Earlier this year, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (also known as the GVHBA) became the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (or HAVAN). As a proud member of the organization, Draft On Site is looking forward to a number of partnerships with HAVAN throughout 2019.
HAVAN and its services
HAVAN is intended to support Homebuilders and Homeowners in Vancouver, as well as connect the two groups. On top of that, the organization advocates to the government to create “transparent, predictable and accountable” housing policy.
HAVAN offers a series of courses for Homebuilders covering everything from Building Science to business topics. Some courses can be taken online, while others are classroom based.
In addition there are resources like the Technical Committee for technical issues, the Renovators Council for advice and support for Renovators and Builders, as well as the U40 Committee for concerns for Professionals under the age of 40, and the Women’s Council fostering engagement, encouragement and empowerment for Professional Women working in the Construction Industry.
If you are a Homeowner, you can find a professional Builder, Renovator, Designer, and more on HAVAN’s website. HAVAN also hosts a number of consumer events throughout the year, including the Home Reno Show and both the Parade of Homes and the Virtual Parade of Homes.
The biggest event of the year, however, is the Ovation Awards Gala.
HAVAN’s Ovation Awards
This year, the Ovation Awards Gala will take place on May 4th. The Ovation Awards will review and reward HAVAN members’ best builds, renovations, designs and marketing campaigns. To be eligible for the Ovation Awards, the project has to have been completed in the Metro Vancouver area.
To honour the Ovation Awards entrants’ exceptional work, starting March 1st Draft On Site is offering to all Entrants 3D Scans of their submitted Projects including many advanced features that will help showcase the exceptional aspects of their work. We are proud to say that our very own Jamie Henry, CTO of our Scan and Measure division, will be shooting the Projects to showcase the maximum number of features for each Project.
Partnerships between Draft On Site and HAVAN
Here at Draft On Site, we believe in the work HAVAN is doing. That is why we participate in and partner with the organization in a variety of ways.
In addition to offering 3D Scans to Ovation Award Entrants, Draft On Site will be offering the same service to this year’s Virtual Parade of Homes Entrants. This will allow any online visitors to HAVAN’s Virtual Parade of Homes webpage to visit a Project, see all of the wonderful work and get ideas for their own projects. We are very excited about what we can offer to this wonderful event.
Draft On Site is also working with HAVAN to create a series of Virtual Reality enabled educational videos/experiences for Builders. These are expected to be available later this year.
We also run a number of smaller educational sessions throughout the year for the Builders, Renovators and other Companies we work with. These are all private sessions, upon request, where we engage in open discussion of all of the changes that we are aware of, both approved and pending, and discuss how these changes can be constructed.
Draft On Site staff sit on numerous HAVAN committees. Nicholas Petrie, our CBDO and Principal, is part of the Membership, Marketing & Communication and Technical committees. He is also a member of the Women’s Council and is on the Advisory to the Suppliers Council. Our resident Certified Passive House Designer, Tannaz, sits on HAVAN’s Technical Committee. Our co-owners and staff serve on a number of sub-committees, too.
We are very excited about our upcoming partnerships with HAVAN. Keep an eye out for updates about them throughout the year!