Alert Notice #30
Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
 May 4, 2010


Contents:

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technology
6. Building Performance Issues
7. Green Building & Energy Efficiency
8. Building Products & Suppliers
9. Installation Procedures
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Computer, Internet & Fun


 
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"Please Tell Me Everything Is Going To Be OK"

Within a split second of hearing her frightened tone of voice on the other end of the phone, I knew this was not just a regular daily update from Daddy's Little Girl. Something was seriously wrong. A multitude of catastrophic scenarios flashed through my mind as her shakily-uttered words simultaneously hit my ears, my heart, and my gut. "Please tell me everything is going to be OK" she asked, almost pleadingly.

It started out as a rather routine visit to the doctor's office. This diligent Mommy was simply searching for information and insight into whether our 6-month old grandson's hip and leg were functioning as they should. It ended up being anything but routine. During the diagnosis, a nurse in the room opined (whether appropriately or not) that the cause/issue may not be physical...but "neurological". That word hit her like a ton of bricks. You see, she's been to this movie before. And so have I.

Based on past experience, regardless of whether or not there actually is anything neurologically affecting our lovable little Grand-Dude, a plethora of both fearful and faith-filled thoughts currently bounce around in my ol' monkey-mind.

Fearful thoughts are prompted by memories of thirty years ago. Back then, somewhat-similar terms initially shattered our family's utopian world when specialists began using them in discussions of our son's special circumstances. Although things would drastically change for me over time, I recall, at least a wee-bit reluctantly, the surreal period that followed. It was filled with an emotional roller coaster of woe-is-he, woe-is-me, woe-is-us, woe-is-everything. I relentlessly queried myself on any and all of the self-doubting questions that I'm sure most parents ask themselves when faced with news that their offspring may have "DIS-abilities". Why did this happen to us? What did I do to cause this? How will my child ever cope in the world? How will this change our lives? Little did I know at the time, but this self-imposed crisis was about to change our lives more significantly than any one of us could ever have imagined. Which brings me back to my faith-filled thoughts for our wee Grand-Dude, and for his Mommy & Daddy.

You see, in this instance, for me, there's not one single iota of doubt in my mind as to why faith now far-and-away overrides fear. It's because for over twenty nine years I've personally benefitted from a multitude of eye-opening, stereotype-smashing, heart-stretching, personal learnings from individuals who are blessed with "DIFF-abilities". I've seen first-hand what people with different abilities can eventually accomplish, given the chance to properly nurture whatever special qualities and skills they bring to this world. I've felt first-hand the pain of the struggle, and the joy of success, experienced by those who manage to find their own way of completing tasks, in spite of what others consider limitations. I've heard first-hand the genuine, oft-surprised, complimentary comments of those who take the time to truly interact with, and henceforth better understand, those looked on as different. A banner once displayed at our kid's summer camp said it best: "What's right with me is the starting point. What's wrong with me is beside the point."

In the end, wee Grand-Dude's situation may turn out to be nothing more than a physical issue with his hip & leg. Our prayers are with him. But if it does happen that he has different abilities, in my ol' mind he is blessed from the start. His Mommy has already had the opportunity to grow, right along with us, through three decades of her own little brother's trials and accomplishments. Also, methinks it's no coincidence that the universe has already provided wee Grand-Dude with his own lovingly capable big sister to be by his side and support him on his journey. And his Daddy, if as fortunate as I am, will get the chance to experience a part of parenting and personal growth that is more powerful and rewarding that any man could ever imagine.

So how did I respond to Daddy's Little Girl's distraught request for everything to be all right? Well, it was as if the words were offered to me not from rational thought, but from somewhere way down deep within...or perhaps above. "Everything will always be all right Sweetie. But the universe just takes a little longer for some things than others." I truly do believe that.

"Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation". - C. Everett Koop

My thanks to Michael Brewka, Larry Clay, Montgomery Wood, Doug Harrison, Mark Gauvin, Wilma Leung, John Chepil, Adam Freill, Herman Rebneris, Brian Hart, Garry Lowney, Brent Wilker, Peter Sundberg, Leigh Freeman, Elena Dunn, David Hill, Mila Djuras, John Friswell, Neil Ziola, Theresa Ouellette, Lynn Harrison, Blake Morley, and Barry Mohring for their comments, tips, and resources. I hope you find at least a wee bit of value in this newsletter.

