August 4, 2011
On a personal note, my home is currently undergoing some renovation and the municipality of West Vancouver where I live, like many other places, has made many changes to the Building Code. We had to hire a Building Envelope Specialist which was a surprise. Our daughter, Jacqueline, is the architect on the project and I must say that I am impressed with her abilities - maybe all that schooling wasn't a waste of time and money!
One issue that I have is with the tankless water heater which I hate. This was recommended to us by the contractor, plumber and municipality. This one is expensive, noisy and wastes water. This concept definitely needs work. I think that
running all that water while I wait for it to heat up is not something a serious conservationist would be prepared to do. When I look at the newsreels from the Horn of Africa and the famine, this waste is doubly painful.
The real estate market has slowed from its frantic pace earlier and part of the reason, according to my colleagues, is that many of the Mainland Chinese who have been fueling the market in many areas, have left to go back to China for the holidays. It is the Dog Days of Summer after all. Enjoy.