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Building BC - Spring 2015

Read the latest edition of our Building BC e-newsletter. This issue includes a wrap-up of our Free Information Sessions on the Enhanced Licensing System, information about our new online guide on heat recovery ventilation systems for houses, a new Builder Insight video on avoiding environmental risks in a renovation project, and more.

Free HPO Information Sessions

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.

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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.

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.


Guide to Managing Renewals Projects in Multi-Unit Residential Building

This new online guide will assist owners, strata councils and co-op housing managers understand the benefits of developing a comprehensive renewals program to maintain the physical integrity and appearance of their building. Learn More.

New Illustrated Guide - R22+ Effective Walls in Wood-Frame Construction in B.C.

This free online guide will help home designers and builders across B.C. build walls with R-22 or greater effective insulation levels. 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.

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.


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