TIAA holds six chapter meetings each year (three in Calgary and three in Edmonton) – free lunch meetings which are open to all TIAA members to get together to discuss latest industry news, and to get an update on TIAA initiatives. Occasionally speakers will be brought in for these meetings. Furthermore, an Annual General Meeting and a Semi-Annual Meeting are held in Red Deer every year (in May and in November) – a free banquet is held in conjunction with these two annual meetings in order to ensure members have time to network with peers. Several subsidized social functions take place each year as well – barbecues in both the south and north chapters, an annual ski trip, the south chapter spring fling, and an annual golf tournament, held in conjunction with the May Annual General Meeting.
This quarterly newsletter is distributed to all TIAA members, in both electronic and hard copy format. TIAA members are encouraged to circulate the newsletter within their organizations. Organizations also have the opportunity to increase their profile through advertising in the newsletter.
PFT & Chest X-rays
TIAA contractor members who contribute to the industry fund within our Association may have their employee’s pulmonary function and chest x-ray test costs paid for by TIAA. This is a benefit for members and some conditions and guidelines apply.
Training & Education – ACSA
TIAA members may obtain training & education courses as provided by the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA). Courses may include Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), WHMIS, Safety Officer training, Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program, as well as many other courses including Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) and H2S Awareness to a maximum of $500 annually per member.
Education & Training Seminars
In the past TIAA has offered courses for supervisors and foreman. Contents dealt with supervising employees, planning, problem solving and other excellent training for both new and seasoned supervisory employees.
TIAA has sponsored an Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) during 2002. This was a 2-day seminar, which evaluates the Thermal Performance of Insulated versus Uninsulated Piping and Equipment. The program was developed by the National Insulation Association (NIA) and is designed to give facility/energy managers a better understanding of the true dollar and performance value of an insulated system. This program is a tool that quantifies the amount of energy and actual dollars a facility is losing with its current “in-place insulation system”. It also demonstrates how a more efficient system can save hundreds of thousands of Btu, improve process control and efficiency, reduce costs, and contribute to a cleaner environment through the reduction of emissions into the atmosphere. Successful participants are certified appraisers, with examinations generated and corrected by a third party certification organization (NIULPE). The intensive training is provided by professionals and certifies an individual for 3 years. The program teaches how to:
- Determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings.
- Interview your customer to gather information for the appraisal.
- Conduct a facility walk-through.
- Use the 3E Plus computer software program.
- Determine the amount of greenhouse gases saved through the use of insulation
- Analyze and complete the appraisal spread sheet.
- Complete a final customer report.
Some pre-qualifications apply for those interested and other details are available through our Association office. Seminar fees for TIAA members are subsidized, with significant savings benefiting members. A complete manual and computer software program is included for each participant as well. Click here for a list of Certified Insulation Appraisers who have successfully completed this program.
National Insulation Training Program
The National Insulation Training Program (NITP) and another program developed by the National Insulation Association (NIA) called “Insulation: The Lost or Forgotten Technology” may be offered to the industry by TIAA, if enough interest makes it worthwhile to hold the above. For more information please see the NIA website at www.insulation.org.
Group Mortgage Plan
All employees of TIAA member companies are covered under the TIAA GMP Group Mortgage Plan. Whether purchasing your first home, refinancing or considering a renovation, TIAA members will be enmtitled to the following benefits under this plan:
- Discounted mortgage rates (posted rates may be discounted up to 2%!)
- Choice of lenders
- Waived fees
- Better payment privileges
- Cash up front option
- Flexible options
In order to take advantage and start saving today, call 1-800-663-4819, or email email@example.com.