BC housing starts climbed 7% in August, rising to 27,331  units SAAR.  On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were down 2 per cent with single detached starts falling 5 per cent year-over year while multiple unit starts were flat compared to this time last year. Year-to-date, total housing starts in BC are up 10 per cent compared to 2014. 

Looking at census metropolitan areas (CMA) in BC, total starts in the Greater Vancouver  were down 7% year-over-year in August as a result of slowing construction of multiple units, which fell 10 per cent year-over-year


october 8, 2015

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Changes to the BC Building Code became law on December 19, 2014, making new homes and small buildings more energy efficient.

The goal is energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, and the changes to the Code, Part 9 Buildings, set minimum standards for:

  • energy efficiency: for homes and small buildings there are new minimum standards for insulation performance, heating and cooling systems, hot water tanks, and doors, windows and skylights. Energy efficiency standards for insulation in walls are extended to every part of a building, including framing, sheathing and cladding;

  • ventilation: requirements include improved air flow to reduce the likelihood of mould and mildew; and

  • radon rough-ins: builders must now rough-in radon vent pipes that vent outside, instead of capping pipes.

Child care facilities are also addressed. The new code clarifies that buildings containing child care facilities may be classified as Assembly Occupancy (A-2). Child care facilities can occupy small wood-frame buildings if certain fire safety requirements are met.

For information:

Energy efficiency section (9.36) (Opens a 103-page pdf)
Illustrated Guide (Homeowner Protection Office)


January 26, 2015         

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