Builders' Manual

This is the definitive guide for home building in Canada

For those who need to know how to build homes in one of the toughest climates on earth, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Builders’ Manual is the most authoritative guide you will find for building superior energy-efficient housing.

This newly expanded and updated edition, based on the building techniques proven by R-2000, offers over 400 pages of concise information and easy-to-follow illustrations.

What people say about this book

“This new edition of the CHBA Builders’ Manual is a must have for every “green” home builder. Totally updated, and building on the experience of R-2000, this valuable resource contains an expanded section on renewable energy and a brand new section on home automation.”
- Richard Lind, R-2000 Builder

“I have used the CHBA Builders’ Manual in my “Building Science and the Environment” course at George Brown College. …my students have benefited not only from the valuable information presented there, but also from the way in which it is presented.”
- Allan Ross, Professor, George Brown College

"For a training organization like EnerQuality, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Builders’ Manual is an invaluable resource. I especially like the section on “Environmental Housing.” The CHBA has done the industry a great service by assembling this rigorous and informative publication. Well done!"
- Corey McBurney, President, EnerQuality Corporation

About the Canadian Home Builders’ Association


Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has been the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada.

Canada is an acknowledged world leader in residential construction, and Canadians are considered among the best-housed people in the world. We are widely recognized for our technological “know-how,” highly regarded for our innovative spirit and well respected for the quality of the homes we build.

Who should buy this book?

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Builders’ Manual is not an introductory book on home construction. This is a guide for people who want to go beyond the basics, to gain an in-depth understanding of the building science and the "house as a system" approach and apply that knowledge to build or renovate homes.

The book is written for:

  • New home builders
  • Renovators
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Trade contractors
  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Government officials
  • Building product and hardware retailers
  • Educators and students in building-related courses
  • Consumers planning to build homes