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Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide: Walk the Talk

Here is my recent article "Walk the Talk" in the Metro Vancouver New Condo Guide discussing how walkability affects livability. READ ARTICLE


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On April 15, 2014, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 9 (nine) new members: Archia Developments, 604-TRASH-IT, Braveco Homes, ARCHITEK Sustainable Building Products Inc., ARCHITEK Sustainable Building Products Inc., A.W. Kennedy Construction, Hasler Homes Ltd., Bond Roofing and Royal West Developments (0938357 BC Ltd.).
 
Archia Developments 
Builder (1-49 units, single family), General Contractor, Project Manager
Referred by:                                    
1) Holly Hart, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) David Hirsch, Euroline Windows Inc.
Contact: Mr. Amir Karimi
Phone: 604-913-1904; Fax: 604-913-1919
The company builds single family homes on the North Shore, primarily in West Vancouver.
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604-TRASH-IT 
Garbage and Recycling Removal
Referred by:                                    
1) Matt Robinson, Monarch Floor and Window Coverings
2) Miles Wittig, Basil Restoration Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Dave Abercrombie
Phone: 604-872-7448; Fax: 604-684-1759
For more than 10 years, the company has provided junk and garbage removal services to contractors and homeowners.
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Braveco Enterprises Inc. dba Braveco Homes
Builder (1-49 units, single family), General Contractor, Project Manager
Referred by:                                    
1) John Longmuir, Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Aaron Johnson, Starline Windows (2001) Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Ravinder (Rav) Sodhi
Phone: 604-773-5455; Fax: 604-380-1455
The owner brings more than 20 years industry experience building single family homes in the Lower Mainland.
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ARCHITEK Sustainable Building Products Inc.
Green products, Architects
Referred by:                                    
1) Dave Godmaire, Convoy Supplies Ltd. 
2) Nick Kerchum, Natural Balance Home Builders
Contact: Mr. Ashley Campbell
Phone: 604-838-7676
ARCHITEK is a living architecture technology company assisting with and designing green roofs and facades and living walls. 
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People’s Trust Company
Mortgages, Finance
Referred by:                                    
1) Oleg Tsaryov, Eurohouse Group
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group (with Dominion Lending Centres Casa Mortgage Inc.)
Contact: Mr. Tom Wollner
Phone: 604-331-2210
The bank provides construction companies, developers and consumers financing for mortgages and projects.
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A.W. Kennedy Construction
Renovator, General Contractor
Referred by:                                    
1) Rod LeFranc, Standard Building Supplies
2) Trevor Stephenson, North Shore Door Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Andrew Kennedy
Phone: 604-986-3244; Fax: 604-986-3245
The owner brings more than 20 years construction experience and provides full service renovation services.
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Hasler Homes Ltd.
Renovator, General Contractor
Referred by:                                    
1) Rick Alexander, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Michele Buchamer, Miccaro Designs
3) Alex Stewart, Rempel bros. Concrete Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Greg Hasler
Phone: 778-688-7846
The company provides full service renovation services across the Lower Mainland.
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Bond Roofing
Roofer
Referred by:                                    
1) Joey Duplantis, Convoy Supply Ltd.
2) Alicia Meeker, Pacific Rim Cabinets Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Daniel Fajfar
Phone: 604-375-2100; Fax: 604-431-6692
Bond Roofing is a family-owned roofing business with more than 45 years experience in the roofing and construction industry.
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Royal West Developments (0938357 BC Ltd.)
Builder (1-49 units, single family), Renovator
Referred by:                                    
1) Dave Deighton, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Karen Nowak, Standard Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Peter Khahk
Phone: 778-895-9378
For more than 10 years, the company has been building single family homes in the TriCities area and Burnaby.
 

GVHBA Members ADERA and SOLTERRA Win CHBA National SAM Awards!

    

CHBA National SAM Awards

Congratulations to our GVHBA members who brought home awards from last weekend’s Canadian Home Builders' Association's National SAM Awards in Whistler. Solterra Development Corp won in the Direct Promotion category for their project "Keefer Block" while Adera Development Corporation won in the Best New Multi-Family Project for “Sail.”

