-Rise Project (1-3 storeys) Losani Homes for: The Woodlands Ancaster – Ancaster (credit to: McOuat Partnership)

Best Video High or Mid-Rise Project (4+ storeys) Tridel for: SQ at Alexandria Park – Toronto (credit to: The Brand Factory)

Best Use of Social Media Geranium Homes for: Corporate Community – Markham (credit to: Builder Insight Group Inc., The Morrison Group)

Best Website (Builder or Renovator) LIV Communities for: LIV Communities Corporate Website – http://www.livhere.ca (credit to: Impact North Inc.)

Best Low-Rise Ad Campaign (1-3 Storeys) Pemberton Group / Geranium Corporation for: Friday Harbour – Innisfil (credit to: The Brand Factory)

Best High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign (4+ Storeys) Minto Communities for: Bside at Minto Westside “Bside Nissan Leaf Promotion” – Toronto (credit to: Kim Graham and Associates)

Best Project Logo Branding (For individual community logo) Great Gulf for: Summerlyn Village – Simcoe County (credit to: Builder Insight Group Inc.)

ON-SITE SALES PRESENTATION

Best New Home Sales Office (Up to 1500 sq. ft.) Losani Homes for: The Woodlands Ancaster – Ancaster (credit to: McOuat Partnership)

Best New Home Sales Office (1501 sq. ft. and over) Kylemore Communities/Angus Glen Development Ltd. for: The 6th Angus Glen “Kylemore Presentation Centre” – Markham (credit to: Mike Niven Interior Design Inc., The Brand Factory)

Best Design/Decor Centre The Tricar Group for: Azure “Sales & Decor Centre” – London Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (Up to 2000 sq. ft.) Kylemore Communities/Angus Glen Development Ltd. for: The 6th Angus Glen “2R + D” – Markham (credit to: Mike Niven Interior Design Inc.)

Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (2001 sq. ft. and over) Mattamy Homes Ltd. for: Seaton Taunton “Shelburne” – Pickering (credit to: Q4 Architects Inc., Nak Design)

Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 Storeys) Branthaven Homes for: Lake House – Grimsby

Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ storeys) Minto Communities for: Bside at Minto Westside – Toronto (credit to: Montana Steele Advertising)

PRESTIGE AWARDS

Project of the Year – Low-Rise (Model homes must be open to the public) Great Gulf for: Summerlyn Village – Simcoe County (credit to: John Blums Architect Inc., Builder Insight Group Inc., Mike Niven Interior Design Inc.)

Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise (Must be 50% pre-sold) Minto Communities for: Bside at Minto Westside – Toronto

OHBA People’s Choice Award Branthaven Homes for: Lake House – Grimsby (credit to: Toolbox Strategies Inc.) OHBA

Ontario Renovator of the Year Amsted Design-Build – Ottawa

OHBA Ontario Home Builder of the Year Tridel – Toronto

 

For further information, contact Kathryn Segal (ksegal@ohba.ca) or Norma Kimmins (nkimmins@ohba.ca) or call 800- 387-0109.

 

OHBA Activity Summary – August 2016

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August 2016

DATES TO NOTE

August 11 : OHBA Awards of Distinction Finalists are Announced

August 16-26: OHBA’s People’s Choice Award Voting Opens Online

September 1: OHBA Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends

September 18-20: OHBA’s Annual Conference and Awards of Distinction

September 19: OHBA Annual Meeting of Members and OHBA’s President’s Gala

September 20: OHBA’s 2016 Awards of Distinction


OHBA 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – BLUE MOUNTAIN, COLLINGWOOD The much anticipated OHBA Annual Conference and Awards of Distinction are just around the corner and you don’t want to miss out! This year we will be returning to the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, from September 18-20, 2016 for three days of interactive activities, informative sessions and dazzling evening celebrations. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate successes, share ideas and stories, learn about new programs and products, and network with your industry colleagues from across the province. Space is limited so act fast and get your registration in today – these are three days you don’t want to miss! Register early for reduced rates (ends on September 1, 2016) – http://conference.ohba.ca

Highlights for this year’s conference:

1. Business Sessions: The conference provides valuable opportunities to catch up on the latest news and changes that are affecting our industry. OHBA has arranged for several key sessions that will help you prepare your business for the upcoming year including: health and safety, Tarion, the 2017 Building Code, Issues updates, marketing your business and more.

2. Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association presents Fall Fair! Come dressed in casual attire and join us for a “Fall Fair” featuring the very best of Fall Fairs around Ontario. Better come hungry and ready for fun! We’ll see you in the village – bring your drink tickets, your sense of humour, and…perhaps…your sense of adventure…

3. Awards of Distinction – Celebrating 25 Years: The moment we’ve all been waiting for! On September 20th we welcome back James Cunningham as our Master of Ceremonies. Who will walk away with the coveted AoD awards? This evening will also be an opportunity to look back and reflect on 25 years of building excellence. OHBA is bringing back the coveted People’s Choice Award this year for best project – voting begins on August 16th on the Awards website ohbaaod.ca. Space is limited, so register for the conference today and join us for a fun celebratory dinner to help cheer on the winners!

