Langley MLA helps homebuilders look ahead to the future

Former housing minister Rich Coleman among a panel who addressed the newly rebranded HAVAN.

Rich Coleman, the Langley East Liberal MLA who was once the minister of housing – among many other titles – spoke to a room of more than 250 housing developers and builders on Wednesday night in Burnaby.

It was the seventh annual Legends of Housing, and Coleman joined other “industry legends” Brian McCauley, president and CEO of Concert Properties Ltd., and Jon Stovell, president and CEO of Reliance Properties Ltd., in talking about the future of the residential construction industry in Metro Vancouver.

The event was hosted by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. And among the evening highlights, the panel spoke to a continually growing needs for available labour, as well as a necessary philosophy change in residential development that would see a shift from building single-family home to planning and constructing more affordable multi-family complexes.

Wednesday was also an opportunity, before many of the construction industry’s top influencers, to announce the association new branding – that included revealing its new name: Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN), explained CEO Bob de Wit.

The change is a sign of progress, and a reiteration to the association’s commitment to better express its goals and connect resources to consumers, while strengthening benefits to its members, de Wit elaborated.

“Our goal remains the same – to help build the homes, and shape communities where people aspire to live. Homebuilding is at the heart of what our members do. Placing an emphasis on Homebuilders makes sense,” he said.

”We’re excited for the opportunity to empower our members to better connect with consumers. Homebuilders Association Vancouver is a simple, yet strategic name change, which allows us to quickly convey a clear message across all platforms to the public,” de Wit said, noting the abbreviated acronym HAVAN is a memorable word, easily said, and one which plays off the idea of, “home as one’s haven.”

de Wit also said part of the change was spawned by what he describes as a significant shift in the media landscape, and how people search and consume data.

“While traditional media remains important, in today’s online world, it is important to be seen, and remembered across digital and social platforms,” he said.

A not-for-profit association, HAVAN is continuing its affiliated with both the provincial CHBA BC and national CHBA offices. It is comprised more than 1,100 members – developers, builders, renovators, suppliers, sub trades, and professionals, who build 65 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s homes.

“Ours is an association of knowledgeable, trusted, resourceful, and local professionals in the home construction industry. Our members have shared a commitment to building excellence since 1974. HAVAN provides both industry and consumer education, and actively liaise with local municipal governments with the focus of meeting Metro Vancouver’s housing needs,” de Wit concluded.

 

Just Posted

Gymnasts compete for spot on national team in Langley

Young and elite level gymnasts were competing at the LEC

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Township council to debate fate of empty Fort Langley buildings

A demolition permit has been sought for the boarded-up buildings

New Langley ER taking shape – hospital head

What can you expect from construction at LMH in the near future?

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

Most Read