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Here is up-to-date data on housing starts and other important market info for builders from CMHC.  

Expression of Interest Form to Suppliers / Trades / Professionals

This form will be sent out to the VRBA Suppliers, Trades and Professionals listed in the categories you choose in the form.


Important Deadline Dates for Licensed Builders in BC

This HPO document outlines the dates for introducing new mandatory education and training and continuing professional development for licensed builders in BC.


Now Available: Illustrated User’s Guide to NBC Part 9

641 pages

Formats available: soft cover $180.00
NRCC 56133

This User’s Guide combines two earlier publications, the National Housing Code of Canada 1998 and Illustrated Guide and the User’s Guide – NBC 1995 Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9), into one comprehensive document that describes various compliance approaches, including examples and supporting formulas. To facilitate navigation, the User’s Guide has been reorganized to match the format used in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).

This illustrated User’s Guide features new material on energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings and includes updates to match the provisions that were changed or introduced in the 2005 and 2010 editions of the NBC. The User’s Guide illustrates important principles of minimum accepted practice and explains the reasons and scientific background behind the Part 9 requirements. This is not a how-to guide on home construction; however, relevant code information is cross-referenced and statistical sources are provided.

The purchase of new online subscriptions is unfortunately still unavailable; however, print publications can still be purchased. Please place your order with NRC’s Client Services by phone, fax or regular mail only. Note: An order form (PDF format only) is available on request that you can return by fax or by regular mail.

Email: CONSTPubSales-Ventes@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca Phone: 1-800-672-79901-800-672-7990 FREE or 1-613-993-24631-613-993-2463 Fax: 1-613-952-7673 Mail: Publication Sales, M-23A, National Research Council, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON K1A 0R6

 

This User’s Guide combines two earlier publications, the National Housing Code of Canada 1998 and Illustrated Guide and the User’s Guide – NBC 1995 Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9), into one comprehensive document that describes various compliance approaches, including examples and supporting formulas. To facilitate navigation, the User’s Guide has been reorganized to match the format used in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).

This illustrated User’s Guide features new material on energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings and includes updates to match the provisions that were changed or introduced in the 2005 and 2010 editions of the NBC. The User’s Guide illustrates important principles of minimum accepted practice and explains the reasons and scientific background behind the Part 9 requirements. This is not a how-to guide on home construction; however, relevant code information is cross-referenced and statistical sources are provided.

The purchase of new online subscriptions is unfortunately still unavailable; however, print publications can still be purchased. Please place your order with NRC’s Client Services by phone, fax or regular mail only. Note: An order form (PDF format only) is available on request that you can return by fax or by regular mail.

Email: CONSTPubSales-Ventes@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca Phone: 1-800-672-79901-800-672-7990 FREE or 1-613-993-24631-613-993-2463 Fax: 1-613-952-7673 Mail: Publication Sales, M-23A, National Research Council, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON K1A 0R6


BC Govt Announces New Education and Training Requirements
for Licensed Builders

After many years of advocacy by the Victoria Residential Builders Association, and several other industry organizations, the BC government has announced mandatory education and training for builders in BC. Home builders with existing licences will not need to re-qualify under the enhanced licensing system, however continuing education will be required. The following is an FAQ.


BC Govt Introduces New Building Act

The BC government has introduced a new Building Act which is intended to make construction practices more efficient by a more uniform Building Code, supported by interpretation by the province, a common practice in the rest of Canada. The Victoria Residential Builders Association has been advocating this for many years. Here is our sample editorial also appearing in our column in the Times Colonist.

Summary of Changes to BC Building Code Effective Dec 19. (Includes links to specific documents.)


Released October 30, 2014 – CMHC Housing Outlook Fall 2014


CMHC Housing Risk Assessment of 8 Markets


2013 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey – Report of Findings


HPO guides to energy efficiency requirements 9.36. http://www.hpo.bc.ca/energy-efficiency-requirements


Get the latest, easily accessible housing data at  CMHC’s Housing Market Information Portal https://www03.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/hmiportal/#Profile/2440/3/Vict


Bulletins summarizing other changes coming to the BC Building Code December 19 will be available here http://bccodes.ca/errata-and-revisions.aspx?vid=QPLEGALEZE:bccodes_2012_view


Illustrated Guide for Seismic Design of Houses


List of Energy Efficiency Grants for New Home Construction


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


Here is Zoocasa’s online market calculator for properties.


CRA HST to PST Transition Info


Latest Data – Housing Starts for Municipalities in BC December and Year End 2014 


Latest Data – Housing Starts for Victoria December and Year End 2014

 

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