4. President’s Gala: Join us as we welcome Neil Rodgers as the new President of OHBA! Neil will be the association’s 50th president and this event will be an opportunity to honour and celebrate all our past presidents. Neil is a BIG Green Bay Packers fan and this is one TAILGATE PARTY you won’t want to miss!

5. Additional Activities: While the conference is your best opportunity to prepare yourself for the upcoming year, it is also an opportunity to network and make new connections. OHBA has arranged for some great activities, including: the Builders’ Choice Tradeshow, the Annual Golf Tournament at Monterra, a mountain-top Segway tour, a spa day at Scandinave, keynote speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill and more.

AMM RESOLUTIONS OHBA has produced a 2015-2016 Resolutions Update package that is a status report of the resolutions approved at the September 28, 2015 OHBA Annual Meeting of Members. OHBA invites and encourages local associations to submit resolutions to the 2016 OHBA Annual Meeting of Members at 9:00 a.m. on Monday September 19th in Collingwood. Please submit resolutions to OHBA by Friday, August 26th, this will enable us to circulate the material to all local associations for their review in early September, prior to the OHBA AMM. Our 30 local associations have a voice in the policies and priorities of our organization. Please provide us with your input.

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES REVIEW Last year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act by posting a discussion paper to the Environmental Registry to which OHBA submitted recommendations to the Ministry last fall. In response to the public and stakeholder comments received, the Ministry has identified five priorities for updating the Act: Strengthen oversight and accountability in decision-making; Increase clarity and consistency in roles and responsibilities, processes and requirements; Improve collaboration and engagement among all parties involved in resource management; Modernize funding mechanisms to support conservation authority operations; and, Enhance flexibility for the province to update the Conservation Authorities Act in the future. A consultation document “Conserving Our Future” was posted to the Environmental Registry (012-7583) this spring representing the next stage of the legislative review. The posting will be open for comment until September 9, 2016. OHBA is seeking feedback from members on the consultation document – please direct any comments back to Mike Collins-Williams.

INCLUSIONARY ZONING In May the provincial government tabled legislation, Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 (Bill 204), that will allow municipalities to force the inclusion of government-required affordable housing units in new residential projects. The province subsequently posted a proposed regulation under the Planning Act that would set the framework for Inclusionary Zoning as well as a consultation discussion guide. OHBA responded to the announcement with a media release, “Inclusionary Zoning Will Only Work through Partnerships.” The legislation follows an announcement in March by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing which updated the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. OHBA responded to the announcement with the media release articulating that “Housing is Never Free – New Neighbours will pay the Bill for Inclusionary Zoning.” In advance of the legislation being introduced, OHBA and BILD created a Statement of Intent on Affordable Housing & Inclusionary Zoning. The Statement of Intent outlines our principles for creating legislation to permit Inclusionary Zoning. The Urban Land Institute also released a new study on July 20th The Economics of Inclusionary Development which found that almost all cities in the United States offer various type of development incentives to offset the economic impacts the inclusionary policy has and that the inclusionary policies depend on market-rate development to be successful. OHBA met directly with the Hon. Chris Ballard, the new Minister of Housing to discuss our concerns with Inclusionary Zoning and our support for a partnership framework where costs and responsibilities for government required affordable housing is shared between the public and private sector. OHBA and BILD also participated in the three stakeholder consultations hosted by the Ministry of Housing in June and July. OHBA is reviewing the legislation and regulatory package against our Statement of Intent in an effort to shape how a partnership model can make Inclusionary Zoning work. OHBA is preparing a submission to the province – we are seeking feedback from members – please send comments to OHBA Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams.

SHORT-TERM WATER TAKING EASR Over the past few years OHBA and a number of other construction associations were engaged with the MOECC advocating for a modernization of Permits To Take Water (PTTWs) including clarifications on when permits are and are not required as well as advocating for exemptions for certain low-risk activities. The Ministry listened to the concerns raised by the construction industry and identified select water taking activities to be included in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) framework that came into force on March 29, 2016. To support project proponents in the use of these OHBA supported EASRs, the Minister has developed a guidance document that was posted online on July 29th .

FEEDBACK ON TARION’S PROPOSED REPAIR WARRANTY REGULATION AND POLICY (BUILDER BULLETIN 50) Tarion is consulting on a proposed Repair Warranty. Currently, there is a longstanding, informal policy to warrant repairs made by builders for one year from the date of initial repair. Following initial stakeholder consultation conducted earlier this year, Tarion has drafted a proposed Builder Bulletin that lays out the process for how this policy would fit within their current warranty framework. The proposed regulation changes and proposed Builder Bulletin on Repair Warranty has been posted by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) on the Regulatory Registry. The deadline to submit feedback on the proposed regulation and policy is September 8, 2016. Individual feedback may be submitted to submissions@tarion.com. OHBA will be drafting a formal response on the proposed regulation and policy changes on Repair Warranty through the OHBA/Tarion Liaison Committee. Members may also send comments directly to OHBA’s Senior Technical Advisor, Pauline Lip.

