Course Description

This course, “Residential Outdoor Spaces: Safety, Systems and Service”, will focus on the home’s exterior space, bringing together a panel of speakers to help builders plan an integrated approach to safety, warranty, mechanical systems, design, environmental considerations and customer service.
With pre-planning and involving the outdoor trades in the discussion early in the process, builders can ensure the integrated design process flows smoothly between indoor and outdoor living spaces, creating continuity of mechanical systems, budget, design, environmental goals and customer expectations.  There will also be discussion on the importance of communications when it comes to warranty requirements to ensure any changes to the home’s exterior or outdoor spaces do not void their homeowner warranty and ensures safe enjoyment of the outdoor space for years to come. 

Outdoor spaces are an important part of the integrated planning process at the outset of any residential project, bringing together the expertise of the builder, designer, and outdoor trades to ensure the delivered product (home and encompassing outdoor space) is thoughtfully designed and is safe for the homeowners to enjoy for years to come.


  • Home warranty and builder/homeowner due diligence with home exterior and post-occupancy outdoor improvements – SF and MF homes
  • Integrating indoor and outdoor environments: planning/integrated design with builder, designer and outdoor trades, futureproofing design (client needs/climate change considerations/post-occupancy budgeting for energy operation costs)
  • Outdoor kitchen design, safety (fire/insurance - liability) and mechanical systems
  • Landscaping: design, environmental and resource sustainability

Approved for 1.5 CPDs in Construction Management
Note: If you have already taken this course, repeating it online will not qualify for additional CPD points.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: FortisBC
Patron Sponsor: BC Housing 

Victor Kulla, Huckleberry Landscape Design

Dean Elms, Pacific Home Warranty

I’ve been in the construction industry for 30 plus years with the last 14 years at PHW within the Assessment Division. In 2016 I took on the roll as Director of Technical Services and manage the entire quality control and assessment division. During my time at Pacific, I have completed over 17,500 assessments, and put many miles through both BC and Alberta.My role as Director of Technical Services is to ensure our Assessment Team are the experts in the construction industry, and we spend a lot of time educating and supporting the builders and trades wherever possible. Along with that I am consistently building the relationships with municipalities, organizations and professionals.

Mark Roberts, Canada Outdoor Kitchens

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Before You Get Started

    • Agreement to HAVAN Academic Integrity Policy

    • Part 1

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • Part 2

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Part 3

    • Declaration of Completed Work Assignment

    • Feedback