Here are top suppliers you can work with to achieve incredible feats of glass architecture.
Sept. 22, 2016 - NSG Group, the owner of the Pilkington brand and Solaria, specialists in PV technology, are entering into a collaboration agreement to manufacture and produce (semi) transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions.
Sept. 8, 2016 - Viracon has announced that its product guide, previously available in print and PDF formats, is now available as an interactive app for both Apple and Android tablet platforms.
Aug. 25, 2016 - CRL—U.S. Aluminum has announced the release of its Entice Clear Fin Series Entrance System. An upgrade to its Entice Entrance System, the Clear Fin Series comes equipped with floor–to–ceiling tempered glass support fins that can be applied to entrance heights of up to 14 feet. Both systems deliver all-glass aesthetics with full-frame performance that meets today’s energy code requirements.
Aug. 25, 2016 - In 2016, the LiSEC service and training teams have moved into a new building, which was officially opened on April 29th. The employees of the departments service and assembly did not only get a new home, LiSEC will from now on hold high-quality courses on state-of-the-art plants for customers and its own staff in this new building.
Aug. 11, 2016 - Dymax Corporation has introduced the BlueWave MX-150 - a new smaller LED spot-curing system with unique curing flexibility. The system can be used as a bench-top unit or integrated into an automated system, and its LED emitters are available in 365, 385, or 405 nm wavelengths.
Technology is critical to your process. These innovative products can lead to profits in your shop.
July 28, 2016 - C.R. Laurence has introduced its Fallbrook Series for glass partitions. With the Fallbrook Series, the company aims to give customers and designers an interior office partition system that offers a unique aesthetic, coupled with enhanced acoustical performance.
July 14, 2016 - C.R. Laurence has introduced its Transpara Frameless Shower Door System. The new system eliminates the need for door hinges and vertical framing in order to secure large glass panels. This gives customers uninterrupted spans of glass, producing a definitive all-glass aesthetic.
July 14, 2016 - The AGC Group (AGC) and Kinestral Technologies have formed a strategic partnership to produce active glass capable of fast-switching between clear and dark mode. This glass will serve the building and transportation (trains) industries.
June 30, 2016 - In 2015, AGC Glass Europe created a new tool for measuring the thickness of installed glazing with a smartphone, using a special App.
Look here for the clear, the colour-neutral and the energy efficient products that will make your facades shine.
The Buildings Show (TBS), the largest networking and educational event for design, construction and real estate industries returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Nov. 30 - Dec 2, 2016.
Oct. 20, 2016 - IGMA's IG Fabricator Workshop in St. Paul, Minnesota continues its registration, but the official hotel for the event (which features a networking reception on the Wednesday night of the event) releases the block on Monday, which could keep attendees without reservations from the convenience of being in the same hotel as other attendees (or the reception.) To guarantee a room, make your reservations with the hotel andregister for the event now.
Oct. 6, 2016 - For the past two years we’ve been discussing the need for trade payment terms being legislated and have kept you up to date through our bulletins and columns in Glass Canada. The OGMA teamed up with Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) as we considered this the best means of achieving this goal.
Now in its 14th year, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo is the gathering place for the North American glass, window and door industries. Presented by the National Glass Association and the Window and Door Dealers Alliance along with show co-sponsors, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, GlassBuild America is a comprehensive and united event.
The current year has been a very busy and productive year at Fenestration Canada. The spring meetings at the Fairmont in Mont-Tremblant, Que., were an excellent networking and education event and an introduction to our new association management team at Zzeem. The prospects for membership growth and development have never been better or more clearly focused with Zzeem at the controls.
Delegates at the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance 2016 Summer Conference sometimes had to tear themselves away from the breathtaking views and visits by the local wildlife long enough to concentrate on the excellent technical progam Aug. 8 to 10 at the Banff Centre for Creativity and the Arts in Banff, Alta.
The Canadian Glass Association hosted Glass Connections, its full-day educational conference, Sept. 13 and 14 at the Westin hotel in downtown Ottawa. The Annual Meeting of the CGA took place on the afternoon of the 13th, after which delegates were welcomed by a reception featuring some very tasty ribs, chicken, sliders and that perennial Ottawa favourite, beaver tails.
Canadian Glass AssociationIn our fast-paced, technology driven business world, being able to manage change is a key differentiator. Industry professionals with a proven record of embracing change perform better.
Sept. 22, 2016 - The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is seeking its next dynamic leader to serve and promote the interests of its members in the glass and glazing industry.  Qualified candidates will be innovative and mission-driven, bringing strong communication skills and the ability to build and establish strong business and industry partnerships.
The Canadian Glass Association hosted Glass Connections, its full-day educational conference, Sept. 13 and 14 at the Westin hotel in downtown Ottawa. The Annual Meeting of the CGA took place on the afternoon of the 13th, after which delegates were welcomed by a reception featuring some very tasty ribs, chicken, sliders and that perennial Ottawa favourite, beaver tails. Everyone had a chance to lift a beverage with contractors, fabricators and suppliers from across the country that they don't get to see very often. Word went through the room that Chris Johnson of Lenmak had stepped down as president of the CGA and Jim Brady of Desa Glass has put his hand up once again to take the reins. Brady has promised an aggressive campaign to drive membership and board participation, and has initiatives in mind that he hopes will bring more resources to the association.
