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MAA e-Bulletin March 2014 No.2 Architecture Matters. The Bawlf Block Designed & Built by Irish Immigrants in Winnipeg's boom 1882 - 1892 | Architects: Barber & Barber, James Chisholm, Samuel Hooper

Architecture Matters. The Bawlf Block Designed & Built by Irish Immigrants in Winnipeg's boom 1882 - 1892 |
Architects: Barber & Barber, James Chisholm, Samuel Hooper

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Adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011

These changes will take effect December 1, 2014

New regulations for energy efficiency in the construction of large buildings will come into effect on December 1, 2014 with the adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB) as the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB). The Regulation can be accessed at

The new efficiency standards will apply to building insulation as well as lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, water heating, and electrical systems. The changes will affect the design of larger commercial and residential buildings, but do not apply to houses, small buildings or farm buildings.

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MBCaGBC Annual General Meeting & Gala

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Learn about Manitoba's green schools and the importance of a sustainable built environment in Manitoba from a school Principal, a former Superintendent, and one of Manitoba's leading Architects. Learn about the decisions that are being made for a healthier and sustainable learning environment for our children. Manitoba is emerging as a leader of green schools in Canada, meaning that our children will grow up experiencing their school as a sustainable built environment and will not know of any other way.

Where: Manitoba Hydro Place Gallery (360 Portage Ave)
Annual General Meeting: 4:30pm
Registration & Networking: 5pm
Dinner & Presentation: 6pm

Ticket prices: $100 Chapter Members
$130 Non Members
$750 Table of 8
$75 EGB Student Members

*Please purchase your tickets by Wednesday April 30, 2014 by emailing Alara at

Plumbing Fixtures for low lead plumbing

In November 2013 the Canadian Codes Centre at the National Research Council released a new set of revisions and errata to the National Plumbing Code. A part of the revisions the CSA Standard, CSA 8125- Plumbing Fittings has been updated to harmonize with the new low lead requirements in the United States.

The enforcement date for the new CSA 8125- Plumbing Fixtures for low lead plumbing supply fixtures has actually now passed, it was effective December 1, 2013.

In an effort to facilitate a realistic and attainable implementation of this standard, the Office of the Fire Commissioner is providing the following information and recommended implementation strategy for consideration by local authorities to apply.

More info: or call: 204.945.3322

Western Living Designers of the Year 2014

Deadline for entries is April 1, 2014.

Western Living's annual Designers of the Year competition celebrates the best new designs in Western Canada, as judged by Canada' foremost designers and architects.

Categories include: Architecture • Interiors • Furniture • Fashion • Industrial • Landscape • Eco • The Arthur Erickson Memorial for an emerging architect • The Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for an emerging designer.

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15th Annual Better Buildings Conference "What's Old is New"

April 22-24, 2014

Clarion Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

While new buildings are easier to regulate and reform for improved performance, it has proven more difficult to legislate the ownership and operation on buildings already on the landscape. Market pressure has been the main motivation for changing how a building operates. Utility costs, capital asset valuation or tenant desirability all have a role to play in the case for shifting away from the status quo. What are the tools, levers and techniques that can be brought to bear on all the buildings for which we are already responsible? Who has been a leader, what has worked and how can we go to the level beyond better?

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ON_THE_BOARDS is an initiative of STOREFRONT_MANITOBA aimed at strengthening the design community through comradery, sharing, discussion and critique of work among peers. Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers and Planners are encouraged to take part. Hosting is voluntary, rotating through professional offices.

If you have a project in an early stage and are interested in presenting, or hosting, contact OTB: t:204.480.8421

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