December 2, 2019
Volume #19 | Issue #41
Monday Morning Briefing
Ron Rapp, CEO | Twitter: @HAVANofficial


Last Monday November 26th, 2019, HAVAN, CHBA-BC and seven other local HBA's from across the province participated in the second annual Day at the Legislature, meeting with MLA's to discuss issues effecting the residential building industry.  

HBA representatives spent the full day on Sunday preparing on how best to present our messaging and frame our "asks". This included fact sheets highlighting the residential construction sector creating over 207,000 jobs, $12.6 billion in wages, and $28.3 billion in investment value for the provincial economy annually, supplemented by the comparative analysis from the HAVAN GR team on housing starts shortfalls across the lower mainland. 
Thirty plus HBA representatives met with over 50 MLAs, followed by an evening reception. Meetings included direct conversations with Premier John Horgan, Minister of Finance Carol James, Attorney General David Eby, Minister for Housing and Municipal Affairs Selina Robinson, along with Ministers Ralston, Donaldson, Bains, Fleming, Marks, and Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson.
The specific issues brought to the attention of the Premier, Cabinet Ministers, and MLAs focused on the need to follow up on the 85+ issues identified in the recently released Development Approvals Process Review ( DAPR) that contribute to the extended time frames associated with delivering housing in this province, and the need to defer moving ahead with proposed Prompt Payment Legislation pending more extensive review and observation of such legislation in other jurisdictions.

HAVAN is very much in support of the substance of DAPR, and commend Minister Selina Robinson and the broad cross section of industry stake holders from across the province including builders, municipal officials, planners, realtors, and provincial ministries who identified issues that are slowing down the residential builders from delivering housing in a timely manner and the directly adverse effect on supply and affordability. 

These delays affect all sectors of the housing continuum including rental, social, and market housing. Our direct "ask" was to seek support from all MLAs and Minister Robinson to: 
  • maintain the momentum and dialogue generated by this report
  • focus on acting on the issues identified to streamline
  • add certainty to the Approval Process. 
There are many aspects of the report that could lead to watershed changes in the approvals mechanisms but may be controversial such as the timing and nature of public input, which is long overdue, but will require significant municipal involvement and cooperation. 

At the same time there are numerous areas that could be acted on immediately and are wholly in the purview of the Provincial Government. These are matters that are referred to the province by the municipalities as part of the approvals review including but not limited to the Water Act, Ministry of Transport, environment, and schools. Seeking the opportunity to expedite these reviews for aspects under provincial jurisdiction can be resourced and expedited by the province and represent an important first step in moving the DAPR forward.

We strongly urged legislators to defer any action on the Prompt Payment legislation, tabled in a private members Bill by Liberal MLA Mary Polack,  until the opportunity to hear from more sectors of the construction industry is realized, and to observe the effect of such legislation in Ontario where it was enacted at the end of October. 

While HAVAN, CHBA-BC, and the other locals are not opposed to the notion of timely payment for goods and services provided to construction projects by trades and or suppliers, it is the nature and structure of the proposed legislation we are opposed to. 

It is our position that if this Prompt Payment legislation, which was originally directed at large infrastructure and civil projects, is applied to all sectors, it will add unacceptable administrative efforts and costs for our members. It would be a significant burden for those smaller businesses that do not have the resources to deal with the very demanding timelines embodied in the proposed legislation. Additionally, the Builders Lien Act is currently under review and Prompt Payment should not by layered on top of the already complicated Lien Act prior to this review and or amendment being completed.
Overall, our delegations were warmly received, and all MLAs conveyed their concerns and desires to affect positive changes that could lead to mitigating the current housing crisis. We wish to thank the Premier, and all of the MLAs for taking the time to meet with us to hear our concerns, and for attending our reception allowing for more informal discussions and the opportunity for Minister Robinson and Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson to address all attendees, and convey their support in an effort to deal with affordability and housing opportunities for all BC residents.
HAVAN would also like to thank CHBA-BC for inviting us to participate, and for organizing and convening such a forum for our industry to communicate concerns directly to the Province and legislator's, and for highlighting the contributions of our builders and employers to the provincial economy. A big shout out goes to Neil Moody, CHBA-BC CEO, and especially Alycia Coulter, Manager of GR, and her team for their extra ordinary efforts and time extended to make this a very successful event. View pictures.

Join us this Friday, December 6th as we gather at Trail Appliances Richmond to kick off the holiday season with
one GIGANTIC donation to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, helping families in need. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this festive, free event! Guests will be treated warm eats, and sweet treats, choir music by The Partita Choir, Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs, hot cocoa, the Grinch, Cindy Loo Who, and the Gingerbread man too! Santa will be onsite for photo opps! Bring your whole team and share in the gift of giving.
Festivities begin at 8:30am and wrap up at 10:30am.