CO-ORDINATED REVIEW OF GROWTH PLAN AND GREENBELT In May the provincial government announced proposed amendments to four Plans that were part of the Co-ordinated Review. OHBA, along with BILD and HHHBA, responded to the announcement with a media release noting that the provincial government’s proposed amendments would mean less housing choice and higher prices for home buyers. OHBA and the Brantford Home Builders’ Association are co-hosting an upcoming industry consultation on August 4th with Larry Clay, the Ontario Growth Secretariat which will be followed by a presentation from Malone Given Parsons offering industry observations on the potential impacts of the proposed amendments to the Plans. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend, please RSVP to OHBA’s Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams if you plan to attend: Thursday, August 4th – 10:30 a.m. – Best Western – 19 Holiday Dr., Brantford, ON.

A few key proposed amendments from the announcement included: Increasing intensification targets to a minimum of 60 per cent of all new residential development occurring annually in the built-up area (currently 40 per cent); Increasing the designated greenfield area density target in the Growth Plan to a minimum of 80 residents and jobs per hectare (currently 50); Establishing stronger environmental, agricultural and planning criteria in the Growth Plan for settlement area boundary expansions; Requiring the province, in collaboration with municipalities, to identify and map an agricultural system for the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH); Identifying a natural heritage system in the GGH outside the Greenbelt Area; and, Four parcels of land identified by the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region would be added to the Greenbelt. The government has proposed changes to the four Plans captured in the Co-ordinated Review and are looking for feedback, the Plans include: Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016; Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016); Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016); and, the Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2016. OHBA is seeking input from members as we prepare our submission to government – please share your comments, questions and concerns to OHBA Policy Director Mike Collin-Williams.

ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD REVIEW The provincial government is undertaking a review of the scope and effectiveness of the OMB. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of the Attorney General are working to develop proposed recommendations to improve how the OMB works within the broader system of land-use planning. A consultation paper will be released in the fall 2016 for further comment. Prior to the release of the consultation document, the province has requested to hear views from stakeholders on the following topics – Jurisdiction and powers; Meaningful citizen participation and local perspective; Clear/predictable decision making; Hearing procedures and practices; Alternative dispute resolution; and, Timely processes and decision making. In an effort to support the framework of discussion topics for the upcoming consultation, we encourage members to submit your preliminary comments. Please email these comments to OHBA’s Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams and also direct your comments directly to the province at: OMBReview@ontario.ca.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR HOUSING (SB-12), EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017 The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has published the revised Supplementary Standard SB-12 (Energy Efficiency Requirements for Housing) which will become effective on January 1, 2017. Supplementary Standard SB-12 to the 2012 Building Code – Energy Efficiency for Housing – has been amended to include: new prescriptive compliance packages that provide minimum 15 per cent energy efficiency improvement over existing packages; drain water heat recovery units as a mandatory requirement for all prescriptive compliance packages; heat or energy recovery ventilators as a mandatory requirement in all packages in order to protect indoor air quality as homes get increasingly “air tight”; thermal U and effective RSI values along with nominal RSI values to provide added flexibility in the choice of different assembly structures e.g. basement wall and roofs; credits for reducing air leakage to encourage better energy conservation; table to clarify requirements for developing a reference building; revised air-leakage rates for the reference building to encourage testing and improved air tightness; clarification to provide credits for renewables, dedicated ventilation systems and broader types of HVAC equipment; and, other editorial changes, clarifications and new appendix notes. The term “heat recovery ventilators” has been broadened to include energy recovery ventilators wherever it has been used in the document. Chapter 3 changes will apply to construction for which a permit has been applied for after December 31, 2016. There have only been minor editorial changes included in this update for Chapter 2 which will continue to apply to construction for which a permit has been applied for before January 1, 2017.

HOME FIRE SPRINKLER SUMMIT On June 23, 2016, OHBA and BILD attended the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Toronto. Information about residential fire sprinkler systems for low-rise homes, the associated costs implementation challenges of fire sprinkler systems was shared with the industry. Organizers expressed that the summit’s intent was not about changing legislation, but rather focused on public awareness and education. OHBA noted that any items or technologies that are installed in the home must make sense not just from a builder’s perspective, but also in terms of the consumers’ ability to utilize it and operate it. OHBA continues to support the development and adoption process of the Ontario Building Code as the most effective way of ensuring an adequate standard of health and safety in buildings. The code development process sets out proven requirements to protect health and safety in buildings – incorporated only after full consideration of their impact on the industry and on consumers. OHBA will continue to monitor and inform members if fire sprinkler systems for low-rise arise as a potential change in the Ontario Building Code.

