Architecture Canada / RAIC

Core Sunlighting Illumination in Buildings – An Architectural Approach (SDCB280)

This interactive online course, developed by the British Columbia Institute of Technology, will examine the application of core sunlighting approaches and technologies in commercial buildings as sustainable strategies to reduce costs, offset greenhouse gas, and provide a substantially improved indoor environment in workplaces. Participants will learn to:

  • Develop a common framework to define core sunlighting and its scope of application;
  • Review basic scientific principles of illumination, sunlight harvesting and distribution;
  • Develop methodologies to quantify performance and analyze the costs-benefits of core sunlighting strategies;
  • Identify technical issues in deploying core sunlighting technologies within buildings; and
  • Connect the importance of utilizing core sunlighting in the built environment as a sustainable building strategy to support the sustainability goals common to many communities.

Using tools such as video, audio and voiced-over PowerPoint, students will “visit” demonstration sites and hear from core sunlighting experts. It begins Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, December 1, 2012. For details and to register, visit

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AIBC Council Minutes – September 11, 2012

The adopted September 11, 2012 AIBC Council minutes can be found here.

In Passing: Dr. John Woodworth

Retired architect John Woodworth passed away on September 8, 2012 at the age of 88. Born in Vancouver, John volunteer for the Royal Canadian Air Force on his 18tth birthday, serving as a pilot during World War II, before entering the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. He graduated and registered with the AIBC in 1952. In 1955 he moved to Kelowna where he  established his own firm in Kelowna and remained until his retirement in 1987. Passionate about the arts, particularly music and theatre, John designed the Kelowna Community Theatre and the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre. He was as an accomplished writer and avid environmentalist. He was a founding director of the Nature Trust of British Columbia and past chair of The Nature Conservancy of Canada. In 1990, the Government of Canada recognized his longstanding commitment to community service through membership in the Order of Canada. In 2000, Okanagan University College awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Laws. He is survived by wife Nancy and daughters Robin and Carol. A Celebration of Life was held on September 22. Those wishing to make a donation in John’s name are urged to do so to the Nature Trust of BC or a  charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at

City of Vancouver Fee Increases

As part of its annual budgeting process, the City of Vancouver is recommending a series of fee increases including several impacting the architecture, design and construction sector. A report calling for an across-the board 2% inflationary increase will be submitted to Vancouver City Council on October 16, 2012. Areas in which fee increases are being considered include:

  • rezoning;
  • development applications;
  • base / flat fee building permit applications’
  • trade permits;
  • sign permits;
  • tree removal / replacement permits;
  • subdivision applications;
  • secondary suite inspections; and
  • 0ther miscellaneous fees such as for property addressing, file research and Board of Variance.


The finalized report will be available online at

If approved, it is expected that the effective date for these increases will be January 1, 2013.

2012 BC Building Code – What’s New for Architects

The new 2012 British Columbia Building Code will come into effect December 20, 2012. Building code expert Alan Brown Architect AIBC CP, of Alan Brown Architect, will provide an overview of the major changes to Part 3.  Brian Hubbs P.Eng. of RDH Building Engineering Ltd. will discuss changes to the window standards that will affect the specification of windows. This  session will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the AIBC offices, 100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Registration will open on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Go to

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Vancouver Island Construction Association (Victoria)

The Changing Face of Construction Procurement and Adapting

The construction industry is changing and new trends are emerging. In this session, a facilitated panel of industry experts representing owner/buyers, consultants and contractor sectors will share their experiences, observations and perspectives as they address new trends in Public-Private Partnerships (P3), hybrid P3s, design/build, bundling, integrated design, lean construction, foreign competition, and labour force impacts. Learn how demographics, policy, politics, trade agreements, environmental concerns, risk, cost, lack of funding and litigation are driving changes in public sector procurement, and how this can be either a detriment or an opportunity for your business. It takes place Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel, 146 Kingston Street, Victoria. To register, visit

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