Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre

Market Insights: Decoding the Code – New Building Requirements for 2013

In this discussion, Jarrett Hutchinson, Manager of Building Policy and Codes Development- Government of B.C., and David Ramslie, Senior Sustainability Programs Manager – City of Vancouver, will discuss upcoming changes to both the B.C. Building Code and Vancouver’s Building Bylaw. It takes place Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver. To register, visit A hot breakfast will be provided.

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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

Green Materials and Structures: Where are we Heading?
In this half-day workshop, Diana Klein P.Eng. LEED BD+C, from Eco-Integration, will explore the impacts of material and system choices. With knowledge, case studies and interactive group discussion, participants will be able to develop a strong understanding of the role materials and systems can play in sustainability. Attendees will:

  • gain an understanding of the history of building materials;
  • explore the materials now used in designing, including their environmental impact;
  • learn about sustainable building materials and systems elsewhere in the world;
  • explore the concept of carbon neutrality and what it means in the context of buildings;
  • gain an understanding of material assessment and choices (e.g. Is Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) a tool we need for design?); and
  • explore the concept of designing for deconstruction (DFD), both philosophy and strategies.

It takes place Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre, Oak Room, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver. To register, visit A hot breakfast will be provided.

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Glazing Systems for Buildings: Energy Performance and Structural Integrity
Making appropriate decisions at the design stage of a building project is critical to the safe and efficient operation of its windows and glazing systems. In this half-day seminar, an expert panel will discuss a selection procedure for energy efficient windows in the context of overall energy performance of the building enclosure and demonstrate techniques for assessing and reducing thermal bridges. Presenters include:

  • Brittany Hanam RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
  • Susan Hayes P.Eng. LEED AP BD+C, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
  • Mark Lawton P.Eng. FEC, Morrison Hershfield
  • Leslie Peer P.Eng. FEC, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • Leonard Pianalto P.Eng., Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • Dave Ricketts M.Sc. P.Eng., RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Topics include: tempered and heat strengthened glass; glass in guards; thermal bridging and U-values for windows; solar heat gain coefficients; energy rating systems; and the concept of thermal weight. The session will begin with a short introduction to the new APEGBC Building Enclosure Practice Guidelines endorsed by the AIBC. This seminar is intended for design professionals and all others with an interest in the energy performance and structural integrity of windows and glazing systems for buildings. It takes place Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Vancouver (venue to be announced). To register, visit Lunch will be provided.

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Call for Submissions: Architecture Canada Awards of Excellence

Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada invites submissions for the following RAIC Awards of Excellence:

  • Advocate for Architecture – recognizing long-term commitment to and support for the profession of architecture in Canada, at the national, regional or local level.
  • Allied Arts Medal – awarded to a Canadian artist/resident for recognition of outstanding creative achievement in the arts in any medium that is allied to architecture.
  • Green Building Award – to recognize outstanding achievements of high-performance architecture in Canada for buildings that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live, work and play.
  • Innovation in Architecture Award – honouring excellence in architectural innovation, including the research and development and the applied use of new technology; unique adaptation of existing technology; new project delivery methods; new design processes; new details; or the development of new methods related to the construction process.
  • President’s Award for Media in Architecture – for a book, a unique story, article, radio or television piece that contributes to the wide-spread dissemination of architectural values and ideas.

Calls for submission to these Awards of Excellenceare issued every two years. The submission deadline for this year is January 10, 2013. For more information including award criteria and submission details, please visit

BC Building Code 2012

BC Building Code 2012

The digital version of the new BC Building Code is now available for purchase online. A new feature of the online version only is *Intent Statements”designed to enhance understanding of the codes by assisting in the interpretation of the technical requirements. Other features of the online publication include:

  • ·automatic updates for the duration of the 2012 Code;
  • ·easy-to-use search engine;
  • ·links torelated BC statutes and regulations;
  • ·access to the previous 2006 BC codes; and
  • ·ability to view historical changes from within the current code.

To make your purchase, go to New versions of the BC Fire Code and BC Plumbing Code can also be found there. Note: the print versions will not be available until the spring of 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. Learn more at:


Dan White Retrospective

A retrospective on the work of the late former architect Daniel Evan White (1933-2012) is scheduled for exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver beginning October 2013. As a means of gathering more information on his career, particularly the early years, organizers are hoping to assemble a group of individuals who either worked with Dan or became familiar with his work through professional connections. An inaugural meeting will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at the offices of Principle Architecture/ Daniel Evan White Studio, 1447 Hornby Street (at Pacific Avenue), Vancouver. Attendees will meet fellow colleagues and associates who are currently participating in the exhibition project with the hope of generating additional stories and filling in some of the present knowledge gaps. Substantial research material will be on display. Two-hour free street parking is available throughout the neighbourhood, and refreshments will be provided. We hope you are able to join us. You are also invited to visit the website ( and sign up to receive regular updates. Please r.s.v.p. to Martin Lewis or Greg Johnson Architect AIBC MRAIC P.Eng. LEED AP (

2012 AIBC Annual Meeting Responses

Following the Treasurer’s Report at the 2012 Annual Meeting, members were invited to ask questions with answers to be published at a later date. Those responses, prepared by Executive Director Michael Ernest Architect AIBC and the Manager of Finance and Administration Karen Morris CGA, are now available online. Please see: 2012_Annual_Meeting_Responses_FIN

Cobalt Engineering

Client Seminar Series: Building Systems Integration

In this presentation, Ivan Lee P.Eng. LEED AP will take a look at how new, evolving technologies synchronize to enhance building operations and maintenance. He will also discuss the pros and cons of integrated building systems along with the potential pitfalls of implementing such a system.  It takes place Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Cobalt Vancouver office, Suite 180 – 200 Granville Street. Lunch will be provided. To register for this complimentary seminar, visit