PROHIBITION OF GAS FURNACES FOR CONSTRUCTION HEAT, EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2017 OHBA expressed the concerns of our members about a recent decision made by HRAI’s furnace manufacturer members to prohibit the use of gas furnaces for construction heat in a letter dated May 26, 2016. In response, HRAI conducted an internal meeting with furnace manufacturers on June 8th to discuss options to mitigate the impact of their decision on the new home construction process. On June 24th, HRAI issued its response to OHBA with that decision that manufacturers agreed to extend the deadline for compliance to May 1, 2017. The proposed standard wording that will be included in their manufacturers’ instructions, is as follows: “Gas furnaces manufactured on or after May 1, 2017 are not permitted to be used in Canada for heating of buildings or structures under construction” OHBA recognizes that clarification is needed on the details of the prohibition, and will keep all members informed of further discussion with HRAI.

 


OHBA Activity Summary – July 2016

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JULY 2016

DATES TO NOTE:

August 15: OHBA Awards of Distinction Finalists Announced

August 16: OHBA People’s Choice Award Opens

September 18-20: OHBA Annual Conference- Collingwood


 

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN On June 8th the provincial government released a Climate Change Action Plan and OHBA responded with a media release. The action plan backs away from earlier media reports that suggested bans on natural gas, ensuring our members and consumers continue to have a variety of options available for home heating. The Climate Change Action Plan has specific actions that impact new housing and land-use planning, including: Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HERD), a rebate for high-performance homes, funding for new technologies for homes, Building Code changes, retrofitting existing private apartments, electric-vehicle-ready homes, and eliminating minimum parking requirements. OHBA is a member of the Home Energy Transparency Coalition and is working with a number of stakeholders including the: Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Clean Economy Alliance, Environmental Defence and NAIMA Canada, representing more than 125 organizations, to advocate for the province to mandate home energy rating and disclosure (HERD) upon the sale of an existing home. OHBA and members of the Home Energy Transparency Coalition have met with the Ministry of Energy following the Climate Change Action Plan announcement to discuss implementation and roll-out of Home Energy Rating and Disclosure.

ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD REVIEW The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of the Attorney General are working to develop proposed recommendations to improve how the OMB works within the broader system of land-use planning. A consultation paper will be released in the fall 2016 for further comment. Prior to the release of the consultation document, the province has requested to hear views on a number of topics. In an effort to support the framework of discussion topics for the upcoming consultation, we encourage you to submit your preliminary comments. Please email these comments to OHBA’s Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams and also direct your comments directly to the province at OMBReview@ontario.ca by August 5th.

CO-ORDINATED REVIEW OF GROWTH PLAN AND GREENBELT In May the provincial government announced proposed amendments to four Plans that were part of the Co-ordinated Review. OHBA, along with BILD and HHHBA, responded to the announcement with a media release noting that the provincial government’s proposed amendments would mean less housing choice and higher prices for home buyers. The government has proposed changes to the four Plans captured in the Co-ordinated Review and are looking for feedback, the Plans include: Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016, Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016), Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016), Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2016. OHBA and BILD co-hosted an industry consultation with Larry Clay, the Ontario Growth Secretariat which was followed by a presentation from Malone Given Parsons offering industry observations on the potential impacts of the proposed amendments to the Plans. OHBA and the Ontario Growth Secretariat plan to host an additional industry consultation to be located in the Outer Ring for members at a date to be determined later this summer. Please submit your comments, questions and concerns to OHBA Policy Director Mike Collin-Williams to be included in an association response (due to the government on September 30).

INCLUSIONARY ZONING In May the provincial government tabled legislation, Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 (Bill 204) that will allow municipalities to force the inclusion of government-defined affordable housing units in new residential projects. The province subsequently posted a proposed regulation under the Planning Act that would set the framework for Inclusionary Zoning as well as a consultation discussion guide. OHBA responded to the announcement with a media release, “Inclusionary Zoning Will Only Work through Partnerships.” The legislation follows an announcement in March by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing which updated the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. OHBA responded to the announcement with the media release articulating that “Housing is Never Free – New Neighbours will pay the Bill for Inclusionary Zoning.” In advance of the legislation being introduced, OHBA and BILD created a Statement of Intent on Affordable Housing & Inclusionary Zoning. The Statement of Intent outlines our principles for creating legislation to permit Inclusionary Zoning. Comments are due to the Ministry by August 16th and OHBA will be preparing a submission – we are seeking feedback from members – please send comments to OHBA Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams.