For further infomation see  The Vancouver Sun and Business in Vancouver coverage.


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On March 18, 2014, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 14 (fourteen) new members:  MacLean Homes Ltd., Royal Golden Construction Group Ltd., Ardex Americas, Altium Building Corporation, Mulberry Property Group, Golden Dream Homes Ltd., Alleylane Homes Construction & More Ltd., Tycon Building Solutions Inc., Zenith Development Ltd., LDJ Contracting Ltd., Atti Group Ltd., Myshsael Schlyecher Photography, Bungay Law Office and Otivo Development Group.

MacLean Homes Ltd.
Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Rick Dell, Ply Gem
2) Einar Halbig, E3 Eco Group Inc.
Contact: Mr. Josh MacLean 
Phone: 604-922-1622; Fax: 604-922-3584
www.macleanhomes.ca
admin@macleanhomes.ca
For more than 30 years, the company has developed single and multi-family home projects throughout the Lower Mainland.
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Royal Golden Construction Group Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, single family), General Contractor, Project Manager
Referred by:                                   
1) Shane Impey, Northcoast Building Products Ltd.
2) Enoch Deer, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd.
3) Ted Wong, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Ryan (Jian) Zhang 
Phone: 604-283-1598; Fax: 604-321-8612
rgc.vancouver@gmail.com
With more than 15 years experience, the owner has been building single family homes primarily on Vancouver’s west side.
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Ardex Americas
Tile applications and systems
Referred by:                                   
1) Bob Wiens, Schluter Systems (Canada) Inc.
2) Kip Sewell, Powerhouse Tile Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Philip Livingstone 
Phone: 778-791-0403
www.ardexamericas.ca
philip.livingstone@ardexamericas.com
For more than 65 years, this global company has been providing solutions for concrete and tile installations and restorations.
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Altium Building Corporation
Cladding and siding products
Referred by:                                   
1) Rita Georgeson, Mitten Inc.
2) Corrine Moore, Esther’s Sheet Metal Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Todd Collins 
Phone: 604-574-1233; Fax: 778-574-3311
www.altiumbuildingcorp.com
todd@altiumbuildingcorp.com
The company designs, manufactures, supplies and installs metal cladding and siding and roofing products.
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Mulberry Property Group
Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Mark Cooper, Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc.
2) Ray Larson, Standard Building Supplies
3) Mike Lavis, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Mr. Scott Manderson 
Phone: 604-990-1434; Fax: 604-904-9431
scott.manderson@mulberryproperty.ca
www.mulberryproperty.ca
The owners have been developing and renovating properties in BC for more than 25 years.
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Golden Dream Homes Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family), General Contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Ed McEvoy, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Amin Haji, Coast Wholesale Appliances LP
Contact: Mr. Moninder Sharma 
Phone: 604-619-0724
www.goldendreamhomesltd.com
info@goldendreamhomesltd.com
The owner brings more than 25 years industry experience building homes all over the Lower Mainland.
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Alleylane Homes Construction & More Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom), Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Minaz Poptia, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Harjeet Kang, A&I Drywall Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Steve Chandra 
Years in business: 10
Phone: 778-320-5471; Fax: 604-957-1024
alleylanehomes@gmail.com
For more than 10 years, the company has been building and renovating homes mainly on Vancouver’s east side.
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Tycon Building Solutions Inc.
Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Justin Bontkes, Caliber Projects
2) Ross Power, Powerhouse Building Solutions Inc.
3) Miles Wittig, Basil Restoration Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Tyson VanDelft 
Phone: 604-744-4895; Fax: 604-744-4896
tyson@tyconbuildingsolutions.com
The owner brings nearly 8 years renovating experience building with a current barn to residence project in Langley.
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Zenith Development Ltd.
Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Stephen Collins, Trail Appliances
2) Rochelle Williams, Convoy Supply Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Bhupinder Dubb / Mr. Jat Dhiman 
Phone: 604-599-4715; Fax: 604-498-4615
Bhupinder_zenith@hotmail.com
For more than 20 years, the company has developed many townhome projects primarily in Surrey.
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LDJ Contracting Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single and multi-family)
Referred by:                                   
1) John Reynolds, Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Kurt Sims, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
3) Mark Taylor, Exclusive Floors Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Colin Jones 
Phone: 604-418-9592; Fax: 604-582-1280
www.ldjcontracting.com
info@ldjcontracting.com
Since 1982, the company has built more than 200 custom and single family homes throughout the Lower Mainland.
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Atti Group Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single and multi-family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Davide Granata, Sam’s Garage Doors Ltd.
2) Sarb Dhaliwal, Standard Insulation and Siding Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Sasen Tehrani 
Phone: 604-770-2884; Fax: 604-770-2882
www.attigroup.ca
info@attigroup.ca
The principals bring more than 15 years experience building single family and townhome projects primarily on the North Shore. 
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Myshsael Schlyecher Photography
Photographer
Referred by:                                   
1) John Friswell, CCI Renovations
2) Greg Hanberry, Cirrus Homes
Contact: Ms. Myshsael Schlyecher 
Phone: 604-618-6972
www.myshsael.com
myshsaelinc@gmail.com
The owner brings more than 20 years of film and photographer experience to her craft.
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Bungay Law Office
Lawyer
Referred by:                                   
1) Andrew Orr, Insight Business Development
2) Sasha Todorovic, Federated Insurance Company of Canada
Contact: Mr. Christopher Bungay 
Phone:  604-684-4300; Fax: 604-684-4302
www.bungaylawoffice.ca
chirs@bungaylawoffice.ca
For more than 10 years, the office has practised in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law and employment law.
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Otivo Development Group
Builder (1-49 units, single and multi-family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Angelo Tsakumis, EPTA Properties Ltd.
2) Ed Stock, Starline Windows (2001) Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Donato DeCotiis 
Phone:  604-434-6848; Fax: 604-434-6847
www.otivo.ca
info@otivo.ca
For more than 20 years, the company had built many boutique townhome projects in Burnaby and Vancouver. 


