Archives for September 2011

BCICA British Columbia Insulation Contractors Association

BCICA British Columbia Insulation Contractors Association Send open letter to UBCM convention delegates recognizing local governments leadership and commitment

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New Westminster

At a Meeting on September 12, 2011, New Westminster City Council considered a request made by the BC insulators and passed the attached resolution

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UBCM Resolution B136

Resolution B136 regarding changes to the BC building code as related to improvements in mechanical installation practices and standards will be on the floor for debate at the 2011 convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, September 26 -30. If this resolution is adopted municipalities all across British Columbia will have the opportunity to further reduce their GHG emissions, wile saving thousands on operating costs.

    Mechanical Insulation Resolution

Meeting with BC Hydro

BC Hydro
We had a great first meeting with BC Hydro and disgusted several topics such has the importants to be able to specify both when and where the mechanical insulation problem is occurring: at the time of construction vs. during servicing, and in the mechanical room vs. behind walls in risers and laterals, ducts vs pipes, maintenance (eg valve replacement), etc
– We should look into the treatment of mechanical insulation in ASHRAE 100 – Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. It could be another avenue for initiating change.
– The New Construction program provides funding for building design and energy modeling in order to achieve greater energy performance, and funds the retrofit of existing buildings. Thus far, BC Hydro’s recommissioning program has not focused on insulation.
– Pipes Need Jackets Too covers a lot of territory in the policy recommendations that it makes. In order to make a stronger case for building code changes, it would be useful to have a one-pager that clearly articulates the specific code changes that are needed along with the rationale.
– A pilot program with one or two local governments to examine the effectiveness of local government policy tools and utility financial incentives could be a good goal after the policies and incentives are further refined. Potential pilot communities include: Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria. All three have BC Hydro funded Community Energy Managers and significant floor area that is heated by electrically powered systems
– Making available model language for sustainability checklists would be useful
– A mini-analysis of actual ASHRAE 90.1 wording relating to MI would also be useful for many stakeholders – e.g., building code

What’s Going On? An Update From Steve Clayman

This column is the first of what will be regular entries in TIAC Times. “Raising the Awareness” of mechanical insulation has become a real eye-opener and a challenge at the same time. People you would think should know better, actually don’t when it comes to mechanical insulation. As we push for more recognition, there is bounce-back with comments such as,

“It’s insignificant.”

“It doesn’t matter how much or how little insulation is on the pipe, the heat stays in the building.”

“Increased pipe insulation thicknesses will increase the size of pipe chases, reducing the amount of rentable floor space.”

Where do you go with comments like these? In my view, you go around the naysayers, and that is what we’ve been doing. The following is a look at where we’ve been so far….. READ MORE