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2013 News Index

Canadian Home Sales Little Changed In November
According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were little changed in November compared to October.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
Stronger than expected activity through summer and early autumn was widely thought to reflect the transient influence of buyers with pre-approved mortgage financing making purchases before their lower pre-approved rates expired.

First Time Home Buyers May Pay More Toronto Home Buying Tax
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is sounding the alarm over a potential proposal that would see first-time home buyers in Toronto paying more Toronto Home Buying Tax (Land Transfer Tax).

HHHBA Toy Drive — Toys for kids!
The Hamilton Halton Homebuilders’ Association held their annual Holiday Social and Toy Drive and collected 135 toys for City Kidz.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada And REALTORS Discuss Homebuyers’ Financial Literacy
REALTORS hosted Lucie Tedesco, Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) at a roundtable to discuss Canadian homebuyers’ financial literacy.

Canadian Home Sales Fall Back in October
According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined in October 2013.

New Poll Shows Increasing Public Support for Phasing-Out Toronto Land Transfer Tax
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released the results of new public opinion research that shows a strong majority of Torontonians support a phase-out of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.

Vancouver wins Global Government Leadership Award for Best Green Building Policy
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce that the City of Vancouver has won a World Green Building Council (WGBC) Government Leadership Award for Best Green Building Policy.

CHBA Welcomes Positive Economic Update
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) welcomed Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Fall Economic Update.

CertainTeed Secures Environmental Product Declaration for Sustainable Insulation, Verifying Life Cycle Performance
CertainTeed has strengthened its commitment to sustainability and product transparency by issuing its first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Sustainable Insulation.

Calling Grade 4, 5 and 6 Students across Canada to Make a Difference
Genworth Canada Launches 7th Annual Meaning of Home Contest.

Digital Personalities Could Influence Information Retailers Have About Shoppers
Businesses may soon have the option of using consumers' digital personalities to tailor online ads and offers

GTA REALTORS Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures
Year-to-date, total residential sales reported through Toronto MLS amounted to 68,907 during the first nine months of 2013.

Calling All Photographers!
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC – Alberta Chapter) has announced its first annual architectural photo competition aimed at revealing the hidden beauty of Alberta architecture.

If You Build It, They Will Come
But not in China…

CBOC’s Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability Index Falls Again
For the fourth straight month, the Conference Board of Canada’s Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability Index fell.

CHBA Central Interior Partner with Thompson Rivers University
The CHBA Central Interior and Thompson River University School of Trades and Technology have announced the start of the 2014 Training House Project.

CHBA and Canada Post Reach Agreement
Canada Post has agreed to suspend its Community Mailbox (CMB) fee until January 1, 2014.

GTA Realtors Release Second Quarter Condo Market Report
Active listings are up; new listings are down.

The 4th International Holcim Awards
Competition celebrates projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment and features total prize money of USD 2 million.

HHHBA Golf Tournament Raises $4,340 for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
Members of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association helped raise $4,340 at their annual golf tournament for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.

Canadian Home Sales Improve In June
National home sales rose in June 2013, building on gains recorded over the previous three months.

Avid Ratings Launches Canadian Home Warranty Customer Experience Program
Avid Ratings Canada has partnered with several third-party home warranty companies to provide a survey program designed specifically for the warranty industry to measure customer satisfaction and builder service levels.

Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards
Green solutions net awards, courtesy of Scotiabank.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
Most Canadian housing markets have been evolving as anticipated since CREA’s last forecast released in March.

Canadian Home Sales Climb Higher In May
National home sales improved in May 2013, building on gains recorded in the previous two months.

Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association Announces 40th President
Kevin Watts succeeds Brian Campbell.

CHBA - Lethbridge Awards Scholarships to Apprentice Workers
The CHBA - Lethbridge was able to recognize three deserving, hard working apprentices with scholarships of up to $1,250 they are able to put toward their education.

Canada to Host World’s Top Passive House Experts
PASSIVE HOUSE NORTH 2013: Affordable Energy Efficiency for a Changing Climate will convene September 27-28 in Vancouver.

Built Green Canada Launches High Density Program
Residential program launch coincides with National Environment Week.

CHBA Announcement of New CEO
After nearly 30 years at the helm of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, John Kenward has decided it is time for the next chapter in his life.

GVHBA’s 20th Annual Parade of Renovated Homes

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) is inviting the public to tour 11 professionally renovated homes located across Metro Vancouver on Sunday, June 9th.

