CPD Opportunity – Climate Action, Bio Energy & Net Zero Initiatives

The Northern Climate Action Network (NorthCAN) is hosting presentations inspired by two innovative approaches to climate action.

The meeting will feature presentations on:

Presentation: Building a Legacy North – Bio Energy, Net Zero Building, Climate Action & Step Code Resources

Delivery Format: Online – Zoom

Date: December 13, 2022

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (PST)

Cost: Free

Registration: Click here

CPD Points: 2 points – Category A4

More about NorthCAN:

Earlier this year, CEA helped to initiate a new network in northern BC that exists “in and for the North” and brings together individuals from local governments, Indigenous communities, health and education, business and industry, and NGOs to share successes and experiences aimed at reducing local greenhouse gas emissions and making communities more resilient. Find out more and see meeting recordings here:  https://www.communityenergy.ca/northcan/.

CPD Offering – Energy Step Code Training for Building Officials

Due to high demand, the Association is pleased to announce that we have brought back two more offerings of the Energy Step Code Training for Building Officials.  Each of these offerings is the same course, so only register for one.  This education is being offered to help enhance the capacity of qualified officials and local authorities to implement the Energy Step Code.

Details and registration information about the first course offering, Fundamentals of Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings, are found below.

Course Name: XZEB 1001 Fundamentals of Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings (private offering for BOABC)

Delivery Format: Online (interactive and instructor led)

Duration: Weekly three (3) hour sessions for five weeks (15 total hours of instructional time)

Dates: January 17, 24, 31 & February 7, 14, 2023 (you are committing to all five sessions when you register)

or

Dates: April 18, 25 & May 2, 9, 16, 2023 (you are committing to all five sessions when you register)

Time: All sessions are 1:00pm – 4:00pm (PST)

Cost: $199 (plus GST) per student.  This special price for members is made possible by generous support from BC Hydro and BCIT.

Registration: Click here (max 50 registrants per offering)

CPD Points: 5 points (automatically uploaded to your member portal when you register)

Course Description:

This course covers the fundamentals of for zero energy/emissions and Passive House buildings, with a focus on wood-frame construction subject to Part 9 of the BC Building Code. Students will acquire knowledge of applicable codes and standards with a focus on the BC Energy Step Code and 2022 changes to the BC Building Code.  Course topics will be applied to the role and responsibilities of building officials with case studies and examples of how Energy Step Code has been adopted and incorporated into permitting, plan reviews, site inspections, and monitoring of related construction metrics. Specific topics covered include: the BC Energy Step Code, Net Zero Energy, Zero Carbon and Passive House standards, operational and embodied carbon, building science, and low-TEDI and airtight enclosures, mechanical and electrical systems in Net Zero Energy-ready buildings. The course will focus provides a strong foundation for subsequent zero energy/emissions education.

Please note that you will need to provide a BCIT ID number to BOABC when you register for this course.  If you cannot remember your 9-digit BCIT ID number or you need to create a BCIT ID, please visit myBCIT to create or recover your BCIT ID number.

CPD Opportunity – Hazard Awareness & Recognition for Municipal Inspectors

Provider: BC Municipal Safety Association

Presentation Topic: Virtual Hazard Awareness & Recognition for Municipal Inspectors

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (PST)

Where: Virtual Training Session – Zoom

Cost: $75.00 plus GST

Registration: Click here (max 20 registrants)

CPD Eligibility: 4 points under category A4

Presenter: Stephen Tye

Occupational injuries and illnesses happen when workers are exposed to hazards in their workplaces. Municipal Inspectors may encounter a wide variety of hazards in their work, and need to identify and effectively control the hazards in order to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses.

Course objectives:

At the completion of this course, participants will:

  • identify the selected hazardous substances and/or circumstances, so they can effectively minimize the risks they present.
  • understand the regulatory framework associated with each of the selected hazardous substances and/or circumstances.
  • complete Field-Level Risk Assessments for the selected hazardous substances and/or circumstances.

