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by Kathleen Renne

The 16th Annual Buildex Calgary comes to the BMO Centre Nov. 4 and 5.
Lots on tap for 16th annual Buildex Calgary

Billed as "Alberta's largest trade show and conference for the construction, renovation, architecture, interior design, and property management industries," this year's event will feature about 35 educational seminars, as well as more than 225 exhibits on the trade show floor.

"Visitors can continue to expect the same great seminar topics and speakers based on the current economic situation," said Buildex senior show director Paul Maryschak.

He said that this year's program is a little bit more geared towards being effective and working in the more challenging economy in Alberta.

This year's construction keynote, for example, is titled State of the Industry: Boom or Bust.

Panelists will explore both the present industry landscape, as well as future opportunities that could emerge with a volatile marketplace.

Speakers for the Wednesday morning session include: Michael Brimer with Clark Builders; Tim Coldwell with Chandos; Bert DeBruin with Alta Pro Electrical Ltd.; and Bob Hildenbrandt with Graham.

Bill Black, the founder and president of Mindnetworkx, will moderate.

Maryschak said  Buildex continues to look at green initiatives with seminars including The Evolving ABCs of Green Building Labeling and a seminar on the WELL Building Standard

It's described as a new, evidence-based system to measure, certify and monitor features of buildings that impact health and well being.

There will also be an exploration of energy-efficient lighting options; a seminar titled Building Material Health Impacts – Crisis or Craze? and a course on the basics of creating a Passive House.

"This is a newer focus in building construction ... Essentially, it's a building that's creating as much energy as it's taking in. The exciting part is getting it into multi-use residential or commercial buildings," Maryschak said.

Besides the seminars with a green focus, there are a number of other sessions that deal with architecture, building codes, construction and engineering.

These include such topics as rain screen technology, changing indoor–air quality guidelines, ventilation requirements for decks, attics and roofs, the fireproofing of structural steel, dealing with mould contamination and recent developments in construction law.

There are also several professional development seminars related to contract management planning and implementation, hiring, employee retention, negotiation, RFPs and proposals, and decision-making.

"It's really well rounded," said Maryschak, who was describing the educational programming.

He added that he expects about 3,000 to 4,000 attendees at this year's Buildex Calgary.

Other Buildex highlights include the Construction Industry Breakfast that kicks off the show on Wednesday morning.

The Canadian Construction Association's first national vice-chair, Gilbert Brulotte, will provide the keynote presentation at this annual event.

The Merit Contractors Association launches the second day of Buildex Calgary with the Construction Leadership Breakfast.

John Bean, the COO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, will deliver the keynote.

However, this breakfast is open only to Merit members.

On the design side of things – which Buildex also covers – the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) in partnership with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), is bringing the Leaders Breakfast series to Calgary.

Also on Thursday, Nov. 5, Chris Fields from Twist Marketing will deliver the keynote address.

Toyota will be on site over the course of Buildex, offering test drives on a handful of Toyota trucks.

Maryschak said one major development at this year's Buildex is that it's partnering with Inside Self-Storage (ISS) to stage a separate pavilion on the trade show floor related to the self-storage industry.

"There'll be about 20 extra booths related to self-storage including storage containers, overhead gates, software, contractors who specialize in building self-storage facilities and all the technical service providers," he said.

"We have a lot of developers, building owners and entrepreneurs who attend Buildex. There is a huge opportunity for these people to develop their own storage facilities."

He added that there are also two, day-long courses at this year's Buildex related to the self-storage industry.

"We're excited about coming back to Calgary to see what's new and exciting in the industry ... It's a changing industry with a changing economy," he said.

For more information or to register visit www.buildexcalgary.com.

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