Advocating for Members
MGA Review
Consultations surrounding the Municipal Government Act review finalized this month. As a follow-up to those consultations, BILD Alberta provided the following submissions:

The timeline for a decision on these items is somewhat unclear though we could see amendments brought forward as soon as this fall.

Building Code Auto-Adoption
We continue to assess the future of auto-adoption of the National Building Code in Alberta. Further discussions with the BILD Alberta Board of Directors identified a need to establish a new framework for the adoption of code that considers the implications on housing affordability and business competitiveness. There are multiple avenues to postpone implementation of certain aspects of future code, pending a provincial review, that we continue to assess with the Government of Alberta.

BILD Alberta will begin developing a proposed framework that seeks to create a more feasible solution to address greenhouse gas emissions in housing. This will be centered around improving the existing housing stock while providing a more reasoned approached to energy efficiency in new builds.

City Charters and Building Code
Minister Tracy Allard responded to BILD Alberta’s request for clarity on Building Code powers under City Charters (read the letter here). We will continue to work with the Province and local associations in providing more clarity and certainty when it comes to Building Code with the overarching goal of ensuring there is a single Building Code across Alberta.

Red Tape Reduction
While the above items relate to Red Tape Reduction, we also remain active on a number of government-led committees and working groups focused on reducing red tape. The 29 Recommendations submitted in October 2019 remain our priorities and we continue to work on bring as many of these items forward as possible. 

For more information, contact BILD Alberta Executive Director, Scott Fash.
Annual General Meeting
The following items will be voted on by Members on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM during the BILD Alberta Association Annual General Meeting which will be held via Zoom:
  1.     AGM Minutes
  2.    Bylaw amendments
  3.    Financial Statement
  4.    Appointment of Auditor
  5.    Slate of Board Directors
 

For more information and to register or to name a proxy click here.
BILD Alberta Award Winners
Thank you to those who tuned in to watch the BILD Alberta Awards, presented by the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.

Earlier this month we announced the best of the best in Alberta's home building, land development and professional renovating industry. Despite the unusual circumstances the industry is facing we were excited to celebrate the hard work and innovation that shapes our industry in Alberta. Click here for a list of winners, to view the finalist gallery and to watch the presentation.
Housing Data
The following table provides a snapshot of Alberta’s starts, inventory and sales. More information of the individual centres is available in the local reports.

In Your Local
CHBA Edmonton members are invited to enter the Awards of Excellence - For complete information click here. Deadline Oct. 29

CHBA Medicine Hat has its Parade of Homes happening now until Oct. 4

BILD Calgary is hosting Sales & Marketing Hour: Covid-19 Effects on Trends in the Homebuying Industry on Oct. 20 - Calgary members can register here

BILD Calgary will be calling for entries for the BILD Calgary Awards soon - information in the coming weeks

BILD Central Alberta has a lunch n' learn Oct. 28 on Practical Safety in a Pandemic Era

BILD Grande Prairie just launched their Why Buy New campaign that includes listings of new homes in the area

UDI Edmonton is hosting a webinar for its members with Minister Allard Oct. 15
Land Use Survey
The Fraser Institute, is seeking input from Builders and Developers in the Edmonton & Calgary areas to provide a deeper understanding of the homebuilding industry’s experiences across Alberta municipalities. This short survey includes questions about regulations, approval timelines, and compliance costs in the cities where you completed residential projects in 2019. Your participation is invaluable to our ongoing research of government's impact on the housing supply.