Building Smart #19 – New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code

The energy efficiency requirements for residential homes are changing in December of this year. The BC Building Code will include a new section 9.36 with various insulation and mechanical requirements as well as options for designers and builders on how to conform. Building Smart #19 will explore these new requirements through practical examples.

The session:

  • Provides an overview of the prescriptive requirements for airtightness
  • Explains how to calculate the thermal resistance of assemblies
  • Compares prescriptive vs. trade-off paths
  • Describes below-grade assembly requirements
  • Provides calculation examples of ceiling, wall, fenestration and door areas
  • Describes HVAC requirements and mechanical ventilation best practices

For more information, view the brochure.

Dates: April 7 – May 29
Times: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (except in Vancouver on May 29, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
Locations: 21 communities province-wide
To register, click here.

Each participant will receive a presentation guide and a certificate of completion. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served at the start of the seminar.


Greater Vancouver Builders’ Association Announces 2014 Ovation Awards Finalists

Greater Vancouver Builders’ Association Announces 2014 Ovation Awards Finalists
Celebrating Metro Vancouver’s best builders, renovators and designers

On March 6, 2014,  in Vancouver, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) announced the finalists for the fifth annual 2014 Ovation Awards.

The awards honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multi-family homes as well as the renovation of existing homes.
“Homeowners in Metro Vancouver demand the very best when it comes to the design and construction of their homes. Vancouver is a leading-edge city and the design and construction of our homes reflects this. We are proud to be working with world-class builders, designers and renovators,” says GVHBA Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit.

In addition to the rigorous panel of award-winning judges, the public can weigh in with the popular People’s Choice Award. Visit http://www.ovationawards.ca/peoples-choice/ to vote for your favourite new or renovated home until April 7. The 2014 Ovation Award winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, April 26.

For the fifth year in a row, FortisBC is the presenting sponsor. Patron sponsor is once again the Provincial Homeowner Protection Office, Branch of BC Housing. Sponsors also include Ballistic Arts Media Studios Inc., Black Press Group, Casesarstone Canada, EMCO Corporation, Glacier Media, I-XL Masonry Supplies, Kitchen Craft of Canada Ltd., Martin Knowles Photo/Media, Minuteman Press, Ply Gem, Sears Commercial, Trail Appliances Ltd., The Brick Commercial Sales, The Vancouver Sun, The Province and Wall2Wall Media.

