12 Storey Wood Construction Approved
Scott Fash, Executive Director of BILD Alberta, was at the Government of Alberta's press conference that was part of Red Tape Reduction Awareness Week last week, where they announced the approval of 12-storey wood frame construction.
BILD Alberta is excited to see the Government of Alberta take steps to modernize construction and reduce red tape by allowing alternative techniques to deliver the homes and buildings people need. Encapsulated mass timber construction has the potential to offer advantages such as quieter on-site construction, shorter timelines due to the use of prefabricated components and increased worker safety. This provides our industry and member companies with more options in meeting the housing affordability needs of Albertans.
2020 Housing Forecast
The consensus amongst Canada’s forecasters is that 2020 will be better than 2019 for Alberta’s economy and its housing market. The forecasters base this assumption on Alberta easing the curtailment of limits on crude oil production, increased shipping capacity brought about by pipelines, increased investment activity in the oil and gas sector, as well as investment in other sectors (telecommunications, manufacturing and construction).

The corporate income tax cuts will help put more money into the pockets of businesses leading to increased investment and hiring which is reflected in the job growth forecasts. If Alberta businesses hesitate to invest this could stymie job growth.

Forecasters believe that as Alberta’s economy improves, it will attract more individuals to the province and encourage more births. This will lead to increased demand for housing and subsequent rises in housing starts, sales, and prices.

2019 Year in Review
Housing Starts: Housing starts are below their 10-year average in all markets except Calgary, which recorded an increase of 1.1%. The drop has been the most dramatic in Wood Buffalo, which has seen a 76.9% decrease in housing starts compared to its 10-year average. In 2019, the province’s total housing starts were 9.1% below the 10-year average.

Housing Inventory: Unabsorbed housing inventory is high for the province as well as Calgary, Edmonton and Wood Buffalo. The communities of Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat and Red Deer, had housing inventories that were below the 10-year average, while Lethbridge’s inventory was marginally (0.5%) above its 10-year average.

Housing Sales: Compared to its 10-year average, home sales in Alberta declined 17.6%, with the largest decline occurring in Calgary (-14.7%). All locales except for Lethbridge saw a decrease in 2019 compared to its 10-year average.

Housing Sales Price: The average sales prices of a home in Alberta declined 0.3% compared to its 10-year average in 2019. Overall, it was a mixed year, with Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine hat seeing prices that were higher than the 10-year average, while Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer seeing marginal changes. Wood Buffalo has seen a substantial decline in its housing price, falling 29.8% compared to its 10-year average.

Spring Conference Launches Next Week
Next week we will be launching registration for one of BILD Alberta's most anticipated events of the year. The Spring Conference will once again be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs April 16 & 17. This two-day event brings members together from across to discuss issues facing our industry.speakers addressing Here are just a few of this year's sessions:
  • How Smart Communities Drive Outcomes for Residents
  • Net Zero Ready Communities
  • Opportunities & Trends in the New Multi-Family and Purpose-Built Rental Market
  • Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Urbanism

Watch for registration to open next week!

Interested in sponsoring? We have options available to fit a variety of budgets.
Webinar on Proposed Changes to Codes
CHBA National is hosting a webinar series on: 2020 Public Review on Proposed Changes to Codes. Find out what it means for you by registering for the webinars.

Webinar 1: Summary of Proposed Changes and How to Submit Comments (February 11, 2020)

Webinar 2: Proposed Changes to Part 9 Energy Efficiency Provisions (February 18, 2020)

Webinar 3: Proposed Changes to Provisions for Lateral Loads (February 21, 2020)
Input Needed f or Physical Demands Analysis
In partnership with the ACA, BILD Alberta is supporting the development of a Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) of construction trades and occupations. A PDA is a breakdown of the tasks performed for each position, the time spent on each task and the physical requirements for each. These assessments help employers assign the right resources to the role and reduce time needed to safely return an injured employee to work. 

We require your support by volunteering to be observed/interviewed (yourself or an employee) at your job site for any of the trades on the attached list. The goal is to conduct these interviews between now and September 2020. 

If you are interested in participating, contact Erin Devlin 780-424-5890 ext 223.
RCSM Occupational Committee
The Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM) Occupational Committee under the Ministry of Advanced Education is looking for members to get involved. If you are interested in become a mentor and leader within RCSM and making recommendations to the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board regarding occupational training and certification, apply to be on the committee. Contact Paul Salmon for the nomination criteria and an application.