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Building Inspiration in British Columbia, Winners of the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards® Announced

BURNABY, BC (March 02, 2015) - British Columbia's residential construction industry was celebrated in Vancouver on Friday February 27, by honouring the best and brightest of B.C.'s home building and renovation community at the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards® Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel. 
 
Presented by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC (CHBA BC), the Georgie Awards® highlight how our province's residential construction industry continues to raise the bar of excellence, skill and professionalism throughout B.C. With the increase in submissions, this year's awards attracted many inspirational and high-calibre projects, challenging the esteemed judging panel from outside B.C. Winners were chosen with objectivity and anonymity during a three-day judging process.
 
"This year's Georgie Awards® winners showcase the imagination and ingenuity that resides and flourishes within our province." said CHBA BC CEO Neil Moody. "The increase in submissions as well as attendees at the gala demonstrates the vitality of the residential construction industry in our province and I want to extend my congratulations to all the winners on a job well done."
 
The Georgie Awards® Gala, emceed by Wayne Cox, was nearly sold out with over 500 distinguished guests and residential stakeholders in attendance. Performances by DESTINEAK as well as the 007 After Party and Dance were well received and went into the early morning hours. 
 
The 23rd Annual Georgie Awards® winners are: 
 
Best Townhouse Development
Adera Development Corporation for Breeze (Lot C, Phase 7-9), Surrey
Associate Company: Adera Realty Corporation
 
Custom Home valued under $750,000
Naikoon Contracting Ltd. for Midori Uchi, North Vancouver 
 
Custom Home valued between $750,000 - $1,500,000
Westpeak Developments for Hendry, North Vancouver
 
Custom Home valued between $1,500,000 - $3,000,000
TS Williams Construction for Cadence, Lantzville
Associate Company: KB Design
 
Custom Home valued over $3,000,000
All Elements Design.Manage.Build for Sin~Ceras, Kelowna
 
Best Single Family Home over 2,000 Sq. Ft. under $750,000 - Production
Portrait Homes for Hampstead Phase 2, Maple Ridge
 
Best Residential Renovation under $100,000
Tavan Developments Ltd. for Klahanie Reno, Port Moody
 
Best Multi-Family Low Rise Development
Adera Development Corporation for SAIL (Phase II), Vancouver (UBC)
Associate Company: Adera Realty Corporation
 
Best Multi-Family High Rise Development
Concert Real Estate Corporation for Salt, Vancouver
 
Best Single Family Home up to 2,000 Sq. Ft. under $500,000 - Production
Naikoon Contracting Ltd for The Nookian House, North Vancouver
 
Best Residential Renovation $100,000 - $299,999
ARYZE Development and Construction for Broadmead, Victoria
 
Best Residential Renovation $300,000 - $499,999
Sarah Gallop Design for A New Dawn, Delta
Associate Company: My House Design/Build Team 
 
Best Residential Renovation $500,000 - $799,999
Blackfish Homes Ltd. for Meadfeild, West Vancouver
 
Best Residential Renovation $800,000 and Over
My House Design/Build team Ltd for Silver Lining, Coquitlam
 
Best Kitchen Renovation over $100,000
Shakespeare Homes & Renovations Inc for Serving up the Light, West Vancouver
Associate Company: Sensitive Design
 
Best Innovative Certified Home - Production or Custom
Naikoon Contracting Ltd. for Midori Uchi, North Vancouver
 
Best Condo Renovation under $300,000
reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc for Petite & Chic, Vancouver
 
Best Condo Renovation over $300,000
Moeski Design Agency for White Rock Penthouse, White Rock
 
Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000
Sarah Gallop Design Inc for A New Dawn, Delta
Associate Company: My House Design/Build Team
 
Best Single Family Kitchen under $100,000 - New
All Elements Design.Manage.Build for Sin~Ceras, Kelowna
 
Best Single Family Kitchen over $100,000 - New
Eurohouse Construction Inc. for Mathers Residence, West Vancouver
 
