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JULY 2008 NEWSLETTER 2008 Golf Tournament The CHBA-Nanaimo Golf Tournament was a tremendous success thanks to so many people. Thank You to Our Hole Sponsor Supporters Atlas Windows & Doors Bedrock Redi-Mix CHBA-BC – Georgie Awards GLS Excavating Harbour City Plumbing & Gas Herold Engineering Ltd. Illuminations Lighting Lansons Drywall Mayco-Mix Milne Roofing Ocean Construction Orion Homes Palladian Developments Inc. Peter Broessler Construction Torry & Sons Travelers Warranty Windsor Plywood Special Thanks to: Hadi Abassi - 50/50 Sales V.I. Raiders Cheerleaders, (Hole Spotters) Steve Marshall Ford - Car Donation Shelly Anderson – VI Raiders Shari Hildebrandt - Telus – Putting Contest AND of course all our Silent Auction sponsors. The big golf winners this year were: Dennis Calder Men’s Closest to the Pin Hole #2 Rod Dielman Men’s Long Drive Hole #3 Brian Ranger Closest to Pin #17 Gurmit Parhar Ladies Long Drive #8 Shelly Portman Ladies Closest to Pin Hole #16 CHBA Girls Most Honest Team The CHBA girls won the Most Honest Team. Brian Ranger was the winner of the 1987 Cougar, compliments of Steve Marshall Ford. Congratulations Brian! The Slegg Construction Dream Team was the winning team this year. Congratulations Doug Rathy, Xavier and team! Thanks again to all who took part in the tournament in support of the association. Professional Builder Application Process Some of the CHBA-CVI builder members and staff attended a meeting before City Council last Monday to discuss the Building Permit application process. Toby Seward, City of Nanaimo, explained the fast tracking procedure to council members and they were all in favor of the application process. The topic went before City Council this past Monday and was unanimously passed. This is a huge win for our association builder members and the association would like to give special thanks to Gord Turgeon for his efforts with the City. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease! Way to go Gord. Also, a meeting was held on Wednesday at the Beban Park Social Centre to discuss the application checklist process. This was a very informative meeting for builders. If you are a builder but did not attend you should contact Jason Kinch at the City of Nanaimo (250-755- 4493) as the building permit process for builder members is changing immediately. CHBA-Nanaimo Affordable House Project Chris Erb now has working drawings available. Please contact him directly (250-616-7703) for project information. Duff Braun Retires Although Duff Braun retired some time ago, he never had time to come out to receive his retirement plague. Recently Rob, Byron and Penny met Duff at his jobsite (yes, I thought he was retired too) and presented him with a plaque for 35 years of service and dedication to the association. Mike Braun, Carpentry Instructor at Vancouver Island University, (Duff’s son) was also in attendance. After the presentation Duff was taken out for lunch and it was interesting to hear of the times back when the association first began. Duff will be missed around here but you can always find him working in town somewhere. Rob MacCallum, Duff Braun, Byron Gallant and Penny McMann Duff’s project in background: Baseball clubhouse on 3rd Street THE RUSSIANS WERE HERE A group of leading property developers and key-people from architectural companies in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia recently visited the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Vancouver Island. They visited a few building sites to see what is being built here, what construction techniques are being used, and the trends in Canadian home building. Bob Vaughan, and Mike Hamilton from Palladian Developments, Doug Bromage, Insight Developments and Penny McMann, Executive Officer, CHBA-Central Vancouver Island toured the group. They toured Palladian Developments and Insight Developments Hawthorne corner, the development at Longwood and Insight's newest facility, Origin. The tour attendees were very impressed with the developments and plan to re-visit our area again in October. PROJECT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR The office hopes to offer a Project Management Seminar in July if have enough attendees. We require confirmation of attendees by July 2,2008. Please contact the office at 250-758-2256 asap. PROVINCIAL UPDATE CARE Awards Deadline is NOON, Friday, June 27th Georgie Awards Call for Entries – Online Now. Visit www.chbabc.org to view the 2008 Georgie Awards Call for Entries. The online entry form is now available. Housing Pulse Some interesting opinions were expressed and statistics revealed during the Homeowner Protection Office’s housing conference last month in Vancouver. Employment specialist Kerry Jothen said there is a worldwide war for available trades. The shortage of skilled labour heads the Top 10 list in Canadian and global polls. Carpentry leads all trades in shortages. Kerry said construction is the single biggest contributor to B.C. employment. There will be nearly 30,000 new job openings from