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Mechanical contractors need to be aware of installation requirements where continuous vapour barrier is required on cold water piping systems

The following update to the BC Insulation Contractors Association Quality Standards Manual, dated August 20, 2018, was provided to MCABC by the BCICA Technical Committee: a) Where a continuous vapour barrier is required, Insulation Contractors include for Crush Proof Insulation at Hanger / Support locations for piping 2-1/2″ and larger unless specified otherwise. Sheet Metal […]

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How to (and How Not to) Solve the Labour Shortage

By Dana Taylor, MCABC Executive Vice President Construction and manufacturing are increasingly coming together with the fabrication of customized mechanical system components happening more with advances in building modeling. This practice also works as a strategy to deal with the future skilled labour shortage. For at least a decade and a half, business experts have […]

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Federal Tax Initiative – Analysis by Ronald Coleman

Tax reform focuses on three issues identified in Budget 2017: Sprinkling income using private corporations, which can reduce income taxes by causing income that would otherwise be realized by a high-income individual facing a higher personal income tax rate to instead be realized (e.g., via dividends or capital gains) by family members who are subject […]

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Mitigating the Risks Inherent in Subcontracting

Reprinted from 2017 Western Journal (published by Mechanical Contractors Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba) By Stephen Murdoch It has long been the case in the construction industry that onerous contract clauses have been the norm. All too often, terms are slipped into contracts without involved parties fully understanding the risks involved. This can result in sub trades, like mechanical contractors, […]

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