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2016 News Index

University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to Host Awards for Sustainable Construction
Lafarge Canada Inc. is pleased to announce that the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) will host the North American jury to judge the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

Imported Drywall Tariffs Spark Controversy
CHBA’s Kevin Lee Takes a Look at the Human Face of Trade Disputes One of the most complex areas of government activity is maintaining trade fairness. This comes in multiple facets – importation at fair prices, export of products without undue barriers, maintaining a level playing field that still allows consumers to reap the benefits of open market competition, and mitigating the anti-consumer influence of monopolies or market collusion.

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Held Steady in November
Housing starts kept a steady pace in November as upward trends observed in British Columbia and the Prairies offset downward trends recorded in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Finalists of the 12th Annual Keystone Awards Announced
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Central Interior recently announced the 2017 finalists of the 12th Annual Keystone Awards.

Businesses Host Youth Career Fair in Lethbridge
Four organizations compromised of, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA), CAREERS: The Next Generation, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools and Lethbridge School District No. 51 have come together to educate students in grades 10, 11 and 12 as well as their parents on the number of career opportunities available after graduation.

CMHC: Foreign Ownership in Canada’s Housing Market Remains Low
Foreign ownership is just one factor influencing Canada’s housing markets — but it’s an important one that continues to gain attention.

CMHC: BC Seniors’ Survey: 11% Plan to Modify Their Homes
A recent seniors’ survey was conducted in British Columbia to learn more about their preferences for types of housing and related supports. It provides insight into how an aging population will affect housing supply, and what solutions might be appropriate.

CREA: Canadian Home Sales rise in October
National home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in October 2016.

CMHC: Canadian Housing Starts Trend Held Steady in October
While apartment starts are on a downward trend in British Columbia after reaching an all-time high at the beginning of the year, increased construction of single, semi-detached and row units in the rest of the country have helped offset the decline.

CHBA Fall Meetings – Highlights

Leadership from across the country gathered in Ottawa at the end of October for the CHBA’s Committee and Council meetings.

Infrastructure Investment Can Support Housing Affordability and Supply, say Home Builders
CHBA welcomed the announcement of additional funds in the federal government’s infrastructure and public transit investment strategy.

Call for Awards Entries: ARMA Seeks Top Asphalt Roofing Projects
Roofing contractors, architects, consultants and specifiers are invited to submit commercial and residential roofing projects to the association’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study (QARC) Awards program, now and through the end of the year.

CMHC: 2016 Q2 Housing Finance Data Update
The 2016 Q2 housing finance data includes the latest on mortgage credit, bonds, securitization, arrears and more. CMHC highlighted a few noteworthy insights found in the numbers.

CHBA – Alberta Welcome New CEO Donna Moore
The appointment was announced during the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with BUILD 2016, the Association’s annual conference, Sept. 15-18, in Jasper, Alta.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Up In September
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales edged slightly higher in September 2016 compared to August.

Building Solutions for Energy Efficient Homes Go Beyond Standard Codes
Owens Corning announced the launch of its ComfortCertified Program designed to help builders build above code and to deliver energy efficient homes in Canada.

Prairie Housing Markets Respond Differently to Oil Price Decline
In the Prairie region, Alberta is experiencing the sharpest declines in housing starts, followed by Saskatchewan, while Manitoba is experiencing a more muted decrease.

Ontario Housing Activity to Fuel Renovations
Current estimates suggest that the average homeowner equity in Ontario has grown by 14 per cent since 2012.

Dow Corning High Strength Insulating Glass Sealant Nominated for IChemE Global Award
Dow Corning 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant is an Insulating Glass sealant technology developed with approximately 50% higher strength than conventional material. This technology allows architects to continue designing innovative glass façades while ensuring the thermal and durable performances of the buildings.

Neil Rodgers: 50th President of The Ontario Home Builders’ Association
Neil Rodgers will be elected President of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) for 2016-2017 at the organization’s Annual Meeting of Member

CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence: Call for Judges
Ever wondered how finalists are chosen or what the other entries looked like?

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 in 2016 and 2017.

Canadian Home Sales Decline Further In August
According to statistics released on Sept. 15 by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined for a fourth consecutive month in August 2016.

Canadian Home Sales Post Third Consecutive Decline In July
According to statistics released on August 15, 2016 by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined for a third consecutive month in July 2016.

Calgary’s Batting Against Breast Cancer Slo-Pitch Tournament Hits a Home Run
Tournament participants raised almost $80,000 in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Peter Gilgan’s Tour de Bleu raises $3.25 million for Women’s College Hospital
Women’s College Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that $3.25 million was raised for our hospital through the Peter Gilgan Foundation’s Tour de Bleu private cycling event. The funds will be directed towards research, specifically for inherited (hereditary) breast and ovarian cancer research and health system solutions.

Guelph, Welland Homes First to Qualify For Net Zero Energy Label
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) qualified five Net Zero Energy (NZE) homes built by Reid’s Heritage Homes, and the first Net Zero Energy ready (NZEr) home built by Lucchetta Homes, under the Associations’ Net Zero Energy Labelling Program Pilot.

