BC Energy Step Code for new construction now in effect

The BC Step Energy Code is an amendment to the BC Building Code that is now in effect. It is a voluntary standard that establishes targets for transitioning from existing energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. This transition is a key goal of the BC Climate Leadership Plan released in 2016.

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What to do if you are the target for a construction lien

If you are the owner of a property in the midst of construction, there are a number of situations that could have you on the receiving end of a lien from a contractor or subcontractor. What are your options for resolving this type of dispute and getting the lien removed?

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What you should know about WorkSafeBC fines

As a provincial agency, WorkSafeBC has the authority to impose administrative penalties - monetary fines - against employers who commit health and safety violations under the Workers Compensation Act or the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation. Currently, there are two levels of fines that WorkSafeBC will consider depending on the nature of the violation.

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Employee Safety: Working Alone - Are You Compliant with Provincial and Federal Legislation?

Were you aware that occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws exist at both the provincial and federal level? Approximately 10% of the Canadian workforce falls under the OH&S jurisdiction of the federal government (Canadian Labor Code Part II). The remaining 90% of Canadian workers fall under the legislation of the province or territory where they work; though each province is distinct, there are many similarities in the legislation and intent of the law.

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The risks a landlord should avoid when entering an agreement with a tenant's lender

In many situations where landlords and tenants enter commercial leases, tenants are relying on funding from lenders to cover initial costs. In such cases, the lender may have a security interest in the tenant's business and personal property within the leased premises. In order for the tenant to secure financing, the lender may also require that the landlord sign a separate agreement.

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