8 Ways Covid-19 is Changing the Construction Industry in North America

Posted on May 25, 2020

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.

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BC Construction Association Updates With the Latest on COVID-19 Protocols

Posted on Apr 23, 2020

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.

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Solar Panels on New Rancher in the Comox Valley

Posted on Oct 22, 2019

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 installation will increase the value of the home by 4-5%.

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Building Permit Values Up on Vancouver Island

Posted on Jun 7, 2019

Vancouver Island Construction Association

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. 

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The Gales in Ladysmith Adding Two New Patio Homes

Posted on May 30, 2019

The Gales in Ladysmith now has two new patio homes with walk-out basements under construction (Unit #20 and #21). These new homes continue the established tradition of excellence in this ocean view development, built by award-winning GNB Builders.

New homes at The Gales are built to Built Green Platinum standard, ensuring homes that hold their value, offer cost efficiency and high environmental standards. Built Green Platinum homes offer lower monthly operating costs thanks to things like energy efficient appliances, furnaces, windows and insulation. Water efficiency is achieved through plumbing and landscaping choices. Air inside the homes is cleaner with fewer allergens, and more comfortable with fewer drafts and more consistent temperatures.

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Custom Builder Integra Homes Opens New Show Home in Courtenay’s Crown Isle Community

Posted on May 9, 2019

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.

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