Have a "Top Drawer" day.

Ken Farrish
:o)


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    1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

    BC Home Sales Moderate In First Quarter
    BC Real Estate Association reports that MLS residential sales in the province climbed 43 per cent to 7,110 units in March compared to the same month last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, MLS residential unit sales in the province increased 6 per cent compared to February 2010. However, home sales in March were 20 per cent lower than December 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis. (PDF)

    March 2010 Canadian Housing Starts
    CMHC says seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 197,300 units in March 2010. The first quarter results in month-over-month gains of 7.5 per cent in January (189,000 units), 6 per cent in February (200,400 units), and a slight decrease of 1.5 per cent in March.

    Canadian Housing Industry Economic Update May 2010
    Canadian Home Builders Association Economic Update for May 2010 offers information on international, national and regional economic trends of interest to the home building industry. (PDF)

    Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Winter 2010
    Conference Board Of Canada Provincial Outlook Winter 2010 quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of short-term outlook for Canada's provinces. It says British Columbia will finish first this year, boosted in part by the Winter Olympic Games and a recovery in the decimated forestry sector. Free site registration required.

    Online Video Of Peter Anderson's View Of Canadian Economy As Of March 2010
    Canadian Home Builders Association online video summarizes Peter Andersen presentation on the Canadian economy as it relates to the home building industry, as of March 2010.

    2010 Report On Canadian Residential Building Activity
    CMHC 2010 report on Canadian Residential Building Activity covers dwelling starts, completions, under construction, and newly completed & unabsorbed dwellings. (PDF)

    Return Of Multi-Generational Family Household
    Pew Research Center report says multi-generational American family household is staging a comeback, driven in part by the job losses and home foreclosures of recent years but more so by demographic changes that have been gathering steam for decades.

    The Smart Growth Manual
    The Smart Growth Manual presents a clear blueprint for developing cities and suburbs in the most user-friendly, cost-efficient, and environmentally sustainable manner. The authors explain how to create and enhance mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities as an alternative to suburban sprawl. $17 USD

    2. Business Management

    Generate Leads With Videos On YouTube
    US National Association of Home Builders article says social media marketing has become an essential way to do business and one of the premier online sites the home building industry should use is YouTube.

    Think Sold! Creating Home Sales In Any Market
    Builder Books sells Think Sold! Creating Home Sales in Any Market, a practical, how-to guide for developing the self-awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to succeed in the competitive field of new home sales. $24 USD

    Green Helps Sell Homes
    Despite facing significant barriers to widespread adoption of green, the majority of builders recognize the marketing power of sustainable, high-performance homes, according to a recent survey of Professional Builder readers.

    40 Ways To Market Your Remodeling Business In 2010
    Qualified Remodeler magazine provides 40 tips on how to market your Remodeling business in 2010.

    Should Remodelers Specialize, Branch Out Or Stay The Same?
    Qualified Remodeler article describes possible options for remodelers who may be considering changing their business focus in response to the current marketplace and demand.

    Web 2.0 In The Built Environment
    Be2Camp offers information and resources relating to Web 2.0 in the built environment.

    Special Contractor Rates For Advertising
    24 Hours Vancouver is currently offering special advertising rates for contractors. Contact Kathy Spooner at 604-322-2341, or Kathy.spooner@sunmedia.ca

    Estimating With Microsoft Excel
    Journal of Light Construction book on Estimating with Microsoft Excel covers basic formulas to sophisticated applications like automating Excel to integrate with other software packages, all with easy-to-understand examples and screen shots, plus a comprehensive companion CD-ROM. $40 USD

    Canadian Research Into High Tech Tools For Construction
    National Research Council Canada has established a new research centre that will provide novel tools to help boost the productivity of Canadian construction companies. Called the NRC Centre for Computer-assisted Construction Technologies, it boasts strong expertise in such technologies as physics-based modelling, dynamic scheduling, and process automation and optimization.

