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Reflecting on 2011 Highlights and Industry Achievements
In this special edition of Building BC, we’re looking back at the most significant highlights of 2011 for the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO). Read more ...
Year in Review - 2011 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. Read more ...
Raising the Bar – Developing New Qualifications for Licensing
The HPO continues to work with industry, through the Professional Builders’ Institute of BC (PBIBC), to develop a proposed new system of qualifications for builder licensing. Read more ...
Survey Gauges Builder Satisfaction
Most B.C. builders are satisfied with the HPO’s builder licensing system, according to a recent provincewide survey of Licensed Residential Builders (LRBs). Read more ...
Licensing and New Home Construction
In 2011, there were a total of 22,455 new homes enrolled with home warranty insurance including 14,845 homes in multi-unit buildings and 7,610 single-detached homes. Read more ...
Enforcement of the Homeowner Protection Act is one of the HPO’s key functions as it works to protect buyers of new homes in B.C. The Act provides the HPO’s compliance team with a variety of tools to carry out its regulatory role. This includes reviewing and monitoring Owner Builder Authorizations, ensuring residential builders (including developers) have current licences, and ensuring new homes carry home warranty insurance throughout construction. Read more ...
Research & Education
One of the ways that the HPO fulfills its mandate under the Homeowner Protection Act to improve the quality of residential construction in B.C., is through research and education.
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Monitoring B.C.’s Home Warranty Insurance System
The HPO continued to expand its services to consumers and the industry in 2011 as it worked to fulfill its mandate under the Homeowner Protection Act to enhance protection for new home buyers. Read more ...
Public Registries Continue to be Popular
The HPO’s online public registries were well used resources for homeowners, realtors and the construction industry in 2011.
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