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Thank You Readers

In my final week as VRBA President, I want to offer a special thank you to T-C readers for reading my weekly columns on housing. A constant theme has been that homes must be affordable as well as professionally-built and energy efficient. This year, VRBA’s industry voice led to two important achievements: Education Standards for […]

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Try VRBA Expression of Interest

Thinking of building a new home or renovating? Many consumers are using our online Expression of Interest form making it easy to get quotes from VRBA’s professional contractors. Visit vrba.ca/hire-a-vrba-member and fill out the form which is forwarded to members. There is no cost or obligation. Our Expression of Interest puts your project in front […]

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CARE Awards a Celebration of People

Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction recently showcased their projects at the 2015 CARE Awards.  “Hawks Nest” by KB Design and Jason Powell Construction was the big winner capturing 5 Gold CARE Awards including Project of the Year – Single Family.  Winning Project of the Year – Multi-Family was “Retirement Community in […]

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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 […]

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Upcoming Industry Events and Education

Here is a list of upcoming industry events and education.

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Housing Starts Take a Breather, Already Past Last Year’s Total

While Victoria’s housing starts took a slight breather in September, the industry remains strong and the year-to-date total for January to September remains 56% higher than the same period last year. There were 972 units in 2014 vs 1,518 this year. A good housing economy for the Victoria region is 2,000 starts and it appears we will be very close to that […]

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Fill Gap In Housing Analysis

A study revealing a gap in housing affordability has been the subject of discussions at the CRD. The complaint is industry is building insufficient affordable housing. Affordability is a challenge in our region, but the reasons often seem to elude government. An understanding of housing requires input from developers and builders with real-world experience in […]

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Victoria Green Party Candidate First to Respond to VRBA Survey on Housing

The following is a response to VRBA’s Housing Issues Survey for Federal Election Candidates. The first to respond to the survey is Jo-Ann Roberts, Green Party candidate in Victoria.     GST New Home Rebate BC has the highest average home price in Canada – $608,294. The second highest is Ontario – $454,098 a difference of about $154,000. […]

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An Opportunity For UBCM Delegates

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show is Sept 26 – 30 in Victoria. Local elected officials from across BC meet to pass resolutions and discuss issues with provincial representatives. Saanich is proposing two resolutions important to housing affordability. The first is Home Renovation Tax Credits which promotes energy efficiency, health and safety, […]

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Protect Housing in Urban Containment Areas

There is an ongoing erosion of housing in areas specifically designated for housing and development.   These areas are identified in community plans as Urban Containment Boundaries (UCB). The purpose of a UCB is to identify regions suitable for housing development and higher density encouraging diversity, affordability, efficient transit and infrastructure. By identifying a UCB, the […]

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