Last year we collectively donated over 6,000 items and a large cheque. Word on the street is we are going to break records again this year (we're already at $8,500 and targeting $10,000)!  Just like in Whoville, when HAVAN members and their communities direct a large amount of effort at a single point - mountains of coats can be built and funds raised! Donations can be made in advance. We look forward to sharing in the gift of giving with you this Friday! 

Thank you to all 72 drop-off locations across 16 municipalities for collecting donations, and a big shout out to our
Wrap Up Party Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors: Trail Appliances, Caesarstone Canada
Buddy the Elf's Breakfast: Tradesmen International, Falcon Homes
Santa's Gift: My House Design/Build Team, Norburn Lighting & Bath Centres, Nuvo Sales
Gingerbread Station: TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Cap
Hot Cocoa: Designs by KS
Santa's Sleigh: Wesgroup Equipment
Photos with Santa: Miracon Development Inc.
North Pole: Surrey Digital
Photo Sponsor: Marion Photography

On December 12, 2019 the latest changes to the BC Building Code will come into effect. Among the most notable changes is the opportunity to introduce secondary suites into townhouses, row housing, and duplexes previously prohibited from having suites. This represents an opportunity for more housing choices, and providing those homeowners some mortgage help. This change could lead to significant increases in business to our renovation members and HAVAN would urge all to ensure that such work is undertaken with proper permits and in line with the "Get It In Writing" policy to protect the interests of both members and consumers.

Further to extending housing options, Vancouver is considering rental only zoning for the introduction of four story buildings on residential streets currently zoned for SFD only. 

Vancouver is raising the Empty Homes Tax by 25% to 1.25 of assessed value to further encourage home owners to place such properties into the rental market. Since it's inception this tax has generated over $40 million in revenue to City coffers and has been directed to seeking to create additional housing for families earning less than $50,000 per annum. 

The Central Credit Union reports that the residential housing market in BC continues to improve and looks forward to a balanced but growing market through 2020. This report mirrors similar ones offered by various real estate boards, and CMHC of late. The activity is being stimulated by continued pressure on the demand side, lower prices generally, and low interest rates. It is important to note that an increase in supply is crucial to stabilize  and avoiding accelerated inflation in prices.

This article in the Financial Post discusses the growing influence in proptech as a prospective "disruptor" in the building industry. This term includes software, AI, innovative materials and techniques, automation, 3D printing and other innovations being considered in Europe, North America, and other jurisdictions to address labour shortages, environmental issues, and affordability. 
HAVAN Events 


Upcoming member events and notices
are included in  RenĂ©e's weekly update . Remember, your employees can help to leverage your membership too. Share this weekly update with your staff - they receive member rates at all our events and education sessions.



In partnership with FortisBC, HAVAN is excited to announce a huge value-added opportunity to the winner of the FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction category -- a marketing package valued at $5000 to promote your brand and winning work!  
What do you need to enter this category?  The FortisBC Award for Excellence in New Residential Construction recognizes a new home/project/community that integrates strategies and technologies that contribute to efficient use of energy, reduction of overall energy consumption and utilizes natural gas. All the details are available in the Call for Entries package.  To win, you must enter

J oin us on Thursday,  January 16 , as we watch the Vancouver Canucks take on the Arizona Predators from the exclusive Rogers Suite at Rogers Arena.

For just $59 (tax included, plus a beer on us too), you can cheer on our team from a limited suite! Tickets and rate reserved exclusively for HAVAN Members and their guests only. Option to purchase food is available. We have a limited number of tickets! BOOK NOW!

On February 5, 2020, HAVAN's premier Legends of Housing evening will take place from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Delta Hotel in Burnaby.  Featuring a panel of the construction industry's top influencers who have helped shape the Metro Vancouver housing market, the Legends will share their personal histories, experiences navigating this changing market, and offer predictions on the future of the industry. This event sold out the past two years, which more than 250 people in attendance. 

Two Legends have already been confirmed: Neil Chrystal, President and CEO of Polygon Homes, and Shayne Ramsay, CEO of BC Housing, with the third to be confirmed shortly.  Tickets to the event will go on sale later this week.
Thanks to our distinguished sponsors: Presenting sponsor FortisBC, Patron sponsor BC Housing, Legends Sponsors Federated Insurance and RBC Royal Bank, Legends Gallery Sponsor National Home Warranty - Aviva, Wine Sponsor Trail Appliances, and Communications Sponsor Preston Mobility.  

Only a few sponsorship opportunities remain -- contact Wendy@havan.ca to reserve yours today.

