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BUILDEX Express comes to Vancouver! An exclusive one-day event for the Construction, Property Management, Interior Design and Architecture industries! This exclusive event features educational seminars, tabletop exhibits, complimentary food & coffee, and Happy Hour & prizes! Taking place on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, the Conference is run 8:00a.m. to 2:30p.m. and with the Tradeshow on from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. To register and view the program, please visit BUILDEX Express. 

LUs available for seminars.


AIBC-BOABC BC Building Code Seminars (Updated)

Energy Provisions 9.36 of the BCBC

The AIBC, in conjunction with the Building Officials’ Association of BC (BOABC), will be delivering education seminars in 10 locations throughout the province.  These seminars will deal with the new energy provisions of the code. The province’s recent adoption of the 2012 National Model Building Code amendments for energy efficiency in housing and small buildings will become effective on December 19, 2014.

Dates: October 22 – November 26, 2014
Location: 10 locations throughout the province
Cost: $315.00 Includes GST(#86748 6813) & Lunch
Learning Units (LUs): 7 Core LUs
To Register:
To sign up for this event, please click below to view the cover letter for detailed information, and the Registration Form to view the dates at your location.

Cover Letter

Registration Form 

All completed Registration Forms may sent to Jennifer at along with payment, details within.

Attendees must download the presentation materials from the BOABC website prior to attending.  After clicking on the link, scroll down the page and the presentations are listed under item 15.  Attendees can also click on the first link under ‘What’s New’ on the home page titled ‘BCBC Energy Efficiency Requirements for Part 9 Buildings Presentation PDFs’. Printed copies of the presentation materials will not be handed out during the sessions.

Space is still available in many of the venues, registrants working on Part 9 buildings are strongly advised to attend.  If that is not possible, reviewing the above-noted PDFs of the presentations will give an overview of the issues as a gateway to self-study.

7 Core LUs 

This posting was updated on October 29, 2014. 


BC Electrical Association

Education & Lighting Expo

The Vancouver Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in partnership with BC Electrical Association invites you to attend a half-day Education & Lighting Expo. Sessions will feature: the BC Building Code (Requirements for Electrical Power and Lighting); How LEDs and ASHRAE-IES90.1 requirements change the way controls are done; The tales of lighting retrofits; and LED safety and performance certification. Taking place on October 16, 2014 at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre (Coquitlam, BC) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact Barbette Ishii at or by phone at (604)291-7708 for more information and registration details.

1.5 Core LUs per each session

Informa Canada

The Interior Design Show West

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Annually the show continues to grow in size, importance and reputation and in 2013 welcomed over 35,000 visitors. IDSwest has successfully contributed to an increased exhibitor base, exciting special features, a broader speaker program, trade only times, and an ever expanding compliment of design experiences. IDSwest 2014 will continue to showcase the best in international and local design underlining that Vancouver continues to be one of the strongest real estate and construction markets in Canada. This year its taking place September 25 to September 28 at the Vancouver Convention Center West. Please check the website for more information, dates and times, and to purchase tickets. 

various LUs available


Women in Architecture

Robert H Lee Alumni Centre Site Tour

The development of the University Boulevard neighbourhood is intended to create a gateway to the campus as well as its heart and to reflect the University’s innovation in campus planning and academics. The 40,000 square foot, 12-million (construction cost) UBC Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will provide street level vitality and energy while establishing a landmark building for the University and its alumni. The Centre will be welcoming for alumni and students; its timeless design will express the collective values, legacy and aspirations of the institution and its alumni. The design of this project is a collaboration of Hughes Condon Marler Architects and KPMB Architects (Toronto). Daniel Philippot (an associate in charge on the side of Hughes Condon Marler) and Elena Chernyshov (an architect working on the project from Hughes Condon Marler team), will lead two tour groups elaborating on particulars of spaces and construction. Taking place on September 16, at 6pm, this event is free of charge. The tour is scheduled for 1.5 hrs and will begin at the NE corner of University Boulevard and East Mall (UBC). Please contact Elena Chernyshov for more details at


2 Core LUs

BC Building Envelope Council

2014 BCBEC Conference & AGM: Building Performance – The Way Ahead

BCBEC invites you to participate in its annual one-day symposium. Industry experts and educators will explore a variety of topics, including the implementation of the new NAFS window standards, high performance insulation, laminated wood construction, historical restoration, attic ventilation in wet coastal climates, and other emerging trends. Be part of the conversation about current trends, innovation and research. Taking place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC) Register online today at For questions please call 604-294-0037 or email for more information. 

Core LUs available


2014 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence open for submissions…plus jury details!

By Staff Canadian Architect
September 2, 2014

The Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence is an annual awards program open to all architects registered in Canada and to Canadian architectural graduates for buildings designed in Canada and abroad. Foreign architects are permitted to submit, provided they have partnered with a Canadian-registered architect.

Project submissions must be received by 5:00pm EST on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 18, 2014. All projects must be commissioned by a client with the intention to build the submitted proposal. All building types and concisely presented urban design schemes are eligible. Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program, site, and geographic and social context. They will evaluate its physical organization, form, structure, materials and environmental features.

For more information and to download the entry form, please visit

The entry form is also available in the July 2014 and August 2014 print editions of Canadian Architect.

To view the winners of the 2013 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, please visit

The jury for this year’s awards has been finalized, and is comprised of: Michael Green, founder and principal of MGA | Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver; Tyler Sharp, principal of RDH Architects in Toronto; and Éric Gauthier, principal of Les Architectes FABG in Montreal. Read more…

A New Festival that Celebrates the Architecture of the Arctic Circle


By Shannon Sharpe
September 8, 2014, Architecture News Norway Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Last weekend saw the opening of a new cultural festival on Sandhornøy, a small Norwegian island within the Arctic Circle. Centered around three traditionally-inspired structures by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, SALT is a celebration of the history and culture of Arctic communities – and while the structures of the Norwegian festival will remain in place for a full year, the festival itself plans to tour the northern regions of the globe, with new locally specific installations at each locale. Find out more about the festival in after the break, in this post originally published on Metropolis Magazine. Read more…

A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat


By Liz Stinson
September 9, 2014, WIRED

With few exceptions, the buildings we occupy are rigid and stationary. This is generally a good thing. After all, no one wants an office tower toppling over with a big gust of wind. But what we gain in stability, we lose in flexibility and adaptability. As buildings become smarter and more responsive to their internal environment, it stands to reason that the architecture should be somewhat responsive, too. The problem is, that’s not exactly easy to do.


Architects have long explored the value of adaptive architecture through conceptual projects (we’ve seen it with tensegrity structures like this one modeled after the behavior of slime mold). A project from three students at Barcelona’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs.

The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light. In its proposal, the team (Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta and Ramin Shambayati) created a modular component that expands and contracts based on temperature. The idea is that by attaching a SMP joint to a tessellation of material (in this case plywood), you can expand that component’s surface area to four times its original footprint. Read more…