Best Interior Design Custom Residence - New or Renovation
Paramax Homes Ltd. for Forest Hills, Edgemont Village
 
Best Project Identity
Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. for The Ridge at Bose Farms, Surrey
 
Best Environmental Initiative
Naikoon Contracting Ltd. for Midori Uchi, North Vancouver
Associate Company: Richard Kadulski Architect
 
Best Interior Design Display Suite - Single Family or Multi-Family
Adera Development Corporation for remix, North Vancouver
 
Best Master Suite - New or Renovation
Sarah Gallop Design Inc. for West Vancouver Horizon, West Vancouver
Associate Company: MKL Homes
Associate Company: Mirage Hardwood Floors
 
Best Multi-Family Kitchen - New
Moeski Design Agency for White Rock Penthouse, White Rock
 
Best Advertising Campaign
Tavan Developments Ltd. for South Granville Estate, Vancouver
 
Best Innovative Feature - New or Renovation
Vineyard Developments for Vineyard Developments, Vernon
Associate Company: Hybrid Elevators
 
Best Affordable Certified Home - Production or Custom
Naikoon Contracting Ltd. for Midori Uchi, North Vancouver
 
Best Sales Centre
Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. for The Ridge at Bose Farms, Surrey
 
Best Landscape Design - New or Production
John Henshaw Architect Inc. for Balsam Residence, Vancouver
 
Best Renovation - Any Room
Miccaro Designs, Fine Residential Interior Design for "Purple with Envy" (Wine Cellar), North Vancouver
 
Best Corporate Website
Tavan Development Ltd. for South Granville Estate
 
Best Outdoor Living Space - New or Renovation
TS Williams Construction for Cadence, Lantzville
Associate Company: KB Design
 
Best Certified Whole House Renovation
Naikoon Contracting Ltd. for Burkehill Place, West Vancouver
 
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. for The Ridge at Bose Farms, Surrey
 
Residential Community of the Year
Adera Development Corporation for SAIL (Phase II), Vancouver (UBC)
 
Customer Choice Awards 
Single Family Production - Portrait Homes
Single Family Custom - Clay Construction
Multi-Family (Low Rise) - Portrait Homes
Multi-Family (Mid/High-Rise) - Concert Properties
 
Residential Renovator of the Year 
My House Design/Build Team Ltd, Surrey
 
Single Family Production Home Builder of the Year
Portrait Homes for Hampstead Phase 2, Maple Ridge
 
Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year
Adera Development Corporation
 
Custom Home Builder of the Year
Naikoon Contracting Ltd, North Vancouver  
 
View the full list of finalists and winners at www.georgieawards.ca

GVHBA supports improved transit and transportation infrastructure

SURREY, February 25, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has voted to support the proposed 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, joining over 100 other organizations on the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition.

 
“A strong land use plan requires an efficient transportation plan”, said Bob de Wit, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA).  “The GVHBA takes the matter of increased costs very seriously, recognizing the impacts on construction costs and housing affordability, however transportation improvements are essential for our region to function effectively while supporting continued market growth.”
 
The Mayors’ Council plan, based on an expectation that our region will add a further one million residents by 2040, calls for a 7.5 billion dollar investment in infrastructure that will spin off tens of thousands of jobs. The required transit and transportation improvements will reduce traffic congestion and associated costs imposed on citizens and businesses. The new tax creates a basis to pay for new infrastructure development and required services.  
 
For more information about the referendum http://mayorscouncil.ca/referendum/
 
With more than 800 member companies, the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association is Canada’s second largest residential construction industry association. Its members are responsible for approximately 15 thousand housing starts and 75 thousand jobs annually. Established in 1974, GVHBA is affiliated with the Canadian Home Builders' Association at both the provincial and national levels.

