(Inspectors) change the way they apply the code for each builder
It remains to be seen how the changes to the B.C. building code will be applied. The head of the GVHBA has been quoted as saying the changes will add $5,000 to $10,000 to the cost of a new house.
By Steve Payne
Bob de Wit, head of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, was quoted in local media saying that the extensive changes to the building code in B.C. (mostly related to energy-efficiency) will add $5,000 to $10,000 to the cost of a new home – although De Wit said it would depend on what actual municipality you are in, and how the building inspector interprets the code. We asked you if you agree.
Here is a reply from Marcel Gelinas:
“The building inspector (will) apply their own code depending on their interpretation because in the code there is nothing precise – it is all opened to the inspector to play with. It is very hard for a builder to fix a cost on something because one inspector wants something and another inspector in the same office wants something different. Also they change thee way they apply the code for each builder.”