Spring 2016 Issue News

Telus Garden achieves LEED Platinum

Telus Garden has achieved LEED Platinum certification, distinguishing it as one of North America’s greenest buildings. Developed by Westbank with Telus, the project includes the 22-storey office tower (opened last fall) and a 47-storey residential tower that’s under construction (targeting LEED Gold). TELUS Garden boasts a district energy system, reducing conventional energy demand by 80%, Rainwater capture systems to irrigate gardens throughout the development and the city’s largest solar panel array, located on the office tower rooftop. Tenants include Amazon, Accenture and Capstone Mining.

 

BC firm wins AHR Innovations Award

International Wastewater Systems Inc. (IWS) has received a 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Award for Green Building Innovation. The product recognized was the Piranha wastewater heat recovery heat pump, which is a self-contained heat pump that extracts thermal energy from wastewater for domestic hot water production. Other Innovation Award winners included: Aeroseal in the ventilation category; Accutrol in the building automation category; Sporlan–Parker Hannifin in the cooling , and tools and instruments categories; Victaulic in the heating category; Semco in the indoor air quality, and plumbing categories; Carel Industries in the refrigeration category; and Plasma Air International in the software category.

The 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, FL attracted nearly 61,000 people from 67 countries, including 3,500 Canadians. A highlight of the show, the Innovations Award competition, honoured inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at the event. Winners are chosen by a panel of third-party judges from ASHRAE.

 

Prompt Payment Act

The Canada Prompt Payment Act has reached a second reading in the Senate of Canada. Bill S-244 will ensure contractors and sub-contractors on federal construction projects are paid promptly.

Bill S-224 ensures that the government institution must make progress payments to a contractor on a monthly basis, or at shorter intervals provided for in the respective contract. This payment requirement is consistent down the contractual chain.

The bill also accounts for milestone payments, when applicable, and permits contractors the right to suspend work, terminate a contract and collect interest on late payment.

The legislation only covers contracts (and the sub-contracts of those contracts) with the federal government, as all other construction projects would fall under the purview of the respective provinces and territories.

The progress of the bill is being applauded by the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC).

“Senator Plett has been a champion on this issue for our industry on Parliament Hill over the last several years. He is from our industry and he gets it,” said John Galt, chairman of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Canada to join virtually every other country in the Western world that has some form of prompt payment legislation in place to address this worldwide problem.”

 

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