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Thank You Times Colonist Readers

In my final week as VRBA President, I want to offer a special thank you to T-C readers for reading these weekly columns on housing.

A constant theme has been that homes must be affordable as well as professionally-built and energy efficient.

We have achieved education and training standards in BC, the first in Canada, to enhance professionalism.

Also, reasonable energy efficiency has been accomplished through programs like Built Green.

However, affordability continues to decline, in large part, due to regulatory policies offering minimal benefit.

For example, energy efficiency is now more about politics, than effectiveness.

There is a lack of intellectual rigor in the data supporting more energy efficiency in new homes.

We must have answers to key questions:

  • What are we measuring? (eg What is defined as an average home?)
  • What are the real costs? (eg Calculate loan interest on initial added costs.)
  • What is the real benefit? (eg Older homes are a far greater source of GHGs than new homes.)

Presently, the dialogue is mostly politically driven and this must change.

Otherwise, the result will be declining affordability for young families.

Continued housing insights will be provided by my successor Terry Johal, President-Elect.

I would like to offer a reminder that we are very fortunate to write opinion columns and initiate democratic change in Canada. Please take a moment this Friday to remember those that sacrificed to make it possible.

Thank you for your support!

This column is available Wednesdays in the Times Colonist.

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