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PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENT
The Construction Performance Standards (the Standards) will be
used by the New Home Warranty Program of Manitoba Inc. (the Program)
when determining whether or not a condition is covered by the
warranty. The purpose of the Standards is not to set new standards
but to provide advance information as to how the Program will
decide disputes between builders and homeowners about defects
in work or materials. These Standards have been prepared in consultation
with various trade and industry groups and the Program is grateful
for their input. The Construction Performance Guidelines developed
by the Tarion Warranty Corporation was also consulted as a source
in the development of this document. The Program acknowledges
and thanks the Tarion Warranty Corporation for allowing it to
utilize their template and to reproduce portions of their document
in the development of the Standards for the Manitoba New Home
The Standards provide objective and uniform criteria that set
out the minimum performance required in the construction of new
homes. They relate to work and materials deficiencies and complement
the Building Code. The Standards are designed to be supplemented
by any applicable guidelines or standards produced by industry
associations. They do not replace manufacturer warranties.
The Standards are designed primarily for conventional low-rise,
wood frame construction. They may not be applicable in all respects
for other types of construction or assemblies.
The Program will make its decisions based on the edition of the
Standards that is in effect at the time a conciliation is conducted.
The effective date is indicated on both the cover of the Standards
and on the bottom of each page. (The Standards will be reviewed
periodically and expanded or updated to reflect legislative changes
and/or changes in construction materials and technologies.)
SCOPE OF THE CONSTRUCTION PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
The Construction Performance Standards should be interpreted
with common sense. They deal only with the most frequent and typical
items of concern to homeowners. The Standards describe the minimum
acceptable performance or condition that homeowners should expect
and builders must meet to satisfy the requirements of the warranties
described in the New Home Warranty Certificate.
Construction is not an exact science and generally, the materials
used have natural properties that must be considered when applying
the Construction Performance Standards.
• Wood grains and colours may not necessarily match in all
• Shrinkage of natural materials may result in squeaks and
Some items refer to specific dimensions to determine what is
acceptable. These dimensions are used to evaluate the identified
conditions. If the variation is minor, the Program may consider
whether the variation significantly affects the performance of
the item in determining whether the particular guideline has been
Warranty coverage is set out in the Certificate of Possession
and New Home Warranty and takes effect from the date a homeowner
takes possession of a new home from the builder (the date of possession).
It remains in effect even if the home is sold or otherwise transferred
before the end of the warranty period. There are two types of
warranty protection or coverages, including:
The One-Year Warranty. A builder warrants that, for one year
from the date of possession, the home:
• is free from defects in workmanship and materials;
Builders should provide homeowners with all warranties provided
by manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors that may extend
beyond the first year. Homeowners must make claims on these extended
warranties directly to the manufacturer or distributor.
Five-Year Major Structural Defect Coverage. The Program provides
extended coverage for major structural defects for five years
from the date of possession.
CONDITIONS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY
It is important for homeowners to note what is not covered by
the warranty. The following are exclusions from warranty coverage:
• Defects in materials, design and work supplied by the
• Secondary damage caused by defects under warranty, such
as property damage and personal injury;
• Normal wear and tear;
• Normal shrinkage of materials caused by drying after construction;
• Damage caused by dampness or condensation due to failure
by the homeowner to maintain adequate ventilation or proper operation
of moisture-producing devices such as humidifiers;
• Damage caused by the homeowner or visitors;
• Alterations, deletions or additions made by the homeowner;
• Settling of land around the building or along utility
lines, other than beneath the footings of the building;
• Damage resulting from acts of God;
• Contractual disputes;
• Damage caused by municipal services or other utilities;
• Surface defects in work and materials specified and accepted
in writing by the homeowner at the date of possession;
• Detached garages, decks, paving stones, patios, sidewalks,
driveways and landscaping;
• Unfinished homes. The Program does not employ contractors
to complete homes or reimburse homeowners for the cost of completing
a home in accordance with the Purchase or Sale Agreement. This
is the homeowners' responsibility and should be provided for in
the Offer to Purchase Agreement;
• Normal cracking or heaving of concrete floor slabs;
• Repainting or redecorating of the house after drywall
Warranty Items to be Corrected by the Builder – Certificate
of Possession Form
These items should be recorded on the Certificate of Possession
Form or in an attachment to the Certificate of Possession Form.
Listing “surface” defects on the
Certificate of Possession Form will provide a formal record of
the existence of the condition before the homeowner took possession.
Without this record it may be impossible for the Program to determine
whether the item is covered under warranty if a dispute arises
as it may not be clear who caused the damage or malfunction in
question or whether an item was missing before the date of possession.
After possession, any items not rectified by the builder and
any new defects that have emerged should be reported in writing
to the builder within the applicable warranty period. Defects
defined as non-structural must be identified in writing to the
builder during the first year following possession of the home.
In any event, the Purchaser must notify the Program in writing
of the failure of the Builder to rectify the defects no later
than two months from the expiry of the Builder's original one
year limited warranty.
HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENT
The Construction Performance Standards are divided into articles
based on construction sequence. The information is organized according
to types of conditions, and in each case, the following is described:
• Condition: A brief description of the identified situation.
• What is acceptable: The acceptable performance standard
of the condition.
• Which warranty applies: The warranty that applies and
• Required action: A description of the action that the
builder or homeowner must take to rectify the identified condition.
• Remarks: Information to help users understand and solve