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.

BC Housing will not be conducting the 2024 intake of the Building Excellence Research and Education Grants Program. BC Housing understands that this decision may be disappointing to many potential applicants. However, those with an industry or consumer-related research or education project, who wish to discuss it further with BC Housing, are invited to reach out to us at [email protected].


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 $3.81 million in funding to support 119 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

Industry and consumer organizations, education providers, housing sector organizations or associations, and independent researchers can apply for up to $30,000 in grant 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 of Building Excellence grants

Building Excellence Research & Education Grants Infographic (PDF)