Important BC Building Code Amendments

Additional amendments to the BC Building Code, effective December 20, 2013, are now available for download through the provincial government web site at For those with an online version of the BC Building Code, this update will be uploaded automatically shortly after the December 20 effective date. For those with the offline BC Building Code, an updating link will be sent on or shortly after December 20. Note: the December 20, 2013 amendments are particularly of relevance to the architectural community as they reference ASHRAE 90.1 -2010,  rather than ASHRAE 90.1 -2004, and permit as an alternate to this the National Energy Code for Buildings. In addition, the prescriptive compliance path has been removed from the body of the code, though prescriptive options remain available in the referenced standards.

It’s a Small World – The newest trend in urban development? Micro units.

By Karrie Jacobs, Metropolis Magazine
April 9, 2013

Seattle, they call them “apodments,” a neologism that could have come straight from Douglas Coupland’s 1995 novel, Microserfs. Certainly that’s the target market. Some of these apodment buildings are even in suburban Redmond, convenient to Microsoft headquarters, with units that measure a mere 140 square feet. Kitchens are communal, like laundry rooms. The rent is about $800 a month, including Wi-Fi. Similarly, in some of Seattle’s most desirable residential neighborhoods, such as Capitol Hill, skinny towers full of tiny dwellings have popped up in recent years, encouraged by a loophole in the zoning law that allows as many as eight unrelated people to share a kitchen. More …

LEED Gold for Animal Shelter

The recently-opened Maple Ridge Community Animal Centre, a project of Kelowna/Penticton-based Meiklejohn Architects Inc., has been awarded LEED Gold status, the first animal shelter in Canada to be so recognized. Environmental features of the facility, an initiative of the District of Maple Ridge in partnership with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, include high-performance glazing, extensive natural lighting, enhanced air circulation and significant water use reduction. More …