Resources to Prepare Businesses for a Second Wave

As more businesses re-open in the fall and cooler temperatures keep people indoors, infectious disease experts warn that Canada will likely see a second wave of COVID-19. This could put additional stress on businesses which were hard hit during the first wave of the pandemic. That’s why it’s critical to prepare now, should new restrictions…

Details

Proper Worksite Policies Help Avoid Hazards

Every construction project comes with its own set of risks – from fire and water damage to equipment theft, slips and falls, cyber attacks and even infection control. These risks not only vary in size and complexity but can also evolve over the course of a project. That’s why having proper worksite policies and procedures…

Details

Improve Sales with Psychometric Testing

In the Post Covid-19 environment, do you know what core behavioral competencies are required for your team members to succeed in your “New Normal” working environment? You can have excellent management skills and be able to mentor or coach excellent sales strategies and techniques, but it is meaningless if you don’t have the people you…

Details

GALA Home Edition: Best Dressed Competition

We can’t wait to reveal the winners of the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence and we know you are excited too! A highly anticipated evening, the Gala showcases the industry’s best in new home construction, renovation and design in Metro Vancouver! This year, the Gala is going to look a little different, a so…

Details

Awards Gala: Home Edition Dance Party

Bust out Your Best Dance Moves for the chance to WIN A PRIZE! HAVAN’s Online GALA Home Edition Friday, June 19th We can’t wait to reveal the winners of the 2020 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence and we know you are excited too! A highly anticipated evening, the Gala showcases the industry’s best in new…

Details

Best Practices for Operating Safely during COVID-19

May 6, 2020, the Government of BC released BC’s Restart Plan, with timelines on the re-opening of the economy and the repealing of certain COVID-19 restrictions. What the New Normal Means for Employers and Public Institutions The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) identified the risk of transmission at busy workplaces and other institutions as a direct…

Details

AVOIDING ONLINE SCAMS

Cyber threats are on the rise with COVID-19. HAVAN member Federated Insurance has prepared a list of resources to protect you and your business from phishing scams including outlining how VPNs can help businesses keep remote employees secure, and tips on selecting a safe video conferencing platform and securing webcams. Item Description What is phishing…

Details

Shop@Home initiative offers consumers free samples & advice.

TORLYS Introduces “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” Program “Shop@Home” initiative offers consumers free samples & advice from the comforts of home. TORLYS, a global flooring company specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring solutions has launched the “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” program, aimed at offering consumers flooring options from around the world that can be easily purchased locally and…

Details

HAVAN Awards for housing excellence – Finalist showcase 2020

  Photo: Martin Knowles Photo/Media Builder: Novak Contracting & Construction Ltd. Project: Outside In Location: Surrey Project Finalist: Custom Home:$2 million to under $3 million; Best Space: New Construction, Best Special Feature, New or Renovated (2); Best New Kitchen: $50,000-99,999; and Best Master Suite:New or Renovated Open to the stars above, this fully enclosed, two-storey interior courtyard, with automated…

Details

Global Passive House Happy Hour

  Dear Passive House enthusiast; This is social distancing at its finest! This weekly event enables our Passive House community to come together to continue to share all the great work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. The Global Passive House Happy Hour will happen again this Wednesday May 6 at 4pm Vancouver, with participants joining…

Details

Home Office Design Guide

  These unprecedented times are filled with anxiety and stress, yet they present us with a unique opportunity that is worth noticing. We are now seeing more and more people following the public health recommendations of physical isolation and working from home – which is great as we want to make sure that we keep…

Details

COVID-19: Making sense of federal resources

During COVID-19, the Federal Government is offering business resources to help keep employees working with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and businesses operational with access to credit, deferred tax payments, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit etc. Some resources preclude others, and not every resource will fit your business model. Understanding the offers, who it…

Details

Business Continuity Planning & COVID-19

  Federated Insurance is sharing resources to help members during COVID-19, including business continuity planning guides, checklists plus signage to ensure you and your business are protected. In order to develop an appropriate business continuity plan, you’ll need to know the risks your business is facing. You may not be able to prepare for each…

Details

Bounce Back Surrey with Minuteman Press

  Bounce Back Surrey, an initiative created by Minuteman Press, offers two free services to help support neighbouring businesses as we find a way to work together through these unprecedented times. First, Minuteman Press will be distributing a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to any business in their service area. Second, they are…

Details

A Few Good Lads Clean Sites for Peace of Mind

  A Few Good Lads have undertaken COVID-19 cleaning services to ensure job sites can stay operational and running as smoothly as possible. Offering their current client base this service since the outbreak hit the Lower Mainland, they would now like to extend the same service to other HAVAN members, as the system has been…

Details

EMOTIONAL WELL BEING AND COVID-19

  As we head into the Easter long weekend, many people will be facing what is typically a weekend spent with loved ones and family, alone. Faced with unprecedented times, many of us may be facing our fears and worry alone, adding to the anxiety of COVID-19. To help keep people safe, HAVAN’s Women’s Council…

Details

BCCSA: Resources & Frequently Asked Q&A During Covid-19

The BC Construction Safety Alliance BCCSA has been developing, posting, and sharing many resources around Construction and COVID-19, such as safety notices, sign downloadables, FAQs, and mental health resources. Check them out below. The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 40,000 construction companies employing over 200,000 workers. Resources…

Details

Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Team

Reposted from: by Katie MacAlister | Mar 26, 2020 | Employer Info, General News, Impact Recruitment Updates, Job Seeker Info The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and businesses across the country are responding to changing government policies by sending their employees home to work remotely – many for the first time. As a manager, your team is going to be looking to you…

