April 18, 2016
A new study conducted by GLOBE Advisors, a boutique sustainability consulting firm in Vancouver, and released by the Concrete Council of Canada, reveals a substantial gap in the risks and insurance rates between wood frame and concrete mid-rise (six-story) residential buildings. The cost of insurance for a wood frame building is 6 times greater than that of concrete buildings.
The study looked at a particular emphasis on the risk...
March 24, 2016
It is widely acknowledged that innovation in the construction industry is long overdue.
The construction sector is one of the few hold-out industries to remain significantly unaffected by the emergence of transformative new technologies. This makes the sector ripe for the picking in the eyes of the heavyweight tech giants such as Google, Apple, or Amazon.
The last disruptive innovation in the building and construction industry happened in 1883...
February 01, 2016
Bill 35 received Royal Assent on November 17th, 2015 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act.
Bill 35 builds on the legislative changes made under Bill 9 earlier in May 2015 that strengthened WorkSafeBC’s ability to promote and enforce occupational health and safety compliance in B.C. workplaces. (for more details read: Bill C-9 Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2015)
The changes introduced by Bill 35...
January 14, 2016
In traditional project delivery (design-bid-build), an architect or engineer provides design services while the actual construction or implementation of the design is carried out by the contractor. In this scenario, the potential liabilities facing the design professional and contractor would be well defined.
However, over the past few decades this traditional method has changed as the complexity of projects increase. Project owners are...
November 02, 2015
October 15, 2015 - The B.C. Government and LNG Canada have come together to announce two complementary funding programs to help employees in the construction sector upgrade their skills.
Employers in the construction sector will now be able to apply for funding to help their current and future employees upgrade their skills and provide them with the training they need to fill available jobs.
LNG Canada – Trades Training Fund
A new program...
October 05, 2015
May 14, 2015 – Amendments were made to the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), following Royal Assent to Bill C-9, to enforce a mandatory two-phase process by employers to investigate any workplace incidents.
All workplace incidents involving serious injury or death, major structural failure of collapse, major release of a hazardous substance, a blasting accident that causes personal injury, a dangerous incident involving explosives, a...