Alumicor has reaffirmed its position as a leading supporter of industry education by partnering with Top Glass 2017 as a Gold Sponsor. Top Glass is Canada's trade event for the architectural glass industry, taking place April 20 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Glass Connections  is a highly focused educational and networking event for glaziers, architects, engineers, designers, spec writers, commercial construction contractors and building owners. Up to six AIA LUs are available. Glass Connections takes place Sept. 13 at the Westin hotel in Ottawa, Ont. Registration is still open.
Sept. 8, 2016 - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Glass Processing Equipment Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. The global glass processing machinery market to grow at a CAGR of 3.83% during the period 2016-2020.
When construction professionals consider the challenges we may encounter in the coming decades the question of what we need to do to effectively “future-proof” our buildings will inevitably enter the equation. Updating and renovating buildings as standards, use and technology change carries costs. Designs that anticipate and mitigate those future costs are more valuable.
We live in a globalised world. Global trade is a fact of life and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the construction industry now more than ever. Arguably the sector most affected by this shift is Section 8, glass and building exteriors.
There’s no glass and aluminum enclosure like it. “At least, no other frameless, retractable glass sunrooms, solariums and three-season rooms can rival us for style, appearance, functionality and user-friendliness,” says John Van Iperen, sales manager for Lumon Canada. “Our quality and continuous product development have really paid off.”
July 28, 2016 - At sedak GmbH & Co.KG in Gersthofen (Bavaria), approximately 150 employees are processing glass into high-quality and unique oversized insulating and safety glasses. Everything is premium in Gersthofen: the employees, the machinery and, of course, the delivered quality. sedak masters the art of making large-format dreams made of glass come true and enables an exciting architecture, exceptional designs and visionary buildings. “There is no such word as 'impossible' in our dictionary“, is a popular saying in the sedak halls – not unusual if you are committed to your claim ”leading glass”.
July 14, 2016 - Quanex Building Products Corporation and sedak have broken boundaries for large format insulating glass unit (IGU) production with sedak’s innovative, large-scale fully automated line, utilizing Quanex’s Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ warm-edge technology.
June 30, 2016 - Cost cutting, it is often said, is difficult in glass production and processing since this sector is characterized by manual processes. At the upcoming glasstec 2016 trade fair however, the industry will prove the opposite: further savings are to be expected through innovative approaches for automation, smart networking of production machines and value-creation stages as well as through new handling devices. This means that the glass industry should be well prepared for international competition.
April 21, 2016 - Modern, transparent and prestigious – large glass façades are very much in vogue for office complexes and industrial buildings. Yet their use only makes sense in terms of energy savings and cost effectiveness if they also have air-conditioning functions and help the energy supply. The glass industry is therefore keen to promote the development of multifunctional windows and façade elements – an area where it has already achieved numerous promising innovations.
How central are concepts such as Industry 4.0 – the “FOURTH INDUSTRIAL Revolution” – and Smart Factory among SMEs in the glass industry? Let’s have a glimpse at tomorrow’s processes which have partly become reality today and also at realities which are still a long way off in the future.
The passion in the room was palpable at times when Geza Banfai, a veteran construction lawyer with McMillan in Toronto, addressed a gathering of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association at Richmond Hill Golf Club to update members on the Ontario government’s review of the Construction Lien Act and the potential for prompt payment legislation in the province.
Jan. 14, 2016 - High costs, a lack of integration possibilities and interest on the part of architects – solar modules for building skin integration are still niche products. But this could soon change. Thanks to more efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes and transparency levels, modules are becoming cheaper and more versatile. This might make them a standard feature in new buildings.
Dec. 16, 2015 - A recording of the Glass Canada Winter Webinar "Energy code implications for spandrel design: Quantifying and mitigating the effects of thermal bridging" with Stephane Hoffman of Morrison Hershfield is now available online. Hoffman's Dec. 14 presentation educated Glass Canada readers on his latest research into thermal bridging in spandrel assemblies and addressed several challenges in meeting today's tough standards for energy efficiency in building envelope construction. In the presentation, Hoffman took several questions from the online audience.
Walking into Steinway Hall is like entering a gallery where the world’s finest pianos sit on display as exhibitions of art....and Steinway agrees. The company touts each piano as a “masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art. The STEINWAY piano exists to remove all barriers between the listener and the pure, uncompromised expression of the artist.” The same can be said for their New York City storefront, an M. Cohen & Sons project. Consisting of 23 glass lites, each over 100 sq. feet, the all-glass façade removes all visual barriers for the exterior foot traffic and allows the ‘uprights’ and the ‘grands’ to shine on display.
Oct. 6, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new Healthy Workplaces website that brings together some of the best information, tools and resources available to help employers, workers, and practitioners participate in making their workplaces healthy and safe. A healthy and productive workplace culture that creates an environment which promotes employee mental and physical health, as well as productivity and organizational effectiveness, can benefit employers and employees alike.
