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November update

posted Nov 4, 2016, 1:15 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Membership   [ updated Nov 4, 2016, 2:00 PM ]

Grassroots Government Advocacy

2016 - 2017 ASHRAE Saskatoon Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair - Ryan MacGillivray

 

The role of the GGAC is to help with local advocacy efforts to promote ASHRAE to the government, including the adoption of ASHRAE standards.  Hopefully you are aware that we had a civic election recently.  Part of my goal is to be in touch with the city councillors to promote ASHRAE.  Let me know if you know any of the officials.

 

On a national level, ASHRAE Montreal and ASHRAE Quebec are in the process of translating the ASHRAE BEQ into French.  This should help with getting BEQ more recognized across Canada.

For Energy Efficiency, AHSRAE Standard 90.1-2016 was recently published.

 

The 2015 National Construction Codes are now open for public review.  This is your chance to make comments on the proposed revisions for the next round of codes.  Current public review is for the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code. http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ci-ic/article/v20n2-1

 

 

Thank you.  If you have any questions on the above, please let me know.  I hope to see you at the meeting.

 

Ryan MacGillivray

ASHRAE Saskatoon

Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair

September 2016 Grassroot Government Activity

posted Sep 8, 2016, 8:44 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Membership   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 8:58 PM ]

2016 - 2017 ASHRAE Saskatoon Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair - Ryan MacGillivray

 

Hello!  The position of Grassroots Government Advocacy (GGAC) is a new committee created at the society level a couple of years ago.  We have not had a local chair in this position, so this will be new for me as well.

 

The role of the GGAC, I believe, is to help with local advocacy efforts to promote ASHRAE to the government, including the adoption of ASHRAE standards.  As well, I plan on trying to keep you informed of government activities, which was the previous committee’s name.  I do hope to be able to share information on the provincial and federal levels as well.

 

We have a civic election coming up this fall, which would be great time to push our mayoral and councilor candidates for their views on implementing ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for energy efficiency in buildings.  At a minimum, if through their campaigning you are able to talk to any of the candidates, please share your views on energy efficiency and the role of ASHRAE in developing code-ready standards.  I hope to have more information soon!

 

Government news that is related to buildings that may be of interest to you:

 

July 29, 2016 news release from Elaine Armstrong, Executive Assistant, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Saskatchewan (ACEC-SK):

-      Please find attached two advisories prepared by the Building Standards and Licensing Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations.

o     Farm Buildings and the National Building Code – this advisory details a recent amendment to The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Regulations (the UBAS Regulations) that provides clarity to the term “commercial operations” and how it should be used in the context of the definition of farm building.  (See file below "NBC - Farm Buildings.pdf")

o     Fire Sprinkler Requirements in Alternative Family Care Homes – this advisory details a recent amendment to the National Building Code 2010 (NBC 2010) that provides when fire sprinklers are required by the Saskatchewan amendment to the NBC 2010.  (See file below "NBC - AFCH Sprinklers.pdf")

 

August 8, 2016 news release from Pembina Institute – A bold national action plan for energy efficient buildings:

-      Eleven organizations representing leading energy and building professionals, associations, nonprofits and businesses have submitted the following letter to the Canadian government, dated August 3, 2016.  Letter addressed to Honourable Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, and Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.

-    http://www.pembina.org/pub/boldl-plan-for-buildings


August 15, 2016 email from Carrie Bowen, Executive Coordinator, Building Standards and Licensing Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations:

-      Building Standards and Licensing Branch will be holding the Building Official Licensing Training, Legislative Workshop in Regina on September 26 & 27, 2016.  Space is limited so register early.  Please find attached the registration form and FAQ’s on Building Official Licence Training.  Please note that the PDF is fillable and can be filled in electronically, saved, and emailed back to (them).  (See files below "Registration - Legislative Framework - September 2016 2.pdf" and "Advisory - Building Official Licence Training - May 21, 2015.pdf"

 

September 7, 2016 email from Building Standards and Licensing Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations:

-      Building Standards and Licensing Branch will be holding a Combustible and Non-Combustible Construction Workshop in Humboldt on October 12, 2016.  Space is limited so register early.  Please note that the PDF is fillable and can be filled in electronically, saved, and emailed back to (them). (See file below "Registration - Combustible and Non-Combustible Construction - September 1, 2016.pdf")

 

Thank you.  If you have any questions on the above, please let me know.  I hope to see you at the meeting.

 

Ryan MacGillivray

ASHRAE Saskatoon

Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair

U.S. Government Partners with ASHRAE to Research Low GWP Refrigerants

posted Jun 2, 2016, 1:11 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 1:12 PM ]

The U.S. government is partnering with the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, and other governments and international organizations to conduct critical research regarding the safe use of mildly flammable (A2L) and flammable (A3) refrigerants as low-global-warming-potential (low-GWP) alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the air conditioning and refrigeration sectors. This research will support the acceleration of updated safety standards to allow widespread use of these climate-friendly refrigerants in the United States and internationally. In support of this effort, the DOE is contributing $3 million in funding, AHRI is contributing $1 million, and ASHRAE is contributing $1.2 million.  

The Need for Building Energy Efficiency

posted Sep 3, 2013, 10:00 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 12:56 PM ]

in support of Saskatchewan Building Energy Efficiency Standards
Please see this site for more information about building energy efficiency standards for Saskatchewan. http://energycode.buildsaskgreen.ca/

The Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee is a new committee in ASHRAE, with the goal to promote interaction with the local, provincial, and federal governments. This position is currently open for a member to join the ASHRAE Saskatoon board. If you are interested, please contact any member of the board.

Chris James

posted Feb 22, 2013, 9:02 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Saskatchewan Chapter is offering the first-ever, one-day Passive House course. This intensive day of learning will include expert instruction and content from the Canadian Passive House Institute. It will provide attendees with education on design and construction fundamentals of the Passive House approach, including super insulated envelopes, extreme air tightness and leading edge ventilation design. A special focus will be made on multifamily buildings up to six stories, but all building types will be addressed.  More information can be found at 

http://www.cagbc.org/AM/PDF/Passive%20House%20flyer_ENG_FINAL.pdf 

 

Thanks,

Chris James

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