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Gaco Western Commits to 300 New SPFA Certifications

SEATTLE, WA – October 16, 2013 – Gaco Western is introducing a GacoWallFoam Qualified Applicator Program patterned after the new SPFA Professional Certification Program. Gaco believes in continually raising the bar on safety, performance, quality and professionalism in the SPF industry and believes the SPFA Professional Certification Program combined with the company’s own Qualified Applicator Program will contribute greatly to the success of Gaco’s contractors.

A significant element of both the SPFA Professional Certification Program and the GacoWallFoam Qualified Applicator Program is a commitment to make sure that 300 additional SPFA Certification Exams are completed by October 1, 2014. To make the process of becoming SPFA Certified easier, Gaco will be offering additional training opportunities, simplifying the registration and administration process, and subsidizing the cost of the program for Gaco contractors.

Mr. Peter Davis, Chairman and CEO, Gaco Western commented, “The SPFA Professional Certification Program is too important for our industry for the program not to be successful. The industry as a whole needs to stop talking about it and start taking action. Gaco has committed to a number – 300 – and I challenge the other system houses and spray foam manufacturers to do the same. The future of our industry depends on it.”

About Gaco Western: Founded in 1955, Gaco Western remains today a family-owned business with its roots in technology and product innovation. The Gaco family of brands offers best-of-class solutions for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications including specialty coatings for roof, pedestrian and traffic decking, and spray polyurethane foam insulation. Products are available nationwide. For more information about Gaco Western, please use the contact details and links provided below.

British Columbia Adopts New Building Code Requirements

In April 2013, British Columbia officially adopted Building Code requirements that introduce the concept of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions while harmonizing with the National Building Code (NBC). The requirements are as follows:

Large Residential, Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Buildings (Part 3)

BC will allow a choice of energy efficiency standards for Part 3 buildings (excludes houses and small buildings – Part 9) that apply for permits on or after December 20, 2013:

  • 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)
  • ASHRAE 90.1 (2010)

While the two standards share much of the same information, there are differences in approach, which can be summarized as follows:

  • Both have traditional prescriptive compliance paths
  • Both have performance compliance paths (whole building modeling/simulation), however:
    –  NECB is energy-based
    –  ASHRAE is energy-cost based 
  • Both have trade-off paths however:
    –  ASHRAE has the trade-off paths in the building envelop only
    –  NECB has the trade-off paths in the building envelop, lighting,
       HVAC and service hot water heating

Some building types can be constructed more economically and/or achieve greater energy efficiency with ASHRAE and others with the NECB.  NECB references more existing Canadian Standards then ASHRAE.  However, there are special considerations concerning ventilation rates and climate data for Part 3 buildings in the 2012 BC Building Code.

 

Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9)

The NBC published a new section containing energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings in December 2012.  Effective December 19, 2014, BC has adopted the package, which introduces Building Code performance standards for windows and heating equipment for the first time in BC. 

BC has chosen to harmonize the numbering with the NBC and move the current secondary suite provisions from 9.36 to 9.37. Code users should also note that BC has adjusted the performance target for electric water heaters to keep the building code aligned with BC’s Energy Efficiency Act.

Discussion on NRCan Retrofit Guide /Discussion au sujet du Guide de RNCan sur les rénovations

(Le français suit)

Dear Colleagues,

To  further enhance the energy efficiency of existing buildings, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pursuing the development of guidelines for major building retrofit projects. The underlying objective is to encourage the building community to engage in further energy retrofit projects, and consider opportunities to expand the scope of any planned retrofit projects.

NRCan would like to meet with you to present this project and initiate a discussion on alternative approaches currently being considered for the design and delivery of these guidelines.  We are inviting you to a 1 hour teleconference in:

  • English to be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 2 p.m. (EDT)
  • English to be held on Thursday, June 6th at 2 p.m. (EDT)
  • French to be held on Thursday,  June 6th at 10 a.m. (EDT)

If you are interested in participating, please contact us to register for one of these sessions, either by phone or email by Monday, June 3rd.  Please indicate your preferred session. Since places are limited, please register quickly.

Your assistance in this process is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to provide a different contact name for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleague Mark Newman at 613-943-8267 or manewman@nrcan.gc.ca.

A WebEx invitation including preparation material will be sent to participants prior to the meeting.

Best regards,

Sadettin Yilmaz, P. Eng.
Chief, Technical and Support Services/ Chef, Services techniques et de soutien
Buildings Division l Division des bâtiments
Office of Energy Efficiency | Office de l’efficacité énergétique
Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada
613-996-4643, facsimile / télécopieur 613-947-4121

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/buildings

Chers collègues,

Dans le but d’améliorer l’efficacité énergétique des bâtiments, Ressources naturelles Canada (RNCan) travaille au développement de lignes directrices portant sur les projets de rénovations majeures. L’objectif sous-jacent est d’inciter le secteur des bâtiments à entreprendre des projets d’amélioration éconergétique plus audacieux et d’élargir leur portée.

RNCan aimerait vous rencontrer pour vous présenter ce projet et discuter avec vous des différentes approches envisagées pour la conception et la dissémination d’un tel guide.  Nous vous invitons à une conférence téléphonique d’une durée d’une heure :

  • en français qui se tiendra le jeudi 6 juin à 10 h (HAE).
  • en anglais qui se tiendra le mardi 4 juin à 14 h (HAE).
  • en anglais qui se tiendra le jeudi 6 juin à 14 h (HAE).

