The BC Construction Monitor - Environmental Assessments
In the debate over energy infrastruc-ture and other major projects, one common question recently has been whether proposals are being rigorously enough reviewed. This issue of the Monitor takes a close look at what major project review processes actually consist of.
Even with more renewables and energy efficiency, rising global demand means we’ll need to rely on conventional energy sources for a long time yet. Fossil fuels provided 84% of the world’s energy in 2012, and are projected to provide 78% in 2040.
ICBA CAST: Chris Gardner and Jordan Bateman preview the biggest debate of the BC Liberal leadership race, talk about the Resource Forum in Prince George, the wild and wooly world of Weaver’s wacky warblings, and the TransLink Mayors’ never-ending push to get more of your money. Plus, pro protestor portapotties and what it proves…
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In 2017, the BC Building Code added the BC Energy Step Code in an effort to increase energy efficiency requirements and map the transition to Net Zero Energy Ready buildings in our province over the next 15 years. The code is voluntary but our training department wants to help you better understand it!
They invite you to register now for our The Energy Step Code: What Energy Modelling will mean for Designers, Builders, and Trades in BC breakfast session in Burnaby on January 26. You can also earn 2 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing!
This performance standard requires energy modelling and an air tightness test on all buildings, and removes many of the specific requirements for efficiency of products and equipment. This approach increases flexibility for projects but also requires greater coordination between project teams.
This presentation will provide:
An overview of the new requirements
Guidance for designers, builders, and trades to take advantage of the flexibility of the Energy Step Code, including research on the specific costs and design changes from the Energy Step Code
Update on how local governments will be using the Energy Step Code in bylaws and policies, including a standardized inspection checklist.
It was a record-setting year for ICBA’s professional development department, as nearly 5,000 people trained and/or apprenticed with ICBA last year.
As highlighted in our inaugural Annual ICBA Training and Apprenticeship Report, ICBA is the single-largest sponsor of construction apprentices in British Columbia, with 1,173 spread through two dozen different trades. Check out the report to read about some of those apprentices – the future of B.C. trades.
We also trained 3,346 people in courses all over B.C. – 12 different cities, in fact.
Read the full 2017 Annual ICBA Training and Apprenticeship Report HERE.
Chris Gardner and Jordan Bateman talk about the BC Liberal leadership race, the swan song of Gregor Robertson (and Greg Moore), B.C.-Asia trade, and minimum wage. Watch us now – or download later as a free audio podcast in the iTunes or Google Play stores (just search for ICBA Cast).
The popular Harassment in the Workplace – Employer Responsibilities breakfast session is back! Our next session will take place on January 24 in Burnaby; don’t miss out!
The presenter will cover the following issues:
What is bullying and harassment and what are the risks?
What should an Employer do when faced with a potential bullying and harassment situation?
Employer’s duty to investigate
Complaints made for improper reasons
Creation of policies
Access to information
Proactive steps to help protect the workplace
Participants will be provided with real life examples involving the above topics together with practical business-based solutions. There will also be time for questions, so feel free to think about some real-life situations you may need some assistance with. You will also earn 2 Group A Continued Professional Development points from BC Housing.
To register for this course or any of ICBA’s other training sessions, visit www.icba.ca/training. Or, send our training team a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’d love to chat with you.
ICBA Communications Director Jordan Bateman joined HoweStreet.com’s Jim Goddard just as news broke that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will NOT run for re-election. They talked about Robertson’s run as mayor, next month’s BC Budget, and why Premier John Horgan is leaving his energy minister at home while he goes on a trade mission to Asia.
We invite you to register now for our January 17 breakfast session in Burnaby, Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace – Employer Rights and Obligations.
With the prevalence of prescribed marijuana for medical reasons, employers need to be aware of their options. How do you deal with an employee in a safety-sensitive role who has a medical marijuana licence? Are they still allowed to perform their safety sensitive job? If an employee with a licence says they need to use their marijuana at the workplace, how is this addressed? Are employees with medical marijuana licences exempt from drug testing?
Here’s what will be covered:
Drug and Alcohol Policies
Testing for Drug and Alcohol Use
Consequences for Testing Positive
Impaired at Work Situations
Accommodation requirements for workers with drug and or alcohol addiction
Suggested wording on Medical Marijuana to update company policies.
ICBA Communications Director Jordan Bateman cut a 90-second guest editorial for NL Radio in Kamloops Jan. 3 – and dug into why Site C matters for Kamloops residents.
It’s easy to think that big decisions like the Site C Dam project won’t have a major effect on you, your friends or your neighbours in Kamloops.
After all, Site C is nearly a thousand kilometres away from Riverside Park. How could a Fort St. John construction site possibly contribute to the prosperity of your community?
But for 89 families living in and around Kamloops, Site C is everything. 89 men and women from your city are part of the thousands working to build the dam. And the NDP’s decision to keep the project going was a huge relief to them.
That’s 89 families who can now count on up to 7 more years of high-paying, steady work at the dam. And more construction workers will be needed as the project progresses. A generation of apprentices will cut their teeth building Site C – becoming the backbone of the industry for decades to come.
Those 89 families aren’t the only beneficiaries in Kamloops. Keeping the project going saved us all from a 10 per cent Hydro rate hike. That’s a big chunk of change for the average family.
And the electricity that Site C will generate will be used by every business, every government office, every home for the next century.
Want a thriving tech economy in this province? We’ll need Site C’s clean power.
Want to make life more affordable? We’ll need Site C’s inexpensive power.
Want a good quality of life? We’ll need Site C’s reliable power.
Kamloops may be a thousand kilometers away from Site C, but the city is a big winner.
For NL Radio and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, I’m Jordan Bateman.
The new year will be here in less than two weeks, and it’s time to start thinking about your 2018 training needs. It’s never too early to make a plan!
Our training department is here to help. The new year will bring new courses, including new breakfast sessions such as The Energy Step Code and new technical training programs such as a January workshop on Aerial Boomlifts/Scissor Lifts in Prince George.
Have you subscribed to our biweekly training newsletter? It’s as easy as visiting www.icba.ca/trainingnewsletter; we tailor each newsletter directly to your region to make sure the courses you receive are easily accessible. No more frustration when a course interests you but it isn’t offered in your area!
We will continue to offer some of our most popular sessions, such as Responsibilities of Joint Health & Safety Committees, Occupational First Aid Level 1, Effective Management Skills and many, many more. The training department adds new courses nearly every week all over BC; check out www.icba.ca/training for the latest updates and to register for any of our upcoming courses.
Want more information or looking to suggest a course? Email us at email@example.com; we’d love to talk about training with you! Don’t forget, most of our courses offer Gold Seal Credits and BC Housing Continued Professional Development Points.
The training department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you at one of our courses in 2018!