New 2012 BC Building Code and 2012 BC Fire Code

The 2012 BC Building Code and 2012 BC Fire Code will come into effect December 20, 2012. While the Queen’s Printer does not yet have them available, keen practitioners can contact to be put on a notification list for when they are available. Online access is expected to be available prior to the printed version. Note: the 2012 BC Building Code will not include major changes in parts 5, 9 or 10 with respect to resource conservation (energy and water); however, further revisions in these areas is expected for 2013.

A working group with representation from the AIBC, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the Building Officials Association of BC, the Plumbing Officials Association of BC and the BC Building & Safety Standards Branch will be presenting a series of seminars throughout the province to introduce and highlight the significant changes found in the 2012 British Columbia Building Code. These one-day seminars will include a general administrative overview of the building code, changes to Part 3 and Part 9, as well as Part 7 (plumbing) changes. Sessions take place in locations across B.C. from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Online registration for these seminars will open Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at They are expected to fill up quickly, so it is advisable to register early.

Richmond November 22, 2012, Vancouver Marriott Hotel

Nanaimo November 27, 2012, Vancouver Island Conference Center

Victoria November 29, 2012, Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour

Burnaby November 30, 2012, City of Burnaby, Council Chambers

Kelowna December 4, 2012, Delta Grand Okanagan

Kamloops December 5, 2012, Best Western

Prince George December 10, 2012, Coast Inn of the North

Nelson December 12, 2012, The Prestige Lakeside Resort

Abbotsford December 14, 2012, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

Cranbrook December 17, 2012, Heritage Inn

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In addition to the above noted one-day seminars, the AIBC will be offering a shorter session – a repeat of the popular annual conference offering on changes to Part 3, supplemented by an overview of the changes to window requirements, and substantially the same as the Part 3 and window changes component of the full-day seminar. This is being done to address the needs of those who are working on projects that will be going for permit after December 20, 2012 and therefore must comply with the new code. It will be held at the AIBC Offices on October 24, 2012, with registration commencing  October 9, 2012. Although aimed at architects, all are welcome to attend. To learn more, click here:

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Hycroft Lecture Series: Catalog Shopping for Homes: Early Vancouver

Many early homes in Vancouver were bought from housing catalogues, then shipped as kits to a buyer’s house site where a buyer could assemble the home themselves. In this presentation John Atkins will discuss catalogue houses and their role in early Vancouver’s growth. It takes place Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. at the Hycroft University Women’s Club of Vancouver, 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver. Register online at

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Call For Proposals: Plan Maestro Eje Bulnes

To commemorate the bicentennial of the Republic of Chile, the Chilean government has developed a bicentennial legacy program that includes the creation, revitalization and consolidation of public spaces and buildings of great urban and heritage importance to Chile. As part of this program, the Presidency of the Republic has decided to revitalize Santiago’s Civic Quarter – specifically, President Manuel Bulnes Avenue and the area around it, located in the heart of Santiago. This involves a number of specific initiatives to be implemented through the Public Works Ministry and the Housing and Urban Development Ministry. For that purpose, the Housing and Urban Development Ministry has launched the “International Public Competition: Master Plan for the Bulnes Urban Axis“, inviting urban design / architectural proposals for the completion, updating and revitalization of the designated area through a master plan addressing these tasks together. The competition will award three prizes and three honorable mentions. Additional information can be found online at

New AIBC Gallery Exhibition: Redefining the West Coast Spirit

Redefining the West Coast Spirit:
Emerging West Coast Firms with Connections to the Land
October 29 – December 6 and December 14-20, 2012

This AIBC-generated exhibit highlights the work of new and emerging architectural firms demonstrating leadership and commitment to West Coast Modernism. It features the next generation of B.C. talent by showcasing their ideas about designing buildings, spaces and places in our unique coastal environment. The exhibition, under the guidance of guest curator James Tuer Architect AIBC, also provides a glimpse into the creative process and technologies that shape today’s West Coast architecture. Featured firms include DiStefano Architecture; JWT Architecture and Planning; Level Architecture + Design; One Seed Architecture + Interiors; Shape Architecture Inc; and Urban Arts Architecture. The AIBC Gallery (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver) is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.