    3. Building Design & Trends

    Greater Vancouver renOVATION Award Finalists For 2010
    Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association displays projects from the finalists for Metro Vancouver’s first-ever home-renovation awards. Finalists were selected in each of 22 categories, including best kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living space, accessible renovation, exterior renovation, heritage renovation and others.

    10 Top-Selling Small-Home Communities
    Builder Magazine describes 10 communities across the U.S. where builders cracked the code for selling small houses.

    Six Showpiece Kitchens That Maximize Functionality
    Custom Builder describes six practical as well as pretty upscale kitchens that offer clutter-busting storage solutions and user-friendly layouts.

    Post Recession Design Preferences For Kitchen & Bath Remodels
    Qualified Remodeler article by four leading designers sees a stronger kitchen and bath remodeling market in the months ahead as clients, chastened by economic adversity, restart delayed projects.

    Top Trends In Decorative Concrete Countertops
    Concrete Network describes four trends in concrete countertop design including free-spans, personalization, fiber-optic lighting, and custom built-ins.

    Vintage Details Lend Character To New Homes
    Builder Magazine describes how builders and architects are turning to reclaimed materials and historic elements to build tradition into high-performance new homes and remodels.

    Modern Architectural Design
    Dwell offers information on modern residential architecture and design, and examples of well-designed spaces that integrate residents and their ideas and values.


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    4. Codes Standards & Regulations

    Smoke Alarms Now Required In All BC Homes
    Changes to the BC Fire Code require that every private home and hotel or motel room built before 1979 must have smoke alarms installed by May 1, 2010.

    Public Hearings For 2010 Proposed Amendments To BC Safety Regulations
    WorkSafe BC provides notice of their public hearings around BC for the 2010 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

    Canadian Code Requirements For Structural Plywood Panels
    CertiWood describes how wood-based panels (plywood and OSB) used for subfloors, roof and wall sheathing in Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9 construction) must conform to CSA standards. (PDF)

    New Harmonized Window Standard To Be Referenced In 2010 Canadian Building Code
    Canadian Institute for Research in Construction says a new, harmonized performance standard for windows, doors and skylights has been developed and will be referenced in the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC), replacing a number of Canadian standards, some of which were outdated. The standard is AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights.

    Overview Of Canadian Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations
    Canadian Home Builders Association paper Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations in the Residential Construction Industry provides a brief overview of EPR, a snapshot of proposed changes, and some of the issues and opportunities they raise. (PDF)

    Draft Of CSA Z320 Building Commissioning Standard
    This is the first draft edition of CSA Z320-xx Building Commissioning standard. The intent of this standard is to provide a comprehensive, integrated, consistent and managed process for achieving and documenting the performance of a complete building and its major systems to meet the basis of design and operational requirements of the owner. Major building systems included are: Architectural (building envelope, fenestration and interior space systems); Vertical and horizontal transportation; Electrical (Incoming, main and branch distribution, fire alarm and detection systems); Mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and refrigeration); Control systems and integration (BAS, Energy Management control systems, lighting control systems). (PDF)

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    5. Building Science & Technology

    Podcast On How Heat Moves Through Homes
    Green Building podcast from Building Science Fundamentals engineer John Straube talks about convection, conduction, and radiation, and how we can and can't control heat flow in our homes.

    Vapor Permeance Of Some Building Materials
    Building Science says good design and practice involve controlling the wetting of building assemblies from both the exterior and interior and different climates require different approaches. This chart lists some common vapor permeance characteristics of some common building materials.

    Complex Three Dimensional Airflow Networks In Roofs
    Building Science describes how sloping roofs can get you air convection cells, and worse. It turns out to be important to have multiple layers of rigid insulation with the joints offset horizontally and vertically (staggered) and to have an air barrier directly on the structural deck.

    Research Paper On Moisture-Safe Unvented Wood Roof Systems
    Building Science research paper describes a hygrothermal modeling study, including all of the US climate zones, for a range of interior humidity levels and numerous arrangements and types of insulation. The results showed that so long as airtightness is provided, and wintertime humidity is controlled, numerous unvented solutions using either or both spray foam (open and closed cell) and fibrous insulation (cellulose and mineral fiber) can be successful. Climate, the solar properties and exposure of the roofing, the air and vapor permeance of the insulation(s) and interior humidity are the most important factors to be considered in the design of moisture-safe unvented roof systems.

