While it is widely agreed sustainability is a good thing, it is not always clear what courses of action are appropriate. Assessment of alternatives is often difficult, particularly in the building industry where outcomes may not be known for decades, and where multiple sources of uncertainty usually exist.
On Tuesday, November 13, members of the Calgary Chapter of CSC are having a conversation with the Calgary Construction Association’s (CCA’s) president Bill Black and its business development director Terrence Patrick about the future of the industry.
The federal government is investing $35,000 in a project at Carleton University aiming to help the construction industry design more energy efficient and high-performing buildings. This project will study and model occupant behavioural patterns to better predict building energy consumption and find new methods to reduce it.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, with some two million dying annually as a result. About eight per cent of these occupational disease deaths can be directly attributed to respiratory complications. What exactly is silicosis, though, and what should design/construction professionals know to help reduce its impact on those in the industry?
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) has developed a project document controls (PDC) site to share previously proprietary safety information with its partners, including fully downloadable documents covering the organization’s health, safety, and environment (HSE) operating procedures, industry best practices, legislative requirements, provincial resources, and templates.
The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) honoured companies, individuals, and projects in the B.C. construction industry at its 27th awards of excellence ceremony. “The awards of excellence not only celebrate our members, but the continued strength and success of our industry,” said Fiona Famulak, VRCA president.
L’Association de la Construction du Québec (ACQ) is in the process of launching a new integrity program to try and eliminate corruption within the province’s construction sector. The association wants to regain the trust between construction firms, their workers, and the public.
Buildforce has released its annual report featuring the employment forecast for the West Coast construction industry. “Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward” predicts the future demand of the industry will keep unemployment close to the current minimum level for at least 10 years in British Columbia, which means employers will be actively searching for qualified construction workers.
A new survey suggests the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is expected to lead the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) construction industry in 2015, while Northern Ontario will struggle. “Construction Confidence Indicator” is a survey conducted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) and Ipsos Reid, a market research firm.