Kamloops, BC – CHBA CI and TRU School of Trades Kick Off 2017 Training House Project
Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior and our partner Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology are pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Training House Project. This year’s house is being built in the Juniper East area.

White, Grey and Beige Walls Still No. 1 in Canada, CIL Paint Survey Shows
Pastels in second place nationally, but some provinces like them more than others

B.C. To Target Foreign Real Estate Buyers With New Tax
Foreigners who buy residential property in the Vancouver area will have to pay an extra 15% tax as part of a B.C. government plan to slow the foreign speculation.

CEO Donna Moore Resigns from CHBA – UDI Calgary
Donnas’ decision comes on the heels of the amalgamation of CHBA – Calgary Region and UDI – Calgary, with the goal of creating one stronger, unified voice for the industry.

CHBA – Alberta Supports Move to Protect Wood Buffalo Residents 
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta supports new measures announced today to protect Wood Buffalo residents from unqualified or unscrupulous contractors.

German Furniture Market Bounces Back Thanks To Housing Developments
Interconnected publishes new study on German home furniture market.

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast
Canadian resale housing market trends that defined 2015 have intensified.

Canadian home sales drop in May following April’s record
National home sales dropped in May 2016 after having set an all-time monthly record in April.

Dubai Office Building Uses 3-D Print
Dubai’s newest office building will not be a traditional construction project.

FINANCIAL POST: It takes 23 years to save for a down payment in Metro Vancouver
“Hard work doesn’t pay off like it used to.”

Canadian Home Sales Set Record In April
National home sales in April 2016 rose to their highest level ever.

CMHC: Canadian Housing Starts Trend Stable in April
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 195,064 units in April compared to 196,103 in March.

Excellence Canada: Applications Now Open for 2017 Canadian Business Excellence Awards for Private Businesses
This national award recognizes Private Businesses from all industries for their ability to earn the loyalty and satisfaction of their stakeholders, which include customers, employees, suppliers, investors and the communities in which they do business.

Canadian Home Sales Set Record In March
National home sales posted their third monthly increase and broke all previous monthly records.

Forum for Growth 2016 A Huge Success
A key goal for CHBA’s Forum for Growth 2016 was to bring new MPs and government leaders up to speed on the housing issues that affect Canad

New National Energy Code for Buildings Provides Canadians with Energy-Efficient Solutions
Ninety changes and updates to improve the overall energy performance of new buildings.

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 2016 and extended it to include 2017

Housing is Never Free: New Neighbours Will Pay the Bill for Inclusionary Zoning
American jurisdictions all have financial and planning incentives to make Inclusionary Zoning program work.

Home Builders Welcome Public Transit, Infrastructure and Housing Investments in Federal Budget
The Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) welcomed the governmen'’s Budget plan to invest in public transit systems and municipal infrastructure, which will help make houses more affordable.

Canadian Home Sales Push Higher In February
National home sales recorded a second consecutive month-over-month increase in February 2016.

Canadian Net-Zero Energy Home Builders Recognized for Contribution to Industry-Changing Demonstration Project
A total of 26 homes were built in four provinces as part of the Net-Zero Energy Housing demonstration project with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Owens Corning Canada.

Enercare Acquires Service Experts in Multi-Million Dollar Deal
Enercare, one of Canada's largest home and commercial services companies, has announced an agreement to acquire Service Experts.

Home Builders and Government of Canada Announce Partnership To Renew Get it in Writing!
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Government of Canada to renew its successful public information program, Get it in Writing! for the next three years.

Mattamy Homes Joins Forces With Airdrie Firefighters Association In Support Of Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Canada's largest privately owned homebuilder sponsors rooftop campout fundraiser.

2016 TCIC Simulated Student Bid Competition
New aspects in The Construction Institute of Canada's (TCIC) National Simulated Student Bid Competition set the bar for students to gain real life bidding experience in order to be able to contribute immediately in the construction industry. 

TD Economics: Regional Housing Report
Canadian regional housing outlook: the booming, the struggling and the stable.

Canadian Home Sales Rebound In January
National home sales rebounded in January 2016 compared to December 2015.

The first Six Storey Wood Framed Midrise
Building Project has been constructed in Hamilton, Ont.

CMHC Housing Observer - Housing Market Assessment (HMA) Updated Results
Overvaluation and overbuilding are the most commonly detected problematic conditions.

Canadian Home Sales Edge Lower in December
National home sales edged lower in December 2015 compared to the previous month, but held above year-ago levels.

First Annual Estimate of Urban Households in Core Housing Need
Based on Statistics Canada’s new Canadian income survey.

CMHC: Canada’s Purpose-Built Rental Vacancy Rate Increases
“The rise in the national vacancy rate was due to lower net migration in regions most affected by low oil prices as well as an increase in the supply of purpose-built rental apartment units,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre.

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