National Model Construction Codes Review

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would like to invite industry members to take part in a public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. The codes – comprised of the national building, fire, plumbing and energy codes – are models developed by the CCBFC that provinces and territories can adopt as is, or with modifications, as part of their own building, fire and plumbing regulations. This public review, one of the principal steps in the process for updating national code documents, provides a nation-wide forum where anyone can comment on the changes proposed. The review will run from October 15 to December 13, 2013. Following the review, CCBFC standing committees will consider all comments and make final recommendations on each proposed change. Final changes, subject to CCBFC approval, will be published in 2015. To take part in the review, go online to

RAIC Metro Vancouver Advocacy Awards Dinner

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the RAIC’s Metro Vancouver Chapter cordially invite you to attend its annual Advocacy Awards Dinner, where we celebrate the advocates of Architecture from our community – architects, emerging practitioners and organizations whose efforts have inspired a dialogue of critical issues relevant to the architectural industry and have contributed to society’s increased awareness and appreciation of the significant role architecture plays in all our lives. This year’s recipients are:

  • Michael Apostolides & The Vancouver League for Architecture and the Environment;
  • Stanley Kwok, retired architect, urban planner and city builder;
  • Mayor Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver;
  • Leslie Van Duzer, Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and
  • Bob Williams,  Director – Vancity Board of Directors, former provincial cabinet minister and past chair of ICBC.

The evening’s keynote speaker is James Cheng Architect AIBC FRAIC. You are welcome to bring your partner, colleagues, friends and clients to the awards dinner and presentation. It happens Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. The cost is $85 per person, which includes appetizers and dinner, and all purchases are eligible for a charitable receipt. All proceeds raised from this dinner will go towards the Metro Vancouver Chapter speaker series, student and intern architect events, the Architecture4kids program, design competitions as well as advocacy efforts for architecture in B.C. Click here to get your tickets online.

Vancouver Introduces Permit Appointment Process

Beginning November 4, 2013, the City of Vancouver will take appointments for a variety of services that were previously processed on a first come, first served only. As a result, permit customers can save time and avoid waiting in line by booking an appointment for everything from questions about a site to submitting an application for tenant Improvements, demolitions and minor alterations or additions that meet the city’s field review requirements. For these services, appointments are optional and walk-in service is still available, but those with appointments will move to the front of the line when they do  arrive. In addition, appointments will now be required for customers submitting Tenant Improvement Program applications, development permit applications,  more complex building permit applications, and all new construction single family housing permits including laneway houses. These applications will be submitted directly to a project coordinator who will manage the file from start to finish, including performing the technical review. This direct contact between applicant and file manager will allow for an informative exchange about the project, especially key assumptions that, if missed, could be problematic down the road. To book appointments, call (604) 873-7611 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, click here.