The MHABC last held our annual Conference at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in 2012. Since then, the complex has undergone a major renovation. Members should look forward to experiencing a new hotel when the MHABC meets April 26-26, 2017 in Kelowna. The Program and Registration Package will be available in March 2017. Please mark these dates in your calendars!
Summer 2016 Board Meeting Schedule During the summer, the Board met by conference call on June 14th and August 23rd. The next meeting is scheduled for October 10th by conference call.
Home Shipments exceed plan at end of 2nd Quarter
Home shipments exceeded plan at the end of the 2nd quarter ending August 31st. Actual shipments were 348 homes on plan shipments of 276 homes.
Strategic Plan Update Work Continuing
Work on the 2017-2022 strategic plan is continuing. Directors received an updated draft for review during the August conference call. The next step will involve distribution of a membership questionnaire requesting further input on key deliverables and performance benchmarks.
Z241 Presentation to Regional District Central Kootenays
In the Spring newsletter, the Board advised the MHABC is taking action to address a prohibition on new CSA Z241 homes into the Regional District Central Kootenays. The Board has requested the opportunity to make a presentation at an upcoming RDCK Board meeting. A delegation request has now been granted with MHABC representatives able to present to the RDCK on October 20th in Nelson.
The MHABC continues to work closely with our marketing firm FRESH INC in promoting the industry through MHABC.com and engaging in other opportunities to highlight the benefits of factory-built housing. FRESH INC recently “refreshed” the website with a new background and reformatting.
FRESH INC also provides marketing services to our sister association for the Prairies Provinces and is advocating a joint project involving our affiliated trade associations across Canada in establishing a relationship with the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity.
The MHABC Board will work with FRESH INC and the other associations towards determining how such a relationship could work and the associated costs. If a suitable strategy can be reached, the Board could consider funding options within the 2017-18 budget.
Tiny Homes Industry Involvement
In the Spring News Letter, the Board reported on an invitation to participate in a Tiny Homes Expo held on July 8-9 in Chilliwack. MHABC President Weicker and staff did participate in event and spoke with many of the 1,500 plus attendees. The key message to those stopping by booth was to focus on manufacturers who conform with established standards, namely CSA A277 or CSA Z240. As a result of participation at this event, the MHABC has been asked to continue engagement with this emerging industry.
A group of potential home owners is moving forward to establish a BC Tiny House Collective to promote favourable legislation and policy. The MHABC Board has agreed to work in an advisory capacity and will monitor progress towards helping this industry ensure public safety is a highest priority. More Information on the collective can be obtained at bctinyhousecollective.com
Factory-Built Home Transportation Policy Pending
The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch is continuing work on new policy related to manufactured home transport policy, pilot car guidelines and the OnRoute system. Specific to manufactured home policy, CVSE has undertaken an updating of Section 4.3 of the Commercial Transport Procedures Manual. A key goal of the redrafting is to provide guidance on permitting of 20 wide homes.
The Board was provided an opportunity to review a preliminary draft of the reworked Section 4.3 and has provided comments. The MHABC understands the revised section has now gone to graphics and will be released in the near future. On Pilot Car Guidelines and the OnRoute, it is anticipated distribution will happen this fall.
Manufactured Home Park Owners
Alliance of BC Presentation The MHABC and Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC share associate memberships. The MHABC has presented at previous MHPOABC conferences and is again scheduled to present at this year’s conference. The MHABC presentation will focus on CSA Z241 homes. The conference will be held at Harrison Hot Springs with a meet and greet on September 23 and presentations on September 24.
Welcome to New Members
The Board welcomes the Canadian Standards Association’s inspections arm as well as My Lane Home as new members.
MHABC Pioneer Bursary Award
Pioneer Bursary Award Winner Molly Crandlemire receives a plaque from Countryside Modular Home’s Frank Ambler.
CMHI Conference Scheduled for October 24-26th in Ottawa
The Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute is holdings it Building Communities Conference in Ottawa from Monday, October 24 to the 26th. Details on the conference program will be distributed in the near future. Conference information will be available at www.cmhi.ca.
A key discussion topic for management meetings will be the status of discussions on CMHI and MHICanada forming a sector relationship with the Canadian Home Builders Association. It is anticipated that all three organizations will be in a position to make final decisions. For additional information please contact Kathleen Maynard at email@example.com or Hank Starno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHAPP 40th Anniversary to be celebrated at Banff Conference
The Modular Housing Association Prairie Provinces membership will be celebrating their 40th anniversary at the annual Conference scheduled to be held November 16th through 18th in Banff, Alberta. Please see mhaprairies.ca for more information.
Freeport Industries Builds 2016 PNE Home
MHABC Member Freeport Industries of West Kelowna was the winner of this year’s competition to construct the PNE Home.
Proud builder of the 2016 PNE Prize Home
The Pacific National Exhibition is a non-profit organization. The revenue raised through the Prize Home Lottery supports a variety of non-revenue producing programs spanning agriculture, community, arts and a large number of other local programs. With the courtesy of the Pacific National Exhibition.
Please click on the link below to access the MHABC’s Summer 2016 News Letter