    Moisture-Safe Unvented Wood Roof Systems
    Building Science online slide show describes background, considerations and procedures for building moisture-safe unvented wood roof systems. (PDF)

    Design Plumbing System To Save Water & Energy
    Green Building Advisor offers tips and resources to help you design a plumbing system to save water and energy.

    IAQ & Ventilation Strategies For Cold Climates
    Alaska Building Science Network report Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Strategies for Cold Climates covers design and installation of residential ventilation systems. (PDF)

    6. Building Performance Issues

    Online Presentation On Stucco Cracking
    BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation by Pierre-Michel Busque describes issues, causes and solutions to stucco cracking. (PDF)

    Preventing Concrete Cracks
    Concrete Network provides information on how to prevent concrete from cracking.

    Stormwater Management For Houses
    Green Building Advisor describes how the right drainage can keep a house dry and landscape green with roof gutters, curtain drains, and slope.

    Underground Water Barrier To Move Water Away From Foundation
    Green Building Advisor describes how to move surface water away from the foundation by installing an underground roof (also called below-grade flashing) made from heavy-duty plastic or roofing membrane attached to the foundation and sloped away from the house.

    Water Leakage Of Window Installation In Wall Sheathed In Extruded Polystyrene
    Canadian Institute for Research in Construction describes laboratory evaluation of water leakage performance windows with mounting flanges installed in wood-frame walls sheathed with rigid extruded polystyrene foam. (PDF)

    Rain Control For Building Enclosures
    Brisling Science online presentation describes problems and solutions for rain control within building enclosures. (PDF)

    Vinyl Siding Damage From Window Sunlight Reflection
    UDS National Association of Home Builders says while not necessarily a common occurrence, damage to vinyl siding from reflected sunlight reflected off low-e windows has been reported in all climate regions where the product is normally used. Their Building Product Issues Committee describes the phenomenon, and suggests several approaches to keep reflected sunlight from distorting and melting vinyl siding on neighbouring homes.

    Compliance Guide For Renovating With Lead Paint
    US Environmental Protection Agency online handbook summarizes requirements of EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule, aimed at protecting against lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. (PDF)

    7. Green Building & Energy Efficiency

    First Annual Built Green BC Awards
    Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia invites all BuiltGreen BC member individuals and companies involved in the residential building industry to participate in the First Annual BuiltGreen BC Awards. (PDF)

    Certified Built Green Builder Training In Burnaby May 12-13
    Canadian Home Builders Association of BC presents a Built Green Builder Training course in Burnaby May 12-13. This course contains an in-depth review of building science issues and detailed discussion of sound building practice, and is is compulsory to become a certified Built Green BC Builder and a licensed R-2000 Builder. (PDF)

    Codes & Potential Game Changers In Green Building
    Dovetail report outlines several recent changes in national scope programs and examines a rapidly developing trend toward inclusion of green standards in code requirements. It takes a look at the recently enacted California Green Building Standards Code and its implications for building materials selection and use in the Golden State and beyond.

    Solar Ready Buildings Planning Guide
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory document identifies important aspects of building design and construction to enable installation of solar photovoltaic and heating systems at some time after the building is constructed. This document addresses photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water (ST), and solar ventilation preheat (SVP) systems. (PDF)

    Details For Deep Energy Retrofits
    Building Science online slide show describes construction details for deep energy retrofits for existing single family homes. (PDF)

    BC Seminar On Repairs, Renovations, Retrofits
    Building Science Fundamentals Course this year focuses on existing homes in line for energy-efficient repairs, renovations and retrofits. The new seminar, The Three R's: Repairs, Renovations, and Retrofits, will be held in Vancouver October 20-21. In this two-day seminar, Joseph Lstiburek and John Straube will begin with the fundamentals of building science and then explain the application to common repairs, renovations, and retrofits for existing buildings.

    Ontario Builder Initiative To Adopt Energy Efficient Products
    The Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) in Ontario brings together local builders to work together to review a wide range of emerging energy-related technologies and determine which ones are of most interest to the them. The Technology Adoption Pilot (TAP) will demonstrate technologies identified through LEEP in participating builders’ discovery houses by working with individual builders who are able and interested in piloting these technologies in their building practices.

