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2018 Annual Event Calendar

Jan - 9-Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

Feb - 6-BOD M

Mar - 6-BOD

Apr - BOD  / Industry Dinner Meeting

May - 8-BOD

   25 - Mesothelioma Golf Tournament

June -12-BOD  

July - 10-BOD

Aug - No Meetings

Sept - 4 BOD

 7-10-TIAC Conference 

Oct - 9-BOD / AGM 

Nov - 13-BOD

Dec - 8 - Christmas Dinner at River Rock Casino

Dec - BOD Luncheon

 

Friday
Apr032015

Quality Assurance Certificate Program added to specs

by JESSICA KRIPPENDORF Mar 20, 2015

Vancouver-based Integral Group has added the B.C. Insulation Contractors Association's (BCICA) Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) Program to its master specifications — a move that has implications for how mechanical insulation is installed on projects they manage and who can perform the work.

"This means any job that comes out with the Integral Group will require a BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate," said BCICA member, Chris Ishkanian.

"We're early in the program and haven't done any inspections yet on Integral projects, but there are three or four projects registered with the BCICA office—some projects have not yet been awarded or have not started."

Under the QAC, the mechanical insulation contractor, who was the successful bidder on the project, registers the project with the BCICA, which assigns a Certified Insulation Inspector (CII) to oversee the work.

CIIs must complete a specialized mechanical insulation inspector training program through the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT).

They then apply for designation with the BCICA after completing the association's one-day course.

The BCICA currently has five designated inspectors.

Geoff McDonnell, an engineer with Integral Group, said the firm decided to implement the QAC because of several instances of poor insulation finishing and poor quality installations experienced over the past three years.

"We needed something with a defined, reviewable standard of quality to be able to enforce something in the field, rather than accepting being told, 'this is what the industry standard is,'" he said.

His crews encountered improperly finished vapour barriers on cold pipes, loose insulation with silver taped elbows and fittings, rather than properly mitred, and purpose-formed insulation sections.

Two of Integral Group's registered projects are currently under construction—Vancouver Talmud Torah School and UBC's Quantum Matter Institute.

"About a dozen more are just coming through the design to construction start stage that include the QAC requirements in our specifications," said McDonnell.

Jobs specified to meet the QAC criteria must be performed by BCICA contractors.

"There are procedures within the BCICA bylaws to deal with discrepancies between the specifications and the work being performed," said Ishkanian.

"BCICA has the mandate within their bylaws to intervene on a project if all other avenues to agree on a solution have been exhausted.

"If it is a non-member company doing the work, BCICA has no leverage to ensure the work gets done correctly."

Problems can arise when the mechanical contractor doesn't realize the job is a QAC project and hires a non-member insulator to complete the work.

"The engineer is not involved with the tendering process and quite often isn't aware who the subtrades are until the project is well underway," said Ishkanian.

"If the mechanical contractor doesn't know what the requirements are for a QAC project and awards the job to an insulation contractor, who isn't a BCICA member, we can't do the inspection.

"In our view this would be a deviation from the specifications and the engineer will ultimately have to decide what to do next."

Integral Group will avoid the problem by educating its in-house design staff, who also perform the filed reviews.

It holds in-house seminars with the BCICA and runs a weekly internal Design Series, which help junior and senior designers learn what to watch out for.

"We also have been making sure we photograph both the bad and the good installations during the site reviews and circulate the 'what I saw on site today' emails to the staff on a semi-regular basis," said McDonnell.

The program asserts that at least one person working on the project must have a Red Seal ticket or, if a member of a unionized shop, a TQ Designation.

Under the program, the CII must perform a pre-construction meeting with the insulation contractor, a series of site inspections and a final inspection.

All reports are submitted to the BCICA office with copies distributed to all the stakeholders.

"An independent, properly trained, third party inspector is ensuring the work is done to spec," said Ishkanian.

"It provides the mechanical engineer and the owner the piece of mind that the work has been performed to proper standards."

The BCICA has both union and open-shop members and will accept applications from dedicated mechanical insulation contractors that meet the association's minimum requirements for proving themselves reputable contractors.

Thursday
Feb122015

QAC Specified

Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) Specified

Mechanical Contractors should take note that the BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) Program has recently been specified for both piping and duct insulation projects.

