|September 27, 2017|
|Getting to know BILD Alberta – Recapping the Fall Conference
Association members, sponsors and partners gathered at the Jasper Park Lodge from September 14-17 for BILD Alberta’s Fall Conference. The weekend included handing out the CHBA – Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing and the Safety Leadership Awards along with honouring Industry Leadership Award recipients.
Click here for a glimpse into the weekend. Thinking about getting more involved? Member Services Manager, Laara Braz, is looking for volunteers for the Conference Committee. Contact Laara for more details.
Below you will find staff highlights of what was discussed at the conference.
Message from CEO, Donna Moore
I’m pleased to report that we are nearing the completion of the BILD Alberta transition phase and we are now looking toward to the first Annual General Meeting of Members. The AGM will be held on November 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary. Members will receive the complete package with accompanying details in the near future.
The new Board of Directors will be ratified at the AGM including the five Elected Directors and 13 Appointed Constituent Association Representatives. The Board of Directors will elect the Officers at the first meeting of the board to be held later that day. I would encourage members to attend in person or send their proxies as directed in the forthcoming package.
I want to congratulate Laara Braz and the entire BILD Alberta Team for their efforts in creating a terrific BILD Alberta Fall Conference. My sincere appreciation goes to the army of volunteers who ensure our events are always raising the bar! A huge hats off to our sponsorship partners who stepped up to ensure we could add extra value for all attendees.
Moving forward, BILD Alberta will host three annual events for members:
-BILD Alberta Fall Conference – September 13-16, 2018 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
-AGM location will move around the province – November 15, 2017 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary
-BILD Alberta Spring Conference – April 19 & 20 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Message from Director of Planning & Development, Scott Fash
Work continues with the Municipal Government Act Review and City Charters. Of continuing concern are new off-site levies for community facilities, a levy for new highway interchanges and inclusionary housing. If municipalities use these new tools to the full extent, it could add up to $60,000 to the cost of an average home. BILD Alberta has continued to push for more detail to limit the impacts of these tools but we need members to contact their elected officials and push the messages outlined in our engagement guide.
Message from Executive Director, T.J. Keil
One particular challenge the Association took on over the past year was to be more assertive in our advocacy. This has meant putting ourselves in a place to push harder on key issues for our industry while having the information and resources we need to do so. Significant work done in this area includes:
-Adding to our capacity by hiring government relations firm, Alberta Counsel, to amplify our efforts
-Evolving the roles of staff to deliver on key files
-Solidifying partnerships with like-minded organizations to work together whenever possible
-Finding a balance between being a positive contributor to discussions with government and putting them on notice when things have taken a wrong turn
You will continue to see us making noise and growing our capacity to be more assertive. Advocacy is now a competitive environment and we need to be running at the head of the pack. Our subject matter team, expert member knowledge and access to various consultants allow us to deliver at this level every day at BILD Alberta.
Message from Director of Buildings Policy and Procedures, Joan Maisonneuve
The adoption of the energy efficiency section of the building code in the past year has presented challenges. These challenges resulted in work to enhance the voice of the industry with Municipal Affairs and the Safety Codes Council with a proposal to create a new working group for BILD Alberta members. In the next year, challenges for buildings will continue to come from the federal and provincial environmental agenda.
BILD Alberta is currently working with CHBA National to provide input to a proposed step code process to take the industry to net zero ready by 2030 and provincially on building labeling.
Message from Economic Analyst, Richard Goatcher
Total housing starts in Alberta’s cities of 10,000+ increased in August by 33.4% year-over-year to 2,187 units. Single-detached starts in urban centres increased in August by 44.6% from a year prior to 1,228 units. Multiple unit starts increased in August by 21.4% from year-ago levels to 959 units. After eight months this year, total starts (urban) were up by almost 29% from January to August 2016 to 18,328 units.
Click here for the September Market Update reports for more details on recent housing activity in your community.
Message from Safety Manager, Brittany Baltimore
BILD Alberta continues to be active on Twitter promoting the Safety Ninja Fall Prevention Campaign. We encourage all of our members to visit our website and use the information and resources found there to enhance their own fall prevention programs.
As part of the Safety Ninja Campaign the Fall Protection Group is offering all BILD Alberta members a 15% discount on training until November 11, 2017. If the program is successful they will consider extending the discount. Click here for details on how to register.
The truss tie-off document has been finalized and printed. This guide will be available to members in a limited run of hard copies and also digital copies at the beginning of October. Stay tuned!
The Government of Alberta has launched a review into Alberta’s occupational health and safety system. The review is slated to include online surveys, submissions from industry groups and roundtable discussions from now until October 16. BILD Alberta encourages all of its members to take the time to fill out the 30 minute survey that can be found here. The three main themes the survey addresses are responsibilities, worker engagement and injury/illness prevention. More information is available here.
There will be a roundtable discussion for BILD Members to attend and participate on September 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alberta Construction Safety Association located at 225 Parsons Road SW in Edmonton. Click here to RSVP if you plan on attending.
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