NIAGARA FALLS – Anyone who is in the home building industry and is looking for ways to do things better, faster and cheaper should check in with some of the experts who will taking part in the Builder & Renovator Forum 2014 that is taking place next month in Niagara Falls.
The event is being presented by the Ontario Home Builders Association. It’s being held Feb. 26-28, at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagara Falls.
“It’s a technical conference and it focuses more on the hands-on practical training needed for the industry,” said Kathryn Segal, communications officer for the association.
“We look into things like the Building Code and what changes have taken place and how it affects the industry. We also do specific things for renovators, new custom ideas that are coming out for ways to build and renovate.”
The OHBA is the voice of the residential building industry in Ontario. More than 4,000 member companies are involved in all facets of the new home construction and residential renovation industries.
Segal said the forum is a great place for those in the industry to touch base with the experts. It’s a way to find out more about utilizing the best materials available on the market in order to build affordable housing for the community.
Before taking on any project, Segal recommends doing a little homework to find out more about the builder or renovator you plan to hire for that special job.
“RenoMark is our professional designation for renovators and it’s the best way we can keep tabs on whether or not they are a renovator who is part of the underground economy or not,” said Segal.
RenoMark members do not support the underground economy of renovators who avoid paying taxes and operate “fly-by-night” and “cash only” businesses.
A highlight of the forum will take place on the Thursday night, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the EnerQuality’s Awards of Excellence Gala and dinner.
“Awards of excellence will be given. They will be celebrating green building and energy efficiency in building,” said Segal.
On Friday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in support of “Celebrating 50 Years with 50 Good Deeds,” there will be a charity “Fun on the Ice” event held at the TD Rink At The Brink.
A number of activities are planned and it’s an opportunity to rub shoulders with some former NHL hockey greats such as Marcel Dionne from the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, Steve Ludzik from the Chicago Blackhawks and Rick Vaive from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“This is a way for our industry to give back to the community,” said Segal. “It’s a fun and interactive way to raise money for charity and it will really benefit a lot of people in the Niagara region.”
Proceeds from the event will be going to the Steve Ludzik’s Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab at the Hotel Dieu Shaver.
Skates, lockers and helmet rentals are available at the rink at an additional cost. Registration fee for the charity event is $20 plus HST.
More information can be found at http://www.builderrenovatorforum.com
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