GVHBA welcomes these new members

On February 17, 2015, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 10 (ten) new members: Alair Homes, Primary Engineering and Construction, Watershed Communications Group, Tigon Security Solutions, Precision Greens Inc., ADM Structural Inc., R&B Plumbing and Heating Ltd., JHD Developments Ltd., Northern Alpine Contracting Ltd. and Rick Jackson, Consultant (Investors Group Financial Services Inc.)

Alair Homes (09424322 B.C. Ltd.)
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family, multi-family), Renovator
Referred by:
1) Doug Fyffe, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Bill Snyder, Starline Windows (2001) Ltd.
3) Rob Clunes, Pacific Home Warranty
4) Martina Vanousova, Norburn Lighting and Bath Centre
Contact: David Babakaiff         
Phone: 604-605-8255
www.alairhomes.com
david@alairhomes.com
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Primary Engineering and Construction
Consulting Engineering Firm (electric utilities)
Referred by:                                   
1) Avtar Johl, Platinum Group of Companies
2) Alison Davis, Infinity Properties Ltd.
3) Andrew Gorlick, Mosaic Avenue Construction Ltd.
4) Ron Rapp, Morningstar Homes Ltd.
Contact: Joseph Kyllo
Phone: 604-558-0401
www.primaryeng.com
jkyllo@primaryeng.com
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Watershed Communications Group
Advertising Agency
Referred by:                                   
1) Rob Grimm, Portrait Homes Ltd.
2) Eric Andreasen, Adera Development Corporation
Contact: Cam Landell
Phone: 604-558-1520
www.watershedgroup.ca
cam@watershedgroup.ca         
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Tigon Security Solutions
Supplier (Security products), Low Voltage Contractor
Referred by:                                   
1) Moninder Sharma, Golden Dream Homes Ltd.
2) Dave Brar, Goldlane Homes Ltd.
Contact: Harman Grewal
Phone: 778-565-4188
www.tigon.ca
info@tigon.ca  
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Precision Greens Inc. 
Supplier (landscaping, synthetic grass)
Referred by:                                   
1) Daryl Glenn, NorthRock Homes Ltd.
2) David Hirsch, Euroline Windows Inc.
Contact: Scott McCartney         
Phone: 604-970-3673
www.precision-greens.com
scott@precision-greens.com    
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ADM Structural Inc.
General Contractor (steel fabrication), Project Management
Referred by:                                   
1) Kevin Belton, Cloverdale Paint Inc.
2) Mark Martelli, Hilti Canada
Contact: Kayte Gillespie           
Phone: 604-990-8802
www.admstructural.com
info@admstructural.com           
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R&B Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
Supplier (plumbing, heating)
Referred by:                                   
1) Greg Hanberry, Cirrus Homes
2) Jonathan Vendargon, Seneca Homes Ltd.
Contact: Rob Balksic    
Phone: 604-980-1369
www.randbplumbing.ca
sales@randbplumbing.ca         
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JHD Developments Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Glen Martin, Griff Building Supplies Ltd.
2) Grace Mok, The Lighting Warehouse
3) Charles Carter, Oasis Windows Ltd.
Contact: Jessi Dhami   
Phone: 604-562-9504
www.jhdhomes.com
jhddevelopments@shaw.ca      
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Northern Alpine Contracting Ltd.
General Contractor, Renovator
Referred by:                                   
1) Rod La France, Standard Building Supplies
2) Robert Brody, Twin Peaks Construction Inc.
Contact: Chad Walmsley           
Phone: 604-770-0640
www.northernalpine.ca
chadw@northernalpine.ca         
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Rick Jackson, Consultant (Investors Group Financial Services Inc.)
Financial services
Referred by:                                   
1) Sasha Todorovic, Federated Insurance Company of Canada
2) Dorothy Wolf, Laurentian Sales Inc.
Contact: Rick Jackson  
Phone: 604-986-1200
www.investorsgroup.com
rick.jackson@investorsgroup.com


CHBA BC welcomes Minister Coleman's announcement of Building Act

BURNABY, B.C. (February 16, 2015) - On February 12, 2015 the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier, Rich Coleman introduced the Building Act to establish more consistent building requirements throughout BC, with the exception of the City of Vancouver.

