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Building BC - Summer 2014

Read the latest edition of our Building BC e-newsletter. Check out an updated version of the Residential Construction Performance Guide, details on the International Conference on Housing & Home Warranty, Building Smart #20 information, and more.

Building Smart #20 - Soils, Excavation & Below Grade Assemblies

Building Smart is taking home building in BC back to its 'foundations'. Online registration for the fall seminar series is open now. Learn more.

Residential Construction Performance Guide

Check out the revised and expanded edition of this free online guide for homeowners and builders. It explains how new homes should perform and which defects are covered under home warranty insurance in B.C. Learn more.

Managing Environmental Risks During a Renovation Project

The HPO’s latest Builder Insight Bulletin examines the main sources of hazardous substances in a renovation project and outlines steps you can take to protect your employees and homeowners from exposure. Visit Builder Insight.

Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide

This guide is intended to help British Columbia’s building industry address the impact of thermal bridging to reduce energy use. Learn more.

New Energy Efficiency Guides

Three new illustrated guides are available now. There is a specific guide for each climate zone in BC to assist residential builders and industry stakeholders understand and comply with new energy efficiency requirements that come into effect on December 19, 2014.  Learn more.

Best Practices for Window and Door Replacement in Wood-Frame Buildings

View our video about this best practice guide for window and door replacement in wood-frame buildings. Learn more or order online

New Maintenance Matters Videos

The HPO has expanded its free Maintenance Matters series to include several new videos. They offer practical information and tips on window and door replacementpaints, stains and coatingssealants; and how to implement a building envelope maintenance and renewals program for multi-unit residential buildings.

Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging

A half-day workshop to introduce the HPO's latest best practice guide, an essential new tool to help the construction sector design and build more energy-efficient, comfortable and durable buildings. Learn more.

Attic Ventilation and Moisture Research Study

This recently released report presents the findings of a two-phase research project that looked at the presence of moisture and mold growth on the roof sheathing of ventilated attics constructed in coastal climates. Learn More.

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