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October 19, 2020

Vancouver’s Sustainability Initiatives Presentation

Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Buildings Plan Better Buildings Via Collaboration City of Calgary, Sept 2020 2020-09-29 Vancouver’s Sustainability Initiatives Presentation- Sean Pander  

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October 14, 2020

2020 Year in Review

This year we have provided an update detailing all the activities and initiatives that we have engaged in over the course of 2020. 2020 Year in Review We truly appreciate all our members and, as we continue to work with the board of directors on the strategic objectives for 2021 and beyond, the focus is on what you will need for the short and long term as we all continue to adapt to the current realities. Our four key strategic pillars are :- Education and Knowledge Advocacy & Influence Events and Networking Access to Opportunities

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October 14, 2020

Alberta Health Services PreQual Feedback Request

ACA is seeking your comments to the questions contained below by November 3rd, 2020. ACA will keep your response confidential and will combine individual responses into an association response.  Please email your response to Jonathan.williams@albertaconstruction.net For context AHS has had this pre-qualification in place since 2014 and is currently re-designing the process for the pre-qualification with an intent to re-compile a new list of pre-qualified vendors that would be eligible to participate in future bid opportunities. The existing pre-qualification list has in excess of 200 vendors across dozens of categories and the bulk of the opportunities that are issued to the pre-qualification list are...

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October 14, 2020

How NOT to look like an amateur online!

How NOT to look like an amateur online! By Bill Black COVID has thrust us all into the virtual realm and, whether you are a leader or a member of the team, how we present ourselves remains an important factor. When online we are still, for the most part, in a professional setting yet not everyone has been able to make the switch. You can spend thousands on a setup but no-one is expecting Hollywood level productions so a few tips and a few hundred dollars can make a huge difference. As we are likely to be using virtual as...

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October 14, 2020

ACA Looking for Volunteers for Subcommittee

via Alberta Construction Association   With the current term ending for ACA’s appointment on the Safety Codes Council-Building Subcommittee, ACA is looking for volunteers who are interested in representing ACA in this role.  The letter and member description identifies all relevant information including the knowledge required to fill this position and the time commitment. The volunteer/s would be directly nominated by ACA and if appointed, are expected to provide ACA brief written reports after each meeting. Many thanks to Lee Phillips who has done an exemplary job for ACA.   We are very appreciative of the time and effort he has put into serving on this...

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October 6, 2020

WCB Updates Important to ACA Members

via Alberta Construction Assoiation   There are a couple of important updates from the WCB to share with ACA members. 1)      WCB-Alberta will be implementing cost relief measures to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 affected claims. The WCB have understood that this was a significant concern for members, with COVID-19 claim costs that were outside of our members control and extended periods of disability for other claims due to treatment delays. The WCB-Alberta information sheet, titled COVID-19 cost relief Q&A, provides more information. It indicates that cost relief measures will be carried out in the third quarter of 2020 and will...

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October 6, 2020

CCA statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank

Dear colleagues and members, CCA issued the following statement today in response to the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank. Growth plan must include strategy for swift flow of funds to be effective, says Canadian Construction Association  Statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank OTTAWA, October 2, 2020 – CCA members – 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized, family-run businesses – have been asking for a clear, balanced, fair and flexible infrastructure stimulus plan as Canadians focus on pandemic recovery. The growth plan announced on October 1...

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October 6, 2020

The Offsite Revolution in Construction

via BCG  By Romain de Laubier, Arne Burfeind, Sebastien Arnold, Sven Witthöft, and Marius Wunder The construction industry is a paradox. The annual global growth rate is more than 3%, but the sector is in crisis: prices are soaring, jobs remain unfilled, and demand far outstrips supply. The crisis can be attributed to one broad shortcoming: unlike almost every other industry, construction has been reluctant to modernize and thereby boost its productivity. The car factory of 2019 looks nothing like the car factory of 1919, whereas the construction site has hardly changed during that time. Of course, construction is not easily amenable to mass...

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September 28, 2020

New CCDC 2 and online training

New CCDC 2 and online training Dear colleagues, As Chair of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), I am pleased to announce that this winter CCDC will be publishing the new version of the CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ and the brand-new Master Specification for Division 01 ‘General Requirements’ and CCDC 31 ‘Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant’ documents. We will also be providing online training to explain the key changes to CCDC 2 and to introduce the new Division 01 document. Online training will be held in November, consisting of four distinct presentations. Presentation 1: An introduction to CCDC...

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