Message from the Chair

The definition of membership
Tim Simpson

: the state of belonging to or being a part of a group or an organization : the state of being a member
: all the people or things that belong to or are part of an organization or a group

“Membership has its privileges! – American Express”
I am currently a member of Construction Specifications Canada. This is an individual membership in a national association of which I am part of the Calgary Chapter.  By volunteering on the Calgary Chapter Executive, I also have a membership in a select group within a group.

I have been a member of a variety of associations and clubs at various times throughout my life, starting as a teenager in school and following a little later in life by becoming a member of associations related to my employment in specific industries.

Generally speaking, through membership in an organization I have been given access to other members, their contact details, information about their employment, expertise and areas of specialty.

When you become an active member in an organization there are many benefits!  Many people become members because they want to connect with others of similar interests, possibly for mutual gain and benefit, or simply to create better awareness of what and how we do what we do. Because I can’t speak for others, the following are a couple of the reasons I am a member of CSC:
  • Education: CSC stresses on its website that it is committed to delivering progressive education, certification and publications. Throughout my years of involvement, I have found this to be a huge benefit of my affiliation. I’ve learned so many things, especially interesting things that I wouldn’t have without this connection. It benefits me in my career greatly; it benefits my employer when I have a clearer and more cognizant understanding of the issues behind the reams of papers generated in our projects from drawings and specifications through to contracts, change orders and miscellaneous documents generated during the construction process. I am always learning and I really appreciate the way this is facilitated through my ongoing membership in my Association and local CSC Chapter.
  • Networking/Friendship: CSC does mention networking in their mission statement. To me this has proved to be a bit of an understatement. It’s huge; my CSC Chapter and connections have become family, friends and mentors to me. I benefit greatly from their support, advice and experience. Being able to tag along on their successes and failures has been a huge benefit to me in learning how I go forward a step at a time in building my own career. I have seen pitfalls to avoid, I have seen tips and tricks I definitely need to implement and emulate, and I have received and appreciate the sage counsel and advice I have received.
I am very grateful for the advice given years ago.  "You want to be part of this!"  it was and is some of the best advice I’ve ever been given. I am incredibly grateful for all my connections and friends within our Association and Chapter.
I am
April Dinner Meeting
"Specifications" - the scariest word in construction
Thursday, April 12th meeting is our annual joint meeting with the Alberta Building Envelope Council (ABEC), and the Glass and Architectural Metals Association (GAMA), hosted by GAMA. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., at the Winston Golf Club
Our presenter, Jim Brady is General Manager of Cal-Tech Glass Services, and has been in the glazing industry for 33 years.  He is been actively involved since 1999, serving as President of GAMA twice, the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta once, and the Canadian Glass Association twice.  In addition to serving as president on those associations, Jim has served on the local apprenticeship committee for 9 years and the provincial apprenticeship committee for 12 years.  Last year, Jim was the recipient of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Chairman’s Award of Excellence for lifetime contributions.
Jim will be talking about the need to reduce redundancies within specifications, thereby creating a clearer document for contractors to follow.  The presentation will touch on NECB requirements and how specs can conflict with those requirements; about codes that have been withdrawn by CGSB yet are still referenced in building codes and specifications; and about “after tender consultants” including building envelope consultants demanding more stringent requirements than what is specified.
Jim is hoping to share insight from the contractors’ perspective in dealing with construction specifications and looking for a willingness of all parties to work collaboratively to affect positive change in specifications.

Director's Report
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR

  • The PCD course was introduced into the curriculum of both George Brown and Humber College. CSC is also in discussion with other colleges that are interested in CSC courses.
  • The Association office recommends that all instructors are CSC members.
  • As of January 2018, there are 14 candidates actively pursuing their registered specification writer (RSW) designation
  • There are 9 new Certified Technical Representatives (CTR)
  • There are currently 34 Certified Specification Practitioners (CSP) since inception in June of 2011
  • Online courses and 5 day workshops continue to be offered.
  • Membership remains strong.   
  • Quebec has the highest increase of members @ 48%
  • Chapters are encouraged to reach out to new members to personally invite them to attend chapter activities.
  • 2018 Edmonton
  • 2019 Regina
  • 2020 Montreal
  • 2021 Saskatoon
  • 2022 Ottawa
  • 2023 Interested Chapters will make their presentation at the next fall board meeting. Interested chapters: Victoria and Calgary
  • CSC is increasing presence on social media using mainly Twitter and Instagram. Chapters are encouraged to also engage with their own posts to social media.
  • The marketing committee is still working hard on a new website for CSC. All chapters will use the format, keeping the branding consistent. 
  • Chapter Marketing Liaisons are encouraged to provide the marketing committee a minimum of two “I AM CSC” videos from their Chapter members. These videos will be used for marketing and they will be broadcast during conference.   
  • Chapter banners will be changed to the form of an e-banner after Conference 2018. The banners will be displayed on each chapter’s website.
  • CSC is currently in a good financial position. .
  • Chapters are encouraged to return monies to the Association office.  
  • Most chapters are in good financial shape.  
What a great time we had at Connections Café!  Thank you to all sponsors for their support.  Great food, great people, great door prizes, great keynote speaker, and of course great connections! 

Here’s what two of the sponsors had to say:
"Overall, I found it to be an excellent event. I’ve done a few of these over the years at different chapters, and frankly, Calgary’s was one of the best."
We found the event to be excellent, from the location, timing and speaker – everything was perfect.  We secured a number of inquiries and met people we wanted to see!”

