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Building Science/Construction Techniques for Energy Efficient Homes – Free Seminar for VRBA Members

SEMINAR IS FULL – WATCH FOR A SECOND SEMINAR IN THE FALL Victoria Residential Builders Association Presents a Free Morning Seminar for Members Building Science/Construction Techniques for Energy Efficient Homes – RDH Engineering Building Envelope Issues Arising in our Climate – Jim Patterson, Travelers Achieving Energuide / Built Green / Energy Star Ratings – Wendy […]

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Build a Better Future with VRBA

VRBA recently announced the Call for Entry for the 2015 CARE Awards showcasing Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. Our contractors, designers, trades and suppliers will gather on October 17 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel to display their projects and raise the bar for future generations. Consider joining us if you are […]

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VRBA March Newsletter Update

Thinking of joining the Victoria Residential Builders Association? Here is our March newsletter for an idea about our activities. For more information contact admin@vrba.ca or join us by applying for membership at http://www.vrba.ca/application-form/  

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Create a Perfect Storm of Prosperity

A “perfect storm” of economic and demographic decline in parts of Canada has been in the news. Young people are leaving in search of jobs resulting in fewer taxpayers to fund seniors needing health care. One of the reasons cited for the decline is a region’s “resistance to change,” discouraging business innovation. Interestingly, these regions […]

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VRBA Dinner Meeting – North Park Passive House Project

Victoria Residential Builders Association Dinner Meeting North Park Passive House Project Wednesday, April 8 Royal Colwood Golf Club 629 Goldstream Ave The six-unit North Park Passive House project will be one of the first purpose-built condominium buildings in Canada targeting the International Passive House standard for energy efficiency. Presentation by Mark Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting Ltd and […]

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2015 CARE Awards “Call For Entry” Announced

The Victoria Residential Builders Association announces the Call for Entry for the 2015 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island. “The CARE Awards is the premier event celebrating Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction,” says Bill Patterson, Chair of the 2015 CARE Awards. “The public will be invited […]

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FAQ on New Licencing for Home Builders in BC

After many years of advocacy by the Victoria Residential Builders Association, and several other industry organizations, the BC government has announced mandatory education and training for builders in BC. Home builders with existing licences will not need to re-qualify under the enhanced licensing system, however continuing education will be required. The following is an FAQ.

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Housing Starts Up in Victoria, Holding Steady in BC

CMHC reports year-to-date housing starts in Greater Victoria increased from 113 in 2014 to 357 in 2015. Most were multi-family, single detached remained steady at 87 vs 85 last year, despite a decline in February. The report is here. Year-to-date housing starts in BC remained steady at 3,543 in 2015 vs 3,520 last year. Single detached starts are up at 1,124 […]

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BC Government Announces Mandatory Education and Training for Builders

After many years of advocacy by the Victoria Residential Builders Association, the BC government has announced mandatory education and training for builders in BC. Home builders with existing licences will not need to re-qualify under the enhanced licensing system, however continuing education will be required. While this is a long time coming, we have maintained […]

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Housing Needs Strong Vision, Bold Action

Two initiatives will impact housing this week. The first is the BC govt’s Building Act intended to create uniform interpretation of the Building Code and an education standard for building inspectors. This is long overdue. However, the Act does not include mandatory education and training for builders, even while BC continues to increase energy efficiency […]

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