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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.

In this issue:


New Residential Construction Performance Guide

An updated version of the Residential Construction Performance Guide – an essential reference tool for builders and owners of homes with home warranty insurance in B.C. – is now available. Read more.

 International Conference on Housing & Home Warranty


Registrations are in full swing for the International Housing & Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) 2014 taking place Sept. 7 to 10 in Vancouver.

Entitled Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century, the conference will explore international best practice and share expertise in building practice, risk management, warranty, remediation and other themes. Read more.


Building Smart #20 – Soils, Excavation & Below Grade Assemblies


This fall the Building Smart series will take home building back to its ‘foundations’ with Building Smart #20 – Soils, Excavation & Below Grade Assemblies. It explores upcoming BC Building Code changes that will affect the fundamentals of excavation, foundations, crawlspaces and basements for home builders across BC. Read more.

Illustrated Guides on Energy Efficient Houses


Three new illustrated guides are now available to assist residential builders and industry stakeholders to understand and comply with the new requirements in Section 9.36 of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings. Read more.

New Builder Insight – Managing Environmental Risks


We can all appreciate that undertaking a home renovation project is near the top of the list of British Columbian’s favourite pastimes. However, renovating and repairing existing buildings can expose contractors, tradespeople and building occupants to a variety of environmental health hazards. Read more.

Improving Thermal Performance of Buildings  


A new guide produced by industry experts in British Columbia explores how the construction industry can improve energy efficiency for residential, commercial and institutional buildings by addressing the impact of thermal bridging. Read more.

New Insulated Concrete Form Research

New research on insulated concrete form (ICF) systems shows promise in resolving the water- and airtightness issues related to ICF window-to-wall interfaces. Read more.


Online Report Compares International Window Standards


Energy efficient European window products have become more popular in North America, but differences in energy rating systems are a challenge for building designers and manufacturers. Read more.


Licensing and New Home Enrollments


View the latest statistics on the number of licences issued and the number of new homes enrolled in home warranty insurance. Read more.


Events Calendar

View a listing of seminars, conferences and other events. Read more.



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