Oakville Homes

August 20, 2011

New Building Code – nice on paper but we know it isn’t always followed nor enforced. Right Mattamy?

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In today’s Toronto Star in the Homes and Condo section there was an interesting article by Donna LaPorte titled: “Ontario code tops in energy efficiency“.  According to the article, as of January 1st, 2012, the province “will have one of the most energy efficient codes in North America” due to the new Ontario Building Code coming into force.

First off, it is nice that the government is setting standards for builders to follow so that our overall usage of energy is reduced through better construction material and methods.

Interesting that this same government wishes to enact legislation that will ultimately cost new homeowners more money for their homes while at the same time, won’t legislate the right of a new homeowner to have a “professional house inspector” look after their interests.  I was told they won’t do that as it would cost the homeowner money.  Hmmmm – does that mean the government believes its new building code won’t cost the new homeowner money?

I see two problems in this new Building Code.

It assumes that the builder will in fact do what the Building Code states.  Yes, they will stick some sticker on the house and say they did but, what system is in place to ensure all aspects of this new Building Code are actually built into the home.  From my experience with Mattamy Homes, they were able to put in illegal wiring with the full knowledge of the Town of Oakville  building inspector and, once informed, the Mayor and town council did nothing.  Mattamy Homes got away with it in my case, have done other illegal acts and received no punishment so, why should a future homebuyer think any different.  Once burnt, twice shy as they say.  Of course, we may see the donations maintained at a high level to ensure government support for Mattamy.

In the article, Craig Marshall of Marshall Homes noted that his Energy Star homes save water.  He feels that he should have a reduced rate on the Development Charges.  Sorry Craig but that just doesn’t compute.  The Energy Star home, for which the homebuyer pays more for the added features,  allows the HOMEOWNER to save on water/energy costs.  The Region/city still have to put in the pipes, etc and thus need the development charges to ensure the taxpayer isn’t forced to pay for billionaire builders like Peter Gilgan.  The pipes aren’t going to be made smaller just to accommodate a few houses.  They will still cost the same to install into a new development.  He doesn’t save the region money – they get paid for what the homebuyer uses.  Also, using grey water in the toilet is a good idea but methinks you might have to clean it more often, thus costing the homeowner more in cleaning supplies.

The pipes aren’t just designed for homes but industry, fire, etc and thus are built to certain standards and will cost the city just as much.

Development charges pay for infrastructure while taxes and monthly bills pay for usage.  Apples and oranges.

I think it is just another attack on our Development Charges.  I’m surprised Mattamy Homes didn’t come up with this argument to save on the Development Charges, unless they are letting Marshall Homes take the lead this time.

Maybe Marshall Homes can get a better deal on the buses to get the workers to the next council meeting.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.

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1 Comment »

  1. 1.PLEASE NOTE ALL READERS. MATTAMY HOMES HAS SENT A LETTER TO WORDPRESS THREATENING THEM WITH LEGAL ACTION IN REGARDS TO MY BLOG. THEY HAVE ALSO DONE SO TO ME. I AM AT THIS TIME, UNABLE TO POST ANY MORE BLOGS AS THAT FEATURE HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM ME. SO MUCH FOR “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” UNDER THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS. I CAN PROVE ALL SAID IN THIS BLOG AND HAVE GIVEN MATTAMY HOMES 3 YEARS TO RESPOND TO ANYTHING IN THIS BLOG. INSTEAD OF PROVING ME WRONG, THEY THREATEN LEGAL REMEDIES FOR DEFAMATION. NOT SURE WHERE THIS IS GOING BUT IT COULD BE A MOVIE – BILLIONAIRE SUES RETIRED PENSIONER FOR TELLING THE TRUTH.

    Comment by LN — August 24, 2011 @ 5:18 pm | Reply


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