Building Code Stakeholder Engagement Survey

Does your work require you to use BC’s building codes?  Would you like to be kept in the loop as building codes change?  Do you want to input into the code change process? Then this survey is for you.   The Building and Safety Standards Branch (the Branch) whose mandate is to develop and administer the BC Building and Plumbing Codes, is looking for the best ways to inform, consult and engage with you as building codes evolve.  As someone with a vested interest in the built environment, your input is important.  To complete this brief survey please click here.

Canadian Passive House Institute

Thermal Bridging Calculations

In this two-day course, participants will learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations for wood-framed construction. Common junction details and their modeling conventions will be examined. Modeling techniques will be taught using Therm. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform calculations and have them reviewed in class. Participants must have a familiarity with Excel, basic building heat loss calculations, and a general knowledge of Passive House design (e.g. by completing the 1-day Passive House introduction course). Taking place on Monday March 31 – Tuesday April 1, 2014, 9:00 – 16:30, at the Biological Sciences Building, UBC Point Grey Campus (6270 University Boulevard, Vancouver). Cost is $595 + tax per participant. Please visit CanPHI for registration details, or contact Andrew Peel at andrew@passivehouse.ca for more details.

12 Core LUs

Role Call: University of British Columbia Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on University of British Columbia Advisory Design Panel. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.

To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

  • AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (here)
  • ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here)

To fill out an interactive application form on the AIBC website, click here.

Please forward all submissions to the attention of Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko by e-mail (yvassilenko@aibc.ca).

Nominations For AIBC Council

Nominations are now being invited for the 2014/2015 AIBC Council. This is your opportunity to help shape the work of the body responsible for the self-regulating governance of the architectural profession in British Columbia in the public interest.

Nominations are open in the following categories (click below to access nomination forms):

All signed Call for Nominations Forms, Nominee Declaration Forms, and Nominee Statement Forms must be received by the AIBC time stamped before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014.

It is recommended that Call for Nominations Forms be submitted in hard copy with original signatures; however, scanned forms sent by email to nominations@aibc.ca are acceptable (facsimile signatures are not acceptable). 

To enhance voting members’ ability to compare candidates, nominees must fully complete and submit the Nominee Statement Form. Click here to access the blank Nominee Statement Form.

Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.

World Green City Lecture Series with Teresa Coady, Dr. Ray Cole and Gordon Shymko

Speakers work with the UN, UBC and international sustainable buildings, bringing forward a vision for Vancouver as a World Green City. Deputy City Manager, Sadhu Johnston will moderate and speakers will share their insights and experience related to the latest in green city planning policies and design. This is the first lecture of an annual series presented by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in celebration of urban nature in our city. Taking place on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the UBC Robson Square Theatre (C300, 800 Robson St.). Cost is $20 + tax. Please contact info@vcbf.ca or go to www.vcbf.ca for more details about this event.

2 Core LUs

Fenestration Association of BC

FENBC Technical Conference

This is the first annual technical meeting for FENBC.  For this full day event six timely topics will be covered, including: Window and Door Installation Techniques – new construction; NAFS and Part 9 buildings (commercial and residential); National Energy Code for Building (NECB) update and how NRFC CMA can be used in the NECB; Window and Door Installation Techniques – replacement; Safety Glass; and, NAFS and Part 3 buildings (commercial and residential high rise). Taking place on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Guildford (15269 – 104 Avenue

Surrey, BC). Please visit FENBC for registration details. For more information please contact Zana Gordon at 604.855.0245, or via email at zgordon@fen-bc.org.

4.5 Core LUs

Float Fill Flood: Building on Water

As the recipient of AIA Seattle’s 2013 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, David Dahl, Assoc. AIA, explored three international sites – Inle lake, Myanmar; Mexico City, Mexico; and Venice, Italy – that have built a blurry relationship with water.  The successes and failures of these systems provide insights into the wetter, more vulnerable future of all waterfront cities. The research from Dahl’s travels and projections for Seattle’s future relationship with water will be on display March 4 – April 25. The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the AIA Seattle Design Gallery. Drinks and light snacks provided.  

