NEWSLETTER Canadian Home Builders Association Central

					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

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                                   Nanaimo, BC V9T 3L3
                       Telephone: (250) 758-2256, Fax: (250) 758-2276
                                e-mail: penny@chbacvi.com
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Regards,

Penny McMann, CHBA-Nanaimo Executive Officer
202A-2520 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T3L3
Telephone:    250-758-2256
Fax:         250-758-2276

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