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Basics & Theory

Wisconsin Univ: Architectural Styles Of Commercial Buildings
University of Wisconsin gives a brief overview and history of architectural styles of commercial buildings.
Education & Training

BCCA: General & Trade Contractor Accreditation Certification
British Columbia Construction Association offers trade and general contractor mnembers an Accreditation Certificate for those who have demonstrated acceptable technical, business skills and financial management abilities.

BOMI: Education For Commercial Property Industry
Building Owners & Managers Institute of Canada provides education in the commercial property industry, for property managers, building engineers, facilities managers, and building technicians.
Industry Information

BCCA: Calendar Of Events For Large Construction Industry
BC Construction Association provides listing of events for the large construction industry.

BCCA: External Policies For Construction Industry
BC Construction Association offers its policies on items and issues affecting the BC construction industry.

BOMEX: National Conference & Exposition For Building Owners & Managers
Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada annual BOMEX conference and trade show provides seminars and product displays for building owners and managers.

VRCA: Listing Of BC Construction Industry Workshops & Events
Vancouver Regional Construction Association lists VRCA and other BC construction industry workshops and events.
Industry Sectors

BCCA: BC Construction Association
BC Construction Association represents approximately 2,000 companies in an industry that employs 140,000 British Columbians and represents 15% of the provincial GDP. Membership includes general contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and allied services, who are primarily involved in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors.

BCCA: Online Searchable Membership Directory
British Columbia Construction Association offers online searchable directory of member trade and general contractors.

BOMA BC: Building Owners & Managers Association Of BC
Building Owners & Managers Association of BC has over 300 member firms and represents more than $7 billion in commercial real estate in the province. BOMA BC is the largest commercial real estate industry association in British Columbia, and has the added advantage of an extensive international network of other BOMA associations.

CCA: Canadian Construction Association
Canadian Construction Association is the voice of Canadas largest industry, representing interests of the non-residential sector of an industry that employs close to 1.1 million Canadian men and women, and that produces $170 billion in goods and services.

ICBA: Independent Contractors & Businesses Association
BC Independent Contractors and Businesses Association represents the BC open shop community. In the face of a persistent building trade union lobby for preferential treatment with respect to public work, ICBA has grown and continues to be the champion of open tendering and fair treatment for all contractors, regardless of their union affiliations. The association also offers a full suite of member services, including affinity programs, health benefits, and much more.

VRCA: Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Vancouver Regional Construction Association represents more than 700 general contractors, specialty trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and professionals active in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. VRCA members are involved in all size operations from multi-national corporations to small owner/operator businesses.
Information Sources

BCCA: Links To Construction Industry Resources
BC Construction Association offers links to industry associations and resources.

BCCA: Resources From BC Construction Association
BC Construction Association has information on accreditation, bid depository, green buildings, events, jobs, news, policies, reports & publications, standard documents, planroom, directory, and industry links.

BOMA BC: Resources Of Building Owners & Managers Association Of BC
Building Owners & Managers Association of BC provides the ICI sector with news, events, awards, publications, education, and resources for careers, green building, emergency preparedness, and industry links.

Building Design & Construction: Large Buildings Industry Magazine
Building Design & Construction Magazine on commercial, industrial, institutional and multifamily buildings, covers projects, trends, innovations, new technology and products.

Building: Canadian Building Development Industry Magazine
Building a Canadian national magazine for the building development industry including residential, commercial, industrial, retail and institutional and hotel development.

CCA: Directory Of Canadian Open Shop Construction Associations
Canadian Construction Association provides listing and contact information for the open shop construction associations in Canada.

Emporis: Online Database Of International Buildings, Construction & Real Estate
Emporis.com is one of the worlds largest available platforms concerning building-related information. Here you find buildings, companies and photos in more than 50,000 cities worldwide. As an open platform, Emporis.com allows users and companies from all over the world to participate in the completion of building information in their own cities.

ICBA: Resource Site Of Independent Contractors & Businesses Association
BC Independent Contractors & Businesses Association represents the open shop construction industry, and offers information, announcements, events, courses, newsletters, COR training for WCB, and links to more info.

