Tag: British Columbia

The British Columbia Step Code and its Impact on Construction

The British Columbia Step Code and its Impact on Construction What is the BC Building Code? Construction in British Columbia is governed by the BC Building Code. Among other things, the BC Building Code contains a number of requirements with respect to energy performance in new construction. What is the Step Code? In April 2019,…
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Last Call For Secondary Residences in the ALR

  We’ve written a few times of the impending ALR deadlines relating to secondary residences.  As we understand it, as of December 31, 2020 the maximum size of a new secondary residence will drop from around 2200 down to about 1000 sf. If you are considering building a custom or semi-custom A277 or Z240 residence…
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Back in the ALR (You don’t know how lucky you are)

Almost one year ago today the Government of British Columbia enacted substantial changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve legislation relating to the construction of dwellings on ALR designated property, by basically eliminating the ability to have secondary dwellings on ALR property.  It sounds like, it’s all going to change, again. Through a policy intentions release…
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Modular Design Constraints and Shipping

Have you ever wondered why prefab modular homes are designed in a narrow rectangular shape? The answer revolves around one thing, being the highway. Every prefab modular home that gets built in a factory needs to be transported to its ultimate site via transport truck and that means the units need to fit the roads…
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Major Changes to the ALR

If you haven’t already heard… As of February 22, 2019, the Government of British Columbia has enacted some fairly substantial changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve legislation as it relates to the construction of dwellings on ALR designated property and we’ve had more than a few discussions with folks attempting to sort out their situation.…
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