Fenestration Association of British Columbia

Specifying Fenestration Products With NAFS-08 Under The 2012 British Columbia Building Code (webinar)

The 2012 British Columbia Building Code references new standards for fenestration performance. The new standards — North American Fenestration Standard AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S. 2/A440-08, commonly referred to as NAFS-08 in the industry, and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS-08 — introduce new concepts and terminology as well as a new performance attribute: performance class. Implementation of NAFS-08 in B.C. poses questions not faced by other North American jurisdictions. It was designed for a regulatory context in which physical testing and third-party certification are the primary mechanisms for code compliance. Architects and specification writers need to consider how to integrate this test-and-label paradigm in the context of Canadian codes that do not require third-party certification or B.C.’s letters of assurance regime. In this webinar, fenestration specialist Al Jaugelis B.Sc. Arch. of RDH Building Engineering Ltd. will provide a clear and concise delineation of the issues for professionals practicing in B.C., covering essential new concepts and providing helpful and practical guidance. It takes place Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register, click here.

1.5 Core LUs

Getting Started With ExAC

The AIBC will be hosting an ExAC introductory seminar on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the AIBC. This session will cover exam eligibility requirements and general exam information.  Intern architects and newly registered architects who have previously taken the exam will be present to share studying strategies and answer questions. Please note: for reasons of exam security, actual examination content cannot and will not be shared. This will be an information and strategy session, as well as a great opportunity to meet fellow IAs interested in taking the exam and forming study groups.  This is also a child-friendly event.  For any questions or to r.s.v.p. for the seminar, please contact Registration & Administration Coordinator Emily Tyler at etyler@aibc.ca.

ExAC Registration Now Open

As of June 1, 2013, Intern Architects can apply to write the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC).  The registration form is available here. IAs are eligible for the ExAC if they are in good standing with the institute and have submitted a minimum 2800 hours of approved experience. Applications can be submitted in hard copy or PDF format via e-mail.  TO do so, or for any questions, contact Registration & Administration Coordinator Emily Tyler at etyler@aibc.ca.

Member Registration Trend

In a statement made by a member at the June 1 Annual Meeting, it was suggested that the AIBC has experience a marked decline in the number of registered architects since 1993. Contrary to that statement and as indicated in the following table, AIBC member registration has increased by approximately 52% over the past 20 years:


Year                                         Registered Members

1993                                                         1167

1994                                                         1239

1995                                                         1307

1996                                                         1374

1997                                                         1373

1998                                                         1370

1999                                                         1344

2000                                                         1350

2001                                                         1363

2002                                                         1329

2003                                                         1309

2004                                                         1333

2005                                                         1371

2006                                                         1411

2007                                                         1471

2008                                                         1553

2009                                                         1624

2010                                                         1698

2011                                                         1716

2012                                                         1753

2013 (to date)                                        1776

Processing of CES Fines

In response to a question raised at the June 1 Annual Meeting, the membership is advised that:

  • All cheques provided by members and associates to the AIBC as a result of fines imposed for non-compliance with the mandatory Continuing Education Systems requirements are systematically and readily processed.
  • Over the course of more than 10 years of CES at the AIBC, CES fine payments by members or associates have occasionally been returned when it was determined such monies were not due, or the fine was waived owing to extenuating circumstances as described in Bulletin 80: Mandatory_Continuing_Education_System_ Rules_and_Guidelines.

New VAG Could Have Bilbao Effect, if Money Can be Found to Build it

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun
May 30, 2013

I have always longed to travel to Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region, just to see the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The remarkable stone and glass structure — clad with a series of curved ribbons fashioned from titanium — opened in 1997. Since then, the term “the Bilbao effect” has been coined to describe how the $89-million museum transformed the metropolis of about a million people into a tourist mecca. Museums do transform cities. More…

New UBC Representative to AIBC Council

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the AIBC received written notice of resignation from Matthew Soules Architect AIBC, the recently-appointed University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture representative on AIBC Council. SALA Director Leslie van Duzer has since nominated Professor Chris Macdonald as the school’s representative to council, a position that Macdonald held prior to the 2013 AIBC Annual Meeting.

It had been announced earlier this week that on Friday, May 31, 2013, the AIBC received written notice of resignation from Macdonald, and that the SALA director had named Soules to serve on council. The UBC SALA position is one of five statutory non-elected positions on the 15-member council.