SMART GROWTH FOR OUR COMMUNITIES ACT The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act (Bill 73) was passed in December and while certain changes to the Planning Act came into force on Royal Assent (December 3, 2015), the majority of changes to the Planning Act came into force on July 1, 2016. These include municipal transparency, citizen engagement, increasing certainty for municipal government and resolving disputes, improving local decision-making and accountability.

NEW MINISTRY OF LABOUR REGS NOW IN FORCE Amendments coming into force under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and various regulations under it include: Introducing new technical and operational safety requirements for the safe operation of drill rigs, including new training requirements for rig operators; Extending noise protection to all workplaces covered under the act, including construction projects; Requiring employers to take appropriate safety measures to ensure construction workers are protected from hazardous biological and chemical substances; Enhancing and clarifying provisions relating to exposure to carbon monoxide, and other fumes and gases, released from internal combustion engines for workers on construction projects; and, Enhancing and clarifying provisions relating to the use of portable ladders. For more details, visit the Ministry of Labour. OHBA provided MOL with a submission related to the regulations that are coming into force during the consultation period in late 2014.

ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANNING The Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015 was proclaimed on May 1, 2016. This important legislation makes infrastructure planning a foundational component of provincial and broader public sector practices. OHBA wrote a submission to the Minister of Economic Development Employment and Infrastructure last spring supporting stronger municipal asset management planning for municipalities under this Act. The government will be hosting sessions across the province starting this July. The intent of the sessions is to engage in a constructive conversation about municipal asset management planning, to help inform potential regulation content. For more information, please contact OHBA Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams.

OHBA ACTIVE IN NEW REVIEW OF DEAN RECOMMENDATIONS ON OCOT The government has asked former Cabinet Minister and London-area MPP Chris Bentley to review the Tony Dean recommendation regarding employer and worker challenges to OCOT enforcement tickets. OHBA has submitted a response with the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance to Bentley supporting the Ontario Labour Relations Board taking a more active role in adjudicating disputes and suggesting OCOT enforcement target higher risk activities instead of a broad application of the regulation. As part of his review, we were pleased that Chris Bentley participated on a site tour hosted by past LHBA President, Ted Melchers. The purpose of the visit was to show how work is assigned in a predominantly low-rise and non-union construction site where it is common that a tradespersons work assignments could overlap with the Scopes of Practice that OCOT is responsible for enforcing.

OHBA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AMM, PRESIDENT’S GALA AND AWARDS OF DISTINCTION The OHBA Conference website is now open for registration! This year we will be returning to Collingwood to the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort! Our local association host, the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association, has a wonderful opening reception planned. It is always a great opportunity to mix with your colleagues and meet new people. The conference will be jam-packed with activities sessions and a Trade Show as well as our annual Awards of Distinction celebration and President’s Gala where we will usher in our new president. Please check back often to the Conference website to hear more about what exciting sessions and speakers we have planned. To learn more, visit the Conference website: https://conference.ohba.ca/

AMM RESOLUTIONS OHBA has produced a 2015-2016 Resolutions Update package that is a status report of the resolutions approved at the September 28, 2015 OHBA Annual Meeting of Members. OHBA invites and encourages local associations to submit resolutions to the 2016 OHBA Annual Meeting of Members at 9:00 a.m. on Monday September 19th in Collingwood. Please submit resolutions to OHBA by Friday, August 26th, this will enable us to circulate the material to all local associations for their review in early September, prior to the OHBA AMM. Our 30 local associations have a voice in the policies and priorities of our organization. Please provide us with your input.

GOODBYE ONTARIO RETIREMENT PENSION PLAN Ontario will no longer move ahead to establish a separate Ontario Retirement Pension Plan that was expected to kick in for larger employers in 2018 after reaching an agreement with federal and provincial governments to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The provincial government had campaigned on a commitment to enhance retirement savings and had pursued a separate Ontario plan in the event the federal government did not move ahead with enhancements to the CPP. OHBA had been working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to voice our concerns with the previous plan. While the current plan will still mean higher costs payroll costs for employers and workers, OHBA concurs with the OCC response that this development is a significant improvement from the ORPP which would have increased regulatory fragmentation and administrative burden.

UPDATE ON INDUSTRY STRIKES Following the end of the strikes on June 15, 2016, for marble, tile, terrazzo, framing, drywall, trim and electrical trades, Tarion has issued a Supplemental Warranty Alert. To determine case-by-case eligibility, please contact the following Tarion staff that have been specifically assigned to work with you during the trade strikes:

Freehold and condo unit inquiries:

Trudy Napoleone, Manager, Warranty Services

Tel:  (416) 229-3844, ext. 3202

Email:  trudy.napoleone@tarion.com

Common element inquiries:

Bonnie Douglas Manager, Warranty Services

Tel: (416) 229-3844, ext. 3183

Email: bonnie.douglas@tarion.com

Builder/Vendors who are impacted by the strike may be able to extend closing and occupancy timelines according to Tarion’s Unavoidable Delay provisions of the Addendum. Tarion has also published an update on their website regarding current strikes affecting the New Home Building Industry.


