BC Building Code II

For those needing or wishing to take BC Building Code II, now is the time to register. Subject matter includes letters of assurance; professional design and field review in accordance with the current provincial code; spatial separation and exposure protection analysis; barrier-free design principles; and code requirements for persons with disabilities. For a complete course description, visit the AIBC web site at http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/index.html and select “Required AIBC Professional Development Courses”. It is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013. Note: this course is offered only once a year. You do not need to complete BC Building Code I in order to take BC Building Code II. Should you have further questions, please contact Professional Development Coordinator Aleta Cho at acho@aibc.ca.

6 Core LUs

Reminder: Consensual Resolution Bylaws Ballot

Members and honorary members are reminded that they have until Friday, May 3 to complete and return their ballot regarding proposed new consensual resolution bylaws. Packages were mailed this week that include a cover letter from AIBC President David Yustin, background information on consensual resolution and mail ballots, proposed consensual resolution bylaws 36.0 through 36.22, a ballot, a bylaw ballot envelope and a return envelope. Note: the mail ballot cover letter, background information and proposed consensual resolution bylaws are also available online: Mail Ballot Package Information. All ballots must be physically received at the AIBC offices by the 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 deadline. Should you have any questions about the proposed bylaws, please direct them to the AIBC’s Bylaw Review Committee at bylawfeedback@aibc.ca. Questions about the mail ballot process can be directed to Illegal Practice and Professional Conduct Coordinator Jackie Buchan at (604) 683-8588 Ext. 316 or jbuchan@aibc.ca. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

Luncheon Seminar: Construction Management

In this presentation, Paul Polson, vice president at Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., will provide an overview on project procurement with a focus on construction management and the types of projects best delivered under this model. It takes place Thursday, May 9, 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 in advance at donwlovell@gmail.com. Lunch will be provided.

1 Core LU

Canada Green Building Council

CaGBC National Conference and Expo 2013

Building Lasting Change

The buildings and infrastructure built today must be resilient and adaptive to a changing environment. It is essential they create long-term value through improved energy performance and less water consumption. Communities should be designed to mitigate the environmental challenges that lie ahead, and this involves city planning that accommodates vast future urbanization, while still providing improved quality of life. The upcoming 2013 CaGBC National Conference and Expo will examine the challenges faced in building lasting change. Keynote speakers include visionary environmental business leader and advocate Robert F. J. Kennedy Jr., and Jeb Brugmann, a global practice leader in local sustainability and poverty reduction. The program features the following educational streams:

  • LEED in Canada: 10 Years of Innovation
  • Future Green: Neighbourhoods and Cities
  • Leading the Way: Green Commercial Real Estate
  • Next Generation of Products and Materials
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Net Positive Buildings (SB13)
  • Master Speaker Series

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn about some of the most innovative companies, products and services that Canada’s green building industry has to offer, on both the expo floor and demonstration stage. Browse through innovative poster presentations on display to see more visions of Canada’s green building future. It all takes place Tuesday to Thursday, June 4-6, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver. For more information and to register, visit http://www.cagbc.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=National_Events.

Core and Non-core LUs available

Cascadia Green Building Council & International Living Future Institute

Living Future unConference 2013 – Resilience and Regeneration

The seventh annual Living Future unConference takes place Wednesday to Friday, May 15-17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats will provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future. This year’s educational program theme is Resilience and Regeneration. Take part in interactive presentations, workshops and tours that encourage a hopeful embrace of the region and planet’s ecologic, economic and social challenges, and offer solutions addressing these challenges at the building and city scale. Keynote and plenary speakers include award-winning scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster and co-founder of the David Suzuki Institute, Dr. Suzuki David Suzuki; founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, Jason F. McLennan; and environmentalist and author Paul Hawken. The program features the following educational tracks:

  • Transformative Water Solutions
  • A New Paradigm for Office Buildings
  • Landscapes and Nutrient Flow
  • Adaptation and Resilience
  • A New Energy Paradigm
  • Affinity for Nature
  • Mitigation, Adaptation, and Transformation
  • Social Resiliency
  • In the Eye of the Storm
  • Regeneration on the Inside
  • Economics of Change
  • Resilient Communities
  • Radical Transparency
  • Nature’s Resilient Principles
  • From Systems to People

Visit the trade show to network and learn about products and services suitable for use in Living Building Challenge projects, as well as be included in the materials database Declare. It all happens at the Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle. For more information and to register, visit http://living-future.org/unconference2013.

