Consumer Resources

If you are building a new home or renovating, review the following links:

Hiring a contractor

– Before hiring a contractor, watch our video. This is VRBA’s ad appearing on CTV. Less than 30 seconds and says it all! 

– Be diligent and get references and competitive quotes from VRBA’s qualified contractors using our Expression of Interest Form. VRBA members are the leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. 

– Find out about green building and the Built Green Canada program. 


Click here for the latest financing info from CMHC. 

– See how much you can afford using this easy mortgage affordability calculator by CMHC.


– If you are having a home built, here is the residential construction performance guide.

– Looking at a property? Here is BC Assessment’s online comparison tool.


– Considering a renovation? Before you start, read this brochure on asbestos in homes. This is important information to protect your family and any workers. Our advice is to hire a professional contractor.  For more information on the hazards of asbestos visit 


– Get a general idea of costs per sq ft at


– Rebates for Energy Efficiency Upgrades – Check out the list of grants here.

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Victoria BC
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