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2014 News Index

2014 CHBA National SAM Awards Recognizing Canadian Housing Excellence: Finalists Announced
The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 CHBA National SAM Awards-Recognizing Canadian Housing Excellence, sponsored by MASCO/Delta Faucet and Genworth Canada.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Sdystems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2014 and 2015.

Canadian Home Sales Hold Steady In November

According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association, national home sales activity was unchanged on a month-over-month basis in November 2014.

The HHHBA Builds a Mountain of Toys for City Kidz
The Hamilton-Halton Home Builders' Association held its annual Holiday Social and Toy Drive in early December, collecting over 100 toys that were donated to City Kidz.

Cost of New Homes in B.C. Will Increase Because of New National Rebar Tariff
Homeowners can expect the cost of buying a new home to increase because of a new national tariff on rebar.

Alberta Home Builders ApplaudsProgress on Condominium Legislation
The Canadian Home Builders' Association - Alberta is pleased the Alberta government is moving ahead to modernize legislation governing the growing condominium property sector.

Call For Entries For Awards Of Excellence In Visitable Housing
The Awards are a one-time program and national in scope. All entries must be received by 11:59pm (Central Time, Manitoba) on February 28, 2015.

2014 Red Tape Reduction Consultations - Canada Revenue Agency
Until December 12, 2014, CRA is conducting online Red Tape Reduction Consultations for small and medium-sized firms, to ensure that its red tape reduction action plans continue to meet the needs of business.

Alberta Builders Endorse Plan for Six-Storey Residential Structures
CHBA - Alberta is optimistic the province has taken a significant step toward approval of an affordable new option for home buyers.

CHBA - Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge College: Year Three
The Canadian Home Builders' Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) announced who the next two builders of the College Home Project will be.

Action on the Underground Economy
The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) today welcomed the establishment of the Minister's Underground Economy Advisory Committee by the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Higher In October
National home sales activity edged higher on a month-over-month basis in October 2014.

New Ground-Related Homes Hit Record-High Prices
The price of a new low-rise home in the GTA reached a new record-high amidst strong sales this October.

CHBA Welcomes Relief for Families' Pocketbooks
The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) welcomes federal government measures that support and improve the financial position of hard-working Canadian families.

Financial Literacy Month: New CREA Videos Help Homebuyers
OTTAWA — Buying a home is among the biggest financial commitments most Canadians will make in their lives. The home buying process is often complex and confusing.

New Construction Exposition Seeking Exhibitors & Panelists
A new construction exposition, Construction Americas, is scheduled for March 26-27, 2015 in Miami.

Canadian Home Sales Ease Back In September
The number of home sales processed through the MLS Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations fell by 1.4 per cent on a month-over-month basis in September 2014, marking the first monthly decline since January of this year.

Canada Green Building Council Reaches its 5000th LEED Registration
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has reached a major milestone in the evolution of green building in Canada with the 5000th registered project for LEED certification in Canada.

CHBA Welcomes Statement of Shared Principles of Housing Policy for Canada
Along with four other housing industry-related associations, the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) is pleased to have taken part in the deliberations of this Forum.

Home Builders Care "FORE" - Ray of Hope!
Waterloo Region Home Builders' Association (WRHBA) welcomed over 140 guests at its Fall Charity Golf Classic to support Ray of Hope, WRHBA's 2013-2014 Charity of Choice.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2014 and 2015.

Canadian Home Sales Climb Higher in August
National home sales activity rose nearly two per cent from July to August 2014.

GCR Committed to Improving the Quality of Residential Construction In Quebec
The organization Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR) will be responsible for administering the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings.

Remembering an Industry Pioneer: Harold Shipp

Canada's Construction Workforce Reaches All-Time High
A record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction.

CHBA Welcomes Further Support for Businesses
CHBA welcomes Finance Minister Joe Oliver's announcement of a lowering of Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for employers starting January 1, 2015.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Higher In July
National home sales activity edged up almost one per cent in July 2014 from the previous month.

CREA Announces Launch of .REALTOR Top-level-Domain
The majority of homebuyers begin their searches online, and a .REALTOR TLD will allow members of CREA to stand out from other real estate professionals.

Prime Minister Harper Announces NRC Arctic Program
As part of the Arctic Program, the NRC will enter into research partnerships, which focus on technology aimed at improving the lives of Northerners and advancing Northern economic development.

EnerQuality Accounces New Online Training For Trades, Contractors And Builders
Market leader in residential green building programs launches new online training with Canadian energy efficiency experts Blue House Energy.

LEED Growth In Canada Continues In Second Quarter of 2014
LEED registrations and certifications continue to grow.

Share your Passive House Experience with Others
Online project registration is now open.

NKBA University Announces Inaugural Professional of the Year Contest
Cross-industry contest celebrates top talent and their commitment to professional development, crowning the winner at KBIS 2015. Applications being accepted until August 22, 2014.

Lethbridge College and CHBA - Lethbridge Region Break Ground
The Canadian Home Builders' Association - Lethbridge Region (CHBA) and Lethbridge College celebrated the start of the second year of The College Home partnership in a groundbreaking ceremony.

