November AIBC Council Meeting Minutes Now Available

Minutes from the Tuesday 13 November 2012 meeting of AIBC Council are now available. Click here: 2012_November13_Council_Minutes_adopted

Construction Specifications Canada

The Top Ten Home Warranty Claim Items
In this presentation, Jim Patterson of Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada will cover the “Top Ten Warranty Claims” and provide a broad overview of the home warranty system. Learn more about how builders and projects are underwritten; what construction issues are of concern to warranty provider; exterior detailing; windows (new suppliers to our market); new products from China; green items such as roofs, conservation and ratings systems; and making claims. It takes place Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria. To register, visit The CSC Vancouver Island Mini Trade Show will follow from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. This free event is open to all members of the Vancouver Island design and construction community.

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Why You Need Inspection Services – AWMAC, MFCSI and MPI
The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada’s Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) is a national program designed to ensure clients/owners get value and quality for their money. Projects covered by the GIS benefit from the expert guidance and direction of independent, highly qualified industry specialists. In this presentation, AWMAC GIS Certified Inspector David Christian will explain what this program covers and how it ties into the Architectural Woodwork Standards. In addition, Chris Maskell of the Master Floor Covering Standards Institute will introduce the newly-launched quality assurance program for floor coverings. He will discuss the top three reasons why floor coverings fail, give some examples of recent flooring problems and explain how the Floor Covering Reference Manual and quality assurance program combine to ensure successful floor installations. Finally, Dave Lick of Master Painters and Decorators Association Specification Services will discuss how MPDA deals extensively with architects and specifiers to fine-tune and update painting specifications. Inspectors deal with coating problems in general, as well as providing recommendations for correction. It takes place Monday, April 11, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. Register online at  Lunch will be provided.

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COV Deconstruction Permit

Knowing that an estimated 22% of waste disposal in the Greater Vancouver region consists of building material, the City of Vancouver is encouraging deconstruction, an environmentally-friendly alternative to standard building demolition. The city’s recently-introduced Deconstruction Permit Process is designed to divert building materials from landfill. In addition, those who opt for deconstruction and commit to diverting 75% of all building materials from a project (excluding hazardous or banned materials) gain certain advantages:

  • The deconstruction permit is offered at least two weeks in advance of the building/development permit, so no time is lost; and
  • Contractors receive a 50% rate reduction at the Vancouver landfill for residual waste (up to 10 tons).

This permit applies to single-family homes only. For more information, see:

North Van Heritage Awards

The District of North Vancouver is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Heritage Awards. This annual awards program acknowledges special accomplishments, projects and efforts that have furthered the goal of heritage conservation in the district. Award categories include:

  • Heritage Advocacy
  • Heritage Restoration
  • Heritage Landscape Preservation
  • New Design in a Heritage Context

The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 21, 2013. For additional information, contact Community Planner Kathleen Larsen at 604-990-2369 or

AIBC Exhibition Hits Nanaimo

Nanaimo Art Gallery January 11 – February 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Redefining the West Coast Spirit, an exhibition organized by The Architectural Institute of British Columbia, comes to the Nanaimo Art Gallery this Friday. The exhibition 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. Under the guidance of guest curator James Tuer Architect AIBC AIA BCSLA CSLA NCARB, the show 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; Urban Arts Architecture; and WMW Public Architecture + Communication Inc. An opening reception will be held this Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Nanaimo Art Gallery (downtown location) is located at 150 Commercial St., Nanaimo, B.C. All are welcome; admission is free.