Our CredentialsTrust Your Home to a Certified Design + Build Renovator
Hard work has earned OakWood numerous business and design awards and attention from the media. Ultimately these accolades are important only because they show you can trust OakWood’s credentials to complete your renovation project to a high quality standard, done right, and on-budget.
OakWood is honoured to be an accredited member in the highest standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) – and not every company is eligible. Businesses that meet high standards are invited to join BBB and are presented to local Boards of Directors (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business. OakWood has consistently been placed on the honour roll
OakWood is honored to announce that it has Partnered with Mike Holmes Group: Canada’s most celebrated contractor and Forbes Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity. OakWood is the first renovator in Canada and the only Ottawa Renovator to meet the stringent partner requirements set out by The Holmes Group for Home Improvement and Renovations.
OakWood is a founding member of the RenoMark program for builder excellence in Ottawa. This program is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism in the local building industry. Currently out of over 430 so called Renovators in Ottawa, less than 7% meet the qualifications established by the RenoMark program.
Mike Holmes said on CBC Dragons Den “I would only let a qualified person work in my house”. Every person on the OakWood Team is qualified to work in your home, including OakWood’s President, John Liptak, who is a qualified licensed carpenter. We even have a Carpenter Apprenticeship program in place where we train the next generation of qualified licensed carpenters. There will come a time when all trades-people working on your home will be required to be licensed. With OakWood, you can take advantage of a qualified team right now.
Having LEED certified designers on staff means that OakWood can help you in a very green way. Our total dedication to the environment is backed up with our LEED Platinum new OakWood Headquarters building.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
- sustainable site development
- water efficiency
- energy efficiency
- materials selection
- indoor environmental quality
In 2016 the Liptak family celebrates 60 years of building in the Ottawa community. Going over the half century mark is a notable accomplishment in this industry. 90% off all construction company’s fail within the first 10 years of operation and 30% fail within the first 3 years. It is extremely rare to find a company with as much experience and a longstanding dedicated team as OakWood.
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) represents the home building and renovation professionals in the Greater Ottawa areas. OakWood is proud to be a member of this leading Association whose primary goal is quality housing for Canadians.
Being a member of the oldest and most successful business organization in Ottawa provides OakWood with access to contacts as well as valuable information to help make our organization more efficient. Being a leader in the business community affords opportunities and allows OakWood to reaffirm our code of ethics.
OakWood is the first and only company to win the Consumer Choice Award for both “Best Home Designer” as well as “Best Renovator” categories in Ottawa. Considered a ‘Seal of Excellence’ within the community and beyond, OakWood received these prestigious awards since 2008 and again in 2017. This award is unique in North America as the winners are determined by consumers and not by a panel of judges. Congratulations were expressed by the Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada: “In business, there is no greater compliment than earning the trust and loyalty of your clients and the respect and admiration of your peers. I congratulate everyone receiving the prestigious Consumers’ Choice Award…for their achievements in business excellence and customer services.”
OakWood proactively follows guidelines developed by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, EnerGuide for New Houses (EGNH). This is a sustainable housing program designed to improve the energy efficiency of your new house. By building to EGNH standards you are not only building a greener home but you’re also saving money, increasing quality and acquiring a government approved label, securing peace of mind.
OakWood is an active and valued member in good standing with the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association Renovators Council. This Council allows us to stay on top of the newest Industry trends as well as sit shoulder-to-shoulder with our competitors in Ottawa. One goal of OakWood is to elevate the level of professionalism of Renovators in the Ottawa area. We also provide input to regulatory bodies speaking as one professional voice for the local renovation industry.
OakWood actively supports the Canada Green Building Council mission to Lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada. The Council works to:
- Change industry standards
- Develop best design practices and guidelines
- Advocate for green buildings
- Develop educational tools to support its members in implementing sustainable design and construction practices
LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
OakWood is a member of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association), which is dedicated to excellence, promoting professionalism and ethical business practices, and providing leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. NKBA provides education opportunities and various publications that cover kitchen and bath design trends. Our membership in NKBA is another way OakWood stays up-to-date on this fast changing industry while ensuring you get the most innovative, leading-edge solutions to your renovation needs.
OakWood is a member of the Ottawa Construction Association, which is dedicated to maintaining and promoting industry best practices that, if followed, promote business decisions and relationships that respect the principles of fairness, ethics and teamwork and service to minimize costly misunderstandings, disputes and delays in the construction industry.
Other Credentials earned by OakWood:
Ontario Carpenter’s License – John Liptak
Certification from the GOHBA’s Code of Ethics
Algonquin Certificate of Carpentry – John Liptak
Ontario Carpenter License – John Liptak Sr.
Certificate of Apprenticeship – John Liptak
Certificate of Membership – Green Building Council
Bachelor of Arts in Law and Minor in Business – Patricia Liptak-Satov
Mindscape Innovations: Builder Certification: ENERGY STAR and Green Building – Patricia Liptak-Satov
Safety in Rigging Certification – John Liptak
R-2000 Home Program Builder Workshop – John Liptak
Interprovincial Canadian Carpenters License with Red Seal – John Liptak