In the span of two months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the construction industry in North America, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes. As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, they will face an industry that has been drastically changed by both public health and economic effects of the pandemic. Here are eight ways that COVID-19 has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond.
The BC Construction Association provided the following updates on April 22: Health Minister Adrian Dix thanked the industry and recognized Construction Month during the April 22 COVID-19 briefing, acknowledging the thousands of skilled tradespeople across BC working on critical infrastructure, and the significant adjustments that worksites have made to keep workers safe while continuing to operate as an essential service.
Coastal Custom Homes is one of the first builders in the Comox Valley to include solar panels on one of their homes for sale. This company is ahead of the curve by providing innovative, creative, cost-effective solutions, incorporating leading-edge technologies according to the BC Energy Step Code. The solar panels are installed on the roof of this home and are designed to take advantage of the sun passing overhead. This energy system will provide ongoing cost savings throughout the life of this home as it will be generating its own electricity. Also, research has shown that a professional solar panel…
The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has released their first quarter report for building permits on Vancouver Island and Powell River. Total building permits issued in the region during the first quarter of 2019 totalled $610.0 million, up 26 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2018. Building permits were higher in most regional districts except in Alberni-Clayoquot and the Comox Valley. Large gains over the prior quarter occurred in the Nanaimo and Strathcona Regional districts.
Custom builder Integra Homes has been building new homes in the Comox Valley for more than 30 years. They have recently opened a new show home and started construction in two new subdivisions, Cambridge Park Estates and THE RISE in the Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community in Courtenay, BC Integra Homes has reserved 10 residential lots with mountain and forest views in Cambridge Park Estates within the Crown Isle community. They are accepting reservations for building new custom homes in this new neighbourhood.
New homes at The Gales are built to the BuiltGreen Platinum level. This is the highest level of BuiltGreen certification and provides a number of benefits to home owners.