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NightShift’s Extreme Makeover SHIFT happens this summer!

NightShift is undergoing an expantion and renovation, and they need your help! They'd appreciate any items as well as help with installation and removals.
Their wish list:
•       High-traffic commercial vinyl for training and warehouse area flooring
•       Outdoor roll shutters. Help prevent glass breakage 
•       Outdoor signage (remove Sisters and replace with NightShift)
•       Audio/visual installation
•       Satellite radio and wiring new speakers at admin/reception, as well as additional outdoor speakers
•       Replace our sliding cooler, used nightly by our food prep teams (must be restaurant quality)
•       Design, donate and install a commercial kitchen, with a new 6 burns gas stove
•       Need a new commercial faucet with sprayer on a retractable line to clean cooking pots
•       Need a new Bunn coffee maker with warmer on top and a hot water tap (or a commercial coffee maker for 100+ cups          of coffee)
•       Commercial grade storage solution for travel-size toiletry items that we give out every night of the year (e.g. roll-out          cubbies)
•       And in the long-run, we’re looking to partner with a company to help us replace our limping, 11-year old mobile                  kitchen. 
NightShift Street Ministries, a not-for-profit, multi-denominational Christian organization that began helping the poor on King George Highway in the middle of a blistery snowstorm is expanding and ‘shifting’.
What started in a makeshift emergency overnight shelter in an unpretentious street church in 2004 has grown into a noteworthy operation offering nightly outreach, counselling, education and transitional housing. The Care Centre, which provides counselling and oversees a mobile Care Bus also offering nursing and library services, as well as two social enterprises, Ragtime clothing bins and Sisters Thrift Boutique, round out its operations on King George Boulevard.
The organization’s thrift store, is moving from Whalley to a new location in Guildford and opens on August 1st at 14888 104 Avenue. 
Major expansion renovations start this week at the organization’s headquarters on 10635 King George Blvd to carve out much-needed space for additional counselling and administration offices, warehousing, and a new daytime training area, where we will continue to expand our programs for youth, young adults, women suffering abuse, mothers and tots, including our Art Classes, Alpha, and a new, expanded volunteer training program.
The MINGA project (Investors Group, Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association members, Benchmark Homes, Centra Windows and Exclusive Floors) head up the renovations and support for this cause.
Painters, electricians, plumbers and other volunteers are urgently needed to help us with window coverings, lighting, flooring, audiovisual equipment, storage shelving, lockers and a sliding cooler!
Anyone interested in lending a hand or donating materials and/or funds for the cause check out or call the office direct at 604.953.1114.

GREEN, the keyword for Vancouver's future house (Chinese text)

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Vancouver homebuilders president disappointed by transit tax rejection

“Disappointing.” That’s the word from the head of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) following a referendum ballot aimed at pumping $7.5 billion over ten years into Metro Vancouver’s congested transportation system.

Instead, the 61.7 percent of 700,000 voters who said No to a 0.5 per cent sales tax only made the daily grind for contractors working across Metro’s 21 municipalities tougher, according to GVHBA President Bob de Wit. 

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Editorial: Will (and Should) Ottawa Try to Cool Canada’s Hot Housing Market?

Speculation is mounting that the federal government is moments away from taking a radical step in an attempt to cool off Canada’s scorching hot real estate market. According to the Financial Post’s sources, the feds have been studying proposals to increase the minimum down payment from its current 5 per cent. They are also reportedly looking at additional (as yet unspecified) restrictions for high-priced real estate to try to dampen the higher-end home frenzy in Vancouver and Toronto.

With interest rates falling even further than their already historic lows last week, which if anything is likely to further increase sales and prices, the possibility is becoming even more likely that Ottawa will take action.

“They are definitely looking into this but it doesn’t mean that they will do it,” one source told the Financial Post. Another source confirmed that Ottawa is continuing to look at increasing the minimum down payment.

The question is, would such a move actually succeed in guiding Canada’s real estate market into the feather-soft landing that many hope for and believe is necessary? The answer is, probably not.

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Georgie Awards® 2016 Call for Entries

