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Building BC is published by the Homeowner Protection Office for Licensed Residential Builders and Licensed Building Envelope Renovators, as well as our partners within the residential construction industry.


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Online Licence and Renewal Service – 
Easy, Fast and Efficient

Did you know that 86% of license renewals happen online? In today’s digital information age, builders recognize that it makes good business sense to use online services that are fast and efficient, saving time and money.

The HPO launched its new online services for residential builders and building envelope renovators in January 2010, and the statistics speak for themselves, with 76% of new license applications made online. Read more...

Wendy Acheson Appointed Vice President and Registrar, Homeowner Protection Office

On April 1, 2010 many of the responsibilities under the Homeowner Protection Act were transferred to BC Housing. As a result, the new HPO Branch within BC Housing was formed. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Acheson to Vice President and Registrar of the Homeowner Protection Office. Read more...

Building Smart #13: Insulating – 
The Cold, Hard Facts

Building Smart #13 focuses on buildable solutions with market-available materials. The seminar explores the specifics of how to design and construct roofs, walls and basements that meet or exceed more stringent energy performance requirements. Read more...

New Builder Insight Bulletin

Given that residential space heating accounts for 30% to 60% of a building’s total energy consumption – it’s not surprising to learn that the trend towards energy efficiency in British Columbia will continue, with the building enclosure as a focal point for improved performance.

Understanding the requirements for the building enclosure and the compliance paths for multi-unit residential buildings under ASHRAE 90.1 is the focus of the newest Builder Insight bulletin. This eight-page technical bulletin was prepared for the HPO by RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Read more...

Regulations Amended – New Heritage Conversion Exclusion from Warranty Insurance Now in Place

Homeowner Protection Act regulations related to heritage conversions and the mediation of residential construction disputes have been amended. Read more...

Online Database Puts Building Science Research at Builders’ Fingertips

Builders and others who want to find out more about building science now have easy access to over 1,400 articles, books and research reports, thanks to the combined efforts of the HPO and BCIT.

Working in collaboration with BCIT, the Homeowner Protection Office has expanded its Online Research Database which focuses on the design, construction, performance and maintenance of the building envelope. Read more...

Substantially Reconstructed Homes – What Builders Need to Know

A new information bulletin that explains what Licensed Residential Builders and others need to know about substantially reconstructed homes and the Homeowner Protection Act is now available on the HPO website.

To assist builders, developers, owners, architects, designers, local governments and others, the HPO has defined the conditions under which an existing building under renovation or reconstruction becomes a new home,” said Wendy Acheson, HPO Vice President and Registrar. Read more...

Global Forum on Building Envelope Technologies

More than 300 delegates from 23 countries met in Vancouver in June for ICBEST 2010 to exchange information on research findings, improved technologies and best practices.

This global forum also provided the HPO, a branch of BC Housing, with an opportunity to share its presentation on The New British Columbia Home: Comfortable, Sustainable, Low-Energy Living with an international audience. Read more...

Subscribe to HPO Online - A Quick and Easy Way to Stay Informed

To subscribe to receive free, periodic, electronic communications with updated news and information from the HPO, visit and register online.

All you need is an email address. Choose from a range of digital publications and information updates. Read more...

Events Calendar

Upcoming building industry events.

HPO Website Gets a New Look

This September visitors to the HPO website will notice some positive visual improve- ments including a more comprehensive home page, the addition of a bottom navigation bar, and changes to the background colour, font and more. Read more...

Licensing and New Home Enrollments

2010 statistics on the number of licences issued and the number of new homes enrolled in warranty innsurance. Read more...

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