Building Designers Stepping up in a 'Hot' BC Housing Market

Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 13, 2017) - ASTTBC Building Designers (ASTTBC-BD) are emerging as professionals with the skills needed to address BC's red-hot housing market. The housing demand in much of BC brings special challenges for building officials, developers and homeowners. Building Designers provide and facilitate practical solutions for single-family homes and small building design with services such as: offering comprehensive design and construction drawings and coordinating building permits. The general public is not aware that non-architects design most houses in BC. In fact, one does not require an architect, in most cases, to design their dream home and a Building Designer can execute the process professionally, safely, reliably and at a reasonable cost.

Building officials are often bogged down with incomplete or hard to decipher permit drawings, and homeowners subsequently face costly delays before permits are issued and construction commences. Added to this are changing building codes and zoning bylaws. "Green builds" are becoming more common, as well as increasingly refined expectations and requirements of homeowners, makes finding and communicating with a competent builder often challenging. As a result, the DIY (Do It Yourselfers!) approach has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible for most homeowners.

ASTTBC certified and registered Building Designers provide knowledgeable and professional residential design services, with members available in all areas of BC. As registered members of ASTTBC, the 9th largest professional association in BC with over 10,000 registrants, the Registered Building Designer (RBD) and Certified Residential Designer (CRD) are ideally positioned to provide a solution for the homeowner looking for a house design and even evaluate contractors who are the best fit for the project.

"Proper planning, and allowing a sufficient timeline for completing your project, is paramount to a successful completion and can eliminate costly mistakes." Asserts Joe Rommel, Chair of the ASTTBC-BD Executive and Principal/Designer at Rommel Design Ltd. "ASTTBC Building Designers are able to support homeowners through that complex process."

The ASTTBC Building Designers have recently elected an Executive with representation from throughout the province:

Joe Rommel, AScT, CRD - ASTTBC-BD Chair
Principal/Designer, Rommel Design Ltd. (West Vancouver)

Peter Jorgensen, AScT, RBD - Vice Chair
President/Building Designer, Jorgensen Osmond Ltd. (Parksville)

Alan MacLeod, CTech, CRD - Secretary/Treasurer
Principal/Building Designer, Habitech Design Services (Revelstoke)

Pam Chilton, AScT, CRD - Director
Owner/Principal Designer, Zimba Design (North Vancouver)

Michael Giroux, AScT, RBD - Director
Principal/Designer, Giroux Design Group (Penticton)

Ron McNeil, AScT, RBD - Director
Principal/Designer McNeil Designs (Victoria)

R. (Bob) S. Miller, CRD - Director
Principal/Designer, Drafter RSM Drafting Services Ltd. (Kelowna)

Tony Giroux, RBD - Director
Principal/Designer, Giroux Design Group (Penticton)

John Larson, CRD - Director
Principal/Designer, CA Design Inc. (Qualicum Beach)

Grant Montgomery, AScT, CRD - Director
Principal/Designer Building Designer Inc. (Osoyoos)

About ASTTBC Building Designers (ASTTBC-BD) …

Represents professional building design technologists and technicians practicing in British Columbia. ASTTBC-BD members are registered under provincial statute with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), a self-governing professional association. Building Designers are registered as either Certified Residential Designer (CRD) or Registered Building Designer (RBD).


Established in 1958, the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia is the professional association governing Technology Professionals in many fields of engineering and applied science technology. ASTTBC is focused on serving the public interest through high standards of professional certification and regulation and achieving professional recognition for technologists, technicians and technical specialists. The Association's mission…to serve the public by regulating and supporting Technology Professionals' commitment to a safe, healthy and sustainable society and environment.

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John Leech
Chief Executive Officer
Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia
Tel.: 604.230.5827

Joe Rommel
Chair, ASTTBC-BD Executive
Principal/Designer at Rommel Design Ltd.
Tel: 604-617-5478

Announcing Newly Elected ASTTBC-BD Executive (L to R) Tony Giroux, RBD, Alan MacLeod, CTech, CRD (Sec.), Grant Montgomery, AScT, CRD, Peter Jorgensen, AScT, RBD, (V. Chair) ,Pam Chilton, AScT, CRD, Ron McNeil, AScT, Michael Giroux, AScT, RBD, Joe Rommel, AScT, CRD, (Chair), John Larson, CRD and R.(Bob) S. Miller, CRD not present in photo.