Save the Date: 2023 BOABC Conference

2023 BOABC Conference & Annual General Meeting

May 28 to 31

River Rock Casino Resort

Richmond, B.C.

 

Mark the dates in your calendar! The annual Association conference is bringing building and plumbing officials, staff from municipal and provincial governments, engineers, architects, representatives from industry associations, and other stakeholders together in Richmond for learning opportunities and networking. The event is typically attended by 150-200 delegates from across B.C. and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your organization if you choose to participate in the tradeshow or become an event sponsor.

To become an event sponsor, or to book a tradeshow booth, please visit the 2023 Conference webpage.

Retirement Announcement: Lori Staples

Please join us in extending our best wishes to Lorena (Lori) Staples on her retirement. After practising primarily local government law for 58 years, in British Columbia since 1980, and before that time in Ontario, Lori is officially retiring as of November 30, 2022.

“It has been my great honour and pleasure to serve the members and executive of BOABC since it became a self-governing professional association in 1997, and to have been awarded the Jim Robison award in 2014 for my efforts. I wish the Association and its members continued growth, success and satisfaction.” –Lorena (Lori) Staples, Q.C.

The Association thanks Lori for her counsel, remarkable dedication and commitment over the years that were integral to our success and continuity. Lori will be missed, but her contributions will be remembered. We wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Happy retirement Lori!

CPD Opportunity – Contaminated Sites & Soil Relocation

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (the ministry) is planning to amend the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) to support making contaminated sites climate ready. The ministry has prepared a discussion paper that’s open for comment. The paper summarizes ideas about remediation effectiveness in a changing climate and includes recently completed work in support of climate preparedness. The deadline for providing comments has been extended to 4:00pm on December 23, 2022.

In addition, the ministry has amended the CSR to align with the amendments to EMA (Bill 3) regarding soil relocation. The changes to EMA and the CSR come into effect on March 1, 2023.

These changes will:

  • Streamline the legal regime, making the process clearer
  • Improve the ministry’s ability to carry out compliance verification and enforcement

Two webinars explaining the discussion paper on making contaminated sites climate ready and the soil relocation changes to EMA and the CSR will be held on:

  1. Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  2. Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

NRCan – Building Energy Code Compliance Questionnaire

Natural Resources Canada – Building Energy Code Compliance Study

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is conducting a Canada-wide study to collect information about energy code compliance for buildings. Targeted respondent groups are industry professionals, practitioners and building officials who have experience within the last five years meeting or enforcing energy code for Part 3 buildings.

In addition to indicating the current level of compliance with energy requirements, your anonymous responses will help identify barriers and opportunities to improve the code compliance process.

The study is now open and can be found at the following link:

https://www.research.net/r/EnergyCodeCompliance

Industry participants are encouraged to take 15 minutes to answer these important questions before January 2nd.

Thank you in advance for contributing to this important initiative.

If you have any questions or wish to follow up on the results, please contact buildings-batiments@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Reminder: Fulfill CPD Requirements by December 31

All qualified building and plumbing officials are required to provide evidence of completing their continuing professional development (CPD) obligations and submit their 2022 Annual Report by December 31, 2022.

If you have outstanding points, there are still several ways for you to earn them before end of the year:

  • TECA has several courses that are relevant to the work of building and plumbing officials. As an educational partner of the Association, TECA offers special pricing and considerable discounts for building and plumbing officials. The calendar on the TECA website contains links to upcoming online and in-person classes.
  • The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) is sponsoring a complimentary overview of changes in 2020 national model codes on December 14, 2022. Staff from the National Research Council will provide discussion on subjects such as home-type care occupancy, accessibility, energy efficiency, and encapsulated mass timber construction.
  • HRAI has two self-paced online courses that may be of interest to building or plumbing officials: Basic Principles of Residential Ventilation and Basic Principles of Residential Air Systems. Both courses are $85 but BC residents are eligible to receive an 80% discount courtesy of Fortis BC. Each course is eligible for five CPD points.
  • Recordings of all six Energy Step Code breakout sessions from the May 2022 Annual Conference are available for free on the Association website courtesy of BC Hydro.
  • The Building and Safety Standards Branch recently released a series of videos on proposed changes to the BC Building Code that would increase energy efficiency of construction and introduce an opt-in Carbon Pollution Standard.
  • The final Association Lunch and Learn of the year will be hosted by Ken Kunka on December 8, 2022. Pre-registration is required for this complimentary session, and further details will be circulated to members the week of November 28.

