ACA is developing responses to proposed changes to the Alberta Building Code and to the Alberta Fire Code. Table of contents of Building Code proposals. Table of contents of Fire Code proposals. Your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 23rd please.
Traditionally, ACA has produced SGC for CCDC2 to align CCDC2 with the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act. Similar SGC need to be used for other contracts. Request the SGC when ordering CCDC3, CCDC4, CCDC5b, CCDC 17, CCDC18, and Design Build Document 14 through your Local Construction Association.
The federal government has announced that it will launch a Long Term Infrastructure Program (LTIP) as successor to the Building Canada Fund Program. It is now in consultations across Canada to determine what the program might look like and what priorities it should address. A key to success is that the LTIP is announced in the 2013 budget for rolling out by 2014. Canada’s construction industry has adopted a consensus position in order to ensure expeditious and equitable implementation of the LTIP. To that end, attached is a ‘briefing note’ developed by the Canadian Construction Association. ACA is advocating the support of the Provincial Government for these positions.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is conducting a study to increase its understanding of the challenges and to validate the experience of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) with government procurement, and to establish a solid base of data that the department will use for multiple purposes:
- Understand barriers to supplier participation, current gaps between services offered and those required, and awareness of services currently available;
- Make improvements to the services provided by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME);
- Provide a baseline for further study and analysis; and
- Facilitate comparison with other jurisdictions.
You are invited to provide your input via an online questionnaire by July 16, 2012.
Suppliers, in particular SMEs with concerns or comments on the questionnaire, can also contact OSME at email@example.com.
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments.
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Gatineau, Québec, Canada K1A 0S5
Part of OSME’s mandate is to help SMEs identify opportunities within the federal government’s procurement system. OSME monitors the participation of SMEs in federal government procurement and assesses any key challenges they may face when they want to sell their goods or services to the federal government. Another part of OSME’s mandate is to advise government buyers and policy makers on SMEs’ concerns and recommend improvements to the federal procurement process.
Interested in doing business with the Government of Canada?
OSME maintains a toll-free help line and offers free seminars to businesses interested in learning about the federal procurement process and how to sell goods and services to the Government of Canada. For more information, visit: https://buyandsell.gc.ca or call the national toll-free InfoLine at 1-800-811-1148.
ALL CONFERENCE DETAILS AND UPDATES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE IPC WEBPAGE:
October 29 & 30th
Westin Hotel, Edmonton
Monday, October 29: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The third annual Infrastructure Partners Conference (IPC) 2012 will once again be a forum for partners in the building and infrastructure industry to share information, perspectives and discuss topics of common interest, develop common solutions, recognize excellence and build relationships!
See attached brochure for complete details
Reach over 500 public and private-sector decision makers, design professionals, consulting engineers, architects and contractors from across Alberta at this two-day conference!
The Infrastructure Partners Conference 2012 sponsorship offers value-added marketing opportunities to ensure your organization stands out from the pack!
*please forward completed forms to Rea (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Registration Deadlines & Cost:
Early Bird – Jun 16th to Sep 14th ($395+gst)
Regular – Sep 15 to Oct 12 ($495+gst)
Late - Oct 13 to Oct 30 ($595+gst)
Available online only (No Exceptions): www.cea.ca/ers
Visit the IPC webpage for complete details: http://www.cea.ca/events-a-seminars/infrastructure-conference
Contact Rea (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
ACA’s summer hours starting this week are as follows:
Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch) and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Edmonton area members are requested to fax in any standard document orders for processing within 24 hours. The order form is available on the website under the “Documents” tab. Members outside of Edmonton area can order all ACA, CCA, & CCDC documents and guides from their local construction association.
While ACA applauds the positive changes introduced recently by the federal government, ACA continues to advocate for further improvements to immigration programming. Ongoing advocacy activity includes:
- a June 7 meeting with federal HRSDC Deputy Minister Ian Shugart pressing for greater program alignment with industry classification and assessment of so-called semi or low skilled occupations
- a June 12 meeting with AB Industry Nominee Program to ensure best practices are used, and
- a July 9 meeting scheduled with federal immigration Minister Jason Kenney to ensure successful implementation of the various new and revised processes
The U.S. Green Building Council has delayed the release of the new version of LEED, now known as LEED v4 until as late as June 2013 due to growing unease in the architectural community.
Concerns included the rapid pace of changes in the rating system, drastic changes in the Materials & Resources category, and the lack of tools and resources that would be widely available by the time the new system was to launch in November 2012. Critics also feared a repeat of the LEED 2009 launch, which was marred by issues in achieving certification.
Alberta Supplementary General Conditions for use with CCDC2 are now available revised for 2012. The SGC are required to align CCDC2 with the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act. The major change in the 2012 version is a reduction in the time period for which the design consultant has in which to verify the validity of the certificate of Substantial Performance of the Work. Request the 2012 version when ordering CCDC2 through your Local Construction Association.
ACA’s annual tournament at the Alberta Springs Golf Resort near Red Deer was a great day on the course and a first of the year for many. Prizes and a Prime Rib dinner rounded off the day. Numerous ACA current and Past Chairs and Directors were in attendance. Congrats to Past Director Barry Young of BURNCO (Calgary) who was the winner of the Low Net Director prize. Guests of both AON and Travelers Insurance rounded out the list of top prize winners (Low Gross and Low Net)
ACA thanks all the loyal sponsors who, year after year, contribute to its success.