Latest News

July 14, 2016

Mature Neighbourhood Overlay and RenoMark Renovators

 

Homeowners, community leagues and the average citizen are becoming more familiar with what the concept of Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) means to them and the community in which they live.  The City has been reaching out to the stakeholders to ensure that voices are heard and process is as effective as possible.  The City has involved Community Leagues, Homeowners, the Canadian Home Builders Association Edmonton Region (CHBA ER), and   individuals and businesses who will be affected by the transformation that an updated MNO will undoubtedly bring to our city.  Specific information about the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay can be found at edmonton.ca/matureneighbourhoodoverlay . This website also includes details on ongoing public engagement events.

As we look around our older neighborhoods we can all see the effect of infill, which is the development of new housing which may include secondary suites, garage suites, duplexes, semi-detached and detached houses, row housing, apartments and other residential and mixed- use buildings.   While this may seem like a lot of possibilities for your neighbourhood there are guidelines, rules and procedure that apply.  Part of our civic duty is to be as best informed as we can about what is happening in our city and there are excellent resources and opportunities for involvement. 

So what does the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay have to do with Renovators?  The answer to this question is Plenty.    One of the main reasons why renovators are particularly suited for this kind of construction is because Renovators are already working in these neighbourhoods and have a solid understanding on the complexities of working within existing mature neighbourhoods with people who have a vested interest in their communities, their street, their schools and the life they have created there.   Reputable renovators also have developed their construction companies such that they are comfortable and sensitive to the needs of the community.  They know that people live there, so starting noisy work too early or hammering too late is disruptive and not a good idea.  Renovators know that getting to know your neighbours is a good idea when it comes to working in the neighbourhood.  Renovators also know that designs that fit into an existing neighbourhood are important and they work well with clients to ensure that these needs are met.

The fact that our city is under a transformation is evident.  Your part in it is as much or as little as you might want it to be.  Information is available and if you are considering a major or even a minor renovation or a complete new build, check out the renovators from CHBA ER who belong to RenoMark and you will find contractors who will work with you to create what you want to see in your neighbourhood.

RenoMark renovators are members of Canadian Home Builders – Edmonton Region and are committed to providing homeowners with the information they need to select the right renovator for their project.  At RenoMark the contractors have agreed to the CHBA-ER code of ethics as well as the renovation- specific code of conduct.  They provide written contracts, warranties and all the insurance necessary.  They understand the value of customer service and continually educate themselves regarding current trends, materials and regulations.  RenoMark Renovators understand homeownership and just how hard people have worked for their homes.  Credentials that capture a professional renovator include:

·         A proven track record in the industry with past project lists, references, testimonials from previous clients and contacts

·         Well-established business practices, project management and client communication

·         Awareness provided by renovator as to what is insured by homeowner and what is the responsibility of the renovator

·         Professional & industry business memberships and affiliations such as Canadian Home Builders – Edmonton Region, RenoMark, Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and other organizations

·         Business tools: Written contract, insurance, registration with WCB, and other organizations

·         Personal & company attributes: experience, training, education and skills, upgrading special expertise, awards etc.

·         Minimum 2 year warranty

·         Other consumer information to help with  your renovation

A professional renovator’s customers are in good hands.  You will know what is going on, what to expect and what everyone’s role is.  Your renovation or infill will be a well thought-out process from the beginning to the end and you, the homeowner can feel confident that the job will be done well and effectively, making your experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.   Homeowners will enjoy the results of their choices for many years to come and that is something to celebrate.  

Are you thinking of building new housing in an established area? Please see the Residential Infill Guidelines webpage to confirm whether the guidelines apply to your neighbourhood, and if so, for planning and design direction for your project.

 

May 30, 2016

Follow the link for the latest CHBA National news 

May 12, 2016

KELOWNA, BC – May 6, 2016 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce the winners for the CHBA – Association Leadership Awards. These awards were presented during the Association’s 73rd National Conference in Kelowna, BC and pay tribute to the tremendous work carried out by individual members, staff and local Home Builders’ Associations across Canada.

These highly prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievement in four categories.

  • The 2016 Home Builders’ Association of the Year is CHBA – Newfoundland & Labrador. This award recognized their overall excellence in delivering a strong and positive voice for the industry, and in supporting the business success of members in providing affordability, quality and choice in housing. The Association has focused on tackling the underground economy, protecting housing affordability and promoting energy efficiency.
  • The Executive Officer of the Year is Mike Moore of the Manitoba HBA who worked effectively with volunteer leaders to create a strong and positive voice for the housing industry in Manitoba. Moore has served the Manitoba HBA for 8 years and he chaired CHBA’s Executive Officers’ Council in 2014-15.
  • The 2016 Member of the Year is Bard Golightly of CHBA – Edmonton Region who was recognized for long-standing contributions at the national level of CHBA through his dedication and outstanding service. Golightly served as National President of CHBA in 2014-15.
  • CHBA – Edmonton Region received the 2016 Community Service Award. Last October, the Association partnered with Pilgrims Hospice and with 35 volunteer workers improving the infrastructure and common-living areas for this supportive and compassionate family-centred care facility.