    Database Of Canadian Municipal Sustainable Bylaws
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities site Municipal Sustainable Bylaw Collection is an online resource that highlights examples of bylaws, policies and procedures implemented by Canadian municipalities in all five sectors funded by the Green Municipal Fund: energy, water, transportation, waste & brownfields.

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    8. Building Products & Suppliers

    LiveSmart BC Rebates On Eligible Energy Improvements
    LiveSmart BC lists the requirements and rebates currently available for various home energy improvements. (PDF)

    Current BC Financial Incentive Offers For Windows
    BC Hydro Lists current BC manufacturer and supplier rebates and specials on energy-saving windows.

    New Flooring Options Push The Style Envelope
    Builder Magazine describes some new flooring options for buyers looking to make a statement.

    Pervious Concrete & Pavement
    BC Ready Mixed Concrete Association describes features & benefits of pervious pavement & concrete.

    Truck Report 2010
    Tools of The Trade magazine presents its 2010 annual review of pickup trucks.

    Increases To BC Residential Electricity Rates
    BC Hydro is proposing a general rate increase of 6.11 per cent and is also proposing to increase the deferral account rate rider by three per cent. These increases are proposed to be effective, on an interim and refundable basis, on April 1, 2010.

    Recall Of Z Vent System For Heating Equipment
    BC Safety Authority has determined that the Flexmaster product known and identified as Z Vent Special Vent System manufactured by Z Flex is prone to failure. The investigation identifies leaking vent seals and fitting joints. If unattended these failures could lead to the risk of hazardous combustion products entering the structure and endangering its occupants. (PDF)

    IBC Boiler Recall Due To Potential Fire Risk
    IBC Technologies has been producing natural gas and propane fired, wall mounted condensing boilers since 2001. They have recently discovered a potential fire risk with some of these products, and have initiated a recall program in order to retrofit subject boiler models with an auxiliary high limit kit to provide an extra measure of safety. (PDF)

    Dimplex Remote Control Kits For Electric Fireplaces Recalled
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission describes a recall of Dimplex North America remote control kits for electric fireplaces and stoves, as the plug-in wall unit can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

    9. Installation Procedures

    Advanced Framing Techniques Becoming Common Practice
    Builder magazine says a focus on high-performance, energy-efficient housing may finally push advanced engineering and framing techniques into common practice. Included are tips and drawings of many advanced framing details.

    Overview of Advanced Framing Techniques
    US National Association of Home Builders technical bulletin explains advanced framing techniques, or optimum value engineering, showing ways to reduce lumber use and still maintain structural integrity.

    Manual On REMOTE Exterior Insulation System
    Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Centre online manual describes the REMOTE Wall System (Residential Exterior Membrane Outside insulation TEchnique) that provides a superior alternative that integrates standard frame construction with high insulation values and moisture control. (PDF)

    Installing Windows On Walls With Exterior Foam
    Green Building Advisor says builders installing thick exterior wall foam can install windows two ways: with the window flanges in the same plane as the back of the siding (so called “outie” windows) or with the window flanges in the same plane as the OSB wall sheathing (so-called “innie” windows).

    Basic Frame & Panel Wainscoting
    Builder Gary Streiberg shows how to build basic frame and panel wainscoting in this online instructional video from Kreg Tool.

    Repairing Sagging Plaster
    Fine Homebuilding provides online video describing how to repair sagging plaster in a pinch, using common metal strapping.

    Online Calculators For Concrete Footings
    Sakrete online tool estimates amount of bagged concrete needed for piers and footings.

    10. Information Sources

    Ceramic Tile Advice Forums
    John Bridge has discussion forums on a wide range of topics for the tile industry.

    Reports On Ventilation Systems & Procedures
    Oikos Green Building Library offers reports and information on ventilation system issues & procedures.

    Information & Resources On Building In Cold Climates
    Alaska Building Science Network offers information and resources for building in cold climates.

    Guide To Raised Wood Floor Systems
    Engineered Wood Association publication showcases builders and their best practices for designing and constructing raised wood floor systems. Free site registration required.