Way back in February, 2015, the Ontario government issued a press release stating “Ontario is launching an expert review of the Construction Lien Act that will include the examination of payment issues within the construction sector.” It went on to say that “strengthening Ontario’s construction sector is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario.” It was stated on many occasions thereafter that the process would be fully transparent.
Canada’s fenestration industry is remarkably well placed to take advantage of emerging global market trends in the foreseeable future. Here at home, the continuing domestic slowdown in new construction and the increasing cost of new home construction and renovation is depressing the market.
Government intervention onhousing prices probably won’t help.
Sept. 22, 2016 - The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is putting the finishing touches on a major retrofit, featuring a new Lamberts channel glass façade by Bendheim Wall Systems Inc. The vibrant, ceramic-fritted glass units rise along the building’s 10 stories and a 2-story-tall ‘lantern’ cupola. The striking colors of the glass are visible from a distance in the day or night, while the smart technical design of the system makes this project truly stand out by answering a number of unique design challenges. It is the first and only installation of vertically-unitized, multi-colored ceramic-fritted channel glass in North America.
Sept. 22, 2016 - Apogee CEO Joeseph Puishys reported strong results for its architectural glass and framing systems segment in his second quarter earnings conference call. Apogee is the parent company of Viracon, Alumicor, Wausau, Tubelite and Linetec. A portion of the transcript follows:
Sept. 8, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8% from the previous month. The advance was largely the result of higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings. Ontario and Alberta led the national increase.
Aug. 25, 2016 - The Government of Canada remains committed to making significant investments in infrastructure that will improve our public transit systems, strengthen Canadian communities, and help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Aug. 11, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in June, down 5.5% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings were mostly responsible for the decline.
Over the past few years I’ve looked back at the lives and achievements of a number of contributors and entrepreneurs that have influenced our industry. If grades were handed out for rags to riches success stories, Peter Neudorf could very well be at the head of the class.
Industry associations can address big issues better than anyone.
The five-year update cycle has come around again for the National Building Code, and one big change commercial glazing fabricators will see is the inclusion of specific minimum requirements for air/water ingress for all fenestration components of Part 5 buildings. The new sections 593.4 and 593.5 of Part 5 will cover air and water ingress, respectively.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications Architectural Class windows and doors (AW). The AAMA 910-16, Voluntary "Life Cycle" Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors, was last updated in 2010.
Aug. 25, 2016 - GANA and IGMA have announced the approval and release of the  Product Category Rule (PCR) for Processed Glass. The PCR is based on revisions made to the Institute of Construction and Environment (Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., or IBU) standard Part B PCR structure for Glass Wall and Ceiling Coverings, 2014. The focus of revisions to the document was to include references applicable to the North American market, and to make it consistent with the GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711 and the Cradle to Gate Window Product Category Rule. The joint GANA-IGMA task group led by Dr. Helen Sanders of SageGlass worked diligently with ULe to create this PCR for the industry.
June 30, 2016 - Dip-Tech is pleased to announce the Dip-CMiX Ceramic Premix Colour Guide, which establishes the industry standard for matching color in glass. This pre-mix swatch book functions in a manner similar to RAL and Pantone colour guides. It is designed to effectively communicate colours for printed glass in numerical codes, thereby standardizing each shade for all decision makers in the supply chain.
June 16, 2016 - CSA Group has announced that its key accessibility standard has been referenced in the National Building Code (NBC), an important step toward the harmonization of accessible design requirements.
June 15, 2016 - The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), sponsor of the IGCC/IGMA certification program, North America's leading IG certification and quality assurance organization, is currently testing a pilot program that would enable IG manufacturers to provisionally certify their products in just 4 weeks. The existing full certification takes an average of 24 weeks. Provisional certification would enable the manufacturer to sell a certified product pending the outcome of full ASTM tests.
June 2, 2016 - The North American Contractor Certification (NACC) program continues it’s upward trend wrapping up a very successful beginning to 2016. NACC added three more contractors, bringing the total to ten that have gained certification in less than a year. In addition several more organizations are working through the process and certification with their approvals are imminent.
April 21, 2016 - The National Glass Association (NGA) has announced it has joined the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC).
Manufacturers can minimize their difficulties with on-site or “in-situ” testing by adhering to certain well-established quality-control principles, which can be important to reduce the chances of costly failures. Yes, on-site testing can be a complex undertaking. The number of components that that are encompassed within the scope of a typical on-site test may account for at least part of the complexity.
Mar. 10, 2016 - The National Glass Association (NGA) has published the newly revised Guide to the Glass and Glazing Requirements of the Model Building Codes—5th Edition, a valuable reference to federal glazing laws, local glazing regulations and how they are related to the model building codes. 
Feb. 11, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.
Architects and engineers are upping the game on building envelope design: unusual aesthetics, improved thermal performance and taking into account the human factor using daylighting controls.  The fenestration industry has felt the impact of these new designs and has risen to the challenge with complex products such as dynamic glazing and insulating glass configurations not seen before.

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