About the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada, representing more than 8,500 member firms across the country. Our membership spans new home builders, renovators, developers, trade contractors, building material manufacturers and suppliers, lenders, and other professionals in the housing sector.

-30-

For more information:

 

Michael S. Gough, CAE

(613) 230-3060 ext. 227

gough@chba.ca

 

Source: http://www.chba.ca/about/news-pubs.aspx?id=118  

May 02, 2016

14 Ways the MGA Could Impact Your Business

The Alberta government is set to announce proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act within the coming weeks. In preparation, CHBA – Alberta and UDI Alberta are teaming up to offer Members of both Associations a free comprehensive briefing on the 14 Ways the MGA Could Impact Your Business.  

The MGA directly impacts land and construction costs, the overall supply of new housing, permits, taxes and government accountability. Whether you are a developer, home builder, tradesperson or supplier, this legislation matters to your ability to do business in the future.

This session is designed for Member business owners and senior staff and includes a detailed presentation, panel discussion, and tools to help you play an effective advocacy role when proposed changes are announced and public consultations begin on June 1.

 

Cost: Free

Location: Radisson Hotel, 4440 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton

Time: May, 18, 2-4 pm

Open to: Members of CHBA Edmonton Region and UDI Edmonton Region

Sponsored by: CHBA – Alberta and UDI Alberta

 

Click here to register

 

April 15, 2016

Finance Minister Joe Ceci introduced the 2016-17 budget. A link to the news release and detailed budget information can be found here

 

  • A deficit of more than $10 Billion as previously announced by the Minister
  • A return to budget balance forecast for 2024
  • $9 billion in municipal infrastructure support over five years, including $6.1 billion under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative
  • Starting January 1, 2017, a carbon levy will be applied to fuels at a rate of $20/tonne. One year later, the levy will increase to $30/tonne. This translates to approximately 4.5 cents/L and 6.75 cents/L when it comes to gasoline.
  • Budget 2016 will reduce Alberta’s small business corporate income tax rate by one third, from 3% to 2% as of January 1, 2017.
  • The amount of funding for affordable housing will nearly double.
  • $645 million for Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new provincial agency that will support increasing energy efficiency for homes and businesses
  • $165 million for two new tax credits that encourage investors to support small and medium-sized companies and encourage business capital investment
April 13, 2016

Bill 5: Seniors' Home Adaptation and Repair Act

The Alberta government has announced a new program to provide low-interest home equity loans of up to $40,000 to seniors to improve the safety and sustainability of their homes. About 145,000 senior households would be eligible for the loan program.

Bill 5, the Seniors’ Home Adaptation and Repair program would allow senior homeowners, who qualify, to finance essential home repairs and adaptations, including:

  • Widening doorways or hallways
  • Installing walk-in tubs
  • Roof replacements
  • Electrical repairs

The program is scheduled to begin July 1, 2016. Click here for more details.

CHBA – Alberta has provided information to the Ministry of Seniors and Housing about the Get It In Writing campaign and is reaching out to media and seniors organizations to suggest this would be a valuable resource for seniors who are planning a project. There may be opportunities for Locals to promote Get It In Writing in conjunction with this program. 

February 17, 2016

CHBA Net Zero Energy (NZE) labelling Program

To accelerate the uptake of the new CHBA NZE label, and to help ensure that builders and renovators across Canada have an opportunity to access appropriate NZE training, three of the CHBA NZE Housing Council sponsor members have proactively stepped forward to provide funding for the delivery of a limited number of one-day NZE Builder Training sessionsThese sponsored sessions are indicated in the chart below with an asterix.*

 

R-2000

NZE

CITY

SERVICE ORGANIZATION

CONTACT

Feb 29

Mar 1*

Saskatoon

Sun Ridge Residential

306-665-0264

 

Mar 3*

Calgary

EnerVision

780-701-1772

 

Mar 4*

Edmonton

EnerVision

780-701-1772

Apr 4

Apr 5*

Vancouver

CHBA-BC

Website

Apr 7

Apr 8*

Kelowna

CHBA-BC

Website

Apr 11

Apr 12

Toronto

EnerQuality

Website

Apr 18

Apr 19*

Fredericton

CHBA-NB

506-459-7219

Apr 21

Apr 22*

Halifax

Nova Scotia HBA

1-800-668-2001

 

 

The CHBA NZE Builder Training is mandatoryfor participation in the CHBA NZE Labelling Program. (Builders must also complete NRCan R-2000 Builder Training.) As a part of this training, participants will receive a copy of the CHBA Builders' Manual. The CHBA NZE Builder Training can only be delivered through the CHBA NZE Qualified SOs by CHBA NZE Qualified Trainers.Learn more about how to become a CHBA NZE Qualified Builder/Renovator here.

December 02, 2015