Si vous aimeriez participer, veuillez nous contacter par téléphone ou courriel afin de vous inscrire à une de ces sessions avant le lundi 3 juin. S’il vous plait Indiquez quelle session vous préférez.  Les places sont limitées, alors réservez rapidement.

Votre aide dans ce processus de consultation est grandement apprécié. Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations, ou si vous désirez fournir les coordonnées d’une autre personne au sein de votre organisation, n’hésitez pas à me contacter ou à contacter mon collègue Mark Newman au 613-943-8267 ou manewman@rncan.gc.ca.

Une invitation WebEx et du matériel de préparation sera transmis aux participants avant la réunion.

Salutations distinguées,

Sadettin Yilmaz, P. Eng.
Chef, Services techniques et de soutien / Chief, Technical and Support Services
Division des bâtiments l Buildings Division
Office de l’efficacité énergétique|Office of Energy Efficiency
Ressources naturelles Canada |Natural Resources Canada
613-996-4643, facsimile / télécopieur 613-947-4121

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/buildings

World Accreditation Day 2013

SCC invites you to help them celebrate World Accreditation Day 2013 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel in downtown Ottawa.  World Accreditation Day raises awareness around the globe of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

The theme of this year’s networking breakfast event is Accreditation: Facilitation World Trade. Come discover the importance of accreditation and certification procedures, standards, regulations and testing – and how they help ensure the safety of products and services.

View their event page here to register and learn more about the event.

Date/Time:   Tuesday June 4, 2013  8:00 – 10:30 am

Location:   Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

For those who cannot attend, video of our World Accreditation Day 2013 presentation will be uploaded to www.scc.ca following the event.

House of Commons Appearance

Laverne Dalgleish, Principal of Building Professionals, appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates on Tuesday April 16, 2013. 

The topic of discussion was on the study of energy efficiency in government buildings, structures and public works.

NEW Historic QAP Program – Press Release April 8, 2013

Press Release

April 8th, 2013

The biggest change to improving quality in the building industry in a century

 

Building Professionals, a Winnipeg based family company that has been providing quality assurance, certification, training and consulting services for over 3 decades recently launched a complete upgrade and revamp of its quality assurance program.  This program is currently offered through various industry partners across Canada and the United States.  The new program entitled, historic QAP 2.O, builds on some of the work and standards developed in the mid 1980’s that aimed to improve the quality and professionalism of contractors providing services to the residential energy efficiency industry.

 

This new program provides a very high level of consumer protection, while at the same time providing value and a return on investment for the contractors that will participate in the program.  The program is industry based, bringing in manufacturers, contractors, architects, building officials, home/building owners.  Some of the highlights for home/building owners include warranty programs that provide 10 year, $150,000 protection for those that are considering upgrading their house to make it more green and energy efficient.

 

The newly launched program will focus, at first, on the sprayed polyurethane foam industry (spray foam pro) in Canada and the U.S.  This will be followed by other programs that building professionals have developed over the past 3 decades to improve and upgrade the overall quality.

 

Tackling existing buildings is the single largest impact in order to reduce energy use, meet the challenges of climate change, while at the same time providing economic benefits and consumer protection.  Building Professionals will be launching this program in other countries over the course of 2013.  Countries include Mexico, Spain, Chile, Japan, China, Sweden, United States, South Africa and others.

 

This program will provide immediate benefits to the Manitoba economy, as building professionals looks to add more staff over the course of the next 5 years.  The company currently employs 20 individuals and will grow to 27 by the end of 2013.

 

It will be nice for Manitoba to leverage their knowledge of green building and building science and start to export this expertise globally.

 

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About Building Professionals

 

A Manitoba based management and consulting company that provides services directly to the green building industry in the areas of standards development, certification, training, association management services and consulting in the areas of building science, standards development, research, building codes and personnel certification.

 

www.buildingprofessionals.com

 

Media Contact: Ryan Dalgleish

Chief Operating Officer

Building Professionals

Ph.204-956-5888

em: rdalgleish@buildingprofessionals.com

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ULC Standards Publication Notice

 

ULC Standards recently announced the following Standard being published : First Edition of UlC-S718, Standard for Site Quality Assurance Program for Spray Polyurethane Foam

 

View English standard here:

http://www.ul.com/canada/documents/ulcstandards/standardsbulletins/2013english/Standards_Bulletin_2013-03_(S718-13)_EN.pdf

 

With this new knowledge – NOW WHAT ?

Contact Building Professionals to see how we can help your company meets this new standard.   We have over 30 years of experience in SPFQAP’s.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

E:  info@buildingprofessionals.com

P:  866-956-5888

14th CCBST – Call for Papers

A call for papers is being sent out for the 14th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, being held October 28 – 30, 2014. 

 

Please fill out the interactive submittal form at http://obec.on.ca/CCBST2014/ABSTRACTS/index.php

 

Full conference details and coverage can be viewed at www.obec.on.ca.

Adoption of International Energy Conservation Code

On December 16 2011, the DC Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) voted 7-1 to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  For commercial buildings, this means continuous air barriers will be required in many buildings.  After the meeting, one of the board members expressed the importance of all the support letters that were received, and passed along his thanks and appreciation.

The code will now go under administrative review and legislative process, with adoption likely in the second half of 2013.  The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was among 12 other associations who signed a recommendation letter for the amendment.

Congratulations to all those involved on this achievement!