now until 2026 and during that same period 30,000 more jobs will come available due to attrition. Multi-talented Michael Geller, who intends to run for a seat on Vancouver Council, said municipal regulation stifles creativity and efficiency. Perhaps he will play a role in rectifying that problem. Developer David Podmore said he believes we have not yet felt the impact of the U.S. downturn and over the next two to three years his company plans to build condos without first securing presales. David said builders will have to be better financed. He said banks are becoming more disciplined and credit is tightening. Developer Ward McAllister was more optimistic, saying he sees no housing bubble, and that although the market is moving to more balanced conditions, demand still outstrips supply. Ward said 60,000 people are moving to B.C. this year, primarily to the Lower Mainland. Ward added banks are imposing tighter credit conditions on builders. He foresees unproven fringe players being forced out of the market. He stated emphatically that penalties should be imposed on municipalities which do not accept their share of growth. He also said 15% of new mortgages are 40-year amortizations and this share is soon expected to hit 25%. Some 60-year-old homebuyers are applying for the 40-year product. Ridiculousness aside, you have to admire the optimism. Tony Gioventu of the Condominium Homeowners’ Association of B.C. said there should be mandatory renewal-and-operations plans, forcing strata councils to deal more responsibly and efficiently with maintenance and repair. Tony also called for mandatory performance measures and standards for building components and compatibility. Charles King from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said Metro Vancouver home prices will increase 8% this year and 5% next year. Charles said demographics support a stable housing market. He said at the end of 2007, there was $800 billion in outstanding mortgage credit in Canada, reaching $1 trillion by 2010. B.C. also enjoys the lowest mortgage-arrears rate in Canada (0.16%). Conference content posted at www.hpo.bc.ca. NATIONAL UPDATE A wide variety of “green” building regulations and initiatives are affecting builders across Canada. Reflecting this, the CHBA continues to examine how builders may be impacted, particularly in terms of increased liability and risk. The CHBA recently developed two papers that look at some of the legal issues involved. I urge members involved in green building, or affected by green building regulations, to read them in detail. The first paper addresses municipal regulation beyond Building Codes. The focus is on the various ways that green labeling initiatives can come into play, and how this can affect builder risk. As the paper makes clear, the risks associated with green labels vary depending on who decides that this will happen. Five different approaches are reviewed, and each one results in a different distribution of potential risk between the builder, the municipality and the green labeling initiative involved. In some cases, municipalities that mandate green labels may be violating the law. The second paper is Provincially-Led Green Initiatives: A Case Study. This paper examines liability, risk and legal issues surrounding provincial adoption of energy performance requirements in Building Codes. For the purposes of the case study, the province of British Columbia was used, as it has moved quickly in this area, and with a broad array of legislation. Again, there are a variety of situations where the builder or the municipality may face new and complex risks. As with previous materials we have sent you related to green building risks, this information is intended to assist you in making knowledgeable business decisions. Our industry is an environmental leader. If we are to maintain this leadership, we must be able to operate our businesses in a stable and predictable risk climate. Bob Deeks CHBA-Sea to Sky, MJ Whitemarsh CHBA-BC CEO and Chris Erb CHBA-BC President recently visited Ottawa for National meetings. They led a delegation from BC to a meeting of the BC Caucus of federal MP’s in Ottawa where he impressed upon them housing affordability, environmental issues and the importance of an indexed GST, especially to the Province of BC Welcome Our New Members Please welcome our new members: Watercress Developments Rick Earl 250-751-8628 There will be no Newsletter in August - The next General Meeting is Thursday, September 11th. Summer has arrived, take the time to enjoy it! “DO BUSINESS WITH A MEMBER AND BUILD TOGETHER” MEMBERSHIP MAKES A DIFFERENCE 202A-2520 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC V9T 3L3 Telephone: (250) 758-2256, Fax: (250) 758-2276 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: chbacvi.com Regards, Penny McMann, CHBA-Nanaimo Executive Officer 202A-2520 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC V9T3L3 Telephone: 250-758-2256 Fax: 250-758-2276 'RAISING THE BAR IN PROFESSIONALISM STARTS WITH YOU"
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