How we as a city need to plan to renovate our homes (Part 1)

I spend the majority of my time in this space on planning and development, and what the residential construction industry talks about when we’re at city hall. This necessarily means talking a lot about new homes and new development projects, both inside and outside the greenbelt. But, there’s another side …

Thinking about the needs of current and future homeowners

One of the unheralded things GOHBA members do is think about the needs of future homeowners – those who’ll buy a home not only in the next year or two, but five, ten, twenty years down the road. How to ensure that there will be a variety of homes to …

Building Homes Up, In and Out

Often when I speak with people about the Home Builders’ Association, they picture in their mind new subdivisions – single family homes, semi-detached and townhouses mostly. And while subdivisions are an important part of new homes in Ottawa, GOHBA home builders also build every other type of home you can …

How the federal government can help people get into homes in Ottawa

On March 19 the federal government will deliver its final budget before the national election in October. This is important for Ottawa residents because the federal government sets the rules for mortgage insurance and financing to purchase a home. Home Builders’ Associations operate at the municipal, provincial and federal level. …

What Building and Renovating Homes Means to Ottawa in 2019

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. For me, Valentine’s is an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on what others mean to us. Here’s what the residential construction and renovation industry means to the City and people of Ottawa: jobs, economic growth across the city, and, most …

Houses help define our city, Homes help define our lives

Now that the holiday season is upon us, we usually take the opportunity to reflect on our life, our family, and our home. For many of us, our home – and often our kitchen – will be the basis of our social life for next few weeks. Ottawa’s home builders …

Introducing GOHBA’s New Executive Director

First, I’d like to thank the Executive for selecting me, and to Pierre Dufresne for encouraging me when I reached out to him about this opportunity. I also wanted to thank Nicole, Shirley and Heather in the GOHBA office for being so welcoming, for working so hard over the past …

Make the election a #homebeliever moment

By: Jason Burggraaf, Executive Director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Homebelievers are people just like you and me. We’re scrimping and saving to buy a home. Or we’d like to downsize but even with the windfall we couldn’t stay in our community. We’re concerned about how far away …

Building Codes and Housing Affordability

Building Codes and Housing Affordability We are constantly required to perform a range of cost benefit analyses to cope with today’s complicated life. Most of these take the form of simple decisions that are done in our heads. Would route A or B be faster given the weather conditions and …