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.
Industry Embraces New Best Practice Guide
The residential construction industry has embraced the highly anticipated Building Enclosure Design Guide which was recently released by the Province in partnership with the HPO. The Building Enclosure Design Guide – Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings offers practical solutions to help ensure that new residential buildings are well constructed, comfortable and energy efficient. Read more ...
Update on Raising the Bar - Developing New Qualifications for Licensing
In response to industry’s desire to enhance professionalism in the residential construction sector, the Province through the HPO, established a collaborative process with industry to develop recommendations for a new system of prescribed qualifications for licensees under the Homeowner Protection Act. Read more ...
New Maintenance Matters Bulletins – Providing Helpful Tips for Homeowners
Builders recognize that owning a home is one of the largest financial investments that many of their clients will make. But pride of ownership comes with responsibilities that are essential to help maintain the service life of a building, especially for those who own a condominium or townhouse. Read more ...
Province-wide Survey Gauges Builder Perceptions and Industry Needs
The province-wide survey of Licensed Residential Builders is now underway. Starting in 2011, the survey will be conducted on an annual basis to gauge builder perceptions on areas of interest to the HPO and industry. Read more ...
Compliance and Enforcement Update
The HPO uses a mix of education and awareness, voluntary compliance and enforcement to administer the Homeowner Protection Act (Act). If voluntary compliance is not possible or appropriate, the HPO may issue compliance orders or monetary penalties of up to $25,000 – either of which can be enforced by court order. Read more ...
Compliance Team Grows
The HPO’s compliance team has been restructured and expanded in recent months. These changes will help BC Housing fulfill its compliance mandate under the Homeowner Protection Act (Act) and strengthen efforts to protect buyers of new homes in British Columbia. Read more ...
Building Smart #15 - Homes for Life: Building for Now and the Future
The demographic shift our province is undergoing is having an effect on the way the construction industry designs and builds homes. Rather than moving to new homes as they enter different stages of their lives, more British Columbians are seeking homes that can be adapted to their needs as they age. Read more ...
New Tool for Building Officials
Building officials now have a new resource to help ensure builders, owners and developers have the correct HPO documentation prior to obtaining a building permit. The HPO mailed its updated Accepting HPO Registration Forms: A Guide for Building Permit Issuing Authorities to all B.C. municipalities and regional districts in August. Read more ...
Energy Conservation in Non-combustible Multi-unit Residential Buildings
Many residential buildings, especially in the Lower Mainland of B.C., have undergone or are undergoing comprehensive rehabilitation largely to remedy moisture-related problems. Read more ...
Fall 2011: Events Calendar
Listing of seminars, conferences and other events. Read more ...
Licensing and New Home Enrollments
2011 Statistics on the number of licences issued and the number of new homes enrolled in warranty insurance. Read more ...
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