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CARE Awards Standards Protect Public

VRBA members, Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction, will gather to celebrate the 2017 CARE Awards on September 29 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

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.

Three important reasons are:

  1. Diligence on VRBA Applicants – VRBA reviews contractors’ references, followed by a Board member conducting interviews and site visits to verify knowledge and experience.
  2. Maintain Standards – All VRBA members must agree to our Code of Ethics.
  3. Consumer Protection – We avoid confusion where consumers might mistake a non-member for a VRBA member qualified by the above diligence and standards.

We do our best to ensure CARE Awards winners meet the standards expected by the public and our association.

For example, awards judges don’t have an opportunity to inspect a project’s framing or window flashings. We must be confident CARE Awards entrants meet a professional standard beyond the visible finished product.

Opening the CARE Awards to non-members would undermine diligence, standards and consumer protection.

A word of advice – before hiring an “award-winning” contractor, ask about the standards supporting the awards program.

Or better yet, simply hire a VRBA member through our online Expression of Interest at

Watch for the 2017 CARE Awards finalists displayed at Hillside Shopping Centre in September and online. Winners will appear online and in our magazine distributed in the Times Colonist in October.

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