Housing starts in BC slowed to begin the year from a torrid pace is 2016. Starts were down 33 per cent on a monthly basis and 13 per cent year-over-year, though unseasonably high snowfall in December and January likely played a role in limiting construction activity. Single detached starts were down 36 per cent while multiple unit starts were down 5 per cent year-over-year.Read More
Building and Construction
The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts are coming down.Read More
New home construction in Canada jumped 10 per cent in May to 201,705 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).Read More
This study reviewed the literature on modular housing to identify ideas, practices, and innovations in modular housing as well as identifying considerations to improve affordability, efficiency and quality of construction.
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New home construction in Canada declined 16.4 per cent in February to 156,276 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). The six-month trend in Canadian housing starts of 182,137 units SAAR fell for a sixth consecutive month.Read More
The value of Canadian building fell 12.9 per cent in January, largely as a result of lower non-residential construction intentions in Alberta, BC and Ontario.Read More
An enhanced licensing system for residential builders in B.C. will lead to higher professional standards in the residential construction sector and help protect new homebuyers.
Under the Homeowner Protection Act regulations, the B.C. government is establishing new qualifications and continuing education requirements for home builders constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings.
To obtain a new licence, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in seven areas related to residential construction including the British Columbia Building Code, construction management and customer relations. The qualifications can be met through a combination of education and experience or equivalencies.