BILD Report: Advocating Changes to Ontario Building Code
The building industry is advocating for a change to the Code to allow for up to six-storey woodframe construction, which will result in the affordable construction of mid-rise buildings.

Canadian Home Sales Rise in April
CREA reports a slight edge on a month-over-month basis.

Arriscraft International Wins Environmental Award
Manufacturer of stone products reduced its kilowatt hours per 1,000 kilograms of material produced by 23 perc ent since 1999.

BuildForce Replaces CSC
Construction industry leaders from across the country have formed a new national organization.

New Low-Rise Sales Hit Record Low in GTA
Sales of new detached, semi-detached and townhomes combined for the lowest March on record while prices continue to climb.

GTA Releases Mid-Month Resale Housing & First Quarter Condo Figures
A slight dip in resales, a much bigger dip in the condo market.

Canadian Home Sales Rise in March
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has announced that national home sales edged upward on a month-over-month basis in March

Competition Tribunal Dismisses Case Against TREB
The Competition Tribunal has dismissed an Application initiated by the Commissioner of Competition against the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Canada Post Update
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) has learned that a legal opinion has found a Canada Post initiative unlawful.

CREA and DocuSign Partner to Provide an Electronic Signature Solution
Industry standard Docusign gives agents and clients faster, more secure way to close real estate deals.

New Study Investigates Impact of Vent-Free Gas Heating Appliances in “Tight” Homes
A new study on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from vent-free gas fireplaces, logs, inserts, space heaters, and stoves.

CHBA Supports PBIBC and Accredited Training in BC
CHBA has passed a resolution to support a Professional Builders Institute of BC and accredited education and training in British Columbia.

Fenestration Canada Announces New Executive Director
Robert H. Rivard takes on key role at Fenestration Canada.

CHBA Welcomes Budget Priorities
CHBA has welcomed Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget measures that increase federal support for national infrastructure, improve the supply of skilled tradespeople, strengthen the manufacturing sector, and reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses.

TREB Says Land Transfer Tax Should Be Scrapped, Not Capped
In light of a proposal to cap the Toronto Land Transfer Tax, being considered by the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is restating its strong belief that this tax should be phased-out.

CHBA Presents National SAM Awards in Lake Louise
New home builders, renovators and developers from across Canada celebrated achievements in the housing industry at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s National SAM Awards.

CHBA Honours Leadership and Accomplishment in Lake Louise

CHBA honoured leadership and accomplishment among its membership with the presentation of awards at the 70th CHBA National Conference.

GTA REALTORS Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Realtors reported 5,759 sales through the Toronto MLS system in February 2013, a decline of 15 per cent in comparison to February 2012.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Back In February
National home sales activity edged back down on a month-over-month basis in February 2013 following an increase in January.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
Outlook updated for 2013 and extended to 2014.

Hamilton-Halton HBA Elects New President
Anthony Chiarella has been elected President of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association (HHHBA) with his mandate starting as of January 1, 2013.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Higher In January
National home sales activity edged up on a month-over-month basis in January 2013.

GTA Realtors Report Decline in February Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures
Greater Toronto Area realtors reported 2,823 sales through the Toronto MLS system during the first 14 days of February. This result represented a decline of 8.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.

CHBA BC’s CEO Retiring February 25th
Brian Bonney will succeed retiring CEO M.J. Whitemarsh who held the position for the previous 13 years.

Proposed Changes To Concrete Requirements For Houses
The CSA Technical Committee (TC), which is responsible for the standard governing the properties of concrete, has proposed a number of changes to the standard that would cause a substantial increase in the cost of concrete basements in houses.

GVHBA Member Wins Big In Las Vegas
Greater Vancouver Home Builder member My House Design/Build Team recently came back with a pocket full of medals from the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Awards.

China Getting FTTH
Fiber broadband drives could also help grow China’s overall Internet user base to 800 million by 2015.

New Home Builders to Focus on Leading at Lake Louise Conference
New builders and renovators will focus on leading and why it matters more than ever at the 70th Annual National Canadian Home Builders’ Association Conference.

Submissions Deadline for the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards is February 15! 

With rewards totaling $75,000, the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards showcase outstanding Canadian home energy efficiency solutions at all levels – from students to business leaders.

Mandatory WSIB Coverage Combats the Underground Economy
Several Ontario Construction Secretariat studies show the move closes loopholes.



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