 

 

Annual General Meeting Minutes – June 22, 2016

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Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association Annual General Meeting

June 22, 2016

Sheba Shrine, Barrie On.

Chairman: Bruce Bolduc

1. CALL TO ORDER: President Shawn Still called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

2. APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARIAN: Past President Bruce Bolduc appointed Melissa Almonte of Gregor Homes to be parliamentarian.

3. REPORT OF CREDENTIALS: Jennifer Lynch, Executive Officer reported that 33 members were present which constituted a quorum as required by the By-Laws.

4. WELCOME: President Shawn Still welcomed members and guests to the 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting held at The Sheba Shrine, Barrie, On.

5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 24, 2015 Motion to be made via email to the Memberships at a later date.

6. PRESENTATION OF ANNUAL REPORTS: President Shawn Still directed the attention of those present to the reports from the various committees and asked that the reports be accepted. Moved by Matt Pryce, seconded by Mark Mulder“That all reports excluding the Treasurers Report be accepted as presented.” Motion carried

7. TREASURER’S REPORT: SUE CERILLI Secretary/Treasurer Sue Cerilli presented the Financials as per the 2015-2016 Review Engagement prepared by Rychard Lardner, Chartered Accountant (Lardner & Company). She presented specifics of the financial statements and opened the floor for questions. Moved by Josh Waters, seconded by Peter Brewda “The Review Engagement of the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association Financial Position for 2015-2016 be accepted as presented in the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association Annual Report” Motion carried

8. APPROVAL OF BUDGET FOR 2016-2017: Moved by James Bazely, seconded by Alan Priest “That the 2016-2017 Budget as presented in the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association Annual Report be approved as presented.” Motion carried.

9. APPOINTMENT OF ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR 2016-2017: President Shawn Still announced that he would accept a motion empowering the Board of Directors to select an Accounting firm to perform 2016-2017 Review Engagement. Moved by Matt Pryce, seconded by Bob Schickedanz: “The Board of Directors be empowered to select an Accounting Firm to perform 2016-2017 Review Engagement.” Motion carried

10. 2016-2017 – Simcoe County BOARD OF DIRECTORS: As a result of this evening’s elections – the 2016-2017 Simcoe County Home Builders Association –is as follows:

2016-2017 SIMCOE COUNTY HOME BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PAST PRESIDENT Shawn Still, Hedbern Homes

PRESIDENT Bob Schickedanz, FarSight Homes

1ST VICE PRESIDENT Peter Brewda, Moen Inc.

2nd VICE PRESIDENT Mark Mulder, Northern Plumbing Systems Inc.

SECRETARY/TREASURER Wayne Hissa, Prime Time Financial

BUILDER/DEVELOPER/RENOVATOR DIRECTORS Matt Paul, Frontline Design Build; Paul Meredith, Parkbridge Lifestyles Community; Matt Pryce, Prycon Custom Building & Renovations

TRADE CONTRACTOR DIRECTORS Bill Robinson, Robinson Enterprises; Chase Clarke, the Sarjeant Company Ltd.

SUPPLIER DIRECTORS Josh Waters, CRS; Sue Cerilli, Eddy Smart Home Solutions

SERVICE/PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORS Sandy Davies, The Barrie Examiner; Grace Doiron, RBC Royal Bank

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES (Appointed following the meeting):

11. ADJOURNMENT: Moved by Bruce Bolduc, seconded by Grace Doiron “That the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting be adjourned.” Motion carried

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm

OHBA Activity Summary – June 2016

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JUNE 2016

 

DATES TO NOTE:

June 8th:  OHBA Board of Directors Meeting

June 8th: OHBA MOECC Workshop

June 22nd: OHBA Awards of Distinction Submissions website closes

September 18 – 20th: OHBA Annual Conference and Awards – Collingwood

 

INCLUSIONARY ZONING
On May 18th the provincial government tabled legislation, Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 (Bill 204), that will allow municipalities to force the inclusion of government defined affordable housing units in new residential projects. The province subsequently posted a proposed regulation under the Planning Act that would set the framework for Inclusionary Zoning as well as a consultation discussion guide. OHBA responded to the announcement with a media release, “Inclusionary Zoning Will Only Work through Partnerships.” The legislation follows an announcement in March by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing which updated the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. OHBA responded to the announcement with the media release articulating that “Housing is Never Free – New Neighbours will pay the Bill for Inclusionary Zoning.” In advance of the legislation being introduced, OHBA and BILD created a Statement of Intent on Affordable Housing & Inclusionary Zoning. The Statement of Intent outlines our principles for creating legislation to permit Inclusionary Zoning. OHBA will be reviewing the legislation and regulatory package against our statement of intent in an effort to shape how a partnership model can make Inclusionary Zoning work. Comments are due to the Ministry by August 16th and OHBA will be preparing a submission – we are seeking feedback from members – please send comments to OHBA Director of Policy Mike Collins-Williams. OHBA understands that on June 6th the Minister will make a statement on the legislation and the opposition will have a chance to respond.

