Top Issues for New Board
The new CHBA – Alberta President and Board of Directors start their term every year in September. Our President for 2014-15 is Tally Hutchinson,
who has served on the boards of both CHBA – Alberta and Edmonton Region
and is President of the Daytona Group of Companies. Expect to see Tally
at a Local event over the next year to talk about what CHBA – Alberta
is working on.
will be plenty for him to discuss because there’s lots going on that
matters to our members. High on the agenda of issues being raised with
the provincial government are the frustrating delays in adoption of the
Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Codes. The future of Bill 13, the
Condominium Property Amendment Act, is also unclear after Premier Jim
Prentice prorogued the previous legislature session. And the direction
of the already long-running review of the Municipal Government Act may
well change with new leadership.
– Alberta’s new year coincides with a fresh start for the provincial
government under a new premier and cabinet. We’ll be focused on making
sure our message about the importance of housing to the economy and
quality of life of Albertans is heard as the provincial government gets
set for a Throne Speech on November 17 outlining its plans.
Jim Rivait, CEO, CHBA – Alberta
Key Ministers in Prentice Cabinet
September, Premier Jim Prentice was sworn in as Alberta’s 16th Premier
and announced his new provincial cabinet. Key Ministers include:
• Diana McQueen – Minister of Municipal Affairs
• Jeff Johnson – Minister of Seniors
• Manmeet Bhullar – Minister of Infrastructure
• Stephen Khan – Minister of Service Alberta
• Ric McIver – Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
• Robin Campbell – Minister of Finance and Treasury Board
new sitting of the legislature will begin on November 17th with a
Throne Speech. All legislation that was previously on the order paper
will now either need to be reintroduced or is no longer valid. This
includes Bill 13, the Condominium Property Amendment Act. Our working
group will remain intact and continue to work on improving the
legislation regarding condominiums in the province.
the meantime, byelections are being held in 4 constituencies including
Calgary-Foothills where Premier Prentice is seeking a seat. The results
of these races will have large political and practical implications.
Voting takes place on October 27.
regard to continuing work on the Municipal Government Act review, the
provincial government has established a Business and Industry Focus
Group to provide input. CHBA – Alberta has two representatives as part
of that group. A briefing on our position as well as other key items for
new Minister McQueen will be scheduled shortly. The MGA will be a
strong priority in the Association’s advocacy work for the next two
years at a minimum, and this will be the focus of the new CHBA – Alberta
Municipal Government Act Review Committee.
T.J. Keil, External Affairs Manager
Survey: Strong Year Ahead
new home builders expect construction will ease off slightly in 2015
but remain significantly above average levels as robust economic growth
spurs continued strong demand. A sample of the CHBA – Alberta membership
was polled in late August and early September on their expectations for
new housing activity during the balance of 2014 and the year ahead.
2015, the CHBA – Alberta members surveyed generated a forecast of
36,000 total starts, representing a decline of 2.4% from the current
year. Construction will remain well above the 28,500 units started on
average during the five-year period 2009 to 2013. Most of the moderate
pull-back next year is expected in the multi-family segment, where
starts are forecast to decline by 3.3% to 17,750 units. Single-detached
starts are expected to reach 18,250 units province-wide next year,
representing a 1.6% reduction from the current year.
members produced a consensus forecast for 2014 of 36,900 housing starts
province-wide, for an increase of 2.5% from 2013. Much of this year’s
gains come from the multi-family sector. Builders cited affordability
concerns as entry-level buyers are increasingly considering
Check our website for complete market reports.
Richard Goatcher, Economic Analyst
BUILD's Great Success
This year's event sold out in a record speed and CHBA - Alberta was thrilled to have 525 attendees at BUILD 2014 in Jasper. The annual conference was a success thanks to the sponsors, trade show exhibitors
and all the attendees from across the province who joined us at this
picturesque location. During the conference we were thrilled to raise
over $12,000 for the Stollery Children's Hospital and the Alberta
BUILD we connected with friendsfrom the past and made many new
connections. We celebrated our industry accomplishments at the Awards of Excellence ceremony and President's Gala. And we gained insight from leaders of the past, present and future. Click here to see video and photos from the event.
Mark your calendar for BUILD 2015 September 17 - 20. Watch for registration will begin in April.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
CHBA - Alberta is planning another housing tour and this time we are heading to San Jose, California.
Join us March 12 - 14 as we tour the dynamic and warm housing market of
this northern California city. We will spend two days touring vibrant
communities. Along the way we will stop and tour approximately 25
showhomes which are sure to spark new ideas and conversation with tour
attendees. The tour includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfasts, lunches
and a dinner. Watch for registration to begin later this winter. Space is limited. Click here to be added to the housing tour registration list.
Laara Braz, Member Services Manager
Member Feedback Requested on Code Proposals
Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has invited CHBA
members to take part in the fall 2014 public review of proposed changes
to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. Click on the link to
download proposed changes or to submit a comment to the National
Research Council. The public review will run from September 8 until
October 31, 2014.
The review is comprised of items for the National Building, Fire, Plumbing and Energy Codes.
Since the Alberta government is committed to adopting the national
model codes without change, it is important that Alberta members review
the national code proposals and work with their local HBAs to formulate
Please review the
proposed changes. If you support or oppose a proposal, or believe a
proposal requires clarification, please contact Joan at CHBA – Alberta.
– Alberta is also looking for members with engineering expertise,
knowledge of concrete standards, stair construction and general
construction to participate in a review by CHBA – Alberta review in
mid-October. If you are interested in participating, please email Joan.
Standing Committees will consider all comments and make final
recommendations on each proposed change. Subject to approval by the
CCBFC, the final changes will be published by NRC in the 2015 editions
of the National Model Construction Codes.
Check our website for complete Technical Report.
Joan Maisonneuve, Manager, Policy & Industry Issues
Safety Leadership Celebrated
CHBA – Alberta Safety Leadership Awards are an encouraging sign that a
growing number of members are embracing a culture of workplace safety.
Companies are demonstrating leadership through initiatives such as
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.
to this year's winners: Avonlea Master Builder of Lethbridge, All
Weather Windows of Alberta, and Daytona Homes of Edmonton. Finalists
included Broadview Homes of Calgary, A&B Concrete Pumping of Edmonton, Bruin's Plumbing & Heating of Central Alberta, Qualico of Edmonton and Stepper Custom Homes of Calgary.
thanks to ATCO Gas, award sponsors for the ninth year, and Alberta
Occupational Health and Safety and the Alberta Construction Safety
Association for contributing judges.
Check our website for complete Safety Report.
Joan Maisonneuve, Manager, Policy & Industry Issues
CHBA – Calagry Region Seeks SAM Judges
CHBA – Calgary Region is looking for judges for the 2014 SAM Awards. Please contact Kailey Mitchell if you are interested in this opportunity, or visit www.samawards.com for more information.
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