NECB 2017 is a more stringent energy code containing increased U-factor requirements for the building envelope. The new code has removed the Detailed Trade Off method of compliance. Compliance must follow the Prescriptive, Trade Off, or Performance Path (Energy Model).
Both RBC and ATB recently cut Alberta’s real GDP growth in half for 2019, with projected growth somewhere between 0.6 and 0.7 percent, behind all other provinces. Growth for 2020 is expected to be between 1.6 to 2.4 percent, still well below trend. Table 1, below, revealed the impact of oil production cuts and a reduction in energy investment on provincial GDP. Although gloomy, we will likely avoid dipping into another recession. Economic growth continues to be hampered by pipeline restrictions, a reduction in capital expenditures and low natural gas prices. Non-residential construction investment is expected to decline 0.9%. A provincial corporate income tax rate cut from 12% to 8% over the next four years may stimulate capital investment over the short to mid-term.
After an interruption of 44 years of Progressive Conservative Government, the United Conservative Party regains a foothold in Alberta. But what does it mean for our future, and will Jason Kenney be able to rebuild our resource dependent economy?
Marijuana has become a legal substance in Canada. So naturally many employees want to use it recreationally. This can become an issue at work as the THC builds up in a persons system and if a drug test is required the result is positive test readings even though a person is not actually impaired at the time of the test.
My name is Roger Geisinger and I have taken on the role of Executive Director for AMBA. I am sure many of you already know me, but for those of you who don’t I will give you a brief history. Prior to retiring in 2016, I spent 39 years in the Metal Building industry. I hold a B. Ed. and an Alberta Journeyman Metal Building Erector trade certificate.
It is critical that we keep sending our employees to trade school. We have already seen a shift in training that covers less of the MBSE trade, and any further apathy from our industry may lead to a push to get rid of MBSE and keep only the Structural and Reinforcing arms of the Ironworker trades.
The most recent renegotiated NAFTA has reason for celebration across the country. While the agreement still needs to be ratified by all three countries, it sends a positive message to investors and businesses alike.
Alberta’s economy continues to move in the right direction, albeit at a moderate pace – ATB is forecasting 2018 and 2019 provincial growth at 2.7% and 2.3% respectively. However, current trade uncertainties and consumer confidence overburden projected growth.
The ACA and the ECA along with our Alberta local construction association partners are pleased to present this video to members. This video complements the 2016 Trade Definitions, and offers further insight into the Definitions and their usage.