BC Insulators talking sustainability with Mechanical Insulation to city councils

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Bob Barter of BC Insulators spreading the word on Mechanical Insulation – the 1% Solution for sustainability!

SUSTAINABLE CITIES

BC Insulators’ Bob Barter and Neil Munro made a presentation to the Sustainable City Advisory Committee of the City of Burnaby on June 7, promoting the use of proper Mechanical Insulation and illustrating heat loss through the use of a thermal imaging camera and 3e Plus software.  Committee members were impressed and called the presentation “very informative” – and the information has been sent on to Burnaby staff to review.  We look forward to further discussions with the city to help them meet their sustainability goals.

We are scheduling more appearances before city councils throughout the province.

Local 118 is also working on the language for three resolutions to be presented to the Union of BC Municipalities conference in September, where city mayors and councillors gather to discuss and debate policies.  Our resolutions involve: Building Commissioning; Building Labelling; and Benchmarking.

ENERGY AUDITS MORE AVAILABLE

Justin Teskey and Riley Feser-Gray from the BC Insulators attended the Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser course hosted in Edmonton by Insulators Union Local 110 and the I Save team. Both members are now Certified Appraisers and will be included on future Audits that Salamander Inspections conducts. BC Insulators now have five Energy Appraisers available to conduct Audits and use thermal cameras and the 3ePlus software that generates the reports.

NET ZERO BUILDINGS

Teskey and  Munro also attended the Building Lasting Change Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The conference was very interesting and focused on Net Zero Buildings. To achieve Net Zero buildings will have increased attention to building envelope, ventilation strategies and onsite energy generation (solar, wind and Biomass). Buildings will also have new targets including Total Energy Use Intensity, Thermal energy Demand Intensity, GHG Intensity Targets.

This will include building commissioning that ensures that buildings are constructed and operated properly.

 

 

 

BC Insulators get JUST Label for social justice work

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BC Insulators are first union to receive JUST Label for commitment to social justice and equity from Seattle-based International Living Future Institute – joining green building architects, engineers, contractors with JUST Label status

BC INSULATORS  NEWS RELEASE      

Wednesday May 11, 2016

VANCOUVER – The BC Insulators have become the first labour union to receive a coveted JUST Label from the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute – for its commitment to social justice and equity and it’s transparency and accountability

Lee Loftus, Business Manager of the BC Insulators, says it is an honour to be the first union to obtain a JUST Label after going through the application process and making an organizational decision to provide the public with full information about how it addresses social justice and equity issues.

“We are very proud indeed to be the first union to receive a JUST Label and be among many progressive businesses and non-profits in the Pacific Northwest who are committed to social justice, equity and transparency,” says Loftus.

“It is gratifying to have our union join with green building construction firms, architects, engineers, banks, non-profits and others in starting a process where anyone can see how we practice social justice and promote equity in our daily work, with our employees, our investments and our members,” Loftus said.

According to the Institute: “The JUST Program acts somewhat as a ‘nutrition label’ for socially just and equitable organizations…. the program provides an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.”

Loftus said the BC Insulators will promote the JUST Label as a positive benefit with contractors who employ the union’s members in a wide variety of commercial, industrial and residential construction in BC, as well as with the public and in the labour movement.

“The BC Insulators are well known for our work promoting energy conservation and efficiency, green buildings and other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption – this JUST Label is an important recognition of our values,” Loftus said.

BC Insulators at GLOBE 2016 Vancouver Conference

Financing the Green Economy

GLOBE 2016 Vancouver is on March 2 to 4 and the BC Insulators will be there at the Innovation Expo!

GLOBE 2016 – The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business – is one of Canada’s biggest and best known environmental events.

The BC Insulators will have a booth at the Expo to provide information about mechanical insulation, energy conservation and efficiency to the more than 1,600 people attending.

 

BC Insulators at BUILDEX Vancouver 2016 to talk energy conservation

BUILDEX Vancouver

The BC Insulators will be at the 2016 BUILDEX Vancouver Conference on February 24 & 25 to promote energy conservation through mechanical insulation to the industry, government and consumers.

The BC Insulators booth will be on the trade show floor – #435 – and staffed with knowledgeable members who will make new connections among the 14,000 attendees expected.

BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries.

Held annually, BUILDEX has over 600 exhibits, and more than 70 educational seminars.

The are a limited number of free tickets for anyone interested in attending the Trade Show – please contact the BC Insulators office to arrange your ticket.

 

What’s at Stake in Metro Vancouver Transit Vote?

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Good jobs and reduced congestion, says recent study by Green Jobs BC and Blue Green Canada

By Blair Redlin

Residents who are waiting to hear the results of the vote on the $7.5 billion, 10-year transit plan proposed by regional mayors may be interested to know the results of our recent economic study for Green Jobs BC and Blue Green Canada.

One of the questions that economist David Fairey and I sought to answer was: ”How many jobs will be generated if the Mayor’s 10 Transit Plan is implemented?” We also asked about the economic impact of better transit and reduced climate stress because of fewer green house gas emissions. Along the way we found some very interesting numbers about congestion as well.

To prepare our report, we reviewed a wide number of documents from January to early March. Our findings on potential jobs and economic impacts that would result from the mayors’ transit plan are based on economic consultant reports commissioned by TransLink.

The deadline for mailing your transit ballot was Friday, May 29, with results expected by mid-to late June.

