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Industry News

Manitoba Bill 218: 
The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act

A new Bill has been introduced by Reg Helwer, MLA from Brandon West, alongside the Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition. It has passed the second reading and will now proceed to the next stage of approvals.

Manitoba is now the second province to come forward and introduce a form of prompt payment legislation.

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Breakfast Meeting


Topic: Roof Mounted PV Systems







Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

7:00 - 7:30 Am

7:30 -8:30 Am

Winston Golf and Country Club

 2502 6 Street Northeast

Calgary, AB T2E 3Z3

Speaker: Scott R Gailfus, CET                                         

Scott R Gailfus, C.E.T. Scott is the Technical Marketing Officer with the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA). He is a ASET Certified Engineering Technologist in both the Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering disciplines having studied at SAIT Polytechnic.

Scott has extensive experience in roofing systems working for Truss Joist, Canam Steel Works, and most recently for the ARCA. In Scott’s current role he conducts educational presentations to architects, engineers, specifiers, school boards, municipalities, and building owners on the ARCA and all things roofing.


The presentation by Scott Gailfus, technical marketing officer at the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association will include updates to the ARCA manual and warranties, and roof-top mounted photo-voltaic systems. 

In February of 2017, the Alberta Government unveiled a rebate program for homeowners and businesses that install photovoltaics (PV). In addition, Alberta Infrastructure is funding 100% of the cost of PV installations on public buildings that have adequate space to house a viable project. The most common of these are schools and recreation centres. This has created a bit of an “solar boom” in Alberta over the past two years. In almost all cases the installation takes place on low slope roofs.

As fossil fuels become more difficult to find and increasingly expensive to extract, alternative energy sources such as wind and solar are attractive options. There is little doubt that solar energy has a positive impact on the environment, however much debate still remains on the economic feasibility and ROI of PV projects in the Alberta climate zone.

What is most often overlooked is the impact they have on the building envelope and specifically on the roofing system. Roof-top mounted PV systems create many issues on the roof in regards to safety, longevity, performance, and roofing warranties.

This presentation will provide an in depth look in to the issues with PV systems as they pertain to the roof, and provide you with proper guidelines for design and installation. These guidelines have been adopted by Alberta Infrastructure for all ARCA warrantied roofs in Alberta. The ARCA brings a different perspective on roof-top mounted PV, as our mandate is to educate and increase the quality of roofing in Alberta, not to sell PV systems.

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Industry News:

What keeps owners and project teams up at night?

Discover their greatest fears, along with best practices for managing those risks, in a new project planning guide from AIA and its industry partners. 

As written by Steve Cimino, August 27, 2018

Even the most experienced owners and project teams run into complications as they go through the design construction process. Some are easy to anticipate while others are unforeseeable, but all can be managed with the right strategies.To help highlight those strategies, AIA - along with the Large Firm Roundtable, Dodge Data & Analytics, and other industry partners - sponsored the research that led to this project planning guide. 

It not only identifies the top sources of uncertainty but offers expert recommendations and leadership lessons that can help the entire team plan for problems and achieve the best possible outcomes. Based on responses from more than 300 owners, architects, and construction contractors, these are the seven challenges that keep project teams up at night:

1. Owner-driven changes: Whether the owner's requirements were unclear initially or modified during the lengthy planning process, changes in needs often result in added costs are the number-one source of project uncertainty. 

2. Design omissions and communication gaps: Builders are not mind readers, and not every piece of essential hardware is outlined or included in the details provided by architects and engineers. If both sides aren't asking questions during construction, this could be an issue.

3. Construction coordination: When you're responsible for procuring and assembling thousands of components, as the construction team is, there's a chance you'll miss something. Unique or customized designs will also inevitably require modifications during construction.

4. Unknown site or building conditions: Rock or unstable soil during excavation, along with previously unidentified underground utilities or structural problems during a renovation, are just a few of the surprises that could pop up early in a project.

5. Design or documentation mistakes: Nobody's perfect, not even architects. More than 90 percent of the owners surveyed in this research believe it is impossible to achieve immaculate design documents, and 80 percent expect to absorb additional cost from minor mistakes. 

6. Accelerated design and construction schedules: An owner may want to hurry his or her project to completion, for reasons both rational and selfish, but rushing can often lead to additional mistakes and coordination issues. 

7. Delays in procurement, fabrication or assembly: There are numerous reasons for delays, including labor or material shortages and "acts of God," and they can all wreak havoc on deadlines and the bottom line.


As for managing these challenges, the project planning guide comes with a list of detailed recommendations. They include: 

•  Clear and direct leadership from within the owner's organization
•  Early assembly of the entire project team
•  Strong and open communication, especially amongst large teams

The guide also offers a contingency calculator that architects can use to review cost impacts, determine how long each risk will be present, and find the total recommended contingency amount. More than anything, the key to managing uncertainty is early budget planning across the entire team: owner, architect, engineers, and builder. Establishing scope and expectations at the start can pay dividends down the line. 

Download the full project planning guide.

Guide based on Original Study.

Link to original article