GVHBA Ovation Awards 2014: Finalists by Category *In alphabetical order (project name follows company name)

Best Kitchen Renovation - Under $50,000            
• Level One Construction Ltd., Golden Kitchen Glow          
• Level One Construction Ltd., Pristine Dream
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Indian River

Best Kitchen Renovation: $50,000 - $99,999        
• Klondike Contracting Corporation, Sky-High Sanctuary
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Green with Envy           
• TQ Construction Ltd., Foresthill Kitchen  
               
Best Kitchen Renovation: $100,000 and over      
• Euro Canadian Construction Corp., English Bay Condo Renovation
• reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc., The House Fit  For "Sonny and Claire"              

Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation
• Best Builders Ltd., Reviving the 70’s
• maison d'etre design-build inc., Four to One       

Best Bathroom Renovation: Under $35,000        
• Kerr Construction, Sleek Bathroom          
                                               
Best Renovated Room
• maison d'etre design-build inc., Master Suite Getaway 
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Green with Envy           

Best Addition Renovation          
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Meadfield  (Associate: Sensitive Design)
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Mountain Highway  (Associate: Sensitive Design)
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Panorama  (Associate: Sensitive Design)

Best Accessible Renovation       
• Best Builders Ltd., The Homecoming      

Best Exterior Renovation            
• maison d'etre design-build inc., 70's Upgrade    
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Green with Envy           

Best Townhouse/Condominium Renovation     
• Euro Canadian Construction Corp., English Bay Condo Renovation
• Frits De Vries Architect Ltd., Marina Side Residence         
• maison d'etre design-build inc., Discerning Luxury           
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Klahanie Comfort     

Best Renovation: Under $100,000           
• Essy West Contracting Inc., West End Loft Renovation   
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Klahanie Comfort     
• VGC Vancouver General Contractors Inc., Marinaside Penthouse Renovation

Best Renovation: $100,000 - $299,999    
• Klondike Contracting Corporation, Hillside Home              
• Nesseler Construction Ltd., Beach Retreat           
• Rain City Renovations, W10 Basement

Best Renovation: $300,000 - $499,999    
• Naikoon Contracting Ltd., 1975 Parker   
• Boda Construction Ltd., Edgemont Natural         
• Best Builders Ltd., Reviving the 70’s        

Best Renovation: $500,000 - $799,999    
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Meadfield  (Associate: Sensitive Design)
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Green with Envy           
• reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc., The House Fit For "Sonny and Claire"

Best Renovation: $800,000 and over      
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc., Mountain Highway  (Associate: Sensitive Design)
• Best Builders Ltd., West Van Getaway

Best Custom Home: Under $750,000      
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Quilchena Classic      
• Mountainside Design + Build, Transitional Timber Frame Home 
• Frits De Vries Architect Ltd., Dunbar Laneway   

Best Custom Home: $750,000 - $1.5 million        
• Marble Construction Ltd., 3197 Bewicke Avenue               
• Kerr Construction, Alder Crossing            
• Frits De Vries Architect Ltd., Heather Street

Best Custom Home: Over $1.5 million  
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Adera Radiance         
• Boda Construction Ltd., Rockbank           
• Best Builders Ltd., Orchard Way
                               
Best Single-Family Detached Home: Less than 2,000 s.f.              
• Talisman Homes Ltd., Resort Living         
• Portrait Homes Ltd., Hampstead Phase 2 at Silver Ridge - Alder Plan        
                                               
Best Single-Family Detached Home: 2,000 s.f. and over               
• Talisman Homes Ltd., Resort Living I       
• Talisman Homes Ltd., Resort Living II
• Wesgroup - Bluetree Homes, Bluetree Homes at Citadel Heights                               

Best Single Family Residential Community        
• Portrait Homes Ltd., Hampstead Phase 2 at Silver Ridge
• Wesgroup Properties - Bluetree Homes, Bluetree Homes at Citadel Heights        