Todays Facility Manager: News For Facility Product Buyers
Todays Facility Manager is a one-stop source for information on quality operation, design and maintenance of facilities.
Issues & Performance

BCBEC: Heat Air & Moisture Management In Commercial Buildings
BC Building Envelope Council online presentation from Dupont describes principles and procedures for heat, air and moisture management in commercial buildings. (PDF)

BCBEC: Online Video On Building Smart With Energy Efficiency
BC Building Envelope Council online video of their Building Smart With Energy Efficiency workshop focuses on energy efficiency in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders provided insights into key issues, including insulation strategies, high performance walls and energy-efficiency code requirements, and examined some of the challenges and options being explored in multi-unit residential and institutional buildings.

BOABC: Plan Review For Mid Rise Combustible Residential Buildings
Building Officials Association of BC slide show presentation on 4, 5 & 6 Storey Combustible Residential Plan Review was presented by Daryl Birtch at the BOABC Nelson Conference in May 2009. (PDF)

California Gov: Indoor-Outdoor Air Leakage Of Apartments & Commercial Buildings
California government research showed commercial buildings and apartments seem to be about twice as leaky as single]family houses, per unit of building envelope area. (PDF)

Canada Gov: Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures For High-Rise Office Buildings
Public Works and Government Services Canada document Air Leakage Control Retrofit Measures for Higb-Rise Office Buildings is meant to reduce the negative economic, environmental and human impacts of inadequate, improperly designed, improperly installed and improperly maintained air barrier systems. (PDF)

CHBA: High Cost Impacts Of New Canadian National Energy Code For Buildings
Canadian Home Builders Association is very concerned that the estimated cost impacts resulting from the proposed new National Energy Code for Buildings are unrealistic. This new Code will affect new apartment buildings over 4 stories in height as well as larger commercial buildings. (PDF)

NRCan: Commercial & Institutional Building Energy Use Data
NRCan provides commercial and institutional Building energy use data from 2000 Survey.

RJC: Building Exterior Retrofit & Impact On Energy Performance
Read Jones Christoffersen case study Building Exterior Retrofit and Its Impact on Energy Performance describes improvements made to an office building envelope and the mechanical system and how the integration of the two systems has significantly improved overall occupant comfort and reduced energy consumption. It presents a comparison of current energy consumption data with historical data obtained prior to the retrofit. (PDF)

RMI: Guide For Landlords & Tenants In Working Together For Sustainability
Rocky Mountain Institute and BOMA International guide Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants, addresses some of the nontechnical barriers to energy efficiency in commercial buildings, especially those barriers related to split incentives between building landlords and tenants.
Procedures

BCCA: Standard Construction Documents & Guidelines
BC Construction Association offers listing and links to standard construction documents and guidelines.

Building Science: Purchasable Book On High Performance Enclosures
Building Science sells High Performance Enclosures: Design Guide for Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Buildings in Cold Climates. It provides guidance for architects and building enclosure engineers working to meet the growing need for buildings that have significantly lower operational energy consumption. $65 USD.

CCA: Standard Contract Documents
Canadian Construction Association offers standard contract documents for the Canadian construction industry.

Contractor Resource: Purchasable Book On Moving To Commercial Construction
Contractor Resource sells the book Moving To Commercial Construction that offers the residential general contractor, subcontractor, material supplier and designer a practical guide to making this complicated but rewarding move to commercial jobs. $42 USD

NAHB: How-to Manual For Builders Of Light Commercial Buildings
US National Association of Home Builders describes the manual that explains the differences between residential and light commercial construction, methods of contracting, OSHA requirements, building materials, licensing issues, codes & standards, plus common types of light commercial buildings.

PCCBC: Documents For Public Construction Projects
Public Construction Council of BC offers documents on recommended procedures, standard industry documents, pre-qualification guidelines, and stipulated price guidelines.

WBDG: Design Resources For Large Buildings
Whole Building Design Guide site offers information on design guidance, products & systems, project management, cases studies, publications, and links to more information.
Product Supply

BOMA BC: Online BC Buyers Guide For Commercial Building Sector
Building Owners & Managers Association of BC offers online listings and search of products and services for the commercial real estate industry.
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