October 2019
Message from the Chair

Should Slow mean Low?
Trevor Devnich

With the leaves changing colour and the temperatures dropping as we move into fall and winter seasons I wanted to comment on conversations I have had with various professionals in our industry over the past months and who expressed concern in our slow economy and the trends we are seeing.

Of course everyone wants a bargain and is trying to get the best bang for their buck.  However, when it comes to project pricing and multiple bidding contractors, is the lowest bidder the best choice?
So many TV shows, and one contractor in particular (Mike Holmes), have made millions exposing the careless and mindless mistakes of various contractors and those who call themselves professionals in the building industry.  And yet, time and time again we hear stories of how the lowest bid wins most every job!  Is this what we really want to promote as an industry?  Do we take into consideration qualifications like manufacture-registered contractors who can offer extended- or workmanship warranties, proper insurance coverage to ensure your clients are covered if something happens, the list goes on and varies for every manufacturer or suppliers' products and installation requirements. 
The point is there are many contractors in our industry who have been around and have a proven track record, and yet we are willing to hand over the keys to our multi-million dollar projects to some company who irresponsibly bids the lowest just to get the work and no thought is put into whether they are even qualified to offer or meet the standards and requirements set out in your specs.  How many horror stories have we all heard with regards to contractors who can’t handle the project and end up missing key elements in the design or bid with the incorrect products, or try to cut corners to keep within their under budgeted bids?  i.e. residential roofing contractors who think commercial roofing and torching SBS is the same as installing shingles, or home builders who take on major commercial contracts (Bearspaw Golf Course Club House) look where that went! 
I feel it is our responsibility to the industry to hold a higher regard and respect for our contractors who are qualified and not just to the lowest bid to save a buck or two. 
We have some great events planned and upcoming, so please keep an close eye on our web page for details and be sure to sign up and participate in the FU....N.
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October LUNCH meeting

Joint Meeting with Edmonton Chapter in Red Deer

Deferred / Delegated / Assigned Design Practices

Good, Bad or Ugly, it's a concept that requires discussion

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Location:  Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre - Palermo Room, 3310 - 50th Avenue, Red Deer
Time: 11:30 a.m.
The words ‘delegated design’ have become a trend within document preparation and contract delivery. It is a concept that has been around for decades and used successfully to address design solutions that cannot be finalized during the production of construction drawings and specifications. More recently ‘delegated design’ has contributed to a decline in the quality of construction documentation and fears of unreasonable transference of design responsibility and liability between the various contributors providing engineered solutions.

The discussion will address the history of deferred design, the participants and contributors, methods for obtaining design solutions and realigning the chain of responsibility to reduce concerns surrounding design liability. The presentation will also provide insight into actions being undertaken by various professional associations and technical document publishers.

Keith Robinson, FCSC, FCSI, RSW, LEED® AP
Keith has worked as a specification writer since 1982 and is an associate at Dialog in Edmonton, AB, responsible for research and development of technical specification content. His range of experience includes contract administration, building envelope detailing, and writing construction specifications.

In addition to working on projects across Canada and in Egypt, Japan, and Costa Rica, Robinson also instructs courses for the University of Alberta, acts as advisor to several construction associations and building trades committees, sits on several standards review committees for ASTM and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is the Registrar for CSC's Board of Directors.

If you have dietary restrictions please contact David (minimum of one week before the event) by email

IGNITE 2020 Student Competition
Volunteers Wanted!

Kirsten Janes

We will be hosting our 4th Annual CSC Ignite in early 2020 and would love to hear from CSC members interested in the following volunteer opportunities:
  • Judges
  • Mentors
  • Sponsors for swag for Student Design Starter Kits
  • Volunteers for Competition Day setup
  • Gala Planners
  • Committee Members
 We have opportunities for time commitments from 4hrs. to as much as is available between now and the end of March 2020.  Please contact Kirsten Janes if you're interested.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
BMO Centre, Hall B
20 Roundup Way SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

The Calgary Construction Association is holding this expo as a unique opportunity for students to explore the wide variety of career options available in the construction industry and to learn about these careers through interactive and engaging displays. Over the past decade, the Expo has grown to expose thousands of students to the construction industry through a variety of hands-on and virtual reality exhibits.

For more information:

All day seminar with
Dr. Joe Lstiburek

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Winston Club
2502 - 6th Street NE
Calgary, AB

ABEC South is pleased to welcome Dr. Lstiburek to present on a variety of Building Envelope and Building Science topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Venting and non-venting systems for the Alberta Climate with emphasis on the research that Dr. Lstiburek has been involved in.
  • Stucco issues along with relevant case studies.
  • Pressure Compartmentalization in high rise buildings and apartment buildings.

For more information and to register:

Member News and New Members
Peter Hiebert, FCSC CTR

Welcome new members:

Roofing Tidbits
Tom Newton, CCCA

A few trends and heads-ups for the specifications and design community about commercial roofing
ARCA has clarified that according to the new CSA A123.21-14, “Standard Test Method for the Dynamic Wind Uplift Resistance of Membrane-Roofing Systems”, now part of the National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition, the design authority is responsible to ensure the wind pressure be met in applicable flat roof designs (adhered membranes, not ballasted membranes). It is expected that architects, with input from the project structural engineer, will provide the actual wind pressure number in the three roofing zones (corner, perimeter and field) and the roofing subcontractors will take these numbers to the membrane manufacturers who will provide systems which have been tested to these numbers. Note, that since the membrane manufacturers will be providing tested systems they will most likely be systems that include membranes, insulation and other components manufactured by the membrane manufacturer. This will limit a designer’s ability to pick and choose components such as insulation.
At the recent ARCA Technical Committee meeting there was a discussion about cold application of two-ply SBS membrane systems. ARCA continues to research and evaluate these systems prior to approving cold applied options  however it was noted that:

  • most SBS membrane manufacturers have or are developing these systems
  • some adhesives allow for installation to -10 degrees C

In the past, 2-ply SBS membrane systems across Canada have experienced minor ridging and/or wrinkling after a year or two which may affect membrane performance. The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) and National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) are conducting research of the different insulation types and the effects of thermal movement on membrane performance. The results of the study are expected to be released at the CRCA national technical meeting later this month.

Sponsor a CSC Meeting

For only $125 you receive:
  • Acknowledgement at the registration desk
  • Product display and table centrepiece featuring your product or service
  • Advertisement in one issue of the Specifier newsletter
  • Ongoing discussion with key industry people during the meeting
  • Opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation at the meeting
  • One complimentary dinner meeting registration
To book your sponsorship, contact Trevor Devnich
Chapter Events

July 9, 2019
Golf Tournament

September 10, 2019 - LUNCH
CSA A123.21 - Wind Uplift requirements

October 8, 2019 -
Deferred / Delegated / Assigned Design - LUNCH
Joint meeting with Edmonton in Red Deer

November 12, 2019

December 10, 2019
Christmas Social at Chop Steakhouse Chinook Centre

January 14, 2020 - LUNCH
Topic - TBD

February 11, 2020 - DINNER
Topic - TBD

February 26, 2020
Connections Café / Ignite Student Design Competition 

March 10, 2020 - BREAKFAST
Topic - TBD

April 14, 2020 - DINNER

May 12, 2020

May 20 - 24, 2020
Conference 2020 - Montreal

Stay tuned for more!
Meeting dates and topics subject to change

Chapter Executive
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Jonathon Greenland, CTR
Officer - Specifications:
Colleen Barabonoff, RSW
Officer - Architectural:
James Williamson
Officer - Student Liaison:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:

Sylvie Dzikewich CTR
Officer - General Contractor:
Terrence Patrick

Officer - Trade Contractor:
Crystal Vandermey
Officer- Education:
William Thompson
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Tim Simpson

Leah Adrian

Shane Lahure
Officer - Membership:
Peter Hiebert FCSC, CTR
Officer - Program:
David Dagnall CSP
Peter Hiebert FCSC, CTR
Communications/Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding FCSC, RSW
Marketing Officer:

Pamela Jenkins
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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