What's New

New Research Evaluates Wall Performance

Wall performance is evaluated comparing a variety of drainage components and sheathing membranes for different climates, including coastal areas. Learn more.

Grants Program – Spring 2017 Intake Now Open

We are accepting applications for the spring 2017 intake of Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program. Eligible projects may receive up to $40,000. Learn more.

Our 2016 Builder Survey is now online

We’re ready for your feedback: Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link emailed to you Thursday, September 22. Need help or prefer to do the survey over the telephone? Call Sentis Research toll-free at 1-855-463-4025 or email hpobuildersurvey@sentissurvey.com.

Register Today! Building Smart with Radon Mitigation

Join our next Building Smart webinar where we examine radon basics, testing solutions and discuss how builders can facilitate homeowner understanding of radon health risks and solutions. Learn more.

Online Services Scheduled for Maintenance - October 19,2016

Some online services will be unavailable between 5:00pm and midnight on Wednesday, October 19 for routine maintenance. The HPO website will be available from 5:00pm to midnight.

However, the following services will not be available during this time: the New Homes Registry, the Public Registry of Licensed Residential Builders and Building Envelope Renovators, New License and Owner Builder Authorization applications, and the Licensed Builder Portal.

Thank you for your patience while maintenance is underway.

Vertical Movement Monitoring in Six-Storey Wood-Frame Building in B.C.

Careful consideration of vertical movement, wood moisture content and building load is required during  design and construction of mid-rise wood-frame buildings. Learn more.

Guide for On-site Moisture Management of Wood Construction

This new guide discusses on-site moisture management practices to suit a range of wood construction projects. Learn more.

New Owner Builder Exam Requirement

Starting July 4, 2016, anyone applying for an Owner Builder Authorization in British Columbia will need to pass a knowledge exam on home building basics. This new requirement will help owner builders expand their knowledge, improve the quality of owner-built homes and protect consumers. Learn more.

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Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Field Testing Report

The window-to-wall interface in ICF wall systems is the most likely place to experience air and water leakage.  In this 3-phase project, four ICF window-to-wall interface assemblies are tested in the field. Learn more.

Building Smart Webinar Presentation Now Online

If you attended our webinar about air and vapour barriers and want to review what you learned, or you didn't get a chance to participate, we've now posted a full presentation on the topic for your reference. You can also view other video presentations on our Building Smart web page. Please note that CPD points will not be granted if you did not attend the original webinar or seminar, and are now viewing it online.


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