The 'consistent requirements' are what many advocacy groups in the residential construction industry have previously referred to as a Uniform Building Code. Modernization of the Building Code has been a topic of discussion among the provincial government and industry stakeholders since 2004. In recent meetings with government officials, CHBA BC was informed that there would be a name change, but until now could not divulge on the specific details due to a confidentiality agreement.

The Building Act is the result of years of industry advocacy, including of course the efforts of CHBA BC as we have been involved in ongoing consultation with the Ministry. These efforts include recent discussions at the Modernization Review Group, which CHBA BC Past President, Nathan Stone and CHBA BC, Neil Moody sit on as representatives for the Association.

In November 2014, during its first policy priority meeting, CHBA BC's Government Relations Committee confirmed that our association is unified on the position of seeking a uniform application of the Code across BC jurisdictions. Thus, the announcement of the Building Act is aligned with CHBA BC Government Relations Committee's advocacy objectives and efforts.

CHBA BC and its Government Relations Committee will be releasing further commentary on the Building Act in the coming weeks.

To read the full news release, click here. You can also find the first reading of the full legislation by clicking here.

For more information:

Jill Greenwood
Assistant Director, Government Relations & Communications
604-432-7112 ext. 323

jill@chbabc.org


GVHBA at BUILDEX Vancouver - stop by and say hello!

The CHBA BC Pavilion will feature exhibits by members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC and the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association. The CHBA BC and GVHBA represent a vital part of the construction industry - all facets of new home construction, from single and multi-family builders, renovators, and residential land developers, to trades, suppliers, and professional companies involved in some aspect of home building. The CHBA BC pavilion will feature members of the CHBA BC and GVHBA. Exhibitors include:

Learn more


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On January 20, 2015, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 8 (eight) new members: WaterFallNow, Armonia In Design Inc., Flow Home Staging & Design, Mann Group, Allright Sprinklers, Vancity Credit Union, Shirmar Construction Ltd. and Nutanix.

WaterFallNow
Supplier (water feature, concrete décor, architectural glass)
Referred by:
1) Alex Nasooti, Build-Pros Construction Ltd.
2) Marty Donaldson, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Moses Yoon 
Phone: 778-788-8603
http://waterfallnow.com
info@waterfallnow.com
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Armonia In Design Inc.
Supplier (painting contractors, tile contractors)
Referred by:                                   
1) Octavio Sosa, WireChief Electric Ltd.
2) Steve Hudy, PPG-Dulux
Contact: C. Hanne Warburg-Wardhal
Phone: 604-247-8888
www.armoniapainting.com
armoniaindesign@gmail.com 
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Flow Home Staging & Design
Home Staging, Interior Designer
Referred by:                                   
1) Matt Robinson, Monarch Floor and Window Coverings
2) Robert Brody, Twin Peaks Construction Inc.
Contact: Isabelle Guay
Phone: 778-835-0001
www.flowhomestaging.ca
isabelle@flowhomestaging.ca
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Mann Group
Builder (1-49 units, single and multi-family), Developer
Referred by:                                   
1) Avtar Johl, Platinum Group of Companies
2) Randip Bhandal, ConEcon Projects Inc.
3) Tajinder Nijjar, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Inder Mann
Phone: 604-596-9801
www.mcmcorp.ca
inder@mcmcorp.ca
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Allright Sprinklers
Fire Protection
Referred by:                                   
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Rob Grimm, Portrait Homes Ltd.
Contact: Don Page
Phone: 604-881-6037
www.allrightsprinklers.com
dp.allright@shaw.ca
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Vancity Credit Union
Financial Institution
Referred by:
1) Ralph Belisle, TQ Construction Ltd.
2) Joey Fearn, Vancouver ICF
Contact: Andy Broderick
Phone: 604-877-4981
www.vancity.com
andy_broderick@vancity.com
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Shirmar Construction Ltd.
Renovator, General Contractor
Referred by:
1) Larry Potozy, Northcoast Building Products Ltd.
2) Darline Spragg, Country Lumber Ltd.
3) Jay Batch, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Contact: Jonas Schierbecker
Phone: 778-240-4001
www.shirmarconstruction.com
jonas@shirmarconstruction.com
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Nutanix Supplier
(Data storage solutions)
Referred by:                                   
1) Mark Wessel, Beedie Development Group
2) Michael Brag, Telus
Contact: Aleem Nathwani 
Phone: 604-290-7073
www.nutanix.com
aleem.nathwani@nutanix.com
 