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Community: Less than 1,500 s.f.     
• Milori Family of Companies, Cove Gardens
• Nordic Projects Ltd., The Camden            
• Wesgroup Properties - ParkLane Homes, Winchester Estates     

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Community: 1,500 s.f. and over      
• Alchemy Construction Ltd., Lonsdale Contemporary
• Kooney Homes Ltd., Zen TH Phase 1       
• Milori Family of Companies, Cove Gardens                          

Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development            
• Allaire Properties Easton Inc., Easton     

Best New Kitchen: Under $100,000         
• Kooney Homes Ltd., Zen TH Phase1
• Novak Contracting & Construction, A Taste for Elegance               
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Quilchena Classic      

Best New Kitchen: $100,000 and over    
• Jade Lion Estate Homes Ltd., Tuscan Sunrise      
• Marble Construction Ltd., 3197 Bewicke Avenue
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Adera Radiance          
               
Best Outdoor Living Space: New or Renovated 
• Best Builders Ltd., Orchard Way
• Best Builders Ltd., Reviving the 70’s        
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Green with Envy            
               
Best Special Feature: New or Renovated             
• Best Builders Ltd., Cypress          
• maison d'etre design-build inc., Texture and Light           
• Tavan Developments Ltd., Adera Radiance          
                                               
Best Interior Design Custom Residence: New or Renovated       
• Beyond Beige Interior Designs Inc., Hamilton - Eclectic Industrial
• maison d'etre design-build inc., Contemporary Detailing              
• Sarah Gallop Design Inc., Reviving the Seventies (Associate: Best Builders Inc.)

Best Interior Design Display Suite: Single Family or Townhouse Community      
• Ikonik Homes, Jacobsen (Associate: Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing)
• Wesgroup Properties - Bluetree Homes, Bluetree Homes at Citadel Heights
• Wesgroup Properties - ParkLane Homes, Winchester Estates      
               
Best Interior Design Display Suite: Condominium           
• Forge Properties Inc., Royce White Rock (Associate: Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing)
• Wesgroup Properties - Bluetree Home, Bluetree Homes at Mackin Park               

Best Marketing Campaign          
• Allaire Properties Easton Inc., Easton     
• Forge Properties Inc., Royce White Rock (Associate: Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing)
• Kooney Homes Ltd., Zen TH Phase 1       

Excellence in Innovation and Sustainability in New Residential Construction    
• Talisman Homes Ltd., Resort Living II       
                                               
FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Residential Construction
• Alchemy Construction Ltd., Lonsdale Contemporary                                        
                                               
BC Housing Award for Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing Choices          
• Alchemy Construction Ltd., Lonsdale Contemporary        
                                               
GRAND OVATION AWARDS                        
                               
Renovator of the Year: Small Volume   
• maison d'etre design-build inc.  
                               
Renovator of the Year: Large Volume   
• Best Builders Ltd.            
• Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc.
• TQ Construction Ltd.       
               
Custom Builder of the Year        
• Best Builders Ltd.            
• Tavan Developments Ltd.            
                               
Single-Family Builder of the Year           
• Portrait Homes Ltd.         
                               
Multi-Family Builder of the Year             
• Kooney Homes Ltd.       
• Platinum Group of Companies  

For further information, contact:  Bob de Wit, GVHBA CEO -- bob@gvhba.org, Ph: (778) 565-4288; Cell: (604) 916-3434


International Housing & Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) is coming to Vancouver September 7-10, 2014

The Canadian Home Warranty Council is hosting the International Housing and Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) in Vancouver from September 7-10, 2014. The goal of this conference is to promote the benefits of construction guarantees and warranties at an international level. Held every three years, members of the International Housing and Home Warranty Association meet in key international locations to listen, learn and share best business practices and experience.

Registration is Open

The International Housing & Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) is coming to Vancouver September 7-10, 2014. Held every three years, this prestigious conference brings together warranty organizations, government representatives, home builders and housing professionals from around the world. Experts in building science/construction, finance, insurance, social housing and politics will share their perspectives on the future of home ownership.
Register today. Early-bird registration available until May 30, 2014. Learn more at www.ihhwc2014.ca.