In addition to these opportunities, qualified officials can also earn points by completing professional development offered by employers, industry and professional associations, learning institutes, and other organizations that relates to established competencies.

If you will be unable to earn your outstanding points before end the end of 2022, you may apply for a one-month grace period, which will give you until January 31, 2023 to complete your CPD points. Grace period applications are found on the ‘Applications’ page of the member portal. The application is due by December 15, 2022 and the fee is $75.

If you do not have a grace period approved by December 15 or are unable to earn your remaining 2022 points by the end of year, your qualifications will be removed from the online register of qualified officials on the Association website pursuant to 12(5) of the Act. If this occurs, you will no have legal authority to make decisions about compliance with building regulations on behalf of local authorities.

Please note that submitting evidence of completing CPD points and submitting an annual report are separate requirements but both must be completed by December of each year. Any official who is approved for a grace period will also have until January 31 to submit their 2022 annual report.

Annual report submissions are verified against CPD information submitted by qualified officials. For this reason, please ensure that CPD records for 2022 are complete before submitting your annual report. Your 2022 annual report can be found on the ‘Annual Reports’ page of the member portal.

 

CPD Opportunity – 2020 Editions of the National Model Codes

Provider: Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

Presentation Topic: 2020 Editions of the National Model Codes—What to Expect?

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Time: 10:00am (PST)

Where: Live Webinar

Registration: Click here

CPD Eligibility: 1 point under category A4

The presentation will highlight the significant changes introduced into the 2020 National Model Codes. The 2020 editions address different operations and occupancies in buildings, and energy use. A brief problem description will explain the rationale for the changes and the potential impacts of the proposed solutions. Some of the subjects covered in the presentation will include encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC), large farm buildings, home-type care occupancy, openable windows in residential occupancies, energy efficiency tiers for all buildings, and accessibility.

Presenter: Vicki Komisar,Technical Advisor, Codes Canada, National Research Council Canada.

Dr. Vicki Komisar is a Technical Advisor and Member of the Fire and Life Safety Team at Codes Canada, in the Construction Research Centre of the National Research Council of Canada. In this role, she provides technical guidance to the Standing Committee on Use and Egress on aspects of the National Building Code of Canada. She also works with related Task Groups and Working Groups in the general area of accessibility.

Consultation on 2025 National Model Codes

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (Commission) is currently developing the 2025 editions of the national model codes.

As part of this process, the Commission is inviting code users and stakeholders to review proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the following national model codes:

  • National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2020
  • National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) 2020
  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2020
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPC) 2020

This national public review runs until December 23, 2022.

Details about the proposed code changes can be found under the summary of proposed changes section at the bottom of the Commission website. The proposed changes include updates to the documents referenced in the national model codes.

The relevant Commission standing committees will review comments received during the public review period. Based on their evaluation of the comments for each proposed change, the committees will then either withdraw the proposed change, recommend that it be reviewed further for possible re-submission in revised form in a future public review, or recommend that it be approved, with or without modification. If approved, the code changes will be incorporated in the 2025 editions of the national model codes.

Accessibility Standards Canada Public Review

In addition to development of the National Model Codes, standards development organizations and other partners are working to advance accessibility in the BC Building Code.

Accessibility Standards Canada is holding a public review of its draft model standard for the built environment – accessibility. The B.C. government is reviewing this standard and may consider adopting portions in future BC Building Codes. Your feedback will be valuable to confirm the requirements are clear, technically accurate, and remove barriers to accessibility at the design and construction stage.

The public review is open from November 8, 2022, to January 7, 2023. To participate, please visit the Accessibility Standards Canada website.