October 1, 2014



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. 

There 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.

CHBA – 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
During 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

A 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 All legislation that was previously on the order paper will now either need to be reintroduced or is no longer valid.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.

In 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.

With 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
Alberta’s 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.

For 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.

The 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 higher-density products.

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 Children's Hospital.

At 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
The 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 comments.
Please review the proposed changes. If you support or oppose a proposal, or believe a proposal requires clarification, please contact Joan at CHBA – Alberta.

CHBA – 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.

CCBFC 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
The 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.

Congratulations 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.

Our 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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