Georgie Awards® Customer Choice Finalists Revealed

BURNABY, BC (January 16th, 2015) - The results for the Customer Choice Georgie Awards® powered by Avid® are in. The Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) is pleased to announce the finalists for this prestigious Georgie Awards® category.
 
Through a recognized program, Avid Ratings Canada, consumers can rate builders and renovators on all aspects of the homebuying process, from construction and product satisfaction to warranty service experience and referral intentions. CHBA BC works in partnership with Avid Ratings and applies the survey results in the Customer Choice Georgie Awards® category, as a part of the Grand Georgie Awards® class.
 
The Customer Choice Georgie Awards® powered by Avid® are determined through a very comprehensive process. To win such an award, the entrant must be in the top 75th percentile in Canada as rated by the Avid Index Score, a dynamic benchmark.
 
"We would like to congratulate the finalists for this recognition of their dedication to customer satisfaction," says CHBA BC's CEO Neil Moody. "In the residential construction industry, customer feedback is paramount, as it provides professional Builders with the information to consistently improve and offer outstanding product and service."
 
This year's Georgie Awards® winners will all be announced at the black-tie 23rd Annual Georgie Awards® Gala Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
 
The finalists:
 
Customer Choice Georgie Awards® powered by Avid® 
Clay Construction
Concert Properties
Ikonik Homes
Maskeen Group
Portrait Homes

www.georgieawards.ca


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On December 16, 2014, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 17 (seventeen) new members: KINIP Construction Ltd., Robmor Tile Town Ltd. dba Tile Town, Avalonna Homes Ltd., Schema Creative, Stonebridge Operation Incorporated, Vancouver ICF, Marsh Canada Ltd., Enviroshake, Clearbrook Glass Ltd., Taste of Life Magazine, Recue Mechanical Group Inc., Project Mint Development Ltd., Radon Environmental Management Corporation, Vishav Construction Ltd., Lumon North America, Su Casa Design Inc. and Cummins Western Canada.

KINIP Construction Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single family, multi family), Developer, Renovator
1) Moe Bhatha, Standard Building Supplies
2) Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources Ltd.
3) Linsey Brook, Universal Supply Co. Inc.
4) Ted Long, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supply
Contact: Allen Ip  
Phone: 604-682-3139; Fax: 604-677-5774
allenip@gmail.com 
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Robmor Tile Town Ltd.  dba Tile Town
Supplier (flooring - retailer/wholesaler)
Contact: Mitz Lehner
Referred by:                                   
1) Jeff Keene, Ames Tile and Stone
2) Mike Iacutone, Olymipa Tile
Contact: Mitz Lehner 
Phone: 604-764-7102; Fax: 604-576-3180
www.mytiletown.ca
mlehner@mytiletown.ca 

