Change Coming to Vancouver’s Laneway Housing Program

After four years of success, Vancouver looks to increase its laneway housing program by including all single-family housing zones
By Sarah Fullbrook, BC Business

February 26, 2013

In a bid to increase urban density, Vancouver is looking at expanding its laneway housing program. Launched in 2009, the program has seen 800 permits for laneway houses issued, with north of 500 being built over the past four years. More …

There’s Scant Evidence Behind The Myth About Foreign Buyers of Vancouver Real Estate

By Andrea Woo, Globe and Mail
February 23, 2013

The ruse went sideways not long after the broadcasts aired. Two sisters, identified as eager home buyers, perused a downtown Vancouver condo development in news segments about a spike in sales over the Lunar New Year. If they liked the suite, the sisters said, their parents – visiting from China – would purchase it for them. More …

The World Wants Vancouverism. Shouldn’t Canada?

By Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
February 23 2013

I recently flipped through aerial photos of Canadian cities in the 1970s. One thing stood out: the parking lots. They were everywhere. Downtown Vancouver was a checkerboard of them. Post-Olympic Montreal was streaked with them. Toronto, especially south of King Street, seemed to be nothing but one giant, contiguous grey parking lot yawning across the lakefront. More …

British Columbia Building Envelope Council – Vancouver

Building Enclosure Practice Guidelines

This past October, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia issued Practice Guidelines – Building Enclosure Engineering Services for use by APEGBC members and licensees. In this presentation, APEGBC’s Gilbert J. Larocque CD PEng LLB   will discuss the history and rationale that led to the publication of these guidelines, and provide an overview of their contents and use. The logic and details of the guidelines should be of interest to both practitioners and building code authorities. It takes place Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Register online at Lunch will be provided.

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New OAA President

Bill Birdsell OAA MRAIC has been chosen president of the Ontario Association of Architects for the coming year. Birdsell has been a member of OAA Council since 2009, having acted as both senior vice president and treasurer in addition to serving on several committees. He is the principal of J. William Birdsell Architect in Guelph, Ontario, and an active member of the City of Guelph’s Committee of Adjustment.

Update: 2013 Annual Conference Call For Papers

Don’t fret if you missed the February 24 deadline for expressions of interest from those interested in presenting at the 2013 Annual Conference – there’s still time. The deadline for actual proposals is March 14, 2013. Just drop a line at to let us know you intend to submit, then send along a completed submission form by March 14. Your proposal will be considered by the conference’s Professional Development Program Committee, responsible for bringing forward a plan for two days of inspiring, engaging professional development. This year’s conference, organized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in partnership with the American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region, takes place October 23-26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Submissions are invited from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops. For further details as well as the submission form, click here.

Vancouver Architects for Market Research Study

Students in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, in conjunction with Odyssey Consulting, require Vancouver-based architects to take part in a research study. The study pertains to In the House Festival, a not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of Arts in Action Society – Greater Vancouver, which creates venues for artists to explore, perform and promote their talents. The intent is to identify market and communication opportunities for corporate and business participation. Your support and participation is required. To access the brief (10 minutes) online questionnaire, go to For those able to schedule in a 20-minute interview, please e-mail or call (778) 878-0256 prior to March 1. The research period is February 25 to March 7, 2013. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. To learn more about In the House Festival, please visit

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

Resilient Flooring – Sustainable Solutions

In this presentation, Michael Venne of Johnsonite Tarkett and Paul Harper of Erv Parent Group will discuss new linoleum product development; the nature of resilient flooring; safety considerations in flooring specification; acoustical considerations; job site scrap reclamation programs; NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings certification; and Cradle to Cradle certification. Case studies will be included. It takes place Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Ambrosia Conference Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria. To register, e-mail Vancouver Island Chapter Chair Don Lovell at

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