Details

Credit Card Fraud Prevention

At a time when social distancing is profoundly impacting many of our businesses, the last thing any of us want is for losses to be compounded by the action of thieves. Unfortunately, it’s during these emotional and disrupted days that many criminals are at their most active. We are all more vulnerable to social engineering…

Details

ABSTRACT HOMES WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

How Abstract Homes & Renovations is preparing its construction company during Covid-19. As with any safety measures, Abstract Homes & Renovations is reminding its workers how to minimize risk on the job site. FOLLOW THE PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES First and foremost, they are limiting and restricting people working in close proximity to each other, as per…

Details

BC Design + Construction Forum

  Jamie Banfield Design has created a Facebook forum for British Columbia Design + Construction industry members. Designed to assist, educate, and create innovative, successful ways for the design industry to stay strong and vibrant, Jamie is encouraging you to register. It’s a great way to stay connected as we practice social distancing in an…

Details

FortisBC Support During COVID-19

  As businesses and government take additional steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, FortisBC has taken several steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees while maintaining service levels and responding quickly to any emergency or outage situations.   SAFETY FIRST First and foremost, we are working…

Details

Kuhn LLP: How COVID-19 Impacts Construction Contracts

Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting the construction industry in British Columbia.  But is it enough to legally justify changing or terminating your contractual obligations? Business is becoming more difficult.  Some provinces have shut down all non-essential businesses.  British Columbia may soon follow.  Even if the construction industry is exempt from being shut…

Details

Trillium Project Shares Covid-19 Operating Procedures

Trillium Projects is a Vancouver based construction and project management company.  Over the past 20-years, they have developed over one billion dollars of real estate ranging from townhomes and condominiums, to senior assisted dwellings and custom homes. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trillium Projects has instigated the following site operating procedures during an anticipated…

Details

COVID-19 Construction Site Signage

    Maintain the health and safety of your onsite workers. Post these Site Safety Signs to remind everyone of the new protocols required to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Heightened awareness and concern are increasing daily, and require clear site safety messaging. Best health and safety work site practices must be upheld to…

Details

When Time Isn’t On Your Side

A contractor may be asked to provide a homeowner with an estimated schedule for completion before a project starts. While there are always contingencies and unforeseen circumstances, projects can get delayed and extend well past expected deadlines. As was made clear in Sanwo Enterprise Ltd. v. Huang, 2018 BCSC 31, a deadline provided in an…

Details

Solutions to Help Reduce Energy Use this Winter.

REDUCE YOUR USE. On October 9, 2018, an Enbridge-owned natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured near Prince George, BC. While the pipeline has been repaired and returned to service, it is important to note that Enbridge plans to operate their transmission system at a reduced capacity for the next few months, starting at about 55 per…

Details

TO BE BLUNT: NAVIGATING CANNABIS USE IN THE WORKPLACE

Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada in two days: October 17, 2018. Adults who are 19 years of age and older will be permitted to legally possess, share, purchase and grow limited quantities of cannabis for personal use in British Columbia. This will add some level of increased complexity for employers, but in some…

Details

When Time Isn’t On Your Side

WHEN TIME ISN’T ON YOUR SIDE A contractor may be asked to provide a homeowner with an estimated schedule for completion before a project starts. While there are always contingencies and unforeseen circumstances, projects can get delayed and extend well past expected deadlines. As was made clear in Sanwo Enterprise Ltd. v. Huang, 2018 BCSC…

Details

Looking Ahead

by Scott Brown, President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. It is coming to the end of the honeymoon period for the new NDP government. I wonder if much of our industry still feels as uncertain as I do with respect to what to expect in the coming year from the government.…

Details

Under Pressure: Putting the Job Before the Agreement

Homeowners and general contractors often find themselves under various pressures to complete work and advance the project. The rushed approach that often ensues can cause parties to overlook or postpone settling essential terms with subcontractors. The recent case of Limem Forming West Ltd. v. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1485, highlights the dangers…

Details

Gimme Shelter (Staying Behind the Corporate Veil)

 Incorporating your construction business has many clear advantages, one of which is personal liability protection under the “corporate veil”. The so-called corporate veil refers to the shelter one receives in their personal capacity when their company is being sued; essentially, they are shielded from personal liability.

Details

Getting Paid and Fixing Deficiencies

It can be very frustrating when a homeowner refuses to make the final payment because of seemingly inconsequential “deficiencies”. However, the BC Supreme Court made it clear in Constructum Developments Inc. v. Hogaboam, 2015 BCSC 1490, that a homeowner may be entitled to correction of all deficiencies before they are obligated to make the final payment. In fact, a contractor’s insistence on receiving final payment before fixing final deficiencies may actually result in a repudiation of the parties’ agreement.

Details

Going Green the Smart Way

Greater demand from consumers and regulators in British Columbia for environmentally sustainable or “green” building practices suggests potential benefits for “green-contractors”. A common strategy is to adopt a labelling system that advertises compliance with defined environmental standards. Common examples of green-labels used in B.C.’s construction industry include the Energy Star label and the Built Green seals.

Details

The Big Issue with Fixed-Price Construction Contracts

For most home owners considering a renovation or new build, price is one of the most important factors in determining the scope of their project, the finishing’s to select and what contractor to choose. For contractors, providing a client with budget certainty can be a significant selling point; thus, the appeal of fixed price construction
contracts.

Details