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Avalonna Homes Ltd.
Builder (1-49, single family, multi family), Developer
Contact: Daljit Singh Dhami
Referred by:                                   
1) George Ball, Standard Building Supplies
2) Davinder Kooner, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber
Contact: Daljit Sing Dhami
Phone: 604-767-9143
daljitdhami@live.com
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Schema Creative
Interior Design, Drafting
Contact: Joe Wolkosky
Referred by:                                   
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovation Inc.
Phone: 604-808-3406
www.schemacreative.com
schemainnovative@gmail.com
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Stonebridge Operation Incorporated
Electrical Contractor
Contact: Charles Baverstock
Referred by:                                   
1) Sasha Todorovic, Federated Insurance
2) Todd Senft, ReVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc.
Phone: 604-802-6722
www.stonebridge.com
charles@stonebridge.com
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Vancouver ICF
Insulated Concrete Form Supplier
Contact: Joey Fern
Referred by:                                   
1) Joe Geluch, Naikoon Contracting Ltd.
2) Marcel Studer, Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd.
Phone: 604-596-8278
www.vancouvericf.com
joey@vancouvericf.com
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Marsh Canada Ltd.
Insurance
Contact: Brendon Scott
Referred by:                                   
1) Troy Abromaitis, Bucci Developments Ltd.
2) Rob Bruno, Polygon Homes Ltd.
Phone: 604-692-4862
www.marsh.com
brendan.scott@marsh.com
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Enviroshake
Roofing Products Manufacturer
Contact: Glen Rowley
Referred by:                                   
1) Harold Pinter, Valhalla Roofing Ltd.
2) Ron Rana, All Seasons Roofing Ltd.
Phone: 778-549-5510
www.enviroshake.com
growley@enviroshake.com
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Clearbrook Glass Ltd.
Glass Installer, Showers, Sealed Units
#1, 2139 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC  V2T 4H6
Contact: Brent Freisen
Referred by:                                   
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Martin Knowles, Martin Knowles Photo/Media
Years in business: 22
Phone: 604-854-1327
http://clearbrookglass.ca
clearbrookglass@shawcable.com
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Taste of Life Magazine
Publishers, Media
Contact: Brett Price
Referred by:                                   
1) Greg Neilsen, G.D. Nielsen Developments Ltd. 
2) Eric Lee, Victor Eric Design Group
Phone: 604-789-2320
http://tasteoflifemag.com
brett@tasteoflifemag.com
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Recue Mechanical Group Inc.
Plumbing, Heating, Gas
Contact: Shane McLean
Referred by:                                   
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc. 
2) Matt Stogryn, iFortune Homes Inc.
Phone: 604-727-2105
www.rescuemechanical.com
smaclean@rescuemechanical.com
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Project Mint Development Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, single, multi-family), Developer, Project Manager
Contact: Babak Nikraftar
Referred by:                                   
1) Don Stratford, Mosaic Avenue Construction Inc.
2) Darren Barber, Trillium Project Management Ltd.
3) Adam Kossak, Trail Appliances Ltd.
Phone: 604-340-1740
babak@projectmint.ca
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Radon Environmental Management Corporation
Environmental consultant (radon measurement and services)
Contact: Alan Whitehead
Referred by:                                   
1) Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovation Inc.
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solution Group
Phone: 778-327-4717
www.radoncorp.com
awhitehead@radoncorp.com
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Vishav Construction Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, custom, single, multi-family), Developer
Contact: Jajgit Gill
Referred by:                                   
1) Minaz Popatia, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Andrew Porth, Rempel bros. Concrete Ltd.
Phone: 607-780-2965
vishavconstruction@gmail.com
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Lumon North America
Supplier (retractable frameless glazing systems)
Contact: Darlene Kuik
Referred by:     
1) Tony VanDelft, Networx Windows & Doors
2) Paul DaDalt, Quadra Homes Ltd.
Phone: 778-549-6563
info@northamerica.lumon.ca
www.lumon.ca
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Su Casa Design Inc.
Interior designer, Home plans 
Contact: Andy Friesen    
Referred by:                                 
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Lynn Harrison, Harrison Marketing Resources Ltd.
Years in business: 9
Phone: 604-503-8306
andy@sucasadesign.ca
www.sucasadesign.ca
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Cummins Western Canada
Supplier (Generators) 
Contact: Burim Fejzula
Referred by:                                   
1) Ron Russell, Kerrisdale Equipment
2) Ivan Hee, BC Hydro
Phone: 604-881-4195
burim.fejzula@cummins.com
www.westerncanada.cummins.com
 


Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association releases ground breaking “triple win” G2G Report

Media Release:

Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association releases ground breaking “triple win” G2G Report

Links: Report and Key Findings

Vancouver, B. C. - Greater Vancouver Home Builders&rsquo; Association CEO, Bob de Wit, with Dr. Meg Holden, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University and Jean Lamontagne, General Manager of Planning and Development, City of Surrey, presented key findings of the inaugural Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) annual report, at SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Thursday, December 4, 2014.</p> <p>G2G, a first-of-its-kind housing research project, investigates best practices in the building and development approval process; the piece of housing development that happens before the shovels hit the ground. The report identifies Best Practices, ranking municipalities in the Housing Partnership Index, with the objective of fostering a collaborative, transparent building approval process in the best interest of the home owner.</p> <p>This report looks well beyond basic fees and processing times. &ldquo;We quickly realized the complexity behind these two critical points,&rdquo; said de Wit. &ldquo;We expect G2G will become a highly anticipated report from which builders, municipalities and consumers will all benefit. Working with the identified Best Practices, municipalities will be able to optimize their resources through identified efficiencies and builders will have greater predictability to better manage housing costs, ultimately delivering a more cost efficient supply of housing to the home owner. G2G essentially is a triple win!&rdquo;</p> <p>The report focuses on Townhomes as a benchmark for identifying Best Practices and the Housing Partnership Index. &ldquo;Townhouses were chosen as the first housing form to focus on because they are pervasive throughout the region and many municipalities are currently working to promote more development of them,&rdquo; said Dr. Holden. &ldquo;As the region has now become an infill environment, with few traditionally sized lots left to build single family homes, townhouses offer a more affordable option,&rdquo; Dr. Holden noted.</p> <p>Future versions of the report will examine apartments and single family homes.</p> <p>De Wit says, &ldquo;the Housing Partnership Index demonstrates results can come from a number of different efficiencies. It is not a simple formula of fees and processing times. Each municipality has their own guidelines which they must operate in, and we are mindful of this. G2G aims to bring collaboration and transparency to the building permit process to bring efficiencies to the consumer without compromise to the end product, while meeting housing demand.`</p> <p>Independent third party researchers from Simon Fraser University Urban Studies Program were guided by an advisory group which includes members of local government, GVHBA, UDI, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Ryerson University. The project is funded by the Mitacs research internship program, with GVHBA and UDI as private sector partners, and the Real Estate Foundation of BC and BC Housing</p> <p>GVHBA, the voice of the residential construction industry in Metro Vancouver, helps consumers buy, build or renovate their homes. A not-for-profit society, GVHBA has more than 800 members and is proudly affiliated with the provincial and national Canadian Home Builders' Associations.</p> <p><strong> MEDIA CONTACT: Bob de Wit -- 778-565-4288 or cell 604-916-3434 @rdewit</strong></p></body></html>


Updated building codes could increase house construction costs: Interview with Bob de Wit, CEO, GVHBA

The energy efficiency building codes announced by the Minister for Housing Rich Coleman include insulation performance, heating and cooling systems, hot water tanks, and the performance of doors, windows and skylights.

Bob de Wit with the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Associationsays the updates represent a step forward technology-wise with new home construction, but warns it does come with a cost.

“So we expect that new homes in the Greater Vancouver area will be anywhere from five to 10 thousand dollars more to construct depending on where you are and how the code is interpreted by the city you are in,” he explains. “This update to the building code affects single family homes more so than multi-family so it won’t affect condos as much as it will single family homes and duplexes.”

He says it will also impact renovations to existing homes, adding it’s important to hire a professional who understands the ins and outs of complex buildings codes.

Other updates to the BC building code include ventilation to improve air flow in homes and reduce mould as well as the allowance of child-care facilities in small wood-frame buildings that meet fire safety requirements.