Groundbreaking Initiative Focuses on Increasing Housing Supply

Affordability crisis: Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association says the answer is to build more dwellings

By Bob Ransford, Vancouver Sun

One of the world’s leading voices on sustainability and the future of the planet recently sounded an alarm bell, warning that the shortage of housing supply in cities across the globe is threatening quality of life.

In an article in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Alex Steffen, a San Francisco-based urban futurist, argued there is a huge gulf between available housing and demand for homes in growing cities across the globe. He contends this housing shortage is causing an affordability crisis that undermines the quality of life for the hardworking middle class, worsens inequality and threatens the future of the planet.

Steffen contends that to make housing affordable again, most cities need to catch up to decades-worth of unmet demand over the next few years: “In many cities, this means goals measured in the tens of thousands of new homes; in the fastest-growing cities, it means hundreds of thousands. Build enough housing and (economists and experience both tell us) prices should at least stabilize. Want social justice? Build a lot more housing.”

In order to build this magnitude of housing, Steffen argues that new efforts are needed — efforts not only in scale, but in approach. That challenge, he believes, demands that local governments need to be willing and able to plan and permit the kind of widespread change that will be needed to accommodate this wave of new housing supply over the next few decades.

News of this global housing shortage crisis comes as no comfort to those of us in Metro Vancouver who experience every day the life-altering pressures of housing costs stretching our means. It’s interesting that we’re part of a global trend, but not in any way reassuring to know this.

We know that our regional population is growing at a rate of 3,000 new residents per month. By 2041, the Metro Vancouver region will need a half-million new homes to house a million new residents.

Some are beginning to realize that to combat the housing affordability crisis in Metro Vancouver, we are going to have to seriously figure out how we can close the gulf between supply and demand.

Some extraordinary measures will be needed to accomplish this and some very ordinary measures — small innovations — also will help.

One way of improving the ability of the market to respond with housing supply is to ensure that municipalities and developers are working effectively together to plan and approve new housing projects.

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association recently launched an initiative to figure out how to get new housing development projects to the groundbreaking stage, recognizing that we do have a housing shortage and supply is required.

Getting to Groundbreaking — or G2G — is a comprehensive program that will look at the costs, the charge structures, the processes and the policies that go into the processing and eventual approval of new housing development applications in municipalities throughout the region. An annual G2G survey will gather data from both municipalities and developers to benchmark application costs, approval times and management practices. Working with local governments, GVHBA will conduct background research on housing policy regulations and their impacts, hoping to identify innovative ways in which municipalities and developers are already working together to meet housing demand or new innovations where they can work more effectively together.

This initiative promises to be a rigorous one, based on credible research methods. Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies Program researchers are partners in the project with the GVHBA, and they will be guided by an advisory group that includes members of local governments, the Urban Development Institute, the BC Non-profit Housing Association and Toronto’s Ryerson University.

It is intended to be a long-term initiative, with the promise of an annual report on the benchmarks, highlights on best practices and case studies.

GVHBA hopes the Getting to Groundbreaking initiative will provide some workable ideas on addressing the pressing housing needs in the region.

What’s most encouraging about this initiative is that it focuses on supply as the answer to the affordability challenge.

We’ve been struggling with this challenge in Metro Vancouver for far too long, while we have ignored what Steffen said in his call to action: “Our only choice is to build, build, build.”

Bob Ransford is a public affairs consultant with Counterpoint Communications Inc. He is a former real estate developer who specializes in urban land-use issues. Email: ransford@counterpoint.ca or Twitter:@BobRansford

To see the online Vancouver Sun story, click here.

 


Study probing home development costs, policies in Metro cities

  

Study probing home development costs, policies in Metro cities

 
By Jeff Nagel, Surrey Leader
February 18, 2014
 
An SFU researcher says extremely complex application processes for residential developers appears to be one of the factors behind Metro Vancouver's poor housing affordability.
 
Urban Studies associate professor Meg Holden is leading the annual Getting To Groundbreaking study on behalf of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association and other partners.
 
It's expected to shed light on the varying municipal development policies, fees and processing times around the region that affect housing costs, supply and affordability, as well as recommended best practices.
 
