Canada Green Building Council: LEED® Canada Core Concepts & Strategies (Vancouver)

This full-day workshop will address essential knowledge of the LEED® rating system and sustainable building concepts. It supports those seeking a better understanding of LEED® or wishing to pursue the future LEED® Green Associate (Tier I) credential. This workshop will present LEED® concepts at the credit category level – across building types and rating systems – along with the basics on the LEED® certification process, providing the foundation required for more advanced LEED® implementation training. Real project examples will be used to help demonstrate and reinforce learning. It happens Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street. The fee is $475 ($365 for CaGBC members) and includes workshop material, morning coffee and lunch. Early bird rates apply until March 30. For details and registration, go to Note: this workshop can also be offered privately to member companies. Contact CaGBC directly for more information.


Canada Green Building Council: LEED® Canada Core Concepts & Strategies (Victoria)

This full-day workshop will provide essential knowledge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® rating systems and sustainable building concepts. Content will include LEED® concepts at the credit category level – across building types and rating systems – as well as the basics on the LEED® certification process. This will provide the foundation required for more advanced LEED® training. Project examples will be used to help demonstrate and reinforce learning. This is a 200-level course. Like all CaGBC education programs, it meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. However, GBCI hours are not applicable. It takes place Tuesday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Technology Park, #2201-4464 Markham Street, Victoria. The cost is $475 ($365 for CaGBC members). For more information and to register, visit

7 Core LUs


Construction Specifications Canada – Vancouver Chapter: Specifier 2

Registrations are now being accepted for Construction Specifications Canada – Vancouver Chapter’s Specifier 2 classroom course. The 30-hour course is designed for those involved with the preparation of project manual specifications or those wishing to gain a better understanding of them. This is an advanced-level course focused primarily on the “front end”. Participants are required to have successfully completed Principles of Construction Documentation. Specifier 1 is also recommended but not required. Successful completion of this course can be credited towards the specification writing experience required to obtain the RSW designation as well as the newly-created CSP designation. Classes are scheduled for five Saturdays (April 9, 16 and 30; May 7 and 14), from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. They will be held at 2201 Cypress Street, Vancouver. The course fee of $750 + HST ($650 + HST for CSC members) includes student manual, other materials and refreshments (note: please bring your own lunches). Space is limited to 12 students so early registrants is encouraged. Click here for a registration form.

30 Core LUs


PIBC Annual Conference & AGM

The Planning Institute of B.C. invites you to its 2011 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, May 31 to June 3 in Nanaimo. With a theme of “The Planning Tapestry: Weaving Our Way Together”, this year’s conference will explore the creative, practical ways the planning profession is working with colleagues from many disciplines and from the community to address the urgent issues of our time.  Keynote speakers include Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff Project), Chris Turner (The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need), Wendy Holm (Food Security and Sovereignty), and local planning luminaries Mark Holland (HB Lanarc) and Dave Witty (Vancouver Island University). It all takes place at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, and online registration is now open. For details and to register, visit  The early registration deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011.


Energy-efficient Design from Switzerland

The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Swiss Business Hub in Vancouver, in conjunction with Light House Sustainable Building Centre, invite you to be part of dynamic dialogue on energy-efficient design and construction. This evening event is designed to be an interactive ideas exchange on how to deliver measurably energy-efficient, high performance building design and construction. Learn about Switzerland’s Minergie standard for lower energy consumption, and that country’s success in creating some of the most advanced buildings in Europe. Explore the applicability of Swiss building programs and standards to Vancouver’s own “Greenest City” goals. Featured speakers include Swiss architect Stephan Tanner, principal of Intep LLP in Minneapolis; and Helen Goodland, executive director at Light House Sustainable Building Centre. It takes place Monday, March 28, 2011.from 5:30 – to 7:30 p.m. at the University of British Columbia – Robson Square in Vancouver. There is no admission fee. However, seating is limited so please r.s.v.p. to by 12:00 noon on Monday, March 21.


Wood WORKS! Awards

The architectural community was well represented at the 2011 Wood WORKS! BC Awards evening, held Monday, March 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This awards program recognizes leadership and innovation in wood use. The 2011 awards featured 82 nominations in 12 categories. Among the evening’s honourees were:

BC Premier’s Wood Champion Award:

  • Bing Thom CM MAIBC FRAIC AIA (Bing Thom Architects Inc.), chosen for his work with wood on many projects around the world.

2011 Architect Award:

  • Bing Thom CM MAIBC FRAIC AIA (Bing Thom Architects Inc.) for various commercial, residential and institutional projects, all of which provide vibrant and sustainable solutions.  His showcase project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington DC, was deemed to demonstrate a masterful use of wood and new standards in design.

Green Building Award:

  • Russell Acton MAIBC (Acton Ostry Architects Inc.) for the Salt Building, the restoration and rehabilitation of the 1930s landmark in Vancouver.

Engineer Award:

  • Gerald Epp Hon. AIBC M.Eng. P.Eng. Struct.Eng. P.E. ( (Fast + Epp) for the innovative “Bridge of Dreams” footbridge in Princeton.

Residential Wood Design:

  • Scott Kemp MAIBC (Scott M. Kemp Architect) for the LEED® Platinum Guscott/Kemp Residence in Ladner.

Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design:

  • Philip MacDonald MAIBC (Philip MacDonald Architect. Inc.) for Willowbridge in Kelowna.

Interior Beauty Design:

  • Franc D’Ambrosio MAIBC (D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism) for The Atrium, Victoria.

Institutional Wood Design – Small:

  • Craig Duffield MAIBC (McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.) for the Tla’Amin Community Health + Multi-Purpose Centre in Powell River.

Institutional Wood Design – Large:

  • Darryl Condon MAIBC (Hughes Condon Marler Architects) for the Hillcrest Park Aquatic Centre, Vancouver.

Commercial Wood Design:

  • Darryl Condon MAIBC (Hughes Condon Marler Architects) for the Carousel Pavilion at Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay.

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.