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Click HERE to access CHBA-ER's Detailed Monthly Permit Reports for the month of September. 

Please note that only CHBA-ER members have access to the Permit Reports. You will require your CHBA-ER Username and Password to access the secured members-only section of the website.

Meghan Rennick, 
Communications / Membership Manager
(780) 7025306


October 09, 2014

EDMONTON - What was once a niche environmental dream is edging toward the mainstream, and enthusiasts say Edmonton is a hot spot for net-zero technology in wintry Canada.
At least 27 homes that produce as much energy as they consume have been completed here and several more are under construction, including a net-zero office building.

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October 08, 2014

Judging of the 2015 CHBA - Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence in Housing

CHBA – Edmonton Region’s Awards of Excellence in Housing recognizes the outstanding efforts of the best of Edmonton Region’s builders, developers, landscape architects, and sales and marketing professionals.

Our goal for the 2015 Awards of Excellence in Housing is to judge each entry on its own merit using an impartial panel of industry experts. Award submissions are entered online, providing CHBA-ER with the opportunity to have the judging process completed online as well.  We are seeking top notch judges/industry experts who would be willing to participate.

The identity of our judges and the results of the judging are entirely confidential, and known only to the staff of Canadian Home Builders Association – Edmonton Region.

CHBA - ER is currently seeking volunteers to judge entries in the following award categories:

  • Single Family Housing -  15 categories
  • Multi-Family Housing - 10 categories
  • Sales Centre - 3 categories
  • Advertising - 7 categories
  • Renovation - 4 categories
  • Development - 3 categories
  • Sales People - 3 categories
  • Leadership - 1 categories

In each category there will be an average of 15 to 20 entries to judge unless you are judging an advertising award where there is substantially more to review. A typical entry for our housing/renovation awards will consist of pictures of the home, floor plan and a write up of questions which was asked by the Association. The development category is very similar with the exception of reviewing a subdivision plan etc.  The advertising category consists of reviewing a write up of questions which was asked by the Association along with the entry image or listening to the video or commercial as an example.   Each entry should take no more than five minutes to judge and we ask that you choose a clear winner.  Judging will be open approx.

November 24 and can be done at your leisure.  The deadline for judging will be December 8. Once you have agreed to assist us with this process, an awards package with all of the categories and their criteria will be emailed to you once the packages are ready. This package will also contain the link to the website, your username and password for the site, as well as a step by step outline for the process.

If you would be willing to act as a judge for our awards, have any questions about the judging process or know someone who would be of interest in this opportunity, please contact Kimberley Banford at

780-702-0324 or . Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


September 24, 2014

Evening recognizes best in province’s residential construction

As Alberta’s homebuilding industry gathered in Jasper for its annual conference on Sept. 18, news broke that two issues of high importance to the group were being delayed. Long-awaited bills updating the Condominium Property Act and reviewing the Municipal Government Act died on the order paper when Alberta’s new premier prorogued (discontinued) the previous session of the legislature.

Despite the disappointment, more than 500 members of the Canadian Home Builders Association-Alberta had reason to celebrate at the 2014 BUILD conference.


The industry presented its top prizes for 2014 on Sept. 19, recognizing the best in the province’s residential construction industry. The annual gala, held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, saw Edmonton pick up honours in nine of the 23 categories, with Calgary taking home 10, central Alberta three, and Lethbridge one.

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September 23, 2014

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta (CHBA – Alberta) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in Housing. The awards were presented Sept. 19th at BUILD 2014, CHBA – Alberta’s annual conference, held at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Calgary’s Albi Homes won the Ralph Scurfield Builder of the Year Award in the large volume category, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Ashcroft Master Builder in Lethbridge was named Builder of the Year in the small-volume category sponsored by Travelers Canada. The multi-family Builder of the Year Award winner was Homes by Avi for projects in Calgary and Edmonton. The award was sponsored by the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.

Builder of the Year Awards are presented for the best overall score in the competition.  Points are awarded for reaching the finals in each category and how each home ranked among the top three. The builder then earned points for safety, customer satisfaction survey results and volunteerism.  The builder with the most combined points was declared the winner.

Awards were also presented in 23 categories to Alberta’s top home builders, renovators and community developers. A total of 22 companies won awards. Projects by CHBA – Calgary Region members won 10 awards, followed by nine from Edmonton Region, three in Central Alberta Region and one in Lethbridge. Some factors considered in the judging are curb appeal, layout, functionality, finishes, special features and value.

“The depth and diversity of Alberta’s residential construction industry was demonstrated by the number of companies winning awards from around the province. Our members are competing to meet the differing needs and preferences of customers, whether they want a single-family home, townhome, duplex, apartment, or to renovate their current home. Winning entries ranged from under $245,000 to more than $1.75 million. Picking the best from a record 417 entries was a challenge for our 156 judges. Albertans will be impressed by the outstanding work of our members when they check out the show homes,” said Jim Rivait, Chief Executive Officer of CHBA – Alberta.

CHBA – Alberta is also proud to honour winners of the Safety Leadership Awards sponsored by ATCO Gas. Companies are demonstrating leadership by sharing safety information with other industry members, making safety manuals available to staff in the field via smartphones and empowering workers to take charge of their own safety through regular reviews.


Click HERE for the complete list of winners. 

September 22, 2014

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September 15, 2014

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September 09, 2014

Edmonton, September 9, 2014 – Housing starts in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 13,879 units in August compared to 13,213 in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of total housing starts.