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.

Green Jobs BC event – Gibsons – Saturday April 26 from 2 – 4:30 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 Gibsons from 2  to 4:30 p.m.

This Green Jobs BC free event co-sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Labour Council takes place at the Kinsmen Hall, 399 Aldersprings Road in Gibsons.


Celebrate Earth Day – Tuesday April 22 – in Vancouver, Surrey and BC!

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Earth Day on Tuesday April 22  is the biggest celebration of the year about the need to save our planet.

You can join in at Earth Day events across British Columbia on Earth Day and the weekend following.

In Vancouver, Earth Day volunteers will assemble to plant native trees and shrubs at Everett Crowley Park (entrance at Kerr Street and 64th Avenue) in Southeast Vancouver on Saturday, April 26th – from 11 am until 3 pm.

The old Kerr Road Dump is now a natural green refuge for people and wildlife, where reforesting work continues each year on Earth Day.  Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park offers a wide range of free family-oriented fun including professional performers, music, dancing, cultural and ecological exhibits, and very special children’s activities.

The entertainment, exhibits and activities are all free and wheelchair accessible. This annual event is organized by local residents, and is supported by local businesses and the City of Vancouver. Food vendors will be on site.

In Surrey, a “Party for the Planet” takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a wide variety of events, all happening at The Plaza at New City Hall, 13450 104th Avenue.

You can check for other events in British Columbia – and elsewhere – at Earth Day Canada’s website.

BC Insulators at Canada Green Building Conference – Toronto June 2-4

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The BC Insulators will be at the Canada Green Building Council Expo and Conference in Toronto from June 2 to 4 – spreading the message about the 1% Solution – Mechanical Insulation.

The 2014 Conference theme is Building Lasting Change – Exploring the Value of Green Building.

The BC Insulators will share a booth with the Insulators union Local 95 from Ontario – come by and say hello if you are there.

According to Conference organizers, this year’s program will address new information on the business case and performance of green buildings, but also embrace the broader value proposition of building green. Going beyond the operational savings, the focus will be on emerging benefits that are now becoming better understood such as:

  • Enhanced health and well-being;
  • Tenant attraction and retention; and
  • Innovation and job growth with linkages to enhancing corporate social responsibility, shareholder value, environmental quality, livability and international trade.

The conference is Canada’s largest green building event,

Lee Loftus and Cher Hanusiak: Save energy and the planet with mechanical insulation

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Published in The Province newspaper, Sunday April 6, 2014

“Waste not, want not.” — Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, we will hear about “greener” energy efficient buildings and alternative power sources like solar panels. But the simplest and most economical way of saving money and the planet isn’t new — it’s old.

The best way to save energy follows what Benjamin Franklin said — don’t waste it — and the way to do that is through mechanical insulation of pipes and other mechanical systems.

Properly installed mechanical insulation can reduce our carbon footprint, lower greenhouse gas emissions, use less energy, cut costs and pay for itself in a remarkably short period of time.

And with B.C. Hydro rates going up 28 per cent over five years and ever-rising bills for other heating fuel, it’s an opportune time to discuss how individuals and businesses alike can save money by cutting energy consumption — and how government can help too.

The Green Chamber of Commerce B.C., the B.C. Insulators union and the Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C. have come together to promote sustainable, environmentally sound approaches to the challenges businesses face today.

Growing a sustainable economy that embraces people, the planet and profit is the Green Chamber’s mission, while the B.C.

Insulators have helped construct energy-efficient buildings for more than 50 years.

Mechanical insulation is rightly called the one-per-cent solution because it amounts to only one per cent of the construction costs of a new building. When done correctly, mechanical insulation pays for itself in energy savings in record time.

For example, if appropriate mechanical insulation were utilized in a new 25-storey, electrically heated residential apartment building, the annual energy savings would be 320,000 kilowatt hours.

That’s 14 per cent of total energy consumption — an enormous amount in just one year!

And mechanical insulation would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions of carbon dioxide by an amazing 58.8 tonnes annually.

The best part is that the payback period for investing in proper mechanical insulation during construction is estimated at less than 2.7 years, based purely on energy cost savings.

A study by HB Lanarc Consultants commissioned by the B.C. Insulators documented these savings and showed how retrofitting older buildings with proper mechanical insulation also pays for itself in short order.

Energy savings for a four-storey, wood-frame residential building 20 to 40 years old would cover the cost of retrofitted mechanical insulation in less than four years.

