March AIBC Council Meeting

The next meeting of AIBC Council takes place Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the AIBC offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Members, associates and the public are welcome to attend. We do ask that you confirm your attendance in advance by contacting Executive Assistant Katherine Rau by e-mail ( or phone (604-683-8588, #335). Meeting agenda will be available shortly.

Advanced Permitting for Deconstruction

According to studies, 1.3 million tons of waste is generated annually throughout the Metro Vancouver region by construction, renovation and demolition activities. Last year, the City of Vancouver supported a pilot study in which two Vancouver homes were deconstructed, rather than demolished. It entailed the systematic disassembling of a building in order to maximize diversion of building materials. The result: 93% of the building materials were salvaged for reuse or recycling. To significantly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, the city has now introduced an advanced permitting process to encourage deconstruction as an alternative to demolition of one- and two-family homes. Through this process, applicants can opt in to deconstruction as opposed to standard demolition on a voluntary basis. A permit to demolish by deconstruction will be granted to applicants who commit to diverting at least 75% of building materials, excluding materials which are hazardous or banned from disposal. Applicants will receive their permit to deconstruct roughly two weeks in advance of issuance of the combined development and building permit to construct, and can begin deconstruction and site preparation without having to wait for their (development/building) permits to be issued. For more information on eligibility and permit application, visit

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia – Complying with ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – 2007

ASHRAE standards 90.1-1989, 90.1-1999, and 90.1-2001 have been the benchmarks for commercial building energy codes in the United States and a key basis for standards in more than 15 countries around the world including Canada. The 2004 version of Standard 90.1 included significant changes from the previous versions, such as reducing the number of climate zones, refining a number of HVAC provisions, improving stringency of lighting power requirements, and adding an appendix with new, more flexible rules when using 90.1 for LEED® certification. This seminar, targeted at design professionals, code officials and building owners, presents an overview of the 2004 standard, the addenda that have been added in the 2007 version, the standard’s requirements, and methods for compliance. While there is currently no date for adoption of the 2010 version, it will be discussed for future reference. Standard 90.1, with a goal of saving 30% more energy than the 2004 version, is a major revision. The 2010 version also includes changes to Scope and Purpose along with other revisions based on 122 addenda that were considered. The presenters, from ASHRAE’s Professional Development department, include Joseph Deringer AIA, President of The Deringer Group, Inc.; and McHenry Wallace P.E. LEED® AP, Director of Design Build Services for TXU Energy. The two-day seminar takes place Thursday, March 29 to Friday, March 30, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver. Register online at

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2012 Wood Design Awards

Nominees for the 2012 Wood Design Awards, a program of Wood WORKS! BC, have been announced and include the following AIBC members in the Architect category: Leonard Brown MAIBC, Leonard Brown Architect; Kevin Hanvey MAIBC, Omicron Architecture Engineering Construction; Patrick McCusker MAIBC, New Town Architecture; Joe Minten MAIBC, JM Architecture; and Thaddeus Young MAIBC, Thaddeus D. Young Architect. Additional categories include Commercial Wood Design, Green Building, , Institutional Wood Design (Large and Small), Interior Beauty Design, Multi-unit Residential Wood Design, Residential Wood Design, Western Red Cedar, and Wood Innovation. This awards program recognizes leadership and innovation in wood use while publicly saluting and encouraging continued excellence in the building and design community.  This year’s submissions include international projects in South Africa and China as well as from across British Columbia. The five-member jury consists of: John Allan, CEO of the Council of Forest Industries; Greg Johnson Architect MAIBC MRAIC P.Eng LEED® AP from the  University of British Columbia; Steven Kuan  Ph.D.  P.Eng. FEC of the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing with the Government of British Columbia;  Professor Reza Vaziri  Ph.D.  P.Eng. from the University of British Columbia; and Scott Wolf representing The Miller Hull Partnership LLP, Seattle. The winners will be awarded this March in Vancouver. For more information, contact Wood WORKS! BC Executive Director Mary Tracey at 1 (877) 929-9663.

Jane’s Walk Volunteer Tour Guides Wanted

Architects and other registrants are invited to be tour guides for a series of free walking tours being held the first weekend of May. Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Each year, in cities all over the world, local experts with an interest in the built environment create and lead tours that allow and encourage discussion of matters in the places we live, work and play. This simply involves planning a walking route through a chosen neighbourhood, thinking through the stories, places and people you want people to learn about and discuss, then leading the walk itself. The subject matter can vary widely – from architecture and history to public art and local restaurants. It’s all about building community connections. Tour guides are welcome to share the duties with other resourceful friends or colleagues. To volunteer or learn more, please contact Elizabeth MacKenzie Architect MAIBC at Additional information and resources can also be found online at

Illuminating Engineering Society (Vancouver Section) – Advanced Lighting Controls Workshop

This half-day Advanced Lighting Controls workshop and tradeshow, in partnership with BC Hydro Power Smart, will focus on how modern, state-of-the art lighting controls can deliver significant energy savings while maintaining the visual quality and also improving users’ experience. Get ready to find out the latest developments in technology, design, software and performance specification as well as experiencing first-hand presentations of case studies and implementation projects across North America. Advanced level sessions include: Adaptive Lighting Control where the focus will be adaptive lighting controls and their effect on energy efficiency, peak electricity demand and comfort; Controlling LEDs: Dimmers and Drivers and Daylighting, which will provide you with a basic understanding of the LEDs’ power supplies characteristics, an overview of North American dimming technologies and their effects on line voltage and low voltage, and various combinations of power supply, drivers and control solutions for LEDs; and Lighting Design for a Net-Zero Office Building  – National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility (RSF),  providing an overview of the RSF design, construction and commissioning process with a focus on the daylighting, electric lighting, and lighting control design strategies and systems. It all takes place Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street. Register online at

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New Registered Educational Providers

The AIBC is pleased to welcome both the Alternative Solutions Resource Initiative Research Society and the Illuminating Engineering Society to the institute’s Registered Educational Provider Program.

ASRi is a not-for-profit society founded in 2010 by a group of natural builders, designers, engineers and home-owners with a shared belief that the way houses are currently built is simply unsustainable. The society’s goal is to provide access to information and resources that foster and facilitate the use of materials and systems that offer sustainable alternatives to current mainstream construction practices.

IES, a non-profit membership organization, is a technical authority on illumination catering to all lighting professionals with the goal of improving the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and translating that knowledge into action.

For more information on these and other AIBC Registered Educational Providers, visit the web site at