Gold Seal Commits to Built Green Platinum for 2012

For 2012, Gold Seal Homes will register every home we build with the Built Green program at the Platinum level.  What does this mean for our consumers?  They will be assured of the highest level of energy efficiency, comfort and health of any builder in our area.  For more information on Built green or the Platinum checklist requirements view the link below:

Why Built Green?

Efficient and Affordable

  • You can save up to 10% on your CMHC mortgage as a new home buyer. For more information, visit the CHMC website.
  • Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer big savings in terms of operating costs.1

An Environmental Solution

  • Since 2002, Built Green Canada has built homes that have saved 50% of energy usage and reduced over 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions;2
  • Built Green Canada has saved over 5 Million liters of water since 2002.3

Sustainable and Durable

  • A BUILT GREEN® certified home is guaranteed to last with minimal impact on the environment.

Improved Comfort and Health

  • Improved indoor air quality and humidity control;
  • A healthy, clean, quiet indoor environment.

BUILT GREEN® Checklist

The Built Green checklist is a list of “green” criteria. It includes an energy efficiency requirement, and a menu of options in categories, addressing a range of “green” items from which the builder can select to meet the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum achievement levels.

Certification Levels

Built Green Canada recognizes its homes based on the criteria of the checklist described above, which will categorize its members into 4 levels of Green achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Built Green supports the use of lumber and gives a significant number of points for lumber use. Only products that have been submitted for verification can be approved, and are then certified by Built Green Canada. To view a selection of products within the checklist categories below, view our Product Catalogue.

1This is dependent upon the home owner taking responsibility for their energy consumption; following instructions on how to use their furnace correctly; changing their furnace filter regularly; and ensuring that all other operational systems or maintained regularly.
2These numbers are based on an aggregate of homes built between 2007 and 2010 in Alberta.
3These numbers are also based on the same aggregate of homes built between 2007 and 2010 in Alberta.

The hazards of texting in a fire

In the event of a fire, we do recommend that you leave the building and get to a safe area as quickly and safely as possible. However, for those die-hard texters out there, you may be a sprinkler advocate and you don’t even know it!


Pink Shirt Day Campaign in Carstairs

Join us and show your support for a safer community by WEARING PINK on Wednesday February 29!

The Vision 4 Non-Violence Project Committee along with staff of the Towns of Carstairs & Didsbury, & Cremona, as well as students and staff of Hugh Sutherland School, Westglen, Didsbury High School, and Cremona will be wearing pink on Wednesday, February 29 ,2012 in support of “Pink Shirt Day’.

“Pink Shirt Day” began a  “Sea of Pink” campaign against bullying in schools in 2007 when two Nova Scotia students decided to take action in support of fellow student being harassed by bullies for wearing pink. They bought and supplied pink t-shirts for fellow schoolmates to wear to school the following day and word spread quickly via texts and emails etc, and hundreds of students showed up the next day at school wearing pink. As result “there’s been nary a peep from the bullies since” stated the action twosome, as a clear and loud message was received by the ‘would be’ bullies.

Since then, a tsunami of support has spread as “Pink Shirt Days” are being held in schools and communities all across North America. 

Read more about sea of pink:

High demand for Calgary condo project

Tribeca half sold after VIP sales event

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — Here’s another sign of the rejuvenation of Calgary’s new residential condominium market.

Bucci Living sold half of the units at Tribeca, a low-rise condominium development in the southwest Mission neighborhoods, on its first day of sales and before the development has officially launched to the public, after receiving twice the target number of expected registrants for a recent VIP pre-sale event.  The company said the “huge” interest in the development is because of the location in the popular Mission area.

“Tribeca is the first of a number of new condo projects set to launch in Calgary in 2012, an indicator that the condo market is at the start of a growth cycle,” it said.  Tribeca is a four-storey wood frame building, with 82 condos. The development offers a variety of living spaces including one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom condominiums, ranging in size from 537 square feet to 1,064 square feet. Prices range from $225,000 to $520,000.  “We knew that Tribeca’s affordable prices and great location would appeal to buyers, but demand has more than exceeded our expectations,” said Mike Bucci, vice-vice-president Bucci. “The Calgary market is on the rise right now and Tribeca is a great example of that growth.”

