Update: Bulletin 41: Rules for Professional Conduct Process of the AIBC

An updated version of Bulletin 41 is now available on line (click here). This update explains the effect of the 2009 BC Court of Appeal decision in Salway v. APEGBC. As a result of that decision, the AIBC’s “consensual resolution” process for resolving allegations of unprofessional conduct has been put on hold until such time as alternative dispute resolution is authorized within the Architects Act.

Update: Bulletin 42 (Second Edition): Bankruptcy

An updated Bulletin 42 is now available on line (click here). This second edition replaces the February 1994 version, updated in December 2000. It  provides detail on the rationale for the reporting and investigating of bankruptcy/insolvency matters, and sets out revised AIBCCouncil rules to assist members, associates, licensees and firms in understanding their responsibilities in bankruptcy/insolvency situations.

University of Victoria – Conserving Historic Structures Course (Victoria)

The University of Victoria’s Continuing Studies is offering “Conserving Historic Structures”, part of its Cultural Resource Management Program. The conservation of historic places is governed by well-established principles and standards. This intensive course will enhance your understanding of the practice of heritage conservation, addressing central topics of the discipline and focusing on the preparation of a historic structure report. This course will develop your ability to:

  • Understand heritage conservation as a professional activity, guided by well-established core principles and standards of practice;
  • Become familiar with the charters, standards, guidelines, and processes that govern heritage conservation practice;
  • Become familiar with the statutes, regulations, and codes that control heritage conservation in B.C. andCanada;
  • Investigate and document the history and heritage values of a historic structure;
  • Investigate and document the physical condition of a historic structure;
  • Identify the materials and systems commonly encountered in historic structures, and analyze the nature, extent, and causes of their deterioration;
  • Select appropriate conservation strategies and interventions for particular situations; and
  • Prepare a historic structures report, drawing on the information learned in the course.

Instructor Richard Linzey is a U.K.-registered architect and senior heritage planner who has worked for Commonwealth Historic Resources Management in Vancouverand as a heritage planner for the City of Victoria. He is currently the Manager of Heritage Programs and Services for HeritageBC. This one-week course runs from July 5-9, 2011. The course fee of $681 includes a $75 materials fee. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register by June 6, 2011 (late registrations may be accepted if space permits). Details can be found at  https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Course/Detail/?code=HA489J.

36 Core LUs

Sustainable Design Tour of Copenhagen

Architects are invited to take part in an educational trip to Copenhagenfrom May 7-22, 2011. This unique opportunity will focus on sustainable architecture and green building. The program will also offer the opportunity to meet and network with architects, planners and developers; learn about Danish Architectural policy; and examine first-hand some leading examples of sustainable and CO2 neutral buildings. The tour is offered by the Danish Consulate General in conjunction with the Danish Architectural Association and Architecture Canada| RAIC. The $5,500 cost is all inclusive, and registration is limited to 20 participants. For further information and to register, please see www.ambottawa.um.dk.

19 core LUs

British Columbia Building Envelope Council

Specifying Preservative Treated Wood

The 2010 National Building Code of Canada now references the 2008 edition of the Canadian Standards Association standards for treated wood which requires a new approach to classifying treatments for different end uses. At the next BCBEC luncheon, presenter Paul Morris,  Group Leader – Durability and Protection for FPInnovations, will address treated wood requirements in the 2010 NBCC; other situations where treated wood may be needed; an overview of CSA O80 Series Wood Preservation (industrial preservative treatments, residential preservative treatments); understanding use categories 1 through 5A  (Table 1 in CSA O80.1); products and their use categories for specific exposures (Table 2 in CSA O80.1); preservative retention requirements for sawn products (Table 10 in CSA O80.1); preservative penetration requirements for sawn products (Table 5 in CSA O80.2); selecting the appropriate wood species for stability, strength and treatability; selecting the appropriate preservative; pre/post treatment conditioning; third-party quality assurance; appropriate and inappropriate product substitution; and on-site care and handling of treated wood to maximize durability.  The luncheon takes place Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Register at http://www.bcbec.com/seminars.php.

2 Core LUs

The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference and Call For Abstract

The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference is the fifth annual conference focused on understanding the nature of individual and organizational behavior and decision making, and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy. It will build on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, at which more than 650 participants discussed successful policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and built dynamic new networks and collaborations. It takes place from November 29 to December 2, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill.

The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference is calling for abstracts for formal oral presentations, short “lightning talks” and poster presentations. Deadline is May 15, 2011. Proposals should focus on well-documented applications of behavioral approaches in energy/climate policies and programs at individual, organizational or community scales; new, relevant behavioral research findings; measured results; and best practices.

For more information, please visit http://www.beccconference.org.

BCSLA Conference

The 2011 British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects Conference, RE:EVOLUTION, will be held May 12-14 at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver, The rich program features an outstanding roster of speakers, panels, tours and workshops.  Highlights include Charles A. Birnbaum from The Cultural Landscape Foundation who will host the world premiere of the Oral History Project, featuring Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. In addition to a wide range of inspiring speakers and presentations, there will be several networking events for participants to renew acquaintances and meet colleagues. For a preliminary program and registration details, visit http://www.bcsla.org/education/documents/PreliminaryProgramandRegistrationForm_April7.pdf. Register by April 29, 2011 to take advantage of reduced rates, and call the BCSLA offices (604-682-5610) should you have any questions.

Role Call: AIBC Contracts Committee

The AIBC Contracts Committee is seeking new members. The committee reviews and updates existing AIBC contracts and forms, and develops new ones. It also reviews and advises on Canadian Construction Documents Committee, British Columbia Documents Committee and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada standard documents. The AIBC Contracts Committee is currently working on updating AIBC Document 6C: Standard Form of Contract between Client & Consultant. The committee meets at the AIBC office, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. on the third or fourth Monday of each month (with the exception of July and August). If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please contact Practice Coordinator Ryan Dinh at rdinh@aibc.ca.