 

GREENBELT AND GROWTH PLAN PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
In May the Provincial government announced proposed amendments to the four Plans that were part of the Co-ordinated Review. OHBA, along with the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association (HHHBA), responded to the announcement with a media release noting that the Provincial government’s proposed amendments would mean less housing choice and higher prices for home buyers.  A few key proposed amendments from the announcement included: Increasing intensification targets to a minimum of 60 per cent of all new residential development occurring annually in the built-up area (currently 40 per cent); increasing the designated greenfield area density target in the Growth Plan to a minimum of 80 residents and jobs per hectare (currently 50); establishing stronger environmental, agricultural and planning criteria in the Growth Plan for settlement area boundary expansions; requiring the province, in collaboration with municipalities, to identify and map an agricultural system for the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH); identifying a natural heritage system in the GGH outside the Greenbelt Area; and, four parcels of land identified by the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region would be added to the Greenbelt.  OHBA participated extensively in the public consultation process since the Co-ordinated Review and Panel was announced last year. OHBA attended all of the town hall meetings across the GGH and made a submission with a comprehensive as part of the first phase of the Co-ordinated Review. OHBA also supported two third-party reports to inform the consultation – “Review and Strategic Assessment of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” by Deloitte and “Improving the Growth Plan: A Commentary” with areas of proposed action by former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Growth Secretariat Brad Graham and economist Tom McCormack.  The government has proposed changes to the four Plans captured in the Co-ordinated Review and are looking for feedback, the Plans include: Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016; Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016); Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016); and, Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2016. Please submit your comments, questions and concerns to OHBA Policy Director Mike Collin-Williams to be included in an association response. The government will also be hosting Public Open Houses, click here for scheduled locations. Lastly there are a number of full-day technical briefings that are invitation only from the Ministry – if you are interested in attending please contact OHBA Director of Policy, Michael Collins-Williams.

 

ONTARIO PROPOSES NEW DRAFT ELECTORAL FINANCING RULES
On May 17th, the province introduced the Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act (Bill 201), which includes measures that would, if passed, modernize the province’s election financing rules. The proposed changes include: Banning donations and loan guarantees by corporations and unions, capping the amount of money third parties can spend on political advertising, introducing strict anti-collusion measures, placing new limits on the amount of money individuals can donate and creating a per-vote allowance for political parties based on the number of votes they receive. OHBA responded with a media release that “OHBA Supports Ban on Political Donations from Corporations and Unions”.

 

MANDATORY SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING FOR ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS PROPOSED
The Ministry of Labour is proposing a regulation that would mandate a minimum level of construction safety awareness training for all workers in construction. The proposal would require all workers to complete a mandatory one-day classroom training program from a Ministry of Labour approved training provider. Alternatively larger construction companies with 20 or more workers with joint health and safety committees would be able to develop their own training based on the subjects set out in regulation. The proposal includes a two-year transition period to give employers time to ensure their workers have completed the training. Under the proposal a worker would not be required to take refresher training in future years if they took the training through a Ministry of Labour approved training provider. For more information visit the Ministry of Labour. Please forward any comments or questions to Stephen Hamilton.

 

OHBA AWARDS OF DISTINCTION AND CONFERENCE WEBSITES NOW OPEN!
The OHBA 2016 Awards of Distinction website is now open for submissions! Are you the best of the best in Ontario? Showcase your talent and submit your projects! The award winners will be announced at OHBA’s Annual Conference taking place September 18-20 at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood. Make sure to get your submissions in by June 22nd! This year’s conference will be taking place in Collingwood and promises to be jam-packed with speakers, activities and important industry insights! Registration is now open – visit http://conference.ohba.ca to find out more!

 

