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Thinking of building a new home or renovating? Try our online Expression of Interest 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 of Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction.  […]

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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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Reno Tax Credit Needed in BC

The BC govt generates billions of dollars from the Property Transfer Tax and should launch a renovation tax credit addressing a wide range of housing issues. Reno tax credits can assist with seismic improvements to thousands of older homes in our region. Experts say there is a 10% – 15% chance of a massive earthquake […]

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Protect Housing in Urban Containment Areas

Limited supply has been identified by CMHC and other industry groups as the main source of high housing prices. This is a fundamental principle of economics. Low supply and high demand increases prices, while high supply and low demand reduces prices. Limited housing supply is directly linked to a lack of available land. For example, […]

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2017 Federal Budget Proposes Net Zero Buildings – Who Pays?

The 2017 federal budget document proposes increasing the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in Canada. Page 128 – Greener Buildings “Making Canada’s building and industrial sectors more energy efficient will reduce emissions, make homes and buildings more comfortable, and help to lower energy costs, which can also make Canadian industries more competitive. To continue the work already […]

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Try VRBA Expression of Interest

Thinking of building a new home or renovating? You will want to act soon before BC’s Step Code in 2018 adds thousands of dollars to the cost of your project. Listen to our ad on cfax here. Try our online Expression of Interest form making it easy to get quotes from VRBA’s professional contractors.   Visit […]

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Net Zero by the Numbers

According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) a Net Zero home “produces at least as much energy as it consumes.” Therefore they must be extremely energy efficient. NRCan also says Net Zero homes are not yet market feasible, due to the initial added cost of $100,000 to $150,000.   Mortgage interest should be added because that’s how […]

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Renovation Tax Credit Needed in BC

The BC government has generated $2.2 billion from the Property Transfer Tax and 15% foreign buyer tax surcharge, which is about a billion dollars more than anticipated. It’s time to implement a renovation tax credit that will address a wide range of housing issues: 1. CMHC studies show renovations reduce air changes from 10 to […]

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Affordability a Stretch in New Code

VRBA members’ new homes are some of the best-built and energy efficient. They are market-driven and built by professionals, many of whom are certified Built Green. Home building is a delicate balance requiring expertise in sustainable practices and affordability. Changes like BC’s recently announced “Stretch Code” can severely impact that balance. For example, a new […]

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Premier Announces Climate Leadership Plan & Stretch Code

The Premier has announced BC’s Climate Leadership Plan – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016PREM0089-001501 The following covers home construction: COMMUNITIES AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Regulations for more energy efficient buildings Amendments are being made to the energy efficiency standards regulation to include: Increased efficiency requirements for gas fireplaces and air source heat pumps – effective in 2018; and High-efficiency technology […]

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