ACA Congratulates Alberta Recipients of CCA Awards

ACA would like to congratulate all recipients of the national recognition awards presented at the Canadian Construction Association Convention.

ACA would specifically like to congratulate Alberta recipients:

Gil Brulotte was the recipient of the Civil Infrastructure Contractor of the Year.  Gil is with EllisDon, a past Chair of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association and a past Chair of the Canadian Construction Association.

Bird and Maple Reinders were recipients of the CCA Environmental Achievement Award for their joint venture to construct the City of Calgary Green Cart composting facility, the largest of its kind in Canada.

Congratulations to Gil and to Bird and Maple Reinders!

ACA Submission to the OHS on Cannabis Legislation

ACA recently participated in a consultation with Alberta OHS regarding impairment arising from the use of cannabis. Including our serious concerns around how impairment is to be dealt with under the new legislation.

ACA has consistently stressed that the safety of workers is paramount and since there is no standardized test for impairment in regards to cannabis usage industry is left in a difficult legal position. Given the present state of research, ACA urges Alberta OHS legislation address indicators of the risk of impairment, by prohibiting concentrations of substances beyond which there is unacceptable risks for specified tasks and work environments. Without clear legislation, employers will continue to face the prospect of litigation

Members may find the OHS consultation backgrounder useful, particularly the web links listed under “Additional Resources” on page 3 of the backgrounder.

ACA’s submission to OHS can be found here.

ACA Advocates for Energy Retrofit Financing

On March 5, 2018 ACA sent a letter to Environment minister and the Municipal Affairs Minister outlining support for a new financing concept for Clean Energy program known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy). This is in alignment with a previous submission for energy retrofits.

In ACA’s September 20, 2016 submission to the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, the association acknowledged the barriers to energy efficiency investments in the commercial buildings sector. ACA has become aware of and endorses the concept of PACE programs, successfully utilized in other jurisdictions across North America.

During the previous submission ACA supported the use of funds raised by the carbon levy to GHG emissions reduction. While the work initiated by Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good first step there are improvements which could be made to assist owners and industry to make these retrofits more affordable.

ACA continues to urge the Government of Alberta to dedicate a significant portion of the carbon levies to incent building owners to undertake recommissioning and deep retrofits (that is, retrofits of building envelopes, lighting and HVAC systems) of Alberta’s building stock.

Also, the government should ensure that carbon levies for energy efficiency remain allocated for that purpose. In particular, where uptake under one program has not been as large as anticipated, funds should be reallocated to different energy efficiency initiatives such as deep retrofits.

You can read the rest of the recent letter here.