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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Britco will be hosting a tour of their modular construction facility in Agassiz. During the tour, you’ll see the various stages of the modules they are currently building for a permanent 42-room lodge. They will explain how off-site...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) examines the residential building approval process in the metro Vancouver region. The second year of the study focused exclusively on woodframe apartment buildings. UDI is proud to partner with GVHBA, and SFU Urban Studies...
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Urban Development Institute (UDI) applauds today’s announcement by the Federal to provide $460 million over the next three years to fund transit infrastructure in British Columbia. UDI has always been a proud supporter of transit investments. More...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) is offering a 2-hour Building Smart Seminar   Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 and Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attend: Online (webinar attendees can log in at 8:00 a.m., program begins at...
Monday, April 4, 2016
The Housing Choice and Environmental Impacts Calculator is a new tool that communicates the trade-offs of different housing choices in the lower mainland of British Columbia, specifically Metro Vancouver. The calculator provides a comparative...
Friday, April 1, 2016
APRIL 1st, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Urban Development Institute Names David Allison as UDI Editor-at-Large   The Urban Development Institute Pacific Region has named Vancouver-based author and brand advisor David Allison as the UDI Editor-...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Federal Government released their 2016 budget on Tuesday, March 22. The budget highlighted the Governments’ intent to invest in Canada’s communities. As part of the Government’s Phase 1 commitments, Budget 2016 proposes initial social infrastructure...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
  Mid-Rise Construction Webinar   March 30, 2016 - 10:00  am PST (1:00 pm EST)     The Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Guide has just been released and is full of valuable information to help you and your business take...
Friday, March 18, 2016
Over 600 citizens attended a housing forum on the evening of Wednesday, March 16 hosted by MLA David Eby. It was an opportunity for people to voice their concerns about the housing market and offer opinions for how to address housing affordability in...
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
There has been recent media attention on what is being referred to as 'shadow flipping', particularly in the re-sale housing market. This is a technique used by some real estate brokers to gain extra commissions by having a property change hands multiple...
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
According to The Wealth Report 2016, Monaco remained the world's most expensive residential real estate market on a square-meter basis, with $1 million buying only 17 square meters, or 183 square feet. That means for $1 million you can get a 12-by-15-...
Friday, March 4, 2016
VANCOUVER, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Inspired and innovative designs of wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and mid-rise construction were in the spotlight tonight at the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. Included in the awards were many impressive...
Thursday, March 3, 2016
On Tuesday, March 2nd 2016 Roundhouse Radio's Don Shafer interviewed Anne McMullin (UDI President) and David Porte (UDI Chair, President of Porte Development). They covered many urban development topics including greening the urban environment, building...
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The Urban Development Institute congratulates Sadhu Johnston on being appointed Vancouver City Manager following a four month international search.Sadhu Johnston has been Acting City Manager since September 15th, 2015. Prior to that he held the Deputy...
Monday, February 22, 2016
Rental vacancy rates in Metro Vancouver dropped 0.8 last year while average rent prices spiked. This is a concern. The regional economy relies on the rental housing market to attract and retain a diverse work force and the rental demand is growing. The...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Province has updated their website with changes to the PTT, including a calculator to show exactly how much is paid under different scenarios. In the top right corner is a link with scenarios for newly built homes or first time buyers (and...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
British Columbia’s continued fiscal discipline and steady economic growth are providing the means for new and increased funding for services, helping families with the cost of living, and taking new steps to help promote home ownership, Finance Minister...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
              This afternoon Finance Minister Mike De Jong announced the provincial budget.  Key changes related to the housing sector include (effective Feb. 17, 2016): New housing up to $750,...
Monday, February 15, 2016
Despite the lowest interest rates in memory, Vancouver houses continue to become less and less affordable, the UDI/Vancity Housing Affordability Index shows. That’s because prices just keep going up. For the average young family living in Metro Vancouver...
Friday, February 5, 2016
Media coverage from the 2016 January Forecast Luncheon. See articles attached below, referencing this annual event.