It is difficult to understand the motivation of our provincial government to throw so much of the housing ministry's resources into another initiative (this time 6-storey wood frame buildings) that does nothing to improve homeowner protection in BC.
How are the same people that can't build a 4-storey building right, possibly going to achieve a defect-free and safe 6-storey building?
According to reports from the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), home buying is still very risky business, and British Columbians are being lulled into a false sense of security with a home warranty insurance program full of exclusions, limitations, and other "weasel-worded" disclaimers and representations.
The 2-5-10 warranty insurance excludes coverage for settling of 3 and 4 storey buildings and provides consumers little protection as it exists, requiring homeowner to deal with issues by their own means. If we start building 6-storey, effectively adding 50%, with so much settling (wood shrinking) already being experienced, it seems that we could be on the brink of yet another building industry faux pas.
Furthermore, it would be absolutely scandalous to discover that the industry has had the technology and solutions to prevent settling all along but haven't been using it to protect British Columbians.
A 6-storey building vs. a 3-storey building, is a very scary proposition given the disastrous track record...
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John in Port Moody