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Building BC - Spring 2015 - Special Edition

This special edition of our Building BC eNewsletter is intended to help builders understand the enhanced licensing system and answer many of the questions we've received about the new requirements. It includes information about core competencies, continuing professional development and the consumer protection provisions that will be phased in over the next 16 months. Read more.

Free HPO Information Sessions & Webinar

Nearly 2,000 builders attended one of the HPO’s free information sessions held in communities across BC. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend to learn more about the enhanced licensing system. If you missed the info session in your area, stay tuned for details about our upcoming webinar coming soon.

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Province Introduces Enhanced Licensing System for BC Home Builders

The BC Government has announced an enhanced licensing system for residential builders. It establishes new qualifications and continuing education requirements as a condition of renewing a builder licence and other changes. Learn more about the new requirements to be phased in over the next 16 months. Read news release and Frequently Asked Questions & Answers.


Building Smart #21 Registration Open

This spring, Building Smart will explore the options for conformance with the new ventilation requirements in Part 9.32 of the BC Building CodeRegister online for a session in your area today. Learn more.

Heat Recovery Ventilation Guide for Houses

Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems are an effective way to comply with the new 9.32. BC Building Code provisions.  Learn more about HRV systems by exploring this new free online guide that consolidates best practices for their design, installation and maintenance. Read more.

Best Practices for Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits

Check out this new free guide for the residential retrofit market. It consolidates best practices in an easy to follow format, developed with specific regard to British Columbia’s unique climate, construction practices, and building code requirements.  Learn more.

Building Smart with Basements and Parkades Webinar

A new webinar that focuses on the design, construction, maintenance and remediation of basements and parkades in residential buildings. Learn more.

Licensing Qualifications Assessor - now hiring

We are hiring for a Licensing Qualifications Assessor. They will be working in accordance with the Homeowner Protection Act. In addition, they will assess and recommend approval of complex and unique licence applications including new builder licences, builder licence renewals and owner builder authorizations. The role will focus primarily on the qualifications or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) components of the application. Apply Now!

New Research Report Looks at Vapour Permeability of Outboard Insulation

This project conducted by the National Research Council of Canada’s Construction, with funding from the HPO and industry partners, looks at the risk of potential moisture problems associated with using outboard insulation products with varying levels of vapour permeability.  Learn More.

New Compliance Case Study

The HPO’s new Compliance Case Study examines a false Owner Builder Authorization and the resulting compliance action. Click here to read Case Study No.3.


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