DETAILS

Opening Reception: Float Fill Flood, Building on Water
Presented by AIA Seattle

Thursday, March 6, 5-7pm
Exhibit on view March 4 – April 25

AIA Seattle Design Gallery, 1911 1st Ave
More info at http://www.aiaseattle.org/node/8810

APEGBC Discrete Scope Projects Directory – Find an Engineer for Your Small Project

Do you have a small project that requires the services of a professional engineer of professional geoscientist? To assist in locating professional engineers who provides services on these types of projects, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) has created the Discrete Scope Projects (DSP) Directory. APEGBC members and licensees whose names are included in the DSP Directory have voluntarily provided their information and indicated their willingness to take on such assignments.

For further information, contact:
Gilbert Larocque, CD, PEng, LLB
Associate Director, Professional Practice
E-mail: dsp@apeg.bc.ca
Phone: 604.639.8178

Important Notice: New 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw

Based on feedback from industry professionals and the revisions required, please be advised that the implementation of the 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL) will be extended to July 1, 2014 from March 1, 2014. Once the revisions are complete, the new bylaw will be available for purchase online at www.vancouver.ca in early spring. The City has indicated that it will further update AIBC next week, we will share any information received with members and associates as soon as we receive it.

The  new 2014 VBBL was originally approved in principle by City Council on September 25, 2013. It will be based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, as is the 2012 BC Building Code. Most ‘unique to Vancouver’ provisions will be brought forward to the 2014 bylaw, as well there are new ‘unique to Vancouver’ requirements to facilitate access for persons with disabilities in one and two family dwellings, click here to learn more. The City of Vancouver has conducted an extensive consultation process on this new building bylaw, and that process remains ongoing. Feedback from the AIBC, as well as our colleagues at the APEGBC, has been extensively incorporated into the new bylaw.

New 2014 energy requirements in Vancouver come into effect March 1, 2014. These apply to all buildings, except one and two family dwellings and low rise residential buildings of three or fewer storeys. Detailed information and tools to assist practitioners can be found on the City’s webpage.

The British architects who tried to change the world

By Staff BBC News Magazine
BBC News Magazine, February 18, 2014

Many of the world’s most striking modern buildings from the past 60 years have been created by a single generation of six British architects – each known for their distinctive high-tech style.

Sir Michael Hopkins, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Lord (Norman) Foster, Lady Patricia Hopkins, Lord (Richard) Rogers and Sir Terry Farrell have designed bustling international airports, futuristic financial headquarters and cultural centres which draw visitors from across the globe.

Now – to mark the opening of a brand new gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London – their achievements are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Take a look with Hugh Pearman – editor of the Riba Journal and Sunday Times architecture critic. More…

Role Call: Village of Pemberton Advisory Design Commission

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the Village of Pemberton Advisory Design Commission. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.

To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

  • AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (here)
  • ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here)

To fill out an interactive application form on the AIBC website, click here.

Please forward all submissions to the attention of Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko by e-mail (yvassilenko@aibc.ca).

Role Call: City of Nanaimo Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the City of Nanaimo Advisory Design Panel. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.

To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

  • AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (here)
  • ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here)

To fill out an interactive application form on the AIBC website, click here.

Please forward all submissions to the attention of Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko by e-mail (yvassilenko@aibc.ca).

Western Living Designers of the Year 2014

Western Living’s 7th annual celebration of design across the West invites veteran and emerging architects, designers and creative types from B.C. to Manitoba to submit their work (in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, fashion, landscape, industrial and eco design).  Winners and finalists will be published in their September 2014 issue. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.  Click here for more information on how to apply, or contact Amanda Ross, Contributing Editor, Western Living at amanda.ross@shaw.ca.