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ACT REVIEW
Last year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act by posting a discussion paper to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. OHBA and a number of our local associations and members participated in consultations specific to our industry including an OHBA/BILD hosted session at our office last fall. OHBA also submitted recommendations in a submission to the Ministry last fall. In response to the public and stakeholder comments received, the Ministry has identified five priorities for updating the Act: Strengthen oversight and accountability in decision-making; increase clarity and consistency in roles and responsibilities, processes and requirements; improve collaboration and engagement among all parties involved in resource management; modernize funding mechanisms to support conservation authority operations; and, enhance flexibility for the province to update the Conservation Authorities Act in the future. A new consultation document “Conserving Our Future” has been posted to the Environmental Registry (012-7583).The document represents the next stage of the review and was created to help generate additional discussion related to the priorities. The posting will be open for comment for 120 days until September
9, 2016. OHBA is seeking feedback from members on the consultation document – please direct any comments back to Mike Collins-Williams. In addition to the posting, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will host five facilitated regional multi-stakeholder engagement sessions on this document: Friday June 3, 2016: Eastern Ontario, Ottawa — Tuesday June 7, 2016: Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay — Thursday June 9, 2016: Southwestern Ontario, London — Monday June 13, 2016: Central Ontario, Newmarket — Wednesday June 15, 2016: Northeastern Ontario, Sudbury.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please send an RSVP to mnrwaterpolicy@ontario.ca. OHBA representative (Suzanne Mammel – HHHBA
Executive Officer) and BILD representative (Gary Gregoris – Mattamy Homes) were also appointed by the Ministry to a technical stakeholders working group that provided advice to the government regarding the CA Review in late May.
TARION WARRANTY ALERT ON MARBLE, TILE, TERRAZZO, FRAMING AND DRYWALL
In response to requests submitted by OHBA, RESCON and BILD, Tarion has issued a Warranty Alert on Marble, Tile, Terrazzo, Framing and Drywall. Tarion confirms that the marble, tile, terrazzo, framing and drywall strikes constitute an Industry Extraordinary Situation which may entitle builders to an extension of the builder repair period. For details on the process that builders must follow if they are impacted by a strike and require an extension on the builder repair period or closing and/or possession transfer, please refer to Tarion’s Warranty Alert.  Builders are expected to communicate with their customers as much as possible and provide homeowners with their best reasonable estimate of how long the delay will be. Extensions to builder repair periods will be granted by Tarion on a case-by-case basis, where Tarion determines that an extension is justified based on the strikes impacting your projects. If you believe your ability to complete work or repairs will be delayed as a result of the strikes and require an extension to a builder repair period, you must contact Tarion to request an extension as soon as possible, before the builder repair period expires. To determine case-by-case eligibility, please contact the following Tarion staff that have been specifically assigned to work with you during the trade strikes:
Freehold and condo unit inquiries:
Trudy Napoleone – Manager, Warranty Services
416.229.3844, ext. 3202, trudy.napoleone@tarion.com
Common element inquiries:
Bonnie Douglas – Manager, Warranty Services
416.229.3844, ext. 3183, bonnie.douglas@tarion.com

 

FIRE SAFETY DURING CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINE OF MID-RISE WOOD BUILDINGS
A new Provincial Guideline to enhance fire safety within and around mid-rise wood buildings while they are under construction is now available. The Guideline was developed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) and the Ministry of Labour (MOL). This Guideline draws on the advice and experience of stakeholders in the building, design, fire protection, manufacturing, municipal enforcement and insurance sectors, as well as on documents and standards in other leading jurisdictions. Thank you to our members who provided valuable feedback towards the development of this Guideline.  This Guideline complements the amendments to the Ontario Building Code which came into effect in January 2015 to allow construction of mid-rise (five and six storey) wood-frame buildings. The Guideline includes best practices and considerations for builders and others involved in the construction and protection of these buildings, but does not constitute a Regulation. The Guideline addresses eleven key areas of best practice, for example: Fire Safety Planning, Hot Work Protocol, Control of Ignition Sources and Protection of Adjacent Properties. For more information, please go to the Ministry’s website.

 

MOECC – LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT MANUAL
The Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change (MOECC) has initiated the development of a Low-Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management Guidance Manual. As part of this undertaking, a stakeholders group has been established with the industry being represented by BILD member Steve Schaefer of SCS Consulting Group. The stakeholders group is currently reviewing two documents: Recommended Minimum Runoff Control Targets which establishes the target rainfall event for on-site control and a chapter on model selection framework for an approach to analyze the effects of LID measure implementation on the local surface water and groundwater systems. These documents would apply to all new development. A brief overview of the Draft volume control recommendations:

 The Recommended Volume Control Target (RVCT) is based on the volume of stormwater to be infiltrated, evapo-transpirated or re-used with no discharge to sewer or surface waters.
 The RVCT is based on the regionally specific 90th percentile event (26-29mm for the GTA). This target is considered a “minimum” and “shall” be superseded by more stringent volume targets developed though other site or watershed specific studies.
 Any site that results in or reconstructs more than 0.1ha of impervious area must meet the following performance goal: SWM runoff volumes will be controlled and the post construction runoff volume shall be retained on site from the runoff from the regionally specific 90th percentile rainfall event from all surfaces on the entire site.
 Flexible Treatment Options for Sites with Restrictions are defined for sites with the following restrictions (note that soil type is not included): Shallow bedrock, high groundwater, swelling clays or unstable sub-soils, contaminated soils, high-risk activity sites, and prohibitions or restrictions per the
approved Source Protection Plans.  OHBA is requesting that members requesting a copy of the LID documents contact OHBA and direct any comments, concerns, questions to both OHBA Director
of Policy Mike Collins-Williams and stakeholder group member and principal of SCS Consulting Group Steve Schaefer.