Executive Director Announced
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Fash as Executive Director of BILD Alberta, effective January 21, 2020.
Scott will provide guidance and operational leadership for the BILD Alberta staff and Board of Directors, advocating for the industry to advance business certainty and housing affordability. Scott is prepared to continue to tackle our strategic goals and guide the organization to excellence.
Scott joined CHBA - Alberta in 2015 as Director of Planning & Development, continuing on with expanded roles following amalgamation with UDI Alberta. During the past four years, Scott has developed a strong understanding of BILD Alberta’s operations, overseeing research and policy along with government relations. He also served as the Interim Executive Director while the Board Executive Committee conducted a thorough Executive Director search process. Prior to his work with the BILD Alberta, Scott spent 10 years as a planning consultant working on private and public sector projects across Canada.
Please join me in congratulating Scott Fash !
Year-End Housing Reports
Alberta saw a mixed year for the residential housing market. As a whole, and in the largest cities, we saw an increase in housing starts compared to last year, while other communities saw substantial decreases. Grande Prairie had the largest increase in housing starts this year (+38.3%) while Medicine Hat had the largest decrease (-74.6%). Edmonton and Calgary both recorded modest increases this year, +6.8% and +8.5% respectively, with many builders ramping up construction in the latter half of 2019.

Over the past year, housing starts across the province (except for Grande Prairie) were driven primarily by row/semi-detached and multi-unit housing, as opposed to single-detached. The single-detached market has been the most heavily hit of all the housing markets since Alberta’s economic downturn began back in 2014.

The following table provides a snapshot of key indicators for Alberta’s major centres. More detailed information of the individual centres is available in the local reports.
Winter 2020 Public Review of Proposed Changes to Codes Canada Publications
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has invited code users and stakeholders to participate in the winter 2020 public review of proposed changes to Codes Canada publications:
  • National Building Code of Canada 2015 (NBC)
  • National Fire Code of Canada 2015 (NFC)
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC)
  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 (NECB)

This national public review closes March 13, 2020.

The purpose of this public review is to:
  • Provide Code users and stakeholders with a detailed look at proposed technical changes and
  • Seek comment on each proposed technical change as to whether it should be approved, altered, or rejected.

The responsible standing committee will consider each comment in its recommendations on the proposed changes. The final changes are subject to approval by the CCBFC and will be published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in the 2020 editions of the Codes Canada publications.

This is the final national public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes and the National Energy Code for Buildings and includes changes being proposed to the NBC - Section 9.36 and the NECB related to Tiered Energy Efficiency requirements (Energy STEP Codes) , as well as changes related to accessibility, large farm buildings and updates to referenced standards.

Watch for more information from BILD Alberta summarizing the proposed technical changes, their impact on members and how you can get involved and have your say. If you have questions or concerns please contact Matthew Armstrong .
Call for Speakers
We are looking for dynamic presenters who can speak on one of the following topics at our Spring Conference in Banff April 16 & 17:
  • Tech Disruption – AI, Smart Cities, solar, 5G
  • Green infrastructure
  • Social Media and Advertising
  • Cultural consultant
  • Financing as it relates to land development

If you are interested in participating as a speaker, fill out the speaker application form and tell us more about why we want to hear from you.

Registration for the Spring Conference will open in mid-February. Interested in sponsoring , we have a variety of packages to fit your budget.
Upcoming Events
- Feb. 12 - Luncheon featuring guest speaker: City Manager, David Duckworth
- Feb. 19 - Internet of Things: What is it and why does it matter?

- Feb. 3 & 4 - Residential Construction Industry Conference ( RCIC )

- Feb. 20 - Luncheon featuring guest speaker: Malcolm Bruce - new venue

- Banff - April 16 & 17
- Jasper - September 10 - 13

Are you a member hosting a session, workshop or webinar that will educate industry members? Let us know and we will share it on our website .  
Green Building & Clean Tech Industry Survey
Are you active in the green building or clean technology sector? SSRIA(Smart, Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association) is working to build a strong network of the leading innovators from Alberta and BC that can help chart a course to 40% GHG reduction from the built environment and want to hear from you. Click here to complete their survey.