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LG Appointee Applications Invited

The provincial government is currently inviting applications from those interested in serving as Lieutenant Governor Appointees to AIBC Council. As representatives of the public, LG Appointees are selected by the provincial government’s Board Resourcing & Development Office through an open, transparent and consistent appointment process. Such appointments are governed by written appointment guidelines available through the BRDO web site ( While the particular skills sought may differ depending on issues faced and competencies needed, applicants should have the necessary personal attributes required to add value and provide support for management, effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and account for the performance of the organization. An understanding of, and commitment to, corporate governance is important. Appointees must also not be in a position of direct or indirect conflict of interest related to their responsibilities to the organization. This is a voluntary, part-time position without compensation. Those interested in being considered are invited to complete an expression of interest through the BRDO web site (Requisition #1760921): For additional information, contact Senior Analyst Natalya Brodie at (604) 775-1683.

World City Prize

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a biannual international award that honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. The prize, valued at $300,000, seeks to recognise cities and their key leaders and organisations for displaying foresight, good governance and innovation in tackling urban challenges to bring about social, economic and environmental community benefits in a holistic way. To facilitate the sharing of best practices in urban solutions that are easily replicable, emphasis is placed on practical and cost-effective solutions and ideas for the benefit of cities around the world to spur further innovation in the area of sustainable urban development. Nominations are accepted only from independent third parties including senior government officials, leading academics and officials of international organizations in relevant fields, and organisations and leaders in the fields of architecture, urban planning, housing, transport management, urban design, energy conservation, urban policy and management. The recipient will be invited to share his/her knowledge and experiences during the 2014 World Cities Summit in Singapore. The deadline for submission of nominations and citations is Friday, March 23, 2013. For detailed information and nomination forms, go online to

Selwyn Pullan Exhibition

The West Vancouver Museum is featuring an exhibition of work by critically-acclaimed architectural photographer Selwyn Pullan. Titled Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism, the exhibition coincides with the release of a book by the same title. Pullan’s photography played a crucial role in popularizing the bold and innovative West Coast Modernism style that arose in the lower mainland during the 1950s and ‘50s.  He photographed projects for British Columbia’s leading architects of the era including Barry Downs, Arthur Erickson, Fred Hollingsworth, Ned Pratt and Ron Thom. His pictorial archive forms a crucial record of this definitive architectural movement. The exhibition is on view until December 15, 2012. For more information, visit

In Passing: Kon Uyeyama

Retired architect Kanau “Kon” Uyeyama passed away on September 20, 2013 at the age of 79. Born in Kelowna, Kon graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1957. He then worked for Arthur Erickson Architect and H.N. Semmens Architect before spending three years in Japan under architect Junzo Yoshimura. Upon returning to Canada, Kon worked for the Vancouver firms of McCarter Nairne & Partners Architects and Engineers  and Underwood McKinley Cameron Wilson Smith Architects. In 1972, he established his own firm, Architectron. An award-winning designer, Kon was proud to have contributed to such notable projects as the Granville Street Bridge, Filberg House, Grauer’s Cabana, The Salvation Army’s “Homestead”, UBC’s Osborne Centre, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kon once chaired the AIBC’s Educational Facilities Design Committee, served on the City of Vancouver Design Panel, and was also a member of the Council for Educational Facilities Design Panel for Canada and the United States. First registered with the AIBC in 1964, in 2008 he was granted Life Member status with the institute, recognizing 30 years of continuous membership. He is survived by his wife Mary. Those wishing to make a donation in Kon’s name are invited to do so to the charity on one’s choice.

New Accessible Design Standard

The Canadian Standards Association has published a new standard for accessible design. CSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment contains the technical requirements for making buildings and other facilities accessible to persons with a range of physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. This document was developed to fulfill an expressed need for a national technical standard that covers many different types of buildings and environmental facilities, and can be referenced in whole or in part by a variety of adopting agencies or jurisdictions. Significant changes to this edition include revised information on:

  • rights-of-way;
  • tactile walking surface indicators;
  • standard and universal washrooms;
  • residential accommodation; and
  • references for accessible outdoor recreational environments.

The new standard applies to the design and construction of facilities as well as the modification of existing facilities. Architects should also take into account local and provincial standards of accessible design, which may be more detailed and more restrictive than this national standard. To acquireCSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment, visit

Last Stars Standing

By Phillip Nobel, Metropolis Magazine
October 16, 2012

The past few years have been good for architecture—not financially, of course (it’s been brutal for most firms), but culturally. In contrast to the 1990s, and certainly into the noisy aughts, coverage of buildings and the people who design them is no longer focused so tightly on a select cohort, an elite. We see far less reflexive fealty to “starchitects” now. Even that insipid term seems dated, pejorative. More …

Can Other Cities Emulate The Success of New York’s High Line?

By Alan Davies, Crikey
October 16, 2012

New York’s new elevated linear park, the High Line, is one of the highest profile urban design successes of recent years. It’s all the more remarkable because, says architecture critic Paul Goldberger, New York is a place where “good things rarely happen easily and where good designs are often compromised, if they are built at all.” More …

Midcentury West Coast Modernism Comes Alive in Selwyn Pullan Book

By Janet Smith, Georgia Straight
October 11, 2012

Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism is just the book for retro-interior-design fans to display on their curvy Danish teak coffee tables. But it’s also a remarkable reminder of how livable the style—so often coldly reinterpreted in 2012—could be. The new publication (put out by Douglas & McIntyre) brings alive an era known to most only through vintage-furniture-store remnants, and celebrates the West Coast as the centre of the midcentury-modernist movement. More …