Basics: Housing & Building Types, Analyses, Statistics
- Single: Builders, Manufactured, Systems-Built, Prefab
Multifamily: Technical Reports & Newsletter, News, Council
Shared: Condominiums, Cohousing, Co-operatives
- Rental: Non-Profit, Apartments, Secondary Suites
Big Buildings: Design, Light Commercial, Associations
Heritage, Traditional, Skyscraper, Historical Data
- Kenís Top Pick: If you have time to surf only one site
Buildings, Analyses, Statistics
These University of Minnesota Design Center fact sheets explain physical housing types, with a brief description, basic
characteristics, variations, pictures, and common names.
Wikipedia describes types of buildings used for agricultural, commercial, dwellings, educational, government, industrial,
military, parking & storage, religious, transit, and other uses.
Analyses Of Building & House Types
From McGraw Hill, Architectural Record magazine offers analyses of many different building types, with photos,
drawings, specifications, descriptions, and design solutions.
Canadian Housing Statistics
If you are looking for existing housing or market data, Stats Canada has census reports on household types, size age,
occupancy, and more. Other reports are also available here.
Manufactured, Systems-Built, Prefab
Production Builders Committee
For production builders, the NAHB Single Family Production Builder Committee offers resources on marketing,
profitability, regulatory issues, IT, management, planning, and more.
MHI, the US trade organization for the factory-built housing industry has technical information, event listings,
education, research, guides, statistics, magazines, and resource links.
NAHB Building Systems Council provides information and resources on concrete, log, modular, and panelized
homes. More info can be accessed from links on the left panel.
Modernist Prefab Dwellings
Fabprefab is a Web site for modernist prefab dwellings with news, dwellings available, projects, architecture,
shipping containers, articles, books, forums, and links to more info.
Multi: Technical Reports
& Newsletter, News, Council
Highrise & Multiples Technologies
CMHC Highrise & Multiples Innovation Group offers research, fact sheets, and guides covering construction, operation,
issues, maintenance & repair, as well as construction details.
Multifamily Research Newsletter
The free Party Walls newsletter covers research, energy, retrofit and upgrade projects, accessibility and sustainability
issues, and other challenges unique to multifamily buildings.
Multi-Housing Industry Magazine
For multi-housing industry news, reports, analysis, events shaping the industry, business resources, and product
directory, visit the Multi Housing News magazine site.
This NAHB council site has information on multifamily issues, markets, education, business, events, awards, and other
resources for those involved in building multifamily projects.
Canadian Condominium Institute
As a non-profit organization CCI represents the condominium community, providing courses, events, newsletter, code of
ethics, procedures, publications, and links to other resources.
Canadian Cohousing Network
CCN is a national cohousing resource organization offering articles on cohousing, a buy & rent exchange, locations, and a
database of links to products, services, and more information.
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada explains co-op housing, provides policies & procedures for starting and
managing them, publications, news, events, and more.
Guide To Co-op Housing
This CMHC online guide covers legislation, forming & running a housing co-op, admitting members, obligations, eviction of
members, collecting money, and a glossary of terms.
Rental: Non-Profit, Apartments,
BC Non-Profit Housing Association
The association for non-profit rental housing providers of BC has news, forums, education, member & supplier
directories, conferences, newsletter, publications, and best practices.
Bad Design Of Non-Profit Housing
In Building Envelope Forum, a couple of owners explain their view of design issues around construction of buildings
owned and managed by a non-profit housing corporation.
BC Apartment Owners & Managers Association
This association of the rental apartment industry gives advice, information, education, tenancy agreements, credit
checks, vacancy advertising, networking, and links to more resources.
Policies For Permitting Secondary Suites
CMHC offers this report that describes secondary suite policies, how the strategy works, advantages & issues,
effectiveness, sources of information, and case studies.
Big Buildings: Design, Light
Whole Building Design Guide
The WBDG site for large buildings has very good information on design guidance, products & systems, cases studies,
project management, publications, and links to more info.
How-To Manual For Light Commercial Building
To help residential builders diversifying into light commercial construction, this NAHB manual explains types of buildings,
methods of contracting, materials, licensing, codes and more.
BC Construction Association
BCCA has information on accreditation, bid depository, green buildings, events, jobs, news, policies, reports &
publications, standard documents, planroom, directory, and industry links.
Independent Contractors & Businesses Association
ICBA of BC represents of the open shop construction industry, and offers information, announcements, events, courses,
newsletters, COR training for WCB, and links to more info.
Building Owners & Managers Association of BC
BOMA provides the ICI sector with news, events, awards, publications, education, and resources for careers, green
building, emergency preparedness, and industry links.
More: Heritage, Traditional,
Skyscraper, Historical Stats
BC Heritage Branch
Our provincial government gives you heritage building and property information, and resources on heritage conservation,
planning, education, historic places, properties, and more.
Restore Media links to their magazines Old House Journal, Traditional Building, Period Homes, Traditional Products, and New
Old House, as well as directories, shows and exchange.
Building Big is a popular PBS TV program and their site on skyscrapers has information on the basics, design, big building
examples, and a directory of links to more resources.
Historical Stats Of Canadian Construction & Housing
If you ever wonder what our industry was like 30 to 80 years ago, check out these historical statistics on a wide range of
construction topics, many from 1926, from Stats Canada.
Kenís Top Pick: The Great
Timeline Of Great Buildings
If you are into the history of building, or just want to check out some cool structures, take some time out and surf the
Great Buildings site, displaying great buildings from -3000 to 2004.
For Today: On
I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.
- Will Rogers