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Your world and industry changes at a ferocious pace these days. Keep up to date with all the events and goings on in your Association. OBEC has a packed calendar of high quality events scheduled each year. Find the events that may enrich your skills and knowledge by visiting the easy to use interactive calendar. See what happened at past meetings and download the material so you don't miss a thing.
RADON, RADIATION AND LUNG CANCER for Building Scientists and Design Professionals. Why all the fuss?
We have likely all heard about radon at some point in our professional career. I have heard many different views about the severity of the risk associated with radon. Far too often the opinion is that radon is not a problem in our geographical area and can’t be a problem with the way we design and build today. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In 2012 Health Canada completed a cross country study aimed “to obtain an estimate of the proportion of the Canadian population living in homes with radon gas levels above the guideline of 200 Becquerels per cubic meter of air (Bq/m3) and to identify previously unknown areas where radon gas exposure may constitute a health risk”.
The study comprised of approximately 14,000 homes with a 77% participation rate. From this study it has been determined that about seven per cent of Canadians, roughly 2.4 million people, are living in homes above the guideline which puts them at an elevated risk of lung cancer. ...
Click here to read the complete Radon article (PDF)
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, POSSIBLY?
“WHEN IN DOUBT, REPORT”!
Castonguay Blasting Ltd. v. Ontario (Environment)
Supreme Court of Canada
Judgment: October 17, 2013
On November 26, 2007, Castonguay Blasting Ltd. was working on a road project for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) when one of its blasting operations misfired, sending rock debris flying beyond the controlled blasting area. This "fly-rock" damaged a house on neighbouring private property; a car in the driveway of the house was also damaged. For complete details, click here.
Meeting the Updated Ontario Building Code -
an Update by Enermodal Engineering
The Ontario Building Code SB-10 section has been updated as of Jan 1, 2012. This new energy code for Part 3 buildings enforces ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with OBC specific revisions—largely the building envelope performance values from ASHRAE 189-2009, ASHRAE's High Performance Green Building's standard. For details, click here.
Candidates sought to serve on the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation
The National Research Council is seeking candidates to serve on the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation (CCCME). For details, click here.
Appel de candidatures pour la Commission canadienne d'évaluation des matériaux de construction
e Conseil national de recherches du Canada est à la recherche de personnes intéressées à siéger à la Commission canadienne d'évaluation des matériaux de construction (CCÉMC). Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici.