CHBA and The Environment

CHBA Policy Positions

(2013-05-25) The CHBA’s Environmental Agenda: A Review and Status Report

(2010-03-03) CHBA Policy Position on Construction and Demolition Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility

(2008-05-22) CHBA's Position on Environmental or "Green" Labeling Initiatives – Memo to All CHBA Members

(2008-04-04) Guidelines for the Development of Environmentally Responsible Communities

(2008-02-22) Addressing the Environmental Agenda: A Discussion Paper on Strategic Options for the CHBA

(2008-02-22) CHBA's Environmental Agenda – Memo to All CHBA Members

(2007-10-26) Vision Action Committee Recommendations Approved by the Board of Directors 

(2007-02-23) Guidelines for New Home Builder, Renovator and Developer Members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association to the Development of Environmentally Responsible Housing

(2007-02-23) CHBA Position on the Environment

(2007-02-23) CHBA Vision Action Plan

(2006-02-24) CHBA Member Builder's Statement of Business Values and Commitments

(2002-06-27) Memorandum from President Greg Christenson, regarding CHBA Comments on Canada's Contribution to Addressing Climate Change

(2002-05-01) CHBA's Position on the New Federal Discussion Paper: Canada's Contribution to Addressing Climate Change (notes for use by CHBA Provincial Representatives)

(2001-01-01) CHBA's Position on Residential Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (notes for use by CHBA provincial representatives)

(1995-06-14) CHBA Memorandum regarding Energy Code – Red Alert

 

CHBA Reports

(2012-05-01) Recognizing the Residential Sector's Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Reduction

(2012-05) Recognizing Success  - Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance in Canadian Homes, 1990 -2010 Report Highlights

(2012-05) Water use efficiency and conservation: a discussion of the impact on new home building in Canada

(2011-01-31) New Home Energy Efficient and ‘Green’ Labels - Potential CHBA Assessment Criteria

(2010-11) Encouraging Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes: CHBA Task Group Synthesis Report 

(2010-10) A Builder's Guide to Green Product Claims

(2010-11) Green New Home Labels - a discussion

(2010-10) Integrated Community Energy Solutions and the Residential Construction Industry

(2010-10) Built Green Canada and the Built Green™ Program - Briefing Note on Current Status and Developments

(2010-10) EnerQuality Corporation - Briefing Note on Current Status and Developments

(2010-04-19) CHBA Comments on Industry Canada's draft Technology Roadmap in Sustainable Housing

(2010-03-19) Moving Towards Extended Producer Responsibility - a Guide/Toolkit to Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility

(2010-03-15) Highlights of the "Waste Management and ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ Regulations in the Residential Construction Industry - A Scoping Report"

(2010-03-15) Waste Management and ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ Regulations in the Residential Construction Industry - A Scoping Report

(2009-12-01) Development of a New EnerGuide Rating System - Questions and Considerations

(2009-12-01) CHBA Background Paper on Cap and Trade

(2009-09-10) CHBA Builder Information Bulletin – WaterSense

(2009-07-30) Review of Federal and Provincial/Territorial Government Grant and Incentive Programs for Homes Renovations to Increase Energy Efficiency

(2009-07) Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission Performance of the Canadian Housing Industry 1990 - 2006

(2009-07-14) LEED® Canada Homes and Provincial Energy Requirements

(2008) Homeowners' Guide to Green Renovations

(2008-08-21) Liability Related to Green Home Labeling and Rating Initiatives - Memo to All CHBA Members

(2008-08-21) Liability Exposure in Green Labeling

(2008-08-21) EnerGuide’s Contractual Exposure

(2008-07-18) Our Environmental Success Story - Memo to All CHBA Members

(2008-07-17) Discussion Paper - About Embodied Energy, Operational Energy and Life Cycle Analysis of Housing

(2008-07-15) Mandatory Energy Rating of Homes

(2008-07-09) Briefing Notes on CSA PLUS 14021, Environmental Claims: A Guide for Industry and Advertisers

(2008-07-08) Briefing Note on Changes to EnerGuide Rating System (ERS)

(2008-07-06) Provincially-Led Green Initiatives: A Case Study

(2008-06-06)  “Beyond Code” Municipal Environmental Regulation in Construction

(2008-06-06) Green Regulation and Builder Risk– Memo to All CHBA Members

(2008-03-01) Green Liability Issues and Builder Risk Management– Memo to All CHBA Members

(2008-02-28) Background Materials on Liability and “Green Buildings”

(2008-02) Sustainable Forest Management and USGBC-LEED®

(2008-01) Where Does the Home Building Industry Sit Today?

(2007-12) An Assessment of EnerGuide as a Requirement for New Homes - Further Elaboration

(2007-11) An Assessment of EnerGuide as a Requirement for New Homes

(2007-11) LEED - An Assessment

(2007-06) Adopting EnerGuide 80 as a Code Compliance Requirement for New Homes

(2007-05-15) Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes Presentation Notes

(2007-02-01) Guidelines for New Home Builder, Renovator and Developer Members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association to Contribute to the Development of Environmentally Responsible Housing

(2007-01-24) The Building Energy Code Collaborative and trends which may influence energy efficiency codes and standards in housing

(2005-03-01) Paper on Sustainable Forest Management and USGBC-LEED

(2004-11-10) Summaries of Energy Efficient Housing Programs in Canada

(2004-09-07) Letter to Jim Robar, Director, Technical Research, CMHC, from Donald Johnston, Director, Technology and Policy, CHBA, regarding Green Building System

(2002-10) Briefing Note: New Environmental Organization

(2001) Canada’s Home Building Industry - Building A Greener Future (circa 2001)

(1998-10-01) Review Comments: Residential Sector Climate Change Foundation Paper - Draft Version - CHBA

(1996-10) Impediments to Energy Investment in the Residential Sector: the Need for Tax and Regulatory Reform - Discussion Paper

(1996-01) Memorandum of Understanding between the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada on Climate Change Voluntary Actions

(1994-10) The Canadian Housing Industry's View of the National Action Program on Climate Change

(1991-01) The Canadian Housing Industry and the Environment

(1990~1991) Energy and Environment Initaitives for the Canadian Housing Industry

(1983-11) The Opinions of Canadian Home Builders on Future Home Building and Residential Energy Efficiency

 

Government Reports

(2011-05-18) "Business Resilience in a Changing Climate" - National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NTREE) Scoping Meeting - Climate Adaptation - The Perspective and Priorities of the Residential Construction Industry

(2011-01-28) Update of Practices for Sustainable Communities: Summary of Reflections to Date – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

(2011-01-28) Comments/Suggestions on “Update of Practices for Sustainable Communities: Summary of Reflections to Date” - Canadian Home Builders' Association

(2010-12-14) Update of Practices for Sustainable Communities – Memo from David Foster, Director of Environmental Affairs, to John Kenward, Chief Operating Officer

(2002-12-03) Mitigating Housing Losses in Extreme Natural Events, a workshop hosted by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction - CMHC

(2000-07-01) Implementing Sustainable Community Development: Charting a Federal Role For The 21st Century

(1998) Your Living Home: A Consumer Education and Action Program

(1996-10-04) Minister's Advisory Group on Contaminated Site Liability – Draft Agenda for Meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan

(1992-03) CMHC Activities which Address Environmental Concerns

A Discussion Paper, Canada's Contribution to Addressing Climate Change

 

CHBA Statements

(2008-04-05) New CHBA President makes environment his top priority - CHBA Press Release

(2007-2008) Home Builder Magazine - President's Message (July 2007, September 2007, November 2007, January 2008, March 2008, May 2008)

(2007) The National (June 2007, October 2007, December 2007, May 2008)

(2007-05-14) Notes for John Kenward's Presentation to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes

(2000-10-27) Red Alert - Climate Change Strategy

(2000-10-10) Red Alert on Climate Change Action Plan

(1995-06-01) Contaminated Lands – CHBA Briefing Note

(1993-06) "Energy and the Environment - A Builders' Perspective" - Address by CHBA President Bill Strain to the Innovative Housing '93 Conference

 

CHBA Correspondence and Representations

Government

(2011-04-21) Letter to the Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister, Natural Resources Canada, from Vince Laberge, President, CHBA, regarding researching the range of financing 'tools' that could facilitate investment in securing greater energy performance at the house, neighbourhood and community level

(2011-03-23) Letter to Kevin Lee, Director, Housing Division, Natural Resources Canada, from COO John Kenward, regarding performance path compliance

(2011-03-09) Letter to Kevin Lee, Director, Housing Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCan, from John Kenward, COO, regarding feedback on 'Next Generation' ERS

(2011-01-25) Letter from Chris Fillingham, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, to John Kenward, COO, regarding residential fire sprinklers

(2010-05-10) Letter from James Glouchkow, Housing Team Leader, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, to CHBA President Victor Fiume, regarding CHBA's support of the Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) Initiative

(2010-04-29) Victor Fiume's Speaking Notes to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources

(2010-03-19) Letter to The Honourable Charlene Johnson, President, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, from CHBA President Victor Fiume, regarding Construction and Demolition Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility

(2010-03-01) Letter to the Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resouces, from CHBA President Victor Fiume, regarding the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program

(2010-01-08) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, regarding residential care facilities

(2009-10-13) Letter to the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, from CHBA President Gary Friend, regarding Integrated Community Energy Solutions

(2009-09-15) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, regarding follow-up points discussed during the recent CCBFC Executive Committee meeting

(2009-08-06) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, regarding issues on concern to the CHBA pending the next CCBFC Executive Committee meeting

(2009-07-16) Letter from the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, regarding the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program

(2008-12-08) Letter from the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, to CHBA President John Hrynkow, regarding the EnerGuide Rating System

(2008-08-12)Letter from the Hon. Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, to CHBA President John Hrynkow, regarding changes to the HOT2000 software and its impact on the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS)

(2008-07-16) Letter from CHBA President John Hrynkow to Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, regarding changes to the HOT2000 software and its impact on the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS)

(2008-04-14) Letter from the honourable Gary Lunn, Minister, Natural Resources Canada, to Richard Lind, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding assessment of the current energy performance of Canadian housing

(2008-03-10) Letter from Bob Bowen, Director General, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council, to John Kenward, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding a labelling program for community developments

(2008-03-06) Letter from Richard Lind, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister, Natural Resources Canada, regarding assessment of the current energy performance of Canadian housing

(2008-01-30) Letter from Doug Stewart, Vice President, Policy and Planning, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to John Kenward, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding best practice guides for environmentally responsible communities

(2007-11-12) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from John Kenward, COO, requesting an opportunity to address the CCBFC Executive

(2007-07-06) Letter from Bob Bowen, Director General, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council, to CHBA President Richard Lind , regarding the role of regulation in the housing sector

(2007-04-24) Letter from Richard Lind, President of the Canadian Home Builders' Association, to Bob Bowen, Director General, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council, regarding regulation

(2007-04-18) Letter from Richard Lind, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, regarding new objectives for the model National Building Code

(2005-10-18) Letter from Doug Stewart, Vice-President, Policy and Planning Sector, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to John Kenward, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding an environmental performance review of residential development in Canada 

(2005-07-29) Letter from The Hon. Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, to David Wassmansdorf, President, CHBA, regarding promoting energy-efficient housing

(2005-07-11) Letter from John Kenward, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Doug Stewart, Vice-President, Policy and Planning Sector, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, regarding a environmental performance review of residential development in Canada

(2004-09-07) Letter from Don Johnston, Senior Director, Technology and Policy, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Jim Robar, Director, Technical Research, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, regarding Green Building Systems

(2000-10-10) Letter to The Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, from CHBA President Ken Sawatsky, regarding the Government of Canada's Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change

(2000-01-06) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from COO John Kenward, regarding core objectives of the National Building Code

(1999-12-22) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from COO John Kenward, regarding the document "Preparations for Public Consultation on Objectives of the National Building Code"

(1999-12-08) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from COO John Kenward, regarding the development of fire performance requirements

(1999-04-13) Letter to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Natural Resources, from CHBA President Garnet Kindvater, regarding the work of the Building Tables on Climate Change

(1998-12-16) Letter to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Natural Resources, from CHBA President Lewis Nakatsui, regarding the National Secretariat on Climate Change

(1998-09-08) Letter to Doug Stewart, Vice President, Strategy, CMHC, from John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding the need for research on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

(1998-05-06) Letter to Jacques Lyrette, Vice President, Technology and Industry Support, National Research Council, from CHBA President Bob McLaughlin, regarding the CHBA's report "IRAP and the CHBA - Building an Effective Framework for Technological Innovation in the Residential Construction Industry"

(1998-01-13) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from COO John Kenward, regarding the role of the Joint CCBFC/Provincial/Territorial Committee on Building Standards Task Group in code development

(1997-12-12) Letter to Jacques Lyrette, Vice President, Technology and Industry Support, National Research Council, from CHBA President Bob McLaughlin, regarding the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Research in Construction

(1997-09-19) Letter to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, from COO John Kenward, regarding the role of the Provincial/Territorial Committee on Building Standards in code development

(1996-12-13) Letter from Nicholas Marty, Director Demand Policy and Analysis Division Energy Efficiency Branch, NRCan, to Robert Sloat, Director of Technical Research, CHBA

(1996-11-25) Letter from Nicholas Marty, Director, Demand Policy and Analysis Division, NRCan, to Robert Sloat, Director of Technical Research, CHBA, regarding consultations on tax and other options to improve the treatment of energy efficiency investments and investments providing heating and cooling from renewable energy sources

(1996-08-26) Letter from Bill Jarvis, Director General, Energy Efficiency Branch, NRCan, and Paul Berg-Dick, Director, Business Income Tax Division, Finance Canada, to John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding consultations on tax and other options to improve the treatment of energy efficiency investments and investments providing heating and cooling from renewable energy sources

(1996-07-25) Letter from the Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Natural Resources, to CHBA President Jerry Roehr, regarding building codes and voluntary measures to help improve energy efficiency in the housing sector

(1995-07-10) Letter from the Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, to Bruce Clemmensen, President, CHBA, regarding the National Action Program on Climate Change

(1996-05-28) Letter to the Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Natural Resources, from CHBA President Jerry Roehr, regarding building codes and voluntary measures to help improve energy efficiency in the housing sector

(1995-05-03) Letter to the Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, from Bruce Clemmensen, President, CHBA, regarding the National Action Program on Climate Change

(1995-05-01) Letter from the Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Natural Resources, to CHBA President Ted Bryk, regarding the progress in developing the Memorandum of Understanding on climate change between Natural Resources Canada and Canadian Home Builders' Association

(1991-08-08) Letter from Douglas Stewart for Robert Lajoie, Senior Vice-President, Policy, Research and Communications, CMHC, to John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding documents being published by CMHC with respect to energy efficiency, sustainable development and the environment that do not make reference to R-2000

 (1991-07-03) Letter from Robert Lajoie, Senior Vice-President, Policy, Research and Communications, CMHC, to John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding CMHC’s "Healthy Housing Design Competition"

(1991-01-11) Letter to the Hon. Alan Redway, Minister of State (Housing), from Gord Thompson, President, CHBA, regarding New Homes Month

 (1990-01-19) Letter from J.M. Trowbridge, Manager, Association Relations, CMHC, to John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding CMHC Activities Addressing Environmental Concerns

(1987-06-14) Summary of Proceedings: A Multiple Energy Future: Issues and Challenges - Sponsored by Energy Options and Canadian Energy Research Institute

(1987-07-16) Letter from Douglas Patriquin for the Secretary General of Energy Options Conference, to John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding Energy Options Conferences

 

Non-Government

(2008-12-22) Letter from John Hrynkow to Diana Osler Zortea, President of BOMA Canada, regarding Green Globes

(2008-06-06) Letter from John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council, regarding communications with CHBA members on the topic of green building initiatives, including the LEED® Rating System

(2008-06-02) Letter from Thomas Mueller President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council, to John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding communications by the CHBA concerning the LEED® Rating System and the Canada Green Building Council

 (1999-08-09) Letter to Robert A. Flemington, President, Voluntary Challenge and Registry Inc., from John Kenward, COO, CHBA, regarding CHBA's submission to the VCR Inc. Registry on greenhouse gas emissions generated by the residential sector

Internal

(2008-07-02) Letter from John Hrynkow, CHBA President, to Derek Satnik, Mindscape Innovations, regarding CHBA’s Position on Environmental or "Green" Labeling Initiatives

(2008-06-17) Letter from Derek Satnik, Mindscape Innovations, to John Hrynkow, CHBA President, regarding CHBA’s Position on Environmental or "Green" Labeling Initiatives

(2008-06-09) Memo from John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to the CHBA National Board of Directors, Local HBA Presidents and Executive Officers, and Provincial HBA Executive Officers, regarding member involvement in green labeling initiatives and Correspondence between the CHBA and the Canada Green Building Council

(2008-06-08) Memo from John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Provincial Association Presidents, regarding the Need for Provincial Action in Response to Changes to EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) Software

(2008-06-06) Letter from John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Peter Williams, President of the Brantford Home Builders’ Association, regarding changes to the EnerGuide Rating System

(2008-04-16) Letter from Peter Williams, President of the Brantford Home Builders’ Association, to John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding changes to the EnerGuide Rating System

(2008-03-13) Letter from John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, to Scott Reid, Vice President, Residential Construction, Reid's Heritage Homes Ltd, regarding CHBA's Red Alert of March 11, 2008

(2008-03-13) Letter from Scott Reid, Vice President, Residential Construction, Reid's Heritage Homes Ltd, to John Hrynkow, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, regarding CHBA's Red Alert of March 11, 2008

(2006-08-01) Briefing Note: Reducing Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Existing Housing Sector

(2005-05-01) CHBA's Position on the New Federal Discussion Paper: Canada's Contribution to Addressing Climate Change (notes for use by CHBA Provincial Representatives)

(2002-06-27) Memorandum from CHBA President Greg Christenson, to Provincial HBA Presidents and Executive Officers and the CHBA National Board of Directors, regarding CHBA's comments on Canada's contribution to addressing climate change

(2002-06-27) CHBA Memorandum regarding CHBA's Comments on Canada's Contribution to Addressing Climate Change

(2001-01) CHBA's Position on Residential Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (notes for use by CHBA provincial representatives)

(2000-05-15) Memorandum re: Climate Change - National Stakeholder Sessions from Don Johnston, Senior Director Technology and Policy, CHBA, to Provincial Council Executive Officers

(2000-05-25) Memorandum re: Climate Change - RED ALERT from John Kenward, COO, to Members of the CHBA Executive Board, Provincial Council Presidents and Executive Officers

(1998-04-17) CHBA Memorandum regarding Energuide for Houses

 (1991-03-01) CHBA Technical Briefing Note on House Construction

 

Other

(2012-06-01) Telling the Weather Story - Prepared by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction for the Insurance Bureau of Canada

(2006-10-10) Three Little Pigs Project: A new facility at the University of Western Ontario leads the way in making housing hurricane-proof - Canadian Builder

(2005) “LEED is Broken...Let's Fix It” by Auden Schendler and Randy Udall

(1999-11-15) Buildings Table Options Report - Residential Sector - Marbek Resource Consultants

LEED - An Assessment