Integral Group has written the QAC into their master specification to ensure that mechanical insulation work is installed by qualified journeypersons / apprentices, using materials that meet ASTM and CAN/ULC Standards.

The reference to a QAC is listed under “General” in the specification documents and may appear as follows:

All insulation shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the “BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA) Standards Manual” as reference standard. This project requires the Mechanical Insulation Contractor to provide a BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC). The Mechanical Insulation Contractor shall register this project with BCICA and shall be in full compliance with the requirements of the QAC Program. Materials must be installed by tradespersons with a Red Seal or TQ Designation in the Heat and Frost Trade as detailed in the QAC Program.

The standards that insulation materials must comply with are listed in the Quality Standards for Mechanical Insulation manual, rewritten and published by BCICA to meet or exceed current B.C. Building Code requirements.

All QAC work requires independent purpose-trained mechanical insulation (MI) inspectors assigned by BCICA through the project registration process.  Mechanical insulation contractors are required to register the project with BCICA upon being awarded the project. BCICA has designated several inspectors to inspect QAC work. Designated inspectors must have completed Certified Insulation Inspection courses (mechanical insulation only) facilitated by BCIT, a workshop on the QAC and the QAC Inspection Program through BCICA, and have demonstrated expertise in commercial construction quality assurance practices.

Mechanical contractors are reminded that the QAC is only available from BCICA members. 

Wednesday
Feb112015

8th Annual BCICA Mesothelioma Golf Tournament Fundraiser

A new year is upon us and it's that time again. Time to register for this year's BCICA Mesothelioma Golf Tournament Fundraiser.

This will be our 8th year holding the yearly tournament and every year has bigger and more successful than the year before. Let's set a new record in attendance and raise some funds for a great cause.

Registration and sponsor deadline is Friday, May 15th for the May 29th tournament.

 

Click here for the registration form.

Monday
Dec222014

MI News - Winter 2014 Issue Released

Tuesday
Dec022014

BCICA AGM 2014

BCICA held it's Annual General Meeting on November 29th at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. The AGM was preceded by a regular meeting of the Board of Directors as well as a Luncheon for all members attending the AGM.

President, Mr. Joe O'Donnell, reported on some of the activities that took place during the past year paying particular attention to the success of the annual Mesothelioma Golf Tournament and the efforts of all those involved in it's success. He went on to speak about the Quality Assurance Certificate program, as well as the work done by the members of the Technical Committee to complete the new Quality Standards Manual. The QAC program was identified as one of the key factors in the growth of the association and recognition that BCICA is the voice of professional mechanical insulation contractors in BC.

President O'Donnell was followed by Mr. Brian Hofler, an association management consultant working on behalf of BCICA. Mr. Hofler reported that presentations regarding the QAC were made to several Mechanical Engineering firms in BC. These included WSP in Victoria, Rocky Point Engineers in Langley and the Integral Group noting that the first specification for a QAC was included in a job tendered by Integral this past summer.

Mr. Hofler attended the Thermal Insulation Association of Canada Conference in Victoria and reported that delegates were aware of the BCICA QAC program and applauded BCICA's efforts to introduce consistent standards for the installation of mechanical insulation.

As well, Mr. Hofler gave a brief overview of the Council of Construction Trade Association's (COCTA) efforts on behalf fo trade contractors in BC. Of particular importance is the issue of Prompt Payment Legislation and ensuring the trade contractors have a greater voice in trade training and apprenticeship in BC. To this end, COCTA has managed to make an impact on the Industry Training Authority (ITA) by establishing the criteria for individuals wishing to sit on the Sector Advisory Council for the construction industry.

BCICA Treasurer, and the Director responsible for the success of the Mesothelioma Golf Tournament, Mr. Andre Pachon, provided a clear review of the associations finances. He noted that many of the development costs of the QAC are complete and now it is up to the mechanical consultant to specify the QAC. Mr. Pachon urged those present to promote every job as a QAC job and review all tender documents to see if the QAC is specified.   

Elections for the Board of Directors were also held. Three Active (contractor) Member postions were available. The new BCICA Board of Directors is a follows:

Joe O'Donnell - President, Brad Haysom - Vice President, Andre Pachon - Treasurer, George Thompson - Director, Gary Temple - Director, Bill Jaeggle - Director, Chris Ishkanian - Director, Jeff Webb - Director.