Older couple - first home

by Paul Golini:Chair, BILD



June 15 - A word from our President

Writing this column over the last eight months has been quite the experience. I have written about various aspects of home building, renovation, the trades, women in construction, municipal, provincial and federal politics and so much more. In its own way, each column added to the discussions around building communities across the GTA and the social and economic impact of our industry.

June 8 - Home renovation still a solid investment

There's been a lot of talk lately surrounding investment opportunities presented by the new homes industry in the GTA, and I find it a bit surprising when the renovation industry is overlooked in the conversation.

June 1 - Joining industry professionals at the table

Earlier this week, BILD was invited by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to take part in an industry roundtable discussing the housing market in the GTA and it was a great opportunity to share knowledge and listen to our colleagues from other sectors.

May 25 - Setting sights on stability

There seems to be a lot of focus lately surrounding the 2012 performance of the housing market, particularly the high-rise side, which took a bit of time getting out of the gate in January as builders sold off existing inventory.

May 18 - Renovation market heats up

Most housing conversations these days usually touch on one of these three topics - the growth of the housing market, the cost of buying a home and the market shift towards condominiums. But here's what you don't expect to hear around the water cooler - the resurgence in the home renovation industry.

May 11 - Healthy demand for housing in the GTA

The other day, I was listening to John Tory's radio show and he was asking people to phone in with their opinion on the country's housing boom and the government's move to curb household debt. Since I often get asked about these and other issues facing our industry, and part of my role as Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association is to inform and educate, I phoned in.

May 4 - Flash mob ignites BILD Awards excitement

When the nearly 1,000 guests of the 32nd annual BILD Awards took their seats, they had no idea they were about to be in the middle of a flash mob. Disguised singers and dancers arose from the seated crowd and as the talented Dave Murphy Band covered Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long" everyone got up on their feet and joined in the fun.

April 27 - A small key. A big difference.

Sometimes something so small can represent something really big. In this case, I'm talking about a key. Specifically, the key to a new home. More often than not, it's something you've worked so hard for and now it's yours, and as you turn that key in the front door lock for the very first time, it somehow just makes it all worth it.

April 20 - You be the judge

BILD wants you to be the judge. With the Association's 32nd annual BILD Awards just a week away, we want to invite the loyal readers of this column to vote for our inaugural People's Choice Award, which will be given to a lucky winner at the awards show.

April 13 - A cure for spring fever

Do you get spring fever? I don't mean the allergy kind, I mean the kind that strikes around this time every year when the sun is shining and you feel beckoned by your backyard, only to realize it really needs some TLC?

April 6 - A tale of two budgets

This is a tale of two budgets. Both released in the same week but affecting our industry and our consumers in different ways. In the provincial budget, there is money for infrastructure projects that will help complete communities and in the federal budget-well, it's actually what's missing from the federal budget that will benefit future home buyers in those communities.

March 30 - Recognition for renovation inspiration

BILD's Destination Renovation booth at the National Home Show was a great success again this year and in addition to our RenoMark™ renovators, who volunteered their time and gave out free advice, it was due in large part to the renovation inspiration showcased by our 2012 Renovation and Custom Home Award nominees.

March 23 - Stability in the new home market

Despite how warm outside it has been lately, I have to keep telling myself that it is only March and with that, we've had two solid months of new home sales so far this year.  The tally for February sales was pretty good and I believe a total for the year so far of 4,451 units sold represents an easing back into stability for the new housing market in the GTA, with more than half of those units sold in February.

March 16 - All things home and garden under one roof

It's been 60 years since the National Home Show first opened its doors, so it goes without saying that the event has come a long way.

March 9 - Association awards season is underway

Hollywood's awards season might be a wrap, but ours is just getting started. Next week, we'll gather at an industry luncheon to officially open the National Home Show and honour the best of the best renovation and custom builders across the GTA. We even have a new award this year for Best Condominium Renovation - and I'm sure it wasn't easy for our judges to decide the winner in that category.

March 2 - Ideas will flourish at this year’s National Home Show

This year's National Home Show is going to be even bigger and better than last year because we've teamed up with Canada Blooms to co-locate the two shows and bring the largest North American display of innovative products and new ideas for all things home and garden under one roof.

February 24 - Low-rise new home sales make a comeback

This week we got the tally of new home sales across the GTA in the month of January from BILD's source of new home market intelligence, RealNet Canada Inc. Typically, as compared to Januarys of the past, sales are just beginning to take off. Still, a total of 1,794 units is no small feat, especially since most builders use the month to sell off inventory as they prepare to launch new phases and projects in February and March.

February 17 - BILD members find international success in Orlando

Last week, BILD members took to the skies and descended in Orlando, Florida to take part in the international home building, sales and marketing competition known as The Nationals - presented by the U.S. National Association of Home Builders.

February 10 - Green builders awarded for excellence

Last week I was in beautiful Collingwood for the Ontario Home Builders' Association builder and renovator forum-an annual event that is jam-packed with energy efficiency training organized by the Association's training partner, EnerQuality, and there were 210 of us from all facets of the industry soaking it all in.

February 3 - Building green, living green

In late January, the federal government of Canada announced that it will prematurely end the ecoENERGY Retrofit program - a $400-million initiative offering homeowners up to $5,000 to undergo a green renovation.

January 27 - The year of the condo

You'll have to excuse me for borrowing a headline from BILD's press release last Friday, but there really is no other way to describe 2011 - a year that will long be known for its phenomenal success in the high-rise sector.

January 20 - Renovating? Better start planning now!

Much like buying a new home, a renovation is a process that requires careful planning. When buying a home, you would sit down and research all the different developers building in your area of choice before deciding to act further, and a similar practice should be applied before undergoing a home renovation.

January 13 - Women helping to BILD our Association

There are some women in our association that have worked hard over the last year to raise the profile of women in construction. It occurred to me as I was watching a year-in-review special and reading through countdown lists over the holidays that BILD could really put its own together list. 

January 6 - Canada-wide competition comes to Toronto

A Canada-wide architectural competition called Migrating Landscapes has been making its way across the country and on February 6, it's coming to Toronto.