There are still more benefits: reduced noise through properly insulated heating and cooling equipment; increased fire prevention and better protection of mechanical systems from fire damage; and eliminating condensation and resulting mould, avoiding expensive repairs.

Lower energy bills, significant greenhouse-gas reductions and a quick return on the costs — the only question is: Why isn’t this happening all over Canada? Fortunately, more people are getting the message, including many B.C. municipalities that have endorsed better mechanical insulation.

Unfortunately, too often corners get cut during construction to reduce the purchase price and as a result, mechanical insulation is often inadequate and improperly installed by untrained workers.

The goal of developers, architects and construction contractors is to sell units, not guarantee lower operating costs — but it’s the end user who would see the energy savings benefits.

What can be done to ensure mechanical insulation is more broadly used as a cost-effective solution?

Utility companies are already very interested and can offer rebates for energy-efficient buildings.

The provincial and federal governments should play a huge role by amending building codes to demand best practices and appropriate installation of effective mechanical insulation, while doing the same for their own buildings.

Homebuyers and businesses can still demand proper mechanical insulation in new buildings or look at retrofits to quickly cut energy costs. This Earth Day it’s the easiest and most economical way to go green every day.

Lee Loftus is business manager of the B.C. Insulators union, local 118. Cher Hanusiak is a director of the Green Chamber of Commerce of B.C.

GLOBE 2014 Conference at Vancouver Convention Centre from March 26 to 28 – visit BC Insulators booth there!


The BC Insulators will be front and centre at the GLOBE 2014 Conference in Vancouver from March 26 to 28 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

GLOBE is known as “the quintessential gathering of global senior business and government representatives who meet to network and to advance the issues at the nexus of global business and sustainability agendas.”

And with speakers like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., you can count on GLOBE 2014 getting a lot of attention from thousands of delegates.

The BC Insulators have an exhibitors booth at Globe 2014 – visit us at Booth Number 1103 on the Trade Fair Floor, near the large Province of British Columbia booth on the north side, centre of the hall.

And if you mention you saw this on our blog, we’ll give you a free 1% Solution coffee mug, while quantities last.

See you there!


Leaders In Sustainability – A Panel on Energy Management – in Vancouver March 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Green Chamber of Commerce BC is holding a very special event titled Leaders In Sustainability – A Panel on Energy Management

This  Energy Panel discussion is happening on Thursday, March 20th, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in downtown Vancouver.


Come and hear from an impressive panel of experts in the energy management field in BC

And there will be a prize draw of one programmable thermostat (value of $100) donated by BC Comfort!

This event is free for Green Chamber of Commerce BC members, $10 online for non-members who book online or $15 at the door.

The three panelists for this informative event are:

Christine VanDerwill, Client Relations Manager

Climate Smart Businesses

Christine leads the business engagement team at Climate Smart Business, a Vancouver-based social enterprise.

Ida Keung, Business Energy Advisor

Building Owners and Managers Association of BC (BOMA BC)

Ida Keung is the Business Energy Advisor at the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC (BOMA BC).

Rod Giltaca, Energy Services Advisor

BC Comfort Air Conditioning Limited

Mr. Giltaca has been a member of the building automation community for 24 years. Rod has fulfilled roles in project management, contract sales, national business development and technology development.

The Green Chamber of Commerce BC thanks the BC Insulators – your Energy Conservation Specialists – for sponsoring  pizza & wine at the event, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC for all their administrative support!

BC Insulators attend BUILDEX Vancouver conference Feb 25-26 with message of energy conservation through Mechanical Insulation

The BC Insulators attended the recent BUILDEX Vancouver conference on February 25 and 26, bringing our message of energy conservation through Mechanical Insulation to delegates there. Our 1% Solution booth about Mechanical Insulation was popular with many of the more than 13,500 delegates from the construction, architecture, building supply and other sectors dropping by to learn more.
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BC Insulators Speak to NIA

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Lee Loftus of the BC Insulators along with Jeff Besant form Besant and Associates spoke this morning to the National Insulation Association (NIA). The NIA Annual Convention is the premier gathering for the mechanical insulation industry, offering valuable and unique educational sessions to those in attendance. Mr. Loftus stated it was a wonderful opportunity to address important industry issues, and looks forward to continuing working together building an even stronger relationship with suppliers of mechanical insulation services.