Heritage Vancouver Night: Secrets of the Penthouse

Presented by Forbidden Vancouver, an unprecedented guided tour inside the Penthouse nightclub by owner Danny Filippone, author Aaron Chapman and ex-VPD cop Grant McDonald. Danny’s father Ross and three uncles Joe, Mickey and Jimmy founded the Penthouse in 1947 and it’s still a family-run business today. This is a one-of-a-kind event for anyone with a love of Vancouver’s history.

On the Jan 16 Secrets of the Penthouse nights, proceeds go to Heritage Vancouver AND Heritage Vancouver members get a $10 discount on their tickets!
Time: Thursday January 16th (Doors open at 5:45pm)
Tours: 6:15pm and 7:15pm. (Club opens for normal business at 9:00pm)
Location: 1019 Seymour St.
Tickets: HVS members $39 and Non-members $49

Click here for full information and to book. If you are unable to pay online email info@heritagevancouver.org for alternative payment methods.

Changes to Building Codes in British Columbia

2012 BC Building Code

The 2012 BC Building Code energy revisions  for Part 3 buildings will come into effect on December 20, 2013. The Part 9 energy revisions will come into effect a year later, on December 19,  2014. The Building and Safety Standard Branch issued an important bulletin last May, it contains valuable information on selecting the correct climate zone for the province of BC.

The changes themselves can be found here:

The information bulletin can be found here:

2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw

The Vancouver Building Bylaw will implement parallel energy changes for Part 3 buildings on the same date, December 20, 2013, prior to the  new 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw (2014 VBBL) being implemented early in 2014.

Information, clarifications and other resources for  the VBBL energy requirements are available here:

The 2014 VBBL, based on the National Building Code of Canada 2010,  is currently scheduled for implementation March 1, 2014. As soon as it is available, we will publish the information. We are working with the City of Vancouver to secure the  list of differences between the BC Building Code 2012 and the 2014 VBBL  that may be available before the 2014 VBBL  itself is available for purchase, that too will be published here as soon as it is available.

2015 National Building Code of Canada and National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

Both the 2012 BC Building Code and the 2014 VBBL  are based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, and both reference the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. The National Building Code of Canada is the applicable building code within the province of BC on some federal lands.  Proposed changes to the next editions of  both of these documents are currently open for public review, the review period  ending December 23, 2013. Registrants are encouraged to review, and share their expertise by commenting on the proposed changes. http://www.nationalcodes.nrc.gc.ca/eng/public_review/2013/proposed_changes.html

Questions on these change processes can be directed to Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor at mgatensby@aibc.ca

2013 AIBC Holiday Hours

The AIBC offices will close for the holidays at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 re-opening on Thursday, January 2, 2014. On behalf of AIBC staff, best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season to you and yours.