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Spotlight on energy advisors in Around Town

Posted on April 15, 2021

Spotlight on energy advisors in Around Town

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Under the BC Energy Step Code, builders must engage an energy advisor (EA) or energy modeller, who will create an energy model of the proposed building and suggest ways to improve its performance. He or she will also test the home to ensure it complies with airtightness requirements.

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Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

Posted on April 14, 2021

Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Ucluelet:  Plans are underway to recommission site services for the Wyndansea Development.
  • Courtenay: Site work for the newest Crown Isle subdivision is underway. 
  • Comox: Defence Construction Canada has awarded over $5 million for 3 projects.
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Inventory Up Slightly But Still No Relief for Buyers in Around Town

Posted on April 8, 2021

Inventory Up Slightly But Still No Relief for Buyers in Around Town

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According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s (VIREB) March Statistics and Media Release, while active listings in March were higher than in February, inventory is still at a historical low.

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Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

Posted on April 7, 2021

Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Comox:  Site work on 12 acre development now underway. 
  • Powell River:  New two building, 141 unit apartment project proceeding to council for consideration.
  • Port Alberni: Phase 1 of Park Ridge project now under construction.
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April is Construction Month in BC

Posted on April 1, 2021

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At any given moment, more than $100 Billion in construction projects are underway in BC. Here on Vancouver Island, construction workers are putting the pedal to the metal to meet unprecedented market demand for new residential homes. 

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Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

Posted on March 31, 2021

Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Ucluelet: A 12 acre, 112 unit multi residential development proposed for Marine Drive.
  • Campbell River: A Development Permit application has been approved for two 6-storey apartment buildings.
  • Tofino: The Airport is moving forward with replacing a $750,000 water main. 
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BC’s Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant in Around Town

Posted on March 25, 2021

BC’s Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant in Around Town

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The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program has new program criteria.  Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available to small and medium-sized B.C. businesses impacted by COVID-19.  An additional $5,000 to $15,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses. 

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VIREB Commercial Building Awards in Around Town

Posted on March 18, 2021

VIREB Commercial Building Awards in Around Town

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Construction was brisk throughout 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) expects numerous nominations for its 14th Annual Commercial Building Awards. The awards show will be held in late April and be virtual for the second straight year.

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Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

Posted on March 17, 2021

Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Port Alberni:  52 new units in a combination of duplexes and fourplexes. Pre-sales start soon. 
  • Courtenay: Habitat for Humanity is moving forward with a 12-unit multi-family residential project. 
  • Tofino: The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation is developing a new RV campground with several mini-cabins. 
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BC Extends Rent Freeze in Around Town

Posted on March 11, 2021

BC Extends Rent Freeze in Around Town

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The B.C. government is expected to extend its COVID-19 rent freeze to the end of 2021 and amend legislation to cap future rent increases to inflation.  Rates are currently frozen until July 10 with a maximum 1.4% increase for 2021 permitted after that date.   

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