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MAA e-Bulletin October No.2
                 Every building has an Architect. Fort Whyte Alive: Alloway Reception Centre | Architect: Syverson Monteyne Architecture Inc.

Every building has an Architect. Fort Whyte Alive: Alloway Reception Centre | Architect: Syverson Monteyne Architecture Inc.

Commerce Design Winnipeg

Now until December 12, 2012

The Commerce Design Winnipeg contest rewards Winnipeg merchants for the exceptional quality of the interior and exterior design of their businesses and highlights the talents of Manitoba designers. Every year it will honour merchants who have called upon qualified design professionals to help them design or renovate their business premises.

Commerce Design Winnipeg

A Storefront Manitoba Initiative.

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Building Monitoring - Structure Monitoring Technology

October 30, 2012

The Dalnavert Museum (61 Carlton Street). Structural Monitoring Technology facilitates sustainable building practice by informing building consultants and owners of issues that could become long term areas of concern. Leading edge building monitoring technology is used in the investigation of building performance and is capable of monitoring moisture content, condensation, dew point, thermo profiling, vapour pressure, differential air pressure and building component movement.

Structure Monitoring Technology applications will be outlined in the context of installation during various stages of the building life cycle including new construction, existing buildings, and re-commissioning or major renovations.

The initial commissioning and verification of design details is key for design professionals. In addition, building owners and operators are interested in mitigation of risk from facility floods, aging roofing systems and costs associated with the clean-up of water damage.

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Institute of BIM in Canada's (IBC) First Annual Conference

November 8-9, 2012

BIM Conference offers members ConEd hours RAIC as one of the founding members of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), is pleased to announce that its first annual conference Nov. 8-9, 2012 is offered at a discount for all RAIC members, and is eligible for 9 core/structured hours. The two-day conference - IMPLEMENTING IPD: A 'WIN-WIN' SOLUTION IN CONSTRUCTION will focus on how this new approach in construction management optimizes results and maximizes efficiencies through all phases, from design to fabrication to project hand over.

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Status of Adoption of NECB 2011 in Manitoba:

A Sub-committee comprised of a wide cross section of industry professionals that bring technical knowledge on the full range of commercial building systems and building design and construction has been convened to review the NECB 2011. Their objective is to review the technical requirements of the document and to make recommendations to the Minister of Family Services and Labour through the Building Standards Board of Manitoba on its potential adoption, whether in full or in part, with possible Manitoba amendments considering local conditions. The committee has set meetings that started in September 2012 and will run through to February 2013 to accomplish this objective.

Process for submitting comments:

Given the potential impact that adopting an energy code may bring to the commercial building design and construction industry, we are inviting associations that have the potential to be affected by the code to provide comments to be considered by the SCEWE. Comments can be submitted via e-mail to the Office of the Fire Commissioner at Comments are requested to be submitted by December 15, 2012 in order for them to receive adequate consideration by the committee.

The NECB 2011 document is available to purchase or download from the Federal Government. Please visit the website below for more information.

The following link provides an Power Point slide deck which provides an overview on each section of the code and gives some background on its development.

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New Rules on Experience Effective July 1, 2012

In an effort to fall in line at the national level, the MAA Council has agreed to adopt a policy, whereby back-entering or retroactive entry of experience gained prior to admission as an Intern, will no longer be permitted. (It should be noted that the policy will not apply to internationally educated individuals, who frequently need considerable time to obtain CACB certification and qualify for admission to the Intern Program.)

The policy will take effect on July 1, 2012. The MAA would request the assistance of all employers, to ensure that any and all employees who might be affected, are advised accordingly.

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