Cast-In-Place Concrete - Strategies for Moisture Management - Poured-in-place concrete walls are cost effective since they combine the functions of a strucural element and an exterior wall assembly. Concrete also provides great flexibility and simplicity in building design. Close attention needs to be paid to moisture management strategies to avoid both rainwater penetration and interior moisture caused by condensation. This bulletin, from the HPO, highlights various strategies and steps that can be taken to facilitate continued effective design and construction practices for exposed poured-in-place concrete walls.
PORTLAND-LIMESTONE CEMENT: November 2010, Amendment to the BC Building Code from the BC Building and Safety Standards Branch - By order of Rich Coleman, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Portland-limestone cement was recognized by the British Columbia Building Code on Thursday November 25, 2010. The cement industry is now clear to start shipping PLC in British Columbia. Click here to view amendment document.
CraneSafe Assessment - June 2010
If you operate or own a crane, WorkSafeBC regulation 14.34.1 states that after July 1, 2007, a mobile crane, tower crane or boom-truck must be operated only (a) by a person with a valid operator's certificate issued by a person acceptable to the Board, and (b) in accordance with any conditions stipulated on the certificate by the issuing person. Operators who possess a crane operator trades qualification certificate issued in BC by the former Industry Training Authority and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC), or a Red Seal, do not need to undergo the assessment. The ITAC-issued qualification card or Red Seal is sufficient to meet WorkSafe BC's crane operator requirements. All other crane operators in the Province of British Columbia have until February 28, 2011 to be assessed.
More detailed information on crane operator assessment and certification can be found on the WorkSafeBC website and the Fulford Harbour Group website.
Effective October 1, 2010, British Columbia’s Air Action Plan requires owners of BC registered on-road commercial heavy duty diesel vehicles (model years 1989-1993) with a licensed gross vehicle weight (GVW) over 8,200 kg to retrofit their engines with devices that reduce particulate matter emissions. A Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (D.O.C.) is a device installed within the exhaust system that will not have an adverse affect on fuel economy that requires little or no maintenance. A D.O.C. reduces the particulate matter emissions by 20-50 percent and hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide by 40-90 percent. Inland Kenworth has partnered with Donaldson Emissions to help provide the BC trucking industry with the required retrofits before the fall deadline. Follow this link for information about this partnership and a service location near you.
April 2010 - The Consumer Taxation Branch has an online bulletin that provides specific tax information to help the ready-mixed concrete industry understand how the provincial sales tax (PST), and the motor fuel tax apply to their businesses. The bulletin has been updated to reflect the new motor fuel tax refund application form. Please see the link below:
Document: Bulletin SST 052: Ready-Mixed Concrete Industry
Source: Consumer Taxation Branch at http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/sst_052.pdf
Or direct your questions to CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca by email.