"The more sustainable a city, the more expensive and exclusive its housing," Holden said. "This study will help us understand how to make cities more sustainable for all residents, rich and poor."
 
Metro Vancouver's population is growing by 3,000 new residents each month and it's projected that nearly half a million new homes will be needed to house a million more residents by 2041.
 
The Getting To Groundbreaking findings are expected late this spring and the 2014 report will focus on helping cities meet housing demand for townhomes.
 
Holden began web-based surveys in February and is urging home builders, municipal employees and other stakeholders in Metro's 19 largest communities to participate. Interested parties can email G2G@sfu.ca.
 
Find this article at: 
 

GVHBA welcomes these new members

On December 17, 2013, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 7 (seven) new members:

Scott Olson (Macdonald Realty Ltd.), Beedie Development Group, Caliber Projects Ltd., Docherty Developments Inc., Nickel Bros Housing Moving Ltd., Superprem Industries dba Pearl Sinks and Greenwave Homes Ltd.

Scott Olson (Macdonald Realty Ltd.)   Previous member
Realtor
Referred by:                                   
1) Eileen Day, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
2) Barb Rush, Wholesale Blind Factory
Contact: Mr. Scott Olson
Phone: 604-590-2444
www.scottolson.ca
scott@scottolson.ca
Scott has been a realtor for more than 29 years and is a past president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
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Beedie Development Group
Builder (50+ units, multi-family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Ron Rapp, Morningstar Homes Ltd. 
2) Kerry Nagy, Travelers Insurance Company of Canada
Contact: Mr. Alvin Reyes
Phone: 604-435-3321; Fax: 604-432-7349
www.beediegroup.ca
alvin.reyes@beediegroup.ca
For more than 60 years, Beedie has been building and developing projects across the Lower Mainland. Current multi-family projects include the Austin in Coquitlam and Station Square in Burnaby.
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Caliber Projects Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single, multi-family)
Referred by:                                   
1) Wendy Parcha, Benchmark Homes Ltd. 
2) Carol Bourque, Infinity Properties Ltd.
3) Gregory van Popta, McQuarrie Hunter LLP
4) Ryan VanDelft, Networx Windows & Doors
Contact: Mr. Justin Bontkes
Phone: 604-807-1888
www.caliberprojects.com
info@caliberprojects.com
The owner comes from a long line of experienced builders and builds mainly single family homes in Langley and area.
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Docherty Developments Inc.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single), Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Mike Reid, Reid Developments Ltd. 
2) Gary Ogden, Vinyltek Windows 
Contact: Mr. Mark Docherty
Phone: 604-377-2976
www.dochertydevelopments.com
dochertydevelopments@shaw.ca
The company builds and renovates primarily on Vancouver’s west side.
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Nickel Bros Housing Moving Ltd.
House movers, House raising
Referred by:                                   
1) Darren Cranston, Polygon Homes Ltd. 
2) Benjamin Brott, reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc.
3) Miles Wittig, Basil Restoration Ltd.
Contact: Mr. Jeremy Nickel
Phone: 604-944-9430; Fax: 604-944-6082
www.nickelbros.com
vancouver@nickelbros.com
For more than 55 years, the company has been moving and lifting homes throughout BC and Washington State.
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Superprem Industries dba Pearl Sinks
Sinks, Faucets
Referred by:                                   
1) Lanson Foster, Lanstone Homes Ltd.
2) John Tilstra, Centra Windows & Doors
Contact: Mr. Woody Chiang
Phone: 604-214-4477; Fax: 800-214-0886
www.pearlsinks.com
woody@pearlsinks.com
For more than 15 years, the company has been manufacturing sinks and faucets for kitchens and bathrooms.
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Greenwave Homes Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom)
Referred by:                                   
1) Greg Graham, Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Ross Power, Powerhouse Building Solutions Inc.
3) Barry Vignal, Burnco Rock Products Ltd.
4) Kylene Ketchan, The Lighting Warehouse
Contact: Mr. Hardeep Chungh
Phone: 604-652-2200; Fax: 604-942-4153
hardeep@greenwavehomes.com
The owner brings more than 11 years industry experience building custom homes in Burke Mountain and Pitt Meadows.