Committees and Councils
Building codes. Construction methods. Skilled labour shortages. The impact of government-imposed costs on affordability.
The list goes on and on. Our industry faces many issues, many of which have specific regional aspects. Dealing with these issues is the challenge that faces CHBA's National Committees and Councils.
Almost 300 volunteer members from across the country tackle the work of CHBA's Standing Committees and Councils. In addition, over 30 federal and provincial government departments and agencies, non-profit organizations, private research firms, warranty programs and others lend their expertise on issues affecting the residential construction industry. Committee and Council Chairs also report to CHBA's Board of Directors, helping to guide our Association's policies and actions.
About CHBA’s Board of Directors
Responsible for the overall governance of the Association, CHBA’s Board of Directors brings together volunteer leaders from across Canada. Drawn from provincial and local Home Builders’ Associations, CHBA Councils and the Association’s elected Executive, plus CHBA’s Chief Executive Officer, the Board meets three times each year to set key policies and directions at the national level.
The Board of Directors is comprised of:
- The Executive Committee
- One Representative from each of the nine provincial HBAs
- One Representative from each of the three largest local HBAs
- One Representative each from two medium-sized local HBAs (200+ members)
- One Representative each from two smaller-sized local HBAs (less than 200 members)
- One Representative each (the Chair) nominated from the Modular Construction Council, the Canadian Renovators' Council, the Executive Officers' Council, and the Urban Council
- The Chief Executive Officer
About CHBA’s Executive Committee of the Board
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors consists of seven elected leaders and up to two appointed members who meet monthly to oversee the ongoing direction of the Association on the Board’s behalf. The Executive consist of the current and past Presidents of CHBA, one First Vice President, two Second Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, CHBA’s Chief Executive Officer and up to two Presidential Appointees.
About the CRC
The Canadian Renovators’ Council (CRC) addresses the professional interests of CHBA’s renovator members, and the issues impacting their businesses. CRC is focused on continuing to add to the value of Association membership for professional renovators.
The Council’s work also includes monitoring government policies ranging from taxation and regulations to combatting the underground economy. CRC addresses technical issues relevant to home renovation in collaboration with CHBA’s Technical Research Committee, such as building codes and standards; and on professional development and recognition for renovation professionals.
CRC also leads the RenoMark™ program which is focused on promoting professional renovators who offer a superior level of service.
CRC is comprised of a Management Committee made up of provincial HBA representatives plus a representative of the RenoMark program. The full CRC includes additional representation from various government agencies and the building materials retail sector.
CRC provides policy advice to CHBA Board of Directors.
About the EOC
The Executive Officers’ Council (EOC) is made up of senior staff members from local, provincial and national levels of the Association.
While strong elected leadership must always direct the Association, it is important that the Association's affairs are managed by competent and professional Executive Officers who also form a key element of the leadership of the Association. The EOC provides an important resource for supporting the professional development of Association staff.
The EOC’s areas of focus include supporting continuous improvement in the administration and management of the Association at all levels; and enhancing co-operation and sharing of experience among Council members.
The EOC also provides advice to the CHBA Board of Directors on issues of importance, consistent with the objectives of the Association.
Membership in the EOC comprises of all senior staff within the HBA network.
About the Net Zero Energy Housing Council
CHBA’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council (NZC) supports innovation in our industry with the goal of creating a market advantage for CHBA builder and renovator members pursuing Net Zero Energy performance. The Council's work will help to meet the housing aspirations of Canadians, and renew Canadian leadership in high performance housing.
In alignment with the CHBA Strategic Priority to Advance Innovation, the mandate of this self-funding ad-hoc Council is to deliver services that will support members’ voluntary adoption of Net Zero Energy (NZE) housing.
The NZC will:
- gather intelligence on member and consumer needs to inform priorities and influence strategic advancements
- build awareness and knowledge through the consolidation and sharing of information utilizing a variety of channels and forums, and
- implement activities to identify barriers, find solutions, transfer knowledge, inform policy, accelerate action and increase efficiencies.
About the TRC
CHBA’s Technical Research Committee (TRC) is the Association’s forum for all things related to building code, standards and regulations affecting how homes are constructed. TRC monitors and provides industry input into code and standard development.
TRC also works to identify technical problems being experienced by the industry, to achieve consensus on their priority, to mobilize private and public R&D resources to resolve these problems and to communicate solutions to members.
TRC is comprised of a Management Committee made up of provincial HBA representatives, and forum members representing more than 30 organizations including government research agencies, codes and standards organizations, allied industry associations, colleges, university research networks, home warranty providers and members at large.
TRC’s Management Committee provides policy advice to CHBA Board of Directors.
About the Urban Council
CHBA’s Urban Council is focused on issues that affect how our communities grow and develop. These include municipal infrastructure investment; new home taxes, fees, levies and charges; development regulations; and, the important link between residential development and community prosperity.
Comprised of representatives from CHBA’s largest local Associations plus additional regional HBA representatives, Urban Council works towards a coordinated approach to urban issues at the national, provincial and local levels.
The Urban Council provides policy advice to CHBA Board of Directors.
Not in My Backyard
This short video was provided to the CHBA Urban Council by CHBA – Newfoundland and Labrador. It illustrates one method of addressing “Not in My Backyard” attitudes in a balanced and positive way. It does not represent a CHBA National position, but may be of value to local organizations as a conversation-starter.
In 2017, members of the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute and MHICanada joined forces to create the CHBA Modular Construction Council to support the increasing role of factory-built modular construction in the building industry.
The Council’s priority activities include the following:
- monitoring and participating in the development of codes, standards and regulations*
- liaising with codes and standards officials, government and regulatory bodies, related organizations and the public*
- facilitating research to identify and prioritize technical problems and support codes and standards development
- coordinating meetings and forums and participating in other industry events to gather intelligence and provide timely information to members
- collaborating with other CHBA councils and members to best support factory-built modular as a desirable construction option
- reporting to Council members, the CHBA Board of Directors and all CHBA members
- preparing communication tools to support the Council’s priority actions
*in collaboration with the CHBA Technical Research Committee
Membership in the Modular Construction Council is open to CHBA members in good standing who are engaged in the following:
- producing buildings, modules and/or panels certified in accordance with CSA A277 as complying with applicable building regulations, CSA Z240 MH Series or CSA Z241 (PRODUCERS)
- selling and/or installing buildings, modules and/or panels certified in accordance with CSA A277 as complying with applicable building regulations, CSA Z240 MH Series or CSA Z241 (BUILDERS/RETAILERS/DEVELOPERS/COMMUNITY OPERATORS)
- supplying goods or services to the factory-built modular sector, including product and material manufacturers, transporters, financial institutions, warranty and insurance providers, associations, certification and testing agencies, researchers, architects and designers, engineers and other professionals associated with the sector (SUPPLIERS/SERVICE PROVIDERS)
Council meetings may also be attended by others with an interest in the factory-built sector, including representatives of academic institutions, educators, students, building officials, government representatives and others.
Current producer-members include the following building factories:
Moduline Homes, Penticton, British ColumbiaSRI Homes, Kelowna, British Columbia
Moduline Homes, Medicine Hat, Alberta
SRI Homes, Lethbridge, Alberta
Triple M Housing, Lethbridge, Alberta
SRI Homes, Estevan, Saskatchewan
Grandeur Housing, Winkler, Manitoba