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No Public Review For Seismic Changes to Building Code

VRBA recently inquired about significant changes to seismic reinforcement for Part 9 housing (single family, duplexes, etc) and discovered the changes were not included in the public review for the National Building Code, nor were they included in the recent public review for the BC Building Code. These changes come into effect December 10, 2018 […]

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Beware Asbestos in Home Renovations

Considering a renovation? Before you start, visit http://www.vrba.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/asbestos_hazards_homeowners.pdf and read the online brochure on asbestos often found in older homes. This is important information to protect your family and workers. Our advice is to hire professional contractors, which is also the advice of BC’s Ministry of Environment. You will receive competitive quotes for your renovation […]

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Report on 2019 Budget Consultation Outlines VRBA Concerns

VRBA’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services received considerable mention in their report on the 2019 Budget Consultation. Page 48 of the Housing section says: “Working with Municipalities Additional suggestions for facilitating construction of more housing related to working with municipalities with respect to the permitting process. The Victoria Residential Builders […]

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A Great Team Building Our Community

As 2018/19 President, it is a pleasure to be part of an outstanding team, building our community. I want to thank Todd Halaburda, Past President for all of his hard work during the year. I look forward to continuing to work with Todd and this year’s Board of Directors: First Vice-President: Kyle Ryan, Abstract Developments […]

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VRBA Announces New Board of Directors and Award Winners

The Victoria Residential Builders Association announced the 2018/19 Board of Directors at their AGM on November 13, 2018 at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. Speakers at the event were Mayor Fred Haynes and Councillor Zac de Vries, District of Saanich and Murray Frank, Building It Right. The Board is represented by: President: Jenny Martin, Jenny […]

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Housing Starts Leap in Langford, Tank in Victoria

According to CMHC’s report on October housing starts, municipalities in the CRD have produced 3,256 new homes vs 3,477 last year. Langford leaped from 882 to 1,549 while Victoria tanked from 899 last year to 325 so far in 2018. Victoria’s red tape and high costs have always been a challenge and are expected to get […]

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VRBA Annual General Meeting

VRBA’s Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, Nov 13 at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.  Speakers are Mayor Fred Haynes, Saanich and Murray Frank, Building It Right on upcoming changes to the BC Building Code effective Dec 10. There is important information regarding lateral load reinforcement, insulation, vapour barriers and radon. This event has been approved to […]

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Thank You T-C Readers

In my final week as VRBA President, I want to thank Times Colonist readers for reading this regular column. VRBA is the leading industry voice for safe, healthy, energy efficient, affordable housing. Our advocacy includes: Renovation Tax Credit A renovation tax credit would address seismic safety, asbestos mitigation, energy efficiency and more in the majority […]

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Housing Starts, Sales to Moderate – CMHC

CMHC’s latest Housing Outlook report for Victoria forecasts a moderation of housing starts and sales due to tighter credit (stress tests, rising interest rates) and slower migration from other provinces. The report also says there is significant supply already under construction or already approved, especially in the apartment category, which will boost vacancy rates over […]

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Langford New Rentals More than CRD Combined

According to CMHC’s latest report, municipalities in the CRD have produced 3,028 housing starts year-to-date (Jan-Sept). Langford has been responsible for nearly half at 1,439. Of those starts, 1,101 are rentals. During this same time, Victoria posted 155 new rentals and Saanich 114. Central Saanich has 9 new rentals and Sidney has 3. Langford creates […]

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