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Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program

This program supports initiatives that improve the quality of residential construction and strengthens consumer protection for new home buyers.

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The 2020 intake for submissions is now closed.                                                                                 

You can find out more about the program and the application process in our Step-by-Step Guide and Frequently Asked Questions below:

Background

The Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program was launched in 2015, to foster excellence and encourage sharing of industry best practices. Since its inception, the program has provided $2.98 million to 89 new research and education projects.

Each year grants are awarded to organizations and initiatives that demonstrate innovation in the following:

  • Construction technology
  • Energy efficiency & sustainability
  • Emerging technologies
  • Housing market studies & trends
  • Residential construction practices
  • Education

Researchers can apply for up to $30,000 in funding.

Building Excellence Research & Education Grant Videos

Construction Innovation

The BC Construction Association commissioned a study to examine best practices in construction innovation world-wide. The Construction Innovation Project examines what British Columbia can learn to be a leader in this area.

Building Pathfinder

The Building Pathfinder is an online, interactive design tool to assist with energy efficiency calculations for multi-unit residential building projects. It was developed by Open Technologies to help builders and developers ensure that new buildings meet increasing demands for energy performance.

Environmental Impact Calculator

This online tool was developed by the Urban Development Institute to help designers build more sustainable buildings by allowing them to calculate the environmental impacts of various design choices. Impacts are described in visible ways such as how many Olympic sized swimming pools of water could be saved, or how many trees would need to be planted to offset one choice over another.

Grant recipients

The following projects have been awarded funding through the program:

Infographic about Building Excellence Research & Education grants program

Building Excellence Research & Education Grants Infographic (PDF)