Core and Non-core LUs available

British Columbia Building Envelope Council

NAFS and the 2012 BCBC: The New Omnibus Fenestration Standard

The 2012 British Columbia Building Code references a new standard for fenestration performance,  introducing new concepts and new terminology, and giving architects and specifiers the ability to specify performance and quality attributes with greater precision. For the first time, the performance requirements for listed fenestration products are covered by a single standards document: AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08, NAFS North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors and skylights. And unlike the venerable CSA A440-00, this standard specifically addresses commercial windows and doors used in Part 3 mid- and high-rise buildings. Known in the industry as NAFS, and called the Harmonized Standard in the building code, this document represents a significant departure from the standards used in the past. In this workshop, Al Jaugelis of RDH Building Engineering Ltd. will introduce architects, engineers, specification writers, and commercial glazing contractors to the new standard while exploring how it will affect the selection, rating, and performance verification of fenestration products. It takes place Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. To register, go to http://www.bcbec.com/seminars.php. Lunch will be provided.

1 Core LU

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

HVAC Systems: Overview and Design Issues for Sustainable Buildings

Successful sustainable design for HVAC systems is grounded in an understanding of the basic principles of how buildings interact with the environment, as well as hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of new technologies and materials. In this seminar Integral Group’s Geoff McDonell P.Eng. LEED AP will provide up-to-date information on human comfort systems for low energy green buildings.  Topics to be discussed include:

Basic Building Physics and Human Comfort

  • “All-air systems” versus hydronic energy transport;
  • De-coupling room temperature control from ventilation;
  • Radiant comfort and human comfort engineering; and
  • Building envelope issues: glass, solar, wall construction, basic HVAC calculations.

Hydronic Radiant Systems Design and Application

  • Radiant heating and cooling systems types;
  • Ventilation systems with radiant systems;
  • Humidity control for radiant cooling;
  • Radiant applications: floors, ceilings, types of equipment; and
  • Geo-exchange systems with hydronic radiant systems.

Putting It All Together – Low Energy, Sustainable Buildings

  • High performance/low energy building envelope criteria;
  • Glazing and window performance;
  • Swiss Batiso (constant temperature) Building overview;
  • Local case studies with costing examples; and
  • Going beyond LEED – next steps.

It takes place Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver. To register, go online to http://www.apeg.bc.ca/prodev/events/HVAC_systems.html.

3.25 Core LUs

Advisory Design Panel Appointments

The AIBC congratulates the following architects who were nominated by the institute and recently appointed to serve on advisory design panels:

Corporation of Delta Advisory Design Panel

  • Scott Kemp  Architect AIBC
  • Stefan Aepli  Architect AIBC
  • Tony Yip  Architect AIBC
  • Patrick Xu Yang  Architect AIBC  (alternate)

District of Maple Ridge Advisory Design Panel

  • Colleen Dixon  Architect AIBC

Thank you to all applicants who expressed an interest in volunteering to represent the profession.

My 10 Rules for Better Project Management

By Mark LePage, Entrepreneur Architect
March 24, 2013

This is the final piece to the puzzle; the final session of the Entrepreneur Architect Academy. For the past twelve weeks, we’ve explored every element required for a successful architecture firm. We started with your Personal Productivity and we’ll wrap it up here with Project Management. More … http://www.entrearchitect.com/2013/03/24/entrepreneur-architect-academy-012-my-10-rules-for-better-project-management/.

Canada Green Building Council

Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council has been working to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. The CaGBC, a not-for-profit, national organization, works closely with its membership, partners and other stakeholders to help make buildings greener. Learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers here: http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/CurrentREP.html