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MAA e-Bulletin April 2015 No.1 Every Building has an Architect. RCAF WWII Memorial | Michael J. Cox.

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Green Building Tour!

Friday May 1, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This is your opportunity to see first-hand some inspirational green buildings right here in Winnipeg.

The first stop will be the LEED Platinum Architecture 49 office space, followed by a rsidential home being completely renovated using Passive House techniques. A nice lunch will be served at an Exchange District restaurant. The next stop on the tour is a behind the scenes look at the green features of the Paterson Global Foods Institute and the last stop is the soon-to-be LEED certified Amber Trails School.

The tour will be done using a luxury tour bus so there is lots of time to share information and learn from others on the tour.

The day will be jam packed with learnings so be preapred to soak it all in.

Registration is limited due to the seating capacity of the bus!

Cost: $35 per person.

The tour is being done in collaboration with the Transformative Buildings Group.


2016 Governor General's Awards

Deadline: June 15, 2015

The nomination period for the 2016 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts is now open!

The #GGarts are Canada's foremost distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts. Do you know a remarkable Canadian artist who deserves to be recognized? Honor them for outstanding artistic achievement and contributions by nominating them now!


2015 City of Winnipeg Access Awards

Nomination deadline is June 15, 2015.

The Access Awards raise awareness regarding the importance of accessibility and universal design in the City of Winnipeg. Universal design makes life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities. These annual awards honour projects that incorporate physical, sensory, and intuitive wayfinding access.

The Access Awards celebrate our successes and work in promoting universal design principles and accessibility issues with the stakeholders of built spaces in Winnipeg, over the past twenty one years through the Access Advisory Committee.

The 2015 Access Awards will be announced and presented at a celebratory event, which will include a retrospective of all past recipients over the last 12 years.

City of Winnipeg Notice

In accordance with the City of Winnipeg 2015 Operating Budget adopted by Council on March 23, 2015, all Planning, Development and Building fees (regulated by By-law 77/2009) will increase by 2% over and above the inflationary increase previously implemented January 1, 2015. These rates will apply to all relevant permit and other applications with an application date of April 1, 2015 or later.

Likewise, for each of those applications impacted by these increased fees, all permits that are paid entirely by cash, cheque or debit card will receive a 2% reduction. Therefore, those permit applications, for which payment is received via cash, cheque, or debit card, will see no net impact on fees due to this change.

Further revisions to City of Winnipeg building and development permit fees are anticipated in 2015 as a result of the ongoing comprehensive Permit Fees Review Project.

More info:

Should you have any questions, please contact Pam Sveinson or Stan Dueck at

NBC 2010 Part 9 Illustrated User's Guide

NRC is delighted to announce the launch of a new publication, the Illustrated User's Guide – NBC 2010 Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings.

This user’s guide combines two earlier publications, the National Housing Code of Canada 1998 and Illustrated Guide and the User’s Guide – NBC 1995 Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9), into one comprehensive document that illustrates important principles of minimum accepted practice. To facilitate navigation, it is organized to match the format used in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).

The guide is available for purchase as a soft-cover book and, later this year, is expected to be available via online subscription or downloadable PDF.

Purchase information can be found on the NRC website:

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