Building BC is published by the Homeowner Protection Office for Licensed Residential Builders and Licensed Building Envelope Renovators, as well as our partners within the residential construction industry.
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). Read more ...
Year in Review - 2010 Highlights
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. You can follow the link to review the 2010 HPO Highlights. Read more ...
Online License Applications – Makes Good Business Sense
Since the HPO launched its new online services for residential builders in January 2010, 93% of all new license and renewal applications are now made online. Applying for a residential builder licence or renewing an existing licence is now quicker and easier. Read more ...
Monitoring B.C.’s Home Warranty Insurance System
One of the ways in which the HPO works with industry to protect homebuyers is by overseeing the performance of British Columbia’s home warranty insurance system. Read more ...
HPO Recognized for Sustainability for Reduced Paper Use
Paper is one of the biggest consumption items in large organizations. Like many public sector organizations, the HPO is conscientiously reducing the amount of paper it uses.
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Licensing and New Home Construction
In 2010, there were a total of 23,387 new homes enrolled with home warranty insurance, an increase of 59.9% over the previous year. In the same period, there were 8,703 single-detached homes (an increase of 18.0% compared to 2009) and 14,684 multi-unit homes (an increase of 102.6% over 2009) enrolled with home warranty insurance. Read more ...
The Homeowner Protection Act provides the HPO with the enforcement tools necessary to carry out its regulatory role in the residential construction industry and protect buyers of new homes. Administering the Act involves significant compliance efforts on the part of the HPO. This regulatory function encompasses reviewing and monitoring owner builder authorizations and ensuring that residential builders have current licences. Read more ...
During 2010, the information publicly available from the HPO’s searchable online licensed builder registry continued to be well utilized. The expanded registry shows the licence status of both licensed residential builders and builders whose licences have expired, closed, or been suspended or cancelled. Read more ...
Survey Provides Snapshot of Builder Perceptions
During 2010, the HPO reported on its highly-anticipated, province-wide survey of Licensed Residential Builders (LRBs) conducted in November 2009. Read more ...
HPO Research & Education
The HPO, as a branch of BC Housing, is mandated under the Act to provide research and education to help bring about improvements in the quality of residential construction in British Columbia.
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