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Legalization of marijuana worries contractors

While the government seems to be focused on rules related to distribution and the sale of pot, the impact on workplace safety seems to fall to the contractors. They have a lot of unanswered questions. Current drug testing is limited to pre-job and post-incident and, for the most part, focuses on determining whether someone has used […]

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Lean Construction & Insurance

Lean construction methods In early November, MCA Canada held its 76th conference in Maui, Hawaii. More than 300 delegates from across Canada gathered to enjoy a little sunshine, camaraderie and to squeeze in some education.  Two topics covered were Lean Construction and MCAC’s new captive insurance program. After my September Informer article about the absence […]

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Fall 2017 Issue News

ASHRAE PUBLISHES 2017 VERSION THERMAL COMFORT STANDARD The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, “Elevated […]

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Heat Pump Retrofits for Large Buildings

by Tom Martin   Both the governments of B.C. and Canada have set an ambitious target of 80 per cent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions by 2050, vs. 2007 levels and vs. 2005 levels respectively. Meeting these targets will require transitioning away from processes involving combustion of fossil fuels. For provinces with clean electrical grids, […]

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Delivering Green Heat

by Cheryl Mah Climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have led many municipalities to explore district energy systems (DES) as a solution. District energy is a proven technology that is in use in communities around the world. Efficient, resilient, community-based energy systems, fuelled mostly by renewables, are increasingly becoming an […]

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Fentanyl overdose – Just whose issue is it anyhow?

In August, a Fraser Health Authority (FHA) report on the serious and growing problem of drug overdoses in BC stated that many overdose victims worked in the construction industry. FHA then held a workshop with construction industry representatives to learn more about the prevalence of drug use and overdose among construction workers. Over the course […]

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Communicating MCABC’s value

Associations, like MCABC, are formed when groups of people with shared goals recognize that working together is more effective than working alone. The whole structure of rules for operation, governance and membership then follows. It’s assumed the association will be folded when all goals are achieved, but the association’s activities must remain relevant to its […]

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New government may bring opportunities

Government met with pessimism in construction industry The BC media and sponsored fact-givers have been especially busy lately as our new provincial government slips into the offices of authority and begin to do its job. MLAs would have been there sooner had the slow-to-depart Liberals moved faster from denial to acceptance of the election results. […]

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