As of December 19, 2014 there is another set of changes to the BC Building Code. These are aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of new homes. While we all support the promotion of more energy efficient homes as a part of our environmental responsibility, there is a limit to what the industry can realistically absorb. The last set of changes was in 2012. Builders and suppliers have just adapted to those building practice changes, as well as the increased costs. It is too much too soon. Some of the changes make good sense, and some are downright unrealistic. It will take another year or two of seminars just to sort out what the changes all mean for builders and for the cost of new housing in BC. How about saving up all these great ideas and having a minimum of 5 years between code changes?
Here’s the link to a summary of the changes:
And here’s the link to the Canadian Home builder’s association website where you can find information about webinars to update you on the changes.