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electricity cost relief

Business applauds B.C. electricity cost relief

The B.C. government has pledged to lower the 7 per cent provincial sales tax (PST) on electricity to 3.5 per cent as of this October, and phase it out completely by April 2019.

B.C. budget invests billions in infrastructure

B.C.’s provincial budget 2017 includes billions in infrastructure spending. The announcement demonstrates that the province’s commitment to balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility is paying dividends for

Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing

Completion of Vancouver’s first modular housing development at 220 Terminal Avenue was celebrated in late February. The innovative project helps to address the affordable housing

New $55 million Salish Secondary school on track

Construction is well underway on the new state-of-the-art $55.2-million Salish Secondary school in the Clayton North area of Surrey. Building the new school began in the

PCA names new regional director for B.C.

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has appointed Rieghardt van Enter as its new regional director for British Columbia.

CaGBC’s Vanc office first LEED v4 Platinum project

The Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) new Vancouver office is the first commercial project to earn LEED v4 Platinum certification in the country. Achieving LEED

Infrastructure viewed as ascendant asset class

Toronto figures into a North American fact-finding mission on infrastructure development, delivery and risk management.

Largest wood design conference set for Vancouver

Building and design professionals from B.C. and across the continent will converge in Vancouver for what is expected to be the largest conference on wood
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Chris Gardner joins ICBA as president

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia (ICBA) has named Chris Gardner as its new president. Gardner replaces Gord Stewart, who was appointed
infection control

New infection control standard during maintenance

CSA Group has released a new version of CSA Z317.13 Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance in Healthcare Facilities.

Design and construction skill shortages noted

Revit specialists and estimators have a commanding position in the labour market as the design professions actively embrace building information modelling (BIM) and the construction bid process grows more complex.

BC Hydro proposes innovative new substations

With demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver expected to grow by more than 75 per cent in the next 30 years, BC Hydro is proposing

New CEO for Vancouver Island Construction Assn

The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has announced that Rory Kulmala will succeed Greg Baynton as the chief executive officer effective February 27, 2017. Baynton
innovative building design

Canada fosters innovative building design

Two Canadian facilities are 2017 winners of ASHRAE Technology Awards for innovative building design that enables sustainable and energy-efficient operations.
LEED registered projects

LEED registered projects in Canada now exceed one billion square feet

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) says LEED registered projects in Canada now total more than one billion square feet.

New $70 million lane on Alex Fraser Bridge

A new seventh lane on the Alex Fraser Bridge will act as counterflow during rush hour to ease congestion on the busy connector between Delta

CMW and Capri Insurance join forces

CMW Insurance Services Ltd. and Capri Insurance Services will join forces, announcing a merger effective January 1, 2017. The new company will be one of