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Members-Only CARE Awards Protects Members and Public

On occasion, we are asked why the popular CARE Awards event is open only to VRBA members and not available to all in the residential construction industry.

Some suggest an open event would draw more entrants and increase revenue for our association. However, there are important reasons why the CARE Awards remains VRBA members-only:

  1. Applicant Diligence – VRBA first reviews membership applicants’ references, followed by a contractor on our Board of Directors conducting an interview and site visit to verify the knowledge and experience necessary for a professional builder or renovator.
  2. Maintain Standards – Award winners should represent both industry skill and support a standard of ethical conduct. All VRBA members agree to our Code of Ethics.
  3. Consumer Protection – We avoid any confusion where consumers might mistake a non-member for a qualified VRBA member. Presenting awards to non-members would cause significant confusion.

VRBA does its best to ensure CARE Awards winners meet the standards expected by our members and the public. For example, awards judges don’t normally have an opportunity to check a project’s framing or window flashings. VRBA must be confident that CARE Awards entrants meet a professional standard beyond the visible finished product.

Opening the CARE Awards to non-members would undermine VRBA’s due diligence, standards and consumer protection. In turn, this would erode our integrity, credibility and value as an association for both our members and the public.

For these important reasons, those in the industry wishing to participate in the CARE Awards must submit an application and agree to VRBA’s standards.

A word of advice for consumers – before hiring an “award-winning” contractor, verify their association membership and the standards associated with that membership.

The deadline for this year’s CARE Awards entries is June 1, 2015 at 4 pm at the VRBA office, #1-3690 Carey Rd. Call for Entry criteria will be available in February.

For more information, contact admin@vrba.ca.

Visit www.careawards.ca and www.vrba.ca

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