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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

 

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. 

Tuesday
Oct072014

QAC Presentation to Rocky Point Engineers

Mr. Scott McEachern, AScT, LEED®AP, Principal, Manager Construction Services at Rocky Point Engineering Ltd. and twelve other engineers, was recently treated to a joint presentation on the value of mechanical insulation in the boardroom at their Langley offices.

Mr. Neil Munro, of B.C. Insulators, began by explaining the value of properly installed MI work and the challenges faced by industry as the quality of workmanship and materials declines. Mr.Munro provided a visual display that clearly showed the difference between work done to specification and the results that occur when work and materials do not meet industry best practices.

Mr. Munro was followed by Mr. Micah Lang, an Energy + Resources Planner for HB Lanarc. HB Lanarc is a planning and design firm that authored "Pipes Need Jackets Too", a white paper commissioned by B.C. Insulators, that outlines the benefits of mechanical insulation for energy conservation (pipes need jackets too - Energy Conservation Specialists). Mr. Lang provided some hard facts and interesting statistics about the energy conservation gains when mechanical insulation is installed to specification, and contrasted that with the conservation losses attributed to mechanical insulation poorly executed, using materials that do not meet published standards. 

After hearing about the value of MI insulation on specific projects, as well the effect to the environment in general when energy is conserved, the engineers at Rocky Point were looking for answers. Fortunately, the BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate program provides a simple, cost effective solution for conscientious engineers concerned about energy conservation as well as ROI for their clients.

Mr. Brian Hofler of BCICA provided Rocky Point engineers with an overview of the QAC program, a tool specifically designed to give engineers, building owners, and contractors a clear framework for the quality of labour and materials expected on mechanical insulation work. Mr. Hofler provided a review of the QAC program and it's benefit to all participants, it's estimated costs , as well as wording that might be used in a master specification.

Specifying authorities requiring the BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) should insert the following wording into their specifications:

  1. Quality Assurance Certificate Program

    To qualify for the QAC Program, workmanship must conform to the latest QAC Standards as published in the BCICA Quality Standards for Mechanical Insulation (Commercial and Institutional Buildings) Manual (QSMIM).

  2. Accepted Materials
    Only materials that conform to the standards listed in the QSMIM and accepted by BCICA
     may be used in the QAC Program.

  3. Qualification of Workers

    Materials must be installed by tradespersons with a Red Seal or TQ designation in the Heat and Frost trade, and / or registered apprentices / helpers supervised by qualified journeypersons.

  4. Independent Inspection

    Inspection as required under the QAC Program is to be performed by an independent inspector specifically “designated” by BCICA for the purpose of inspecting QAC Program. 

The participants were eager to receive a folder of information from BCICA which included a copy of the new Quality Standards for Mechanical Insulation Manual on a USB stick labelled with the distinctive BCICA Logo.

And, although the measurement of success for this presentation, as well as all the promotional activities on behalf of BCICA and the QAC will become evident once the QAC becomes part of a specification, the opportunity to meet with the employees at Rocky Point Engineering Ltd., was a reminder that "face to face" education and training initiatives are always well received.  

Friday
Oct032014

Welcome Molly Shipowich

BCICA is pleased to welcome Molly Shipowich as the new office administrator. Molly began her administrative duties with BCICA on September 1 and is already in the process of acquainting herself with the day to day activities of the association, as well as the annual events that make BCICA a unique organization.

Molly brings a wealth of association experience to BCICA due to her role as office manager for several not for profit organizations in the construction industry. These include the BC Building Envelope Council (BCBEC), the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI - Western Chapter, as well as the Educational Facilities Manager Association of BC (EFMABC).

Molly's expertise and industry contacts will be of great value as BCICA continues to professionalize, update its administrative procedures and introduce the Quality Assurance Certificate program to the mechanical insulation industry. Molly can be contacted by email at info@bcica.org.