Tribeca will officially launch to the public on Saturday at noon. The Sales Centre is located at 1905 4th St. S.W. Calvin Buss, president of Buss Marketing which works with many city condo projects, said there will be 14 residential condo towers under construction this year in Calgary inner-city neighborhoods’.  According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., apartment starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area amounted to 2,106 units in 2011, up 56 per cent from the 1,349 started in 2010.

“New construction in the condo market has been subdued in the last couple of years as builders were working through elevated inventories,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC. “Towards the end of the 2011, however, we started to see a shift in activity with more condominium projects breaking ground and this is expected to continue in 2012.

“Condominium units appeal to many young buyers as well as homeowners who are looking to downsize. Many of the new projects that are proposed or have started construction are in vibrant areas and close to many amenities. Not only has demand improved, but the supply of new condominium units on the market has also declined paving the way for more condominium projects.”

Steady Growth Forecast for Calgary Housing Market

MLS sales and prices to increase in next two years

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — Steady growth is forecast for Calgary’s housing market in the next two years, according to a new report released Monday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.  The agency said MLS sales in the Calgary census metropolitan area will grow to 23,000 transactions in 2012 and to 23,700 in 2013 from 22,466 in 2011.  The CMHC said the average sale price will rise from $402,851 in 2011 to $409,000 in 2012 and $420,000 in 2013.  The optimistic forecast also translates into the new housing market.

The CMHC is predicting housing starts in the Calgary region to jump from 9,292 in 2011 to 10,300 in 2012 and 10,700 in 2013.  “Economic activity in Calgary will continue to support housing demand throughout the forecast period,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC. “Sustained investments in the energy sector will not only create jobs in the energy industry but also promote activity in other industries leading to more employment opportunities for job seekers. Employment levels in Calgary steadily rose in 2011 and the same is expected for 2012. As labour market conditions gradually tighten, we can expect to see higher migration flows to Calgary which is also an important driver for housing demand. In addition, favourable mortgage rates will also contribute to more sales in the new home and resale market.

“More single-detached and multi-family homes are forecast to break ground this year. In the past, elevated active listings in the competing resale market contributed to fewer single-detached starts. However, as the resale market becomes more balanced this year coupled with improving demand, we can expect to see more single-detached homes start construction. Multi-family construction will also pick up this year and next, mainly from higher apartment starts. Apartment inventories have come down from their elevated levels providing some builders an opportunity to start more projects and help satisfy demand.”

In Alberta, the CMHC forecasts housing starts to jump from 25,704 in 2011 to 29,100 in 2012 and 30,000 in 2013.  Provincially, MLS sales are forecast to jump from 53,146 in 2011 to 54,650 in 2012 and 56,550 in 2013. The average MLS sale price will rise from $355,808 in 2011 to $363,650 this year and $372,300 next year.  “Employment opportunities in the Prairies will continue to draw migrants, supporting new housing demand,” said Lai Sing Louie, the CMHC’s regional economist for the Prairie and Territories Region.

The CMHC report said net migration to Alberta is on an upward trend due to economic growth, job creation and low unemployment rates and the 2011 count will almost double 2010’s total of 19,613, which was a 15-year low. The CMHC estimates net migration in 2011 at 38,500 followed by 39,000 in 2012 and 39,500 in 2013.  “Over the forecast period, net migration will be close to the 10-year average with about 40,000 people added each year, increasing housing demand for rental and home ownership,” said the report.  It also said economic expansion is expected to continue supporting rental demand in 2012.  “Investments in the energy sector are promoting economic growth in Calgary, creating jobs and attracting migrants,” said the CMHC. “In addition, rental supply is not anticipated to see any large increases in the near future.”

It said the rental vacancy rate is expected to dip from 1.9 per cent in October 2011 to 1.8 per cent this year and to 1.6 per cent in 2013.  The average two-bedroom apartment rent is expected to rise from $1,084 in 2011 to $1,125 this year and $1,175 in 2013.  Todd Hirsch, senior economist with ATB Financial, said for over two years prices for newly-built homes in Calgary have remained basically unchanged.  He said it reflects stability in the housing market. Also, housing starts and existing home prices have shown similar patterns of stability in recent years.  “Alberta’s rising population and great labour market conditions are boosting housing demand. Yet that may be counter-balanced by the general belief that mortgage rates and prices will remain steady in the coming months. This may be reducing the urgency for potential buyers to jump into the market,” said Hirsch.  “This all suggests a fairly balanced, healthy market. The current stability eases any fears of inventory or price bubbles building — which pose much bigger problems when they burst.”