Entry Submissions due by October 5, 2015

BURNABY, B.C. JULY 21, 2015 -  The Georgie Awards®, operated and hosted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, are recognized both provincially and nationally as the residential construction industry's most prestigious awards program. The annual Awards honour outstanding excellence in all areas of building including planning, design and construction, renovation, marketing, innovation, special achievement and more. 
Entering the Awards provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase projects, innovative designs and the high standard of quality that conveys a company's level of commitment and professionalism to customers while gaining valuable exposure. 
New to the Georgie Awards Program:
To better identify the Finalists and Winners of the Georgie Awards® , starting this year we will identify the annual program by the year in which the winners are announced.
example: 2016 Georgie Awards®  Finalist, 2016 Georgie Awards®  Winner. 
Although this may create some confusion in this change-over year, we believe that it will be better overall for your marketing purposes. These awards reflect eligible projects for the period of January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
The Georgie Awards® are open to all members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC including members from its 9 local affiliated home builder associations located throughout all regions of British Columbia. Members are encouraged to enter regardless of the size of their company or project.
Projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced at the 24th  Annual Georgie Awards® Gala on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with more than 500 industry professionals, senior government officials and media in attendance.
Simpler Application and Submission Process
CHBA BC has refined the categories and made some improvements to the process for entering including: 
One site to upload all images for your entries
Elimination of the mandatory requirement to enroll in the AVID Ratings system for the Grand Georgie categories with the exception of the Customer Satisfaction Award
Integration of the previous sustainable awards programs into the Georgie Awards® by adding three categories specifically for ENERGY STAR, Built Green® & R-2000 homes
Created a new easy, online registration and submission process 
Steps to Enter
Review the categories available online, choose the categories that highlight your company's best projects, and prepare your submissions. Complete the online entry form and pay the entry fees. Submissions will be open until October 5, 2015.
CLICK HERE for the Categories and Criteria  
CLICK HERE for the Online Entry Form
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Chok 604-432-7112 x 322 or e-mail or visit |
About the Georgie Awards®
The Georgie Awards®, Canada's premier housing awards program, are owned by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC). For the past 24 years, the Georgie Awards® have showcased the high quality and calibre of British Columbia's home building and renovation community. The Awards are provincial in scope and highlight the commitment and dedication to the building excellence and high standards that CHBA BC member companies strive to uphold.  

Love at First Sight

It is easy to come and go every day without stepping back with an objective eye and really looking at your home’s exterior and finer details.
“Sprucing up the exterior of your home speaks volumes to the care and attention your home receives in general” says Linda Jones, lead designer at My House Design/Build Team, Grand Ovation Award Winner for Residential Renovator of the Year: Large Volume. “If the facade of your home looks tired on the outside, then it reflects poorly on the overall condition of your home.” First impressions are lasting and emphasizing curb appeal is your house’s first chance to impress visitors or win over prospective buyers from first sight. Continue reading...

Home renovation show set for weekend

Planning a household renovation? You may want to keep some time free this Saturday.

That’s when the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association is holding its free North Shore Home Reno Show.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at The View, at 2121 Lonsdale. There will be “Ask-a-Pro” consultations, exhibits and seminars on a variety of subjects, including planning a renovation, exterior painting, budgeting, energy-saving tips, kitchen design trends and legal considerations.

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GVHBA welcomes these new members

On June 16, 2015, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 23 (twenty-three) new members: Avaya Homes, Creative Home Furnishings, Motiva Financial, Arden Interiors, Crescent Creek Homes Inc., QXM Engineering Co., The GCC Group Development Inc., Villa Developments Ltd., Vanwell Homes Ltd., West Coast Signature Homes Ltd., Coultish & Co. Mortgage Brokers, Colonial Countertops Ltd., Pro Design, David Alan B. Design, Sam’s Flooring Supplies, Draft On Site Services Inc.Precision Gutters Ltd., Saint Construction Management Ltd., Alcon Construction Ltd., Marwynn Construction Corp., Symbolic Construction Group Ltd., ReachLocal and High Definition Concrete Ltd. 