As it turns out, the number of direct jobs arising from implementing the mayors’ transit plan is significant. Currently, TransLink contributes roughly 6,000 jobs to our economy. Our analysis shows that the mayors’ plan would add another 3,600 direct jobs over the next decade.

By way of comparison, the number of direct jobs in oil and gas extraction last year, according to B.C. Statistics, was 6,200. And that was before the recent drop in oil and gas prices. If the mayors’ plan is implemented, there would be 50 per more jobs in transit by the end of the decade than in extraction of oil and gas.

 

Economic consulting firm HDR found that the mayors’ plan would also cut the congestion that costs $487 million and enormous amounts of time every year. Maintaining the status quo will result in an additional $1 billion in congestion costs by 2045. By providing a way for more trips without a car, the plan would cut lost time and money by up to four per cent. Investment in new rapid transit lines, additional bus service, and a new Patullo Bridge means getting people out of traffic, giving them more time to spend with family and friends.

Reduces emissions

The plan also means real action on the climate. The effects of climate change are playing out in real time, with everybody from insurance companies to the U.S. Navy preparing for a less stable climate future. British Columbia’s greenhouse gas reduction plan aims to reduce emissions by 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020.

Transportation makes up a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver, and investments in climate-friendly transit infrastructure are key to meeting these targets. The mayors’ transit plan would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 8.2 per cent over the status quo, dramatically decreasing our per person use of fossil fuels.

Metro Vancouver has already embraced transit: between 2003 and 2013, the annual number of trips taken on transit increased by almost 90 million. The most recent significant transit investment in our region, the Canada Line, carries more than 122,000 people per day, already surpassing ridership projections for 2021. With a million more people expected in our region by 2045, transit will play an even bigger role in keeping our region moving.

Implementing the mayors’ transit plan would create thousands of good jobs, strengthen the regional economy, significantly cut congestion, and tackle climate change in a meaningful way.

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NOTE:  Balloting closed in the transit and transportation plebiscite on May 29.  Originally published in The Tyee; reprinted with kind permission.

Blair Redlin is a former BC deputy minister of Transportation and former CUPE researcher. He co-authored Good Jobs, Clean Skies with economist David Fairey.

BC Insulators promote Energy Conservation at BUILDEX Vancouver 2015

Buildex Vancouver 2015

The BC Insulators will have a booth to promote mechanical insulation at the annual BUILDEX Vancouver 2015 – Western Canada’s largest conference and tradeshow for construction, renovation and related work.

The conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West on February 25 & 26, 2015.  The are a limited number of free tickets for anyone interested in attending the Trade Show – please contact the BC Insulators office to arrange your ticket.

There are over 600 exhibits on the trade show floor, which is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm  February 25th and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on February 26, 2015.  You can check out the details at the exhibitors’ list.

BC Insulators Green Team connects at QUEST conference

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The BC Insulators trade show Green Team was on hand for the Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow – QUEST – conference and trade show at the Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from December 1-3..

The event had a series of informative speakers and presenters on District Energy systems and their part in the urban landscape moving forward.

The Vancouver area already has a number of District Energy systems including Central Heat, South East False Creek, the River District, SFU Univercity district, Richmond Olympic Oval area, UBC, proposed Cambie corridor system, and BCIT. These systems are either gas fired, sewage heat recovery or Biomass fuelled.

Bc Insulators made a number of excellent connections at the event including representatives from BOMA -the Building Office Managers Association, Concert Properties, the City of North Vancouver, the University of BC, the University of Northern BC, Comox/Courtenay Regional District, to name a few.

We are now becoming widely recognized at these type of events and our “Green Credibility” is being advanced.

Follow ups are being scheduled with interested groups.

QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, is a collaborative network of stakeholders who are actively working to make Canada a leader in the design, development and implementation of smart energy communities.

Smart energy communities are all about integrating energy across land use, buildings, transportation, waste, water, and related infrastructure.

 

Green Chamber of Commerce BC throws party July 10

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The Green Chamber of Commerce BC is celebrating its 1 Year Anniversary with a Green Products Showcase Party!

Come sample various green products and join us for a fun night of celebration.

There will be food, music, wine, beer, and lots of door prizes.

The event takes place Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 8:30pm at Greenworks Building Supply,  79 W 3rd Avenue in Vancouver.

It’s free for Member and just $10 + tax for non-members.

The BC Insulators are proud Founding Members and supporters of the Green Chamber of Commerce, which exists to bridge “the gap between businesses and a green sustainable economy.”

BC Insulators attend Vancouver SustainaBuild Conference

Sustainabuild 2014The BC Insulators trade show booth was at this past week for the 6th Annual SustainaBuild Conference, Western Canada’s premier conference focusing on sustainable buildings and communities of all types.

Presentations at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel included sessions on the New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code, Deep Energy Retrofits for existing buildings, the new Telus Gardens Building and New Lessons on Sustainability.

There were some interesting presentations and the BC Insulators made some more excellent contacts with key people in the green building sector.

Be sure to check out the SustainaBuild Conference next year!

Green Jobs BC event – Chilliwack – Tuesday May 13 from 7 – 9:15 p.m.

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Join leaders of some of BC’s foremost unions and environmental groups to hear about how to create green jobs and build a cleaner, stronger economy in BC at a special event in Chilliwack from 7  to 9:15 p.m.

This Green Jobs BC free event takes place at the Sto:lo Resource Centre, Building 10, 7201 Vedder Road in Chilliwack.