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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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The Latest Community Benefit Agreement

They’ve been the buzz since mid-July: Community Benefits Agreements. The current BC provincial government spent its first year in office addressing key public issues, some of which were required in their Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party. Other issues, like housing affordability and superheated real estate markets, arose from campaign promises and […]

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Political Waves in an Ocean of Ideas

Politics in Western democracies is most noticeable just before, during and immediately after public elections.  But whether we love politics, hate them or refuse to acknowledge them, politics are everywhere.  They manifest in the office, on the job site, at the grocery store, and even at home. Political views are personal but when several people […]

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Spring 2018 Issue News

Vancouver Zero Emissions Centre set to launch   The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society has announced the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace

by BC Construction Safety Alliance In 1973 the LeDain Commission (among the better known of the many publicly funded examinations of illicit drug use in Canada over the years) was tasked to look into the impact of non-medicinal drugs like marijuana. The review was spurred by what the federal government called a “growing concern” about […]

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Improving Wastewater Treatment

      By Cheryl Mah Wastewater treatment plants are important municipal infrastructure assets for safeguarding public health and keeping waterways clean. For more than 50 years, the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has provided primary wastewater treatment to Vancouver, the University Endowment Lands, and parts of Burnaby and Richmond. The plant has undergone […]

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MCABC’s Purpose – Why join? Why participate?

I recently attended the meeting of a committee created by MCABC and ECABC – mechanical and electrical contractors. Most of you will know of the Risky Clauses project, a shared effort of the two associations to collect, review and provide legal interpretations of contracts to help our trades’ contractors administer their contract documents. This committee […]

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Our window of opportunity is closing

Over the past several issues of the Informer and other places I have been giving you news of progress in advancing Prompt Payment legislation here in British Columbia. With passage of Ontario’s Construction and Lien Act, the federal government’s review to bring legislation forward in Canadian parliament, recent news of progress in Manitoba, and soon-to-be […]

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