The Alberta Chapter of the Green Building Council Hosts Energy Code Awareness Sessions

Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council to host 1-2 hour awareness sessions for stakeholders in the commercial construction sector.   These information sessions will discuss the adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Alberta. The ACA is working with the Green Building Council to offer these workshops.

Speaking at the session will be Cam Munro, Innovative Construction Manager with Clark Builders and Justin Pockar, Energy & Environment Coordinator with the City of Calgary.

There will be three sessions held:

April 16 – Edmonton
April 24 – Calgary
April 29 – Online Webinar

To sign up for a session and for further information please click here.

CCA Annual Conference

The ACA was well represented at the annual conference for the Canadian Construction Association in San Antonio last week. The conference gathered associations and members of the construction industry from across the country.

Anibal Valente, Vice President for PCL, was appointed as chair for the CCA for this year.

For more on the conference click here.

2015 Provincial Budget Announced

On March 26 the provincial government announced their new budget.  It featured cuts to some areas, fees, and tax increases for individuals but held the line on corporate taxes. Funding for infrastructure projects has been reduced from the 2014 budget but the government did announce a five year funding plan.

The 2015 budget cut $200 million for the fiscal year 2015-2016 from the previous capital budget estimate.  The overall decline in capital spending is a cut in real terms which the ACA is concerned about.  Further, as more money is allocated to maintenance, then less money is available to support new infrastructure to meet population growth.

One piece of good news for our future workforce is that there are new and improved funding options for apprentices coming.

In comments from Minister Bhullar in a meeting with the ACA and other associations he committed to the current plan on schools, including the Province’s timeline in place for either opening new schools or upgrading others.

You can view the documents and watch the announcement here.