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Multi-Family Housing Starts Take a Breather at End of Come-Back Year

CMHC reports after posting strong numbers for the year, multi-family housing starts took a breather in November. Victoria’s total housing starts have experienced a come-back year at 1,807 year to date, compared with 1,239 for the same time last year. One note of concern is some of our region’s most expensive municipalities posted zero multi-family […]

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Dear Premier Clark

I read with interest your climate team’s recommendations for a Climate Leadership Plan. They include increasing building code regulations to promote energy efficiency in new homes. We know the following to be true about new homes. From 1990 to 2006, Canada’s housing area grew by 33.6% while energy use increased by only 4.8%. Greenhouse gas […]

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Coffee & CPD @ VRBA – Free Seminar for Members- Dec 1

Coffee & CPD @ VRBA – the first of a regular series of free seminars for builder members to achieve their Continuing Professional Development credits as required by HPO licencing. Tuesday, Dec 1, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, VRBA office Windows & Doors: How to apply NAFS to the Building Code presented by Anton Van […]

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Victoria Housing Outlook Upbeat 

I recently attended CMHC’s Housing Outlook Conference and the presentations were very encouraging. BC’s economic fundamentals are the strongest in years. Our unemployment rate is now lower than Alberta’s and we are expected to lead the country in GDP growth in 2016. BC’s share of exports with the USA, China and Japan is also rising. […]

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Community Builders Building Our Community

One of the many benefits of VRBA is working with other members to build our community. As 2015/16 President, I am fortunate to be part of a great team on the Board: Past-President: Tim Schauerte, James’ Joinery Ltd First Vice-President and Builders Council Chair: Terry Johal, Terry Johal Developments Ltd Second Vice-President:  Todd Halaburda, New […]

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New VRBA Directors and Award Winners Announced at AGM

The Victoria Residential Builders Association announced the 2015/16 Board of Directors and President’s Award winners at the Annual General Meeting, November 12, Royal Colwood Golf Club. The Board of Directors is represented by: President, Maurizio Conforti, Conforti Homes Ltd Past-President:  Tim Schauerte, James’ Joinery Ltd First Vice-President and Builders Council Chair:  Terry Johal, Terry Johal […]

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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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