Calgary’s zero-energy home raises the bar on sustainable housing

One of the first homes built in EchoHaven, a gated community in northwest Calgary, has been zero-energy certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Designed and built to produce as much energy as it consumes, it is one of 15 high-performance structures completed in a planned, low-impact neighbourhood of 25 homes. The owners, Dave Spencer and Debbie Wiltshire, have documented their home’s performance since occupying it in June 2012.

The project’s manager Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design feels the EchoHaven house is the result of an effective collaborative design process.

“The project incorporates elegant simplicity and clever solutions that have raised the bar for sustainable homes. A client who loves their home is the true measure of a successful project,” she says.

The EchoHaven house does not employ natural gas for heating or hot water. Instead, it uses radiant electric, passive solar, and solar thermal combined with on-demand hot water heating, a heat recovery ventilator, and greywater heat recovery. Renewables consist of a grid-tied 5.2 kW photovoltaic (PV) array and two solar thermal panels integrated with the exterior finishes. Extreme water conservation is achieved with low flow fixtures and rainwater collection/reuse.

Other strategies for reducing electrical consumption include light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures and energy-efficient appliances such as:
  • condensing dryer to minimize heat loss through the envelope;
  • cool pantry in the kitchen to reduce refrigeration needs;
  • kill switches to reduce ghost loads,
  • daylighting maximized throughout the interior; and
  • smart ventilation to eliminate the need for air conditioning.
The home’s interior is light-filled, comfortable, and quiet. The design and building goals of the house were to maximize the benefits of the south-facing site, reduce the owners’ ecological footprint, and use locally-sourced, durable, and healthy materials with recycled content.

According to the project designer, the well-insulated, sealed building envelope and high performance fibreglass windows were key to the home’s efficiency and comfort.
Homeowner Dave Spencer says a tremendous amount of thought and research went into insulation, heating systems, renewables, indoor air quality (IAQ), and, most importantly, how to keep building costs and electricity bills low.

“What we did not anticipate was how much we love the feel of the house… we could never go back to living in a standard house. The extra effort was the best investment we have ever made,” he adds.
(Article courtesy of Construction Canada online
Member News and New Members
Corinne Golding, FCSC RSW

Final notices to renew your CSC membership have been mailed out from the CSC Association office.  If your contact information has changed, please contact the CSC Association office with your new information, or fill in the form at  If you know of a CSC member who is not getting chapter information, please share this link with them so that we can reconnect. 

Welcome new members:
Scott Gailfus, Technical Marketing Officer at the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association.  Scott can be reached at
Chris Hogan, Western Sales Representative at Rockwool Stonewool Insulation.  Chris can be reached at
Don Middleton, Senior Manager at Wayne Building Products.  Contact Don at
Chase Smith, Project Manager for the City of Calgary.  Contact Chase at
Brian McLoughlin, Architectural Technologist at Gibbs Gage Architects.  Contact Brian at
CCDC Seminars

CCDC is holding cross-country seminars in April and May, conducted by CCDC members and contributors to CCDC documents. These CCDC Seminars feature both a morning and afternoon session, as well as a bonus luncheon presentation on new and updated CCDC documents.  The Calgary session will be on Monday, May 7th

The morning session “Project Delivery – Choosing the Best Method”, will focus on that process and project delivery. It will introduce the new CCDC 10 ‘A Guide to Construction Project Delivery Methods’ as well as the new CCDC 30 ‘Integrated Project Delivery Contract,’ the first IPD contract in Canada.

The afternoon session “Understanding Procurement and Contracting” will focus on some of those best practices in the procurement process. It will introduce the new CCDC 23 ‘A Guide to Calling Bids and Awarding Construction Contract,’ a flagship and industry-leading document for procurement authorities, as well as the new CCDC Master Specification for Division 00 ‘Procurement and Contracting Requirements.’ This new master specification is a first for CCDC, and is part of a longer-term effort to introduce more specification documents through CCDC.

For more information, click CCDC.

With informative technical programs, abundant networking opportunities and great social events … it’s all coming together in beautiful Edmonton.
Visit the Corporate Sponsors and ask them questions about the latest products, materials and services available in the construction industry.   Celebrate Connections Café with us on Thursday May 24, an event allowing people from all areas of construction to meet our sponsors in a casual, relaxed environment.
Stroll around the host hotel, The Westin Edmonton which is conveniently located downtown and is in walking distance to numerous attractions, cafes, restaurants and shops.
So what are you waiting for?  Reserve your space today!

This year the annual conference will be held in Edmonton; and the conference theme is "Building on Collaboration".  The conference runs from May 23 to 27th.  To register, or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, and the technical program, go to 

CSC Edmonton Chapter

If you have plans to travel to Edmonton, check out the Chapter's event page at 
Interior Designers of Alberta events
Chapter Events
September 12, 2017
TTMAC Update

September 13, 2017
3rd Annual Golf Tournament

October 10, 2017
Radon: Is your countertop really radioactive?

November 14, 2017
LEED v.4

December 12, 2017
Christmas Social - Members and guest only

January 9, 2018
Wood Construction and the ABC

CCA course - starting mid-January

February 9, 2018
IGNITE Awards Gala

March 7, 2018
Connections Café

March 13, 2018
Construction Tour - New Downtown Library

April 12, 2018
Joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA

May 8, 2018
Annual Chapter Meeting

Chapter Executive
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Officer - Spec Writer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Officer - Interiors:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:
Matt Girling
Officer - Trade Contractor:
Tim Simpson
Officer- Education:
Adam Develter, CTR
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Jonathan Greenland
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Membership Officer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Program Chairman:
Glenn Trost
Matt Girling
Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Debbie Lucas
Disclaimer: The opinions and comments expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the official views of Construction Specifications Canada. Also, appearance of advertisements and new product or service information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services featured.
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