BILD Raises $45,000 For Habitat For Humanity
Members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) raised more than $45,000 toward its community partner Habitat for Humanity GTA at the association's fifth annual Race for Humanity and 22nd annual Charity BBQ.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Higher In June
According to statistics released July 15th by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity edged up almost one per cent on a month-over-month basis in June 2014.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the MLS Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2014 and 2015.

Sales of New Homes Remain Stable in the GTA
According to BILD, May new-home sales in the Greater Toronto Area have rebounded from a slow 2013 and returned to healthy levels.

CREA Posts Sizeable Month-Over-Month Increase in National Home Sales

According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association, national home sales activity posted a sizeable month-over-month increase in May 2014.

WDMA Releases 2014 Window & Entry Door U.S. Market Study
Growth Expected to Continue Through 2015.

CHBA Lethbridge: $7,500 in Scholarships To Apprentices
$7,500 in scholarships have been handed out by CHBA and CHBA members to seven deserving individuals who competed among dozens of applicants.

Saniflo Launches New Training Program
Plumbers can now become SANIPRO Certified.

GTA New Home Sales Continue To Climb
New-home sales in the GTA remain strong as April figures show continuous improvement over 2013, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced.

Canadian Home Sales Pick Up In April  
OTTAWA — According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity was up on a month-over-month basis in April 2014.

CHBA-CVI Home Builders Auction Nets $500 for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island (HFHMVI) recently accepted a donation of $500 donation from the Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Vancouver Island (CHBA-CVI) from their "Love Your Home" Speaker Series and Trade Show at the North Nanaimo Town Centre.

CHBA Partners with Avid Ratings Canada for Market Research
The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Avid Ratings Canada to conduct a nationwide market research study to gather valuable insights about today's home buyer market and preferences.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Slightly Higher In March  
According to statistics released April 15th by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity edged up on a month-over-month basis in March 2014.

OHBA Delivers a Failing Grade to Ontario College of Trades
It’s an “F” for the first year report card.

Housing Industry Celebrates Achievements at National SAM Awards
The achievements of Canada's leading new home builders, renovators and developers were recognized at the Canadian Home Builders' Associatio's National SAM Awards presented on April 4, 2014.

CHBA CI Awards Bursaries to TRU School of Trades Students
At the March 12 general membership dinner meeting of CHBA CI, bursaries were awarded to the top four students of the first year residential construction program and the top student of the plumbing program at TRU School of Trades and Technology.

Built Green Canada Update
Built Green Canada has launched a public consultation process for changes to the 2015 Single Family Checklist. Deadline is April 30th.

CREA Updates And Extends Resale Housing Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2014, and extended the outlook to 2015.

Canadian Home Sales Little Changed In February
According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity was little changed in February 2014 on a month-over-month basis.

New Home Sales Continue To Improve In The GTA
Sales of new homes and condominiums in the GTA continue to improve, extending year-over-year increases to seven months.

Industry Applauds Province For Proposing New Building Options
Wood is Good: Six-Storey Wood Buildings coming to Ontario.

Brampton Offers New Neighbours Accountability and Transparency
The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) applauds the City of Brampton for taking the first steps in providing greater transparency and accountability to new neighbours.

EcoLiving Awards Deadline Coming Up Soon, click here for link
Submissions can be made through Scotiabank’s EcoLiving website March 15th, 2014.

Real Estate Industry Leaders to Meet in Vancouver
Canada’s top real estate and land use leaders will gather with other global industry icons April 9-11 in downtown Vancouver, B.C., for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2014 Spring Meeting.

Municipalities Are Richer Than They Think
In advance of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus this week, local government leaders are once again trying to build a believable case that they urgently need more money from federal and provincial governments.

Canadian Home Sales Moderate Further In January
National home sales activity posted its fifth consecutive month-over-month decline in January 2014.

BCREA Reports Strongest January Residential Sales Since 2010
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has reported that a total of 4,244 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in January, up 24.5 per cent from January 2013.

Greater Toronto Realtors Report Latest Monthly Resale Market Figures
Greater Toronto Area Realtors reported 4,135 sales through the Toronto MLS system in January 2014.

UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards 2013/2014
Public Call For Entries before February 21, 2014

Balloon-Type Ball Backwater Valve Selected As Joint Canada-U.S. Standards Pilot Project
The valves are used in drainage pipes where reversal of flow causes the valve to close-off and prevent sewage from potentially causing extensive flood damage.

Calgary Builders Promote Sustainability While Raising Money For Charity
Calgary Home Builders Foundation (CHBF) and Global Electric Electronics Processing (GEEP) are working in collaboration to promote sustainability and raise money for charity.

New Provincial Legislation Sees All New Alberta Homes Covered By Warranty
New legislation has been created in Alberta under the New Home Buyer Protection Act that will require all new home construction in Alberta have mandatory warranty coverage.

GTA Realtors Release January Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures
Greater Toronto Area Realtors reported 1,287 transactions through the Toronto MLS system during the first two weeks of 2014.

GTA REALTORS Report Monthly Resale Housing Market Figures
Greater Toronto Area Realtors reported 4,078 residential transactions through the Toronto MLS system in December 2013, up by almost 14 per cent compared to 3,582 sales reported in December 2012.



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