    Builder Guide To Structural Insulated Panels
    Building Science Press guide was developed specifically for structural insulated panel (SIP) buildings. It describes how SIP buildings meet many building requirements more easily than typically constructed buildings. $45 USD

    Hearth Handbook for Building Officials, Solid Fuel Hearth Systems
    International Code Council sells Hearth Handbook for Building Officials, Solid Fuel Hearth Systems. The Handbook includes overview of categories of factory-built wood burning fireplaces and wood and pellet appliances and venting systems, discussion and illustration of significant installation issues, identification of areas with variations in manufacturer instructions, and exact reference to relevant sections of the International Residential Code (2000-2009 editions) and NFPA 211 (2000-2006).$60 USD

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    11. Conferences & Shows

    PIBC: Planning Institute Of BC Annual Conference At Sun Peaks June 1-4
    Planning Institute of BC 2010 Annual Conference will be held at Sun Peaks Resort June 1-4. The Planning in Action: Transforming Community conference theme will explore new challenges and innovations in planning for communities.

    International Conference For Civil Engineers In Vancouver June 3-5
    Institution of Civil Engineers Bi-Annual 2010 Americas Convention will be held June 3-5 in Vancouver. Conference topics include: engineering innovations & sustainability; project delivery methods, community engagement & social impact; climate change mitigation & adaptation; and accountability - a hallmark of professionalism.

    PCBC: Pacific Coast Builders Show In San Francisco June 9-11
    Pacific Coast Builders Show held in San Francisco June 9-11 offers trade show, educational programs, pre-conference intensives, executive-level programs, and more.

    International Conference On Building Envelope Systems & Technologies, Vancouver Jun 27-30
    ICBEST 2010 in Vancouver June 27-30, 2010 provides a worldwide forum for exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in building envelope engineering. It aims to bridge the gap between researchers, engineers, designers and manufacturers to enhance the exchange of ideas.

    12. Education & Training

    BC Human Resource Workshops For Construction
    Asia Pacific Gateway Skills is offering Human Resource Essentials Workshops around BC that are an opportunity for small and medium sized construction companies to learn recruitment and retention strategies to reduce employee turnover. The 3-hour workshops and accompanying guide and CD of HR templates are designed for a non-HR audience including executives, mangers, supervisors, and safety and compliance personnel. (PDF)

    Manufacturing Insights 2010
    Grant Thornton fourth annual Manufacturing Insights event, held in Surrey on May 4th, features speakers from leading BC manufacturers who will share their thoughts and strategies for seizing opportunity in the face of uncertainty.

    Construction Law & Practical Guidelines For Doing Business In 2010
    Pacific Business & Law Institute offers a one day seminar on May 7th, in Vancouver. It provides an update on key legal issues facing the construction industry today, and will provide you with current, practical advice to avoid delay and other costly mistakes.

    Online Webinars For 50+ Housing
    US National Association of Home Builders 50+ Housing Council offers various online webinars throughout 2010. They provide the latest information on 50+ housing, including looks at key trends.

    Free Webinars On Business Management For Renovators & Home Improvement Contractors
    Qualified Remodeler, Exterior Contractor and MarketSharp offer a free series of six monthly Webinars that will help renovators and home improvement contractors get the most out of the ongoing economic recovery. Free registration required for each webinar

    BC Executive Education Courses
    UBC Sauder School Of Business is the largest provider of business seminars in Western Canada. Designed and delivered by top-faculty and practitioners, their 2- and 3-day courses are interactive, practical and immediately applicable. Choose from over 100 regularly scheduled professional development courses in a variety of management areas including leadership, finance, sales, business analysis, and marketing.

    13. Computer, Internet & Fun

    95 Free Software Programs
    PC Pitstop lists their selection for the world's most popular freeware titles.

    Free Online Diagramming Software
    Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organisation charts, wireframes, and many more... For free.

    Stand By Me
    This online video was put together by a man who gathered street musicians from all over the world. They are all playing one song. It is incredible....Enjoy!!!


    Dittie For Today: On Parenting

    Your children are not your children. … They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. … You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth - Khalil Gibran


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