Recipes for Home Buying Success with Alabaster Homes
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Check out Yosh Kasahara of Alabaster Homes  sharing home buying tips.
We'll be producing a series of videos like this to promote HAVAN and our award-winning members (another reason to participate in the awards program!), to build brand trust, and connect consumers with HAVAN's online directory, for the benefit of all members. Videos are supported with social campaigns and will be running over the course of the coming year. Be sure to follow HAVAN on YouTube.


Update your company profile on HAVAN's Find a Professional online directory. HAVAN.ca's domain authority ranked at 61 is considered excellent by industry standards (average 40-50). Connecting with HAVAN is an opportunity to improve your website's Google ranking. You'll be in good shape for the Contact 2020 Directory too!

Did you know the Contact 2019 Directory sold out (we are six copies in the office!) The circulation is being increased to 13,000, (up from 9,000) with distributing via trade and home shows in 2020. Who said print was dead?!! 

Advertising rates and deadline (December 15th) contact Harry to book your ad today! harryvh@blackpress.ca

HAVAN member spotlights place the focus on you, our members! A casual and friendly way to share a little bit about you, your work and your life, it's a great way to connect, in a friendly, transparent way! Check out Laurel James, Lead Designer and Co-owner of Novell Design Build, and HAVAN's Chair of the Women's Council. Content is shared via HAVAN's blog post, and on our social channels! 
Content is king - fill out your spotlight survey today, then send Vanessa@havan.ca 4-5 pictures! We'll send you a proof before publishing. 

HAVAN Education 

IN-CLASSROOM COURSES: Member Rates apply to your staff too!
Stay up-to-date on the latest course offerings by reading your   HAVAN Education Update , delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

Event Date: Tuesday, December 3
Showtime: 8am - 5pm
Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey
Presented by FortisBC's BUILT BETTER program, HAVAN and CHBA Fraser Valley are co-presenting the second full-day session of a four-part series featuring Hamid Heidarali of Hamid Design Build. Team learning is the key to better building.  Reserve your seats early

Thursday,  December 5, 9am - noon. Online or in person. 


JAN 16 & 17, 2020, 8 am - 3:30 pm, Location TBD. Topics will include High Performance Wall Systems, Heat Pump System Best Practices, Costing High Performance Housing, and the Integrated Design Process. Details to come in December

View complete list of HAVAN in-class and online courses .

Member News & HAVAN Heroes

Got News? 
Take advantage of our audience and leverage your membership via HAVAN's channels. We're always on the lookout to highlight members connecting with and supporting the communities where you build. In our eyes, you are real HAVAN Heroes. Send your press releases to dawn@havan.ca and we'll help share, tweet and re-purpose your news. @HAVANofficial

Affinity Partner Preston Mobility is pleased to announce a New Wireless Offer Exclusive to Employees of HAVAN (CHBA) Member Companies. Save up to 30% on your personal wireless and add up to 5 lines to include family members. Several plans to choose from, and you can keep your existing number. This Exclusive Employee Purchase Plan (EPP) is not available to the general public or at any Bell store. Another great benefit to be a HAVAN / CHBA Member!
For more information or to talk to one of our EPP Ambassadors visit www.prestonmobility.com/plans/HAVAN


PUNTA CANA   Jan 6 -13, 2020 
Last check was $1755 pp. All Inclusive includes flight. Call for quote price and availability change daily. Student fee additional for person taking the course.  DETAILS
Committee News

For a complete list of committees, and contacts, click  here.

MARKETING COMMITTEE: Thursday, December 6th, 8:30a - 10:30a @ Caesarstone Canada 5555 Trapp Avenue, Burnaby. Contact: Dawn@havan.ca

E&T COMMITTEE: Wednesday, December 11th, 8:30am - 10:30am @ HAVAN. Contact Wendy@havan.ca

GOLF COMMITTEE: Wednesday, December 11th, noon - 2pm - Putting around ideas to drive home another ace in the hole in 2020! Contact: Dawn@havan.ca

U40 COMMITTEE: Thursday, December 12th, 8:15am - 10:00am, Ensuite Burnaby. Contact Vanessa@havan.ca

RENO COUNCIL: No meeting in December, next meeting Tuesday, January 28th, 5:30pm, Joey Burnaby. Meeting reserved for renovation owner/operators only. Contact: Sonali@havan.ca

SUPPLIERS' COUNCIL/MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE : Suppliers' Council and Membership Committee are gathering @ Sammy J's Coquitlam on December 11th from 4p -8p for some holiday cheer!  Register  to help us accommodate numbers. Free event. Separate tabs. Contact Renee@havan.ca

For a complete list of upcoming committee meetings, please refer to the Sunday Connections email.