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Transit Taxes Set to Rise

Durham Region is proposing a 20%-30% increase to their transit development charges beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

A single detached home will jump from the current rate of $401 to $515, and a low density multiple will be increased from $336 to $414. A two-bedroom apartment will change from $232 to $299, and a one-bedroom from $149 to $194.

Non-Residential developments will also be increased from $0.25/sq. ft to $0.31/sq. ft.

Gary Asselin, economic analyst for Durham Region’s finance department, said that the charges are in line with other regions of similar size.


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New Tax on Trades!

Trades Are Outraged!

The college of trades is going to start charging trades people, and even apprentices, for working in Ontario. renovation financing

The newly formed College of Trades will start sending out invoices to trades people in January!

In order to voice your concerns and understand more about it

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Please Welcome Anita DeVries!

Anita DeVries the New Executive Officer of the DRHBA

Advocating for Durham Region Home Builders’ and their customers is the primary focus of the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association. Therefore they have selected Anita DeVries as their new Executive Officer.

DeVries has a background in journalism, politics and construction and will be filling the role left vacant by Donna Donaldson, who served the association for the past decade.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve you as your new Executive Officer,” DeVries told DRHBA members at a dinner meeting Tuesday night. “Together we can be a potent power in the construction industry for our members and our customers.”

A former reporter for Metroland and the Lindsay Post, DeVries holds an Honours BA in English and History from Trent University, and a Journalism Diploma from Durham College, she has also been working in the construction industry for over 20 years.

DRHBA has been an active voice for Durham Region Builders since 1953. Its mission is to “be the voice of the residential construction industry in Durham Region; to achieve an environment in which our membership can operate profitably; and, to promote affordability and choice of high quality homes for our customers.”

Stephen Snider, president of DRHBA, welcomes Anita DeVries as the new Executive Officer.

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Announcing Our New YouTube Channel!!!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our new YouTube Channel, then you have to take a moment and do so.

Recently the DRHBA held it’s Business Showcase where members displayed their new products and services. At the event a videographer was present to record short clips from many of the firms present.


Some of the members already use video to show you their products and services and those have also been added to the site.

Check us out now!

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Build Energy Efficiency Into Your Home.

The Building Envelope

In my experience, building energy efficiency into your home is the best investment you can make. Improved indoor air quality and reduced energy costs are long-term benefits that will ultimately pay dividends to you, the homeowner. A well-maintained building envelope saves energy in two primary ways. It prevents the uncontrolled flow of outside air through the building and increases the thermal integrity.

If possible, design and orient your home on your building site to maximize day lighting and solar gain. Address the “Building Envelope” as you undertake this important aspect of your build by paying close attention to key aspects:

  • Use under-slab basement insulation, even if you are not heating the slab.
  • Insulate your basement perimeter the full height and incorporate a thermal and damp proof break between the concrete and the insulation.
  • Spray foam rim joists cavities. This is the best way to achieve a tight seal.
  • Main and upper level perimeter walls should have a minimum of 6” cavity insulation complete with insulated sheathing to address thermal bridging.
  • Ceiling insulation should achieve a consistent R50 level along with adequate ventilation.
  • A superior insulated building envelope is not complete unless accompanied by a tightly sealed air/vapor barrier along with a protective rain-screen where required.
  • Windows and doors should seal tight when closed and all glass should be at minimum double-glazed with LowE/Argon, with a preference for triple glazing  and LowE/Argon. It is imperative to seal around all doors and windows with          spray foam for a tight seal.
  • Seal tight all electrical boxes, pot lights and envelope service penetrations.
  • Now that your home is sealed tight, installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator is imperative. It will serve as “lungs” for your home, by continuously exchanging  the stale air in your home for fresh outside air. The HRV will need to be balanced by a qualified professional to maintain equal pressure in your home.  “It is more efficient to control the draft in your home than it is to have a drafty      house.”
  • Use quality materials and equipment and qualified installers to ensure your whole house system functions properly.

When you make this investment in your building envelope, the heating and cooling equipment you choose will achieve its intended efficiency, reduce your home’s operating costs and increase your indoor comfort.

To quote one of our clients, “The money I save on energy costs more than pays for the increases in property taxes.”

For alternative options on building sustainable homes visit Steve Snider Construction Today!


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