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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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VRBA Dates to Remember

Here are a few dates to remember: Builders Council Meeting – March 18, VRBA Office, #1-3690 Carey Rd (Meets third Wednesday of each month.) How to Enter the CARE Awards – March 19, VRBA Office, #1-3690 Carey Rd CARE Awards Entry deadline – June 1 at 4:00 pm , VRBA office Industry Presentations and Dinner […]

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Budget Surplus an Opportunity for Fair Taxation

BC’s budget surplus is an opportunity to correct the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) which unfairly taxes a new home as many as three times during its development. A developer pays PTT when buying land to develop. A builder pays the PTT again when buying a lot from the developer. When the home is built and sold, […]

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BC Government Introduces New Building Act

The BC government has introduced a new Building Act which is intended to make construction practices more efficient by a more uniform Building Code, supported by interpretation by the province, a common practice in the rest of Canada. The Victoria Residential Builders Association has been advocating this for many years. Here is our sample editorial also appearing […]

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Strong Start for New Housing in Greater Victoria

CMHC reports strong new housing starts in Greater Victoria in January 2015. Both multis and single detached posted increases compared with 2014. Continued historically low interest rates and improving employment should result in a turnaround year in 2015.

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Start Project Planning Now

Spring is coming and soon hammers will be in full swing. Interest rates are low, prices are competitive. Don’t wait until the last minute, start now to plan for a new home or renovation. Give yourself time to practice diligence and make informed decisions. The first step is to visit vrba.ca and try our online […]

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CARE Awards Standards Protect Public and Members

We are asked at times, why the popular CARE Awards event is open only to VRBA members and not to all in the residential construction industry. Here are three important reasons: 1. Diligence on VRBA Applicants – VRBA first reviews applicants’ references, which is followed by contractors on our Board conducting interviews and site visits […]

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National Renovation Tax Credit Needed to Address Asbestos

The Canadian government supported the use of asbestos in Canadian homes for decades and should now step up with a tax credit rebate to address this expensive health and safety issue. Asbestos can be found in stucco, drywall and drywall mud, roof shingles, window putty, vinyl and linoleum floor tiles, electrical wires, insulation, cement, and more. In the 1970’s and […]

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Stronger Economy Forecast for 2015

VRBA’s Crystal Ball Housing Forecast was presented last week by:  Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria Mayor Ryan Windsor, District of Central Saanich Cameron Muir, Chief Economist, BC Real Estate Association Eric Bond, Senior Market Analyst, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation The consensus is our economy is growing stronger and employment should increase this year. […]

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