Reflecting on 2010 Achievements and Highlights
This special edition of Building BC looks back at 2010 and provides an overview of significant milestones, highlights and noteworthy achievements for the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO).
A turning point was the transfer of many of the Homeowner Protection Act responsibilities to BC Housing in April last year, following government’s review of Crown corporations. This change has been a catalyst for increased synergies and efficiencies for both BC Housing and the HPO.
Since becoming a branch of BC Housing on April 1, 2010, the HPO has continued to work in collaboration with industry and other partners to enhance consumer protection for buyers of new homes and improve the quality of residential construction in British Columbia.
The HPO’s mandate remains the same with consumer protection at the forefront. Operating from a new office location in Burnaby, it’s “business as usual” for the HPO with requirements for licensing, owner builder authorizations, third-party home warranty insurance, and research and education under the Homeowner Protection Act unchanged.
The HPO licenses more than 5,000 residential builders across the province and continues to forge strong partnerships with industry organizations.
Working in collaboration with partners provides opportunities to leverage expertise, innovation and best practice to make the most of resources and opportunities.
Becoming part of BC Housing has provided distinct advantages for the HPO, including a more comprehensive infrastructure and enhanced regional presence.
The HPO’s research and education initiatives continue to be a cornerstone of consumer protection. During 2010, the HPO stepped up its work with industry and other partners to bring about building science research and education that is relevant to the residential construction sector and buyers of new homes.
Bringing about improvements in the quality of residential construction helps ensure that B.C. homes are well constructed, high performing and among the most comfortable and energy efficient in Canada.
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