Global Passive House Happy Hour

  Dear Passive House enthusiast; This is social distancing at its finest! This weekly event enables our Passive House community to come together to continue to share all the great work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. The Global Passive House Happy Hour will happen again this Wednesday April 1st at 4pm Vancouver, with participants joining…

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BCCSA: Resources & Frequently Asked Q&A During Covid-19

The BC Construction Safety Alliance BCCSA has been developing, posting, and sharing many resources around Construction and COVID-19, such as safety notices, sign downloadables, FAQs, and mental health resources. Check them out below. The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 40,000 construction companies employing over 200,000 workers. Resources…

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Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Team

Reposted from: by Katie MacAlister | Mar 26, 2020 | Employer Info, General News, Impact Recruitment Updates, Job Seeker Info The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and businesses across the country are responding to changing government policies by sending their employees home to work remotely – many for the first time. As a manager, your team is going to be looking to you…

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Credit Card Fraud Prevention

At a time when social distancing is profoundly impacting many of our businesses, the last thing any of us want is for losses to be compounded by the action of thieves. Unfortunately, it’s during these emotional and disrupted days that many criminals are at their most active. We are all more vulnerable to social engineering…

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ABSTRACT HOMES WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

How Abstract Homes & Renovations is preparing its construction company during Covid-19. As with any safety measures, Abstract Homes & Renovations is reminding its workers how to minimize risk on the job site. FOLLOW THE PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES First and foremost, they are limiting and restricting people working in close proximity to each other, as per…

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BC Design + Construction Forum

Jamie Banfield Design has created a Facebook forum for British Columbia Design + Construction industry members. Designed to assist, educate, and create innovative, successful ways for the design industry to stay strong and vibrant, Jamie is encouraging you to register. It’s a great way to stay connected as we practice social distancing in an effort…

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FortisBC Support during COVID-19

As businesses and government take additional steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, FortisBC has taken several steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees while maintaining service levels and responding quickly to any emergency or outage situations.   SAFETY FIRST First and foremost, we are working to…

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Kuhn LLP: How COVID-19 Impacts Construction Contracts

Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting the construction industry in British Columbia.  But is it enough to legally justify changing or terminating your contractual obligations? Business is becoming more difficult.  Some provinces have shut down all non-essential businesses.  British Columbia may soon follow.  Even if the construction industry is exempt from being shut…

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Trillium Project Shares Covid-19 Operating Procedures

Trillium Projects is a Vancouver based construction and project management company.  Over the past 20-years, they have developed over one billion dollars of real estate ranging from townhomes and condominiums, to senior assisted dwellings and custom homes. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trillium Projects has instigated the following site operating procedures during an anticipated…

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COVID-19 Construction Site Signage

Maintain the health and safety of your onsite workers. Post these Site Safety Signs to remind everyone of the new protocols required to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Heightened awareness and concern are increasing daily, and require clear site safety messaging. Best health and safety work site practices must be upheld to ensure our…

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When Time Isn’t On Your Side

A contractor may be asked to provide a homeowner with an estimated schedule for completion before a project starts. While there are always contingencies and unforeseen circumstances, projects can get delayed and extend well past expected deadlines. As was made clear in Sanwo Enterprise Ltd. v. Huang, 2018 BCSC 31, a deadline provided in an…

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Solutions to Help Reduce Energy Use this Winter.

REDUCE YOUR USE. On October 9, 2018, an Enbridge-owned natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured near Prince George, BC. While the pipeline has been repaired and returned to service, it is important to note that Enbridge plans to operate their transmission system at a reduced capacity for the next few months, starting at about 55 per…

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TO BE BLUNT: NAVIGATING CANNABIS USE IN THE WORKPLACE

Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada in two days: October 17, 2018. Adults who are 19 years of age and older will be permitted to legally possess, share, purchase and grow limited quantities of cannabis for personal use in British Columbia. This will add some level of increased complexity for employers, but in some…

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When Time Isn’t On Your Side

WHEN TIME ISN’T ON YOUR SIDE A contractor may be asked to provide a homeowner with an estimated schedule for completion before a project starts. While there are always contingencies and unforeseen circumstances, projects can get delayed and extend well past expected deadlines. As was made clear in Sanwo Enterprise Ltd. v. Huang, 2018 BCSC…

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Looking Ahead

by Scott Brown, President & CEO of Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Ltd. It is coming to the end of the honeymoon period for the new NDP government. I wonder if much of our industry still feels as uncertain as I do with respect to what to expect in the coming year from the government.…

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Under Pressure: Putting the Job Before the Agreement

Homeowners and general contractors often find themselves under various pressures to complete work and advance the project. The rushed approach that often ensues can cause parties to overlook or postpone settling essential terms with subcontractors. The recent case of Limem Forming West Ltd. v. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1485, highlights the dangers…

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Gimme Shelter (Staying Behind the Corporate Veil)

 Incorporating your construction business has many clear advantages, one of which is personal liability protection under the “corporate veil”. The so-called corporate veil refers to the shelter one receives in their personal capacity when their company is being sued; essentially, they are shielded from personal liability.

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Getting Paid and Fixing Deficiencies

It can be very frustrating when a homeowner refuses to make the final payment because of seemingly inconsequential “deficiencies”. However, the BC Supreme Court made it clear in Constructum Developments Inc. v. Hogaboam, 2015 BCSC 1490, that a homeowner may be entitled to correction of all deficiencies before they are obligated to make the final payment. In fact, a contractor’s insistence on receiving final payment before fixing final deficiencies may actually result in a repudiation of the parties’ agreement.

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Going Green the Smart Way

Greater demand from consumers and regulators in British Columbia for environmentally sustainable or “green” building practices suggests potential benefits for “green-contractors”. A common strategy is to adopt a labelling system that advertises compliance with defined environmental standards. Common examples of green-labels used in B.C.’s construction industry include the Energy Star label and the Built Green seals.

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The Big Issue with Fixed-Price Construction Contracts

For most home owners considering a renovation or new build, price is one of the most important factors in determining the scope of their project, the finishing’s to select and what contractor to choose. For contractors, providing a client with budget certainty can be a significant selling point; thus, the appeal of fixed price construction
contracts.

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