Avaya Homes
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:
1) Devender Dhillon, Oakwood Homes Inc.  
2) Lovepreet Drewal, Maskeen Development Ltd. 
Contact: Harp Badesha
Phone: 604-306-2017
Creative Home Furnishings
Furnishings supplier
Referred by:
1) Justine Diersch, Marketplace Events 
2) Trish Almeida, Informa Canada
Contact: Blair Ballard
Phone: 604-941-1377
Motiva Financial
Financial services, Mortgages
Referred by:
1) Indra Guha, RBC Royal Bank
2) Mark Lockhart, TD Financial Group
Contact: Roy Arjun
Phone: 604-424-8244
Arden Interiors
Interior Designer
Referred by:
1) Harp Cheema, Asanti Development Ltd.
2) Paul Lilley, Kingdom Builders Inc. 
Contact: Claire Gudmanz
Phone: 604-992-8900
Crescent Creek Homes Inc.
Builder (1-49 units, multi-family)
Referred by:
1) Rob Clunes, Pacific Home Warranty Insurance Services Inc.
2) Devinder Dhillon, Oakwood Homes Inc.
3) Minaz Popatia, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
4) Dhiray Marwaha, Trail Appliances Ltd.
Contact: Berinderpal Dhaliwal
Phone: 604-782-1061
QXM Engineering Co.
Structural Engineers 
Referred by:
1) Hussain Khatheer, VGC Vancouver General Contractors Inc.
2) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
3) Troy Abromaitis, Bucci Developments Ltd.
Contact: Lily Qiu
Phone: 778-383-3457
The GCC Group Development Inc.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:
1) Enoch Deer, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd.
2) Brian Hirsch, Euroline Windows Inc.
3) Kate Carlson, Pacific Home Warranty Insurance Services Inc.
Contact: Ronald Lam
Phone: 604-716-9350
Villa Developments Ltd.
Builders (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:
1) Kevin McKnee, Trail Appliances Ltd.
2) Sarb Dhaliwal, Standard Insulation & Siding Ltd.
Contact: Sukhdev Jhaj
Phone: 604-278-7474
Vanwell Homes Ltd.
Builders (1-49 units, single family, multi-family)
Referred by:
1) James Lee, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies 
2) Rick Harrison, Standard Building Supplies
3) Phil Bowie, Rempel bros. Concrete Ltd.
Contact: Paul Tang / Zeki Tang
Phone: 604-649-7919
West Coast Signature Homes Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, single family), Developer
Referred by:
1) Sandeep Sandhu, B&B Roofing Ltd.
2) Randip Bhandal, ConEcon Projects Inc.
3) Gordon Houston, WBI Home Warranty Ltd.
4) Brad Morrison, Orca Security Corporation
Contact: Paul Akbal Bhangle
Phone: 604-720-6001
Union Trust Financial Corp. dba Coultish & Co. Mortgage Brokers 
Financial services, Mortgages
Referred by:
1) Todd Best, Best Builders
2) Sasha Todorovic, Federated Insurance
Contact: Adam Coultish & Dean Lawton
Phone: 604-974-9768
Colonial Countertops Ltd.
Countertop fabricator & installer
Referred by:
1) Deano Pellegrino, Caesarstone Canada
2) Jamie Banfield, Jamie Banfield Design
Contact: Ray Skific
Phone: 604-421-2205
Pro Design
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:
1) Ted Wong, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Ted Braniski, Jireh Stone Ltd.
Contact: Zi Chun (George) Zhao / Scott Zhao
Phone: 778-926-8582
David Alan B. Design
Interior Designer
Referred by:
1) Amir Fard, B.A. Robinson Ltd. Co.
2) George Smith, Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Contact: Fred Lade
Phone: 778-866-3040
Sam’s Flooring Supplies
Supplier (flooring)
Referred by:
1) Jeff Keene, Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
2) Keith Araki, Shell Busey’s Home Improvements
3) Colin D’Arcy, Avant Contractors Inc.
4) Matthew Robinson, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings
Contact: Richard Kuchukgozian
Phone: 604-530-2949
Draft On Site Services Inc.
Professional (Architectural Drafting) 
Referred by:
1) Mila Djuras, Intermind Design Inc.
2) Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc.
Contact: Nicholas Petrie
Phone: 604-876-3738
Precision Gutters Ltd.
Gutter installation and service
Referred by:
1) Rick Van de Perre, Gentek Building Products
2) Marcel Bousquet, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Martin Dennis
Phone: 604-888-5112
Saint Construction Management Ltd.
Referred by:
1) Chris James, Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Biagio Lupinacci, Standard Building Supplies
Contact: Scott Sheen
Phone: 604-336-5355
Alcon Construction Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, single family) 
Referred by:
1) Davinder Kooner, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd.
2) James Lee, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
3) Peter Kostopoulos, B.A. Robinson Ltd. Co.
Contact: Alan Wong
Phone: 604-889-6808
Marwynn Construction Corp.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family), Renovator
Referred by:
1) Daniel Boffo, Boffo Properties Inc.
2) Doug Fyffe, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Marc Peck
Phone: 604-908-1751
Symbolic Construction Group Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family)
Referred by:
1) Minaz Popatia, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies  
2) Lori Hadfield, Rempel bros. Concrete Ltd.
Contact: Jatinderpal Singh Gill
Phone: 604-763-7068
Sales & Marketing, Digital Media
Referred by:
1) Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc.
2) Dorothy Wolf, XL Flooring
Contact: Peter Aragon / Travis Kraft
Phone: 778-296-2066
High Definition Concrete Ltd.
Concrete (functional design) 
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Todd Best, Best Builders Ltd.
Contact: Matthew Devries
Phone: 604-897-0408


Congrats Torch Award Winners!

Special congratulations to 2 GVHBA member Torch Award Winners: Vancouver General Contractors & MIRA Floors and Interiors.

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BBB of Mainland BC is proud to announce this year's list of Torch Award winners. The annual gala was held Thursday, June 11th, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver and was attended by over a hundred local businesses, award nominees and finalists.

This year there were five award categories which included Marketplace Excellence Award, Community Excellence Award, Green Award, Innovative Business Practices Award and People's Pick Award.

Here are the winners for the 8th Annual BBB Torch Awards:

 Marketplace Excellence Award - Large Business Category
Canadian Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co.

Marketplace Excellence Award - Medium Business Category
Vancouver General Contractors

 Marketplace Excellence Award - Small Business Category
School Is Easy Tutoring

 Community Excellence Award
Wheelin' Mobility

 Green Award

 Innovative Business Practices Award
MIRA Floors & Interiors

 People's Pick Award - 1st Place
4 Pillars Consulting Group (Surrey)

 People's Pick Award - 2nd Place
School Is Easy Tutoring

 People's Pick Award - 3rd Place

ReStoring Data Inc.

Stunning Transformations on Show at the Annual Parade of Renovated Homes

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