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Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Field Testing Report

The window-to-wall interface in ICF wall systems is the most likely place to experience air and water leakage.  In this 3-phase project, four ICF window-to-wall interface assemblies are tested in the field. Learn more.

Contacting HPO

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New Owner Builder Exam Requirement

Starting July 4, 2016, anyone applying for an Owner Builder Authorization in British Columbia will need to pass a knowledge exam on home building basics. This new requirement will help owner builders expand their knowledge, improve the quality of owner-built homes and protect consumers. Learn more.

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Building Smart Webinar Presentation Now Online

If you attended our webinar about air and vapour barriers and want to review what you learned, or you didn't get a chance to participate, we've now posted a full presentation on the topic for your reference. You can also view other video presentations on our Building Smart web page. Please note that CPD points will not be granted if you did not attend the original webinar or seminar, and are now viewing it online.

Read Our Latest Regulatory Bulletin

Learn more about the level of involvement a construction professional may have in building a home under an Owner Builder Authorization by reading our latest Regulatory Bulletin. You can find a range of bulletin topics developed to help builders understand the enhanced licensing system, CPD requirements and more on our Regulatory Bulletins web page.

New Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes

This new online guide assists consumers in making informed decisions when looking to buy, design or build a high performance house. Check it out.

Updated Builder Insight Bulletins

We’ve updated two of our technical bulletins to reflect changes in building practices and emerging technical issues in residential construction: Fenestration Energy Performance and Energy Performance Requirements for the Building Enclosure. Click on Publications to view other valuable resources.

Builder Qualification Requirements Come Into Effect March 4

As of March 4, 2016 new applicants identified as general contractors who plan to construct single-family homes and small residential buildings under Part 9 of the BC Building Code are required to meet new qualification standards before a licence will be issued by the Registrar. Learn More.

New CPD Infographic

Builders, check out this new infographic to find out when you can start taking Continuing Professional Development for credit. 

Learn More About Heat Recovery Ventilation

The HPO offers a range of publications that consolidate best practices for the design, installation and maintenance of heat recovery ventilation systems.

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