Feb. 23, 2017 - Due to the positive growth and expansion of the Biesse brands across the globe, Biesse and Intermac America have restructured the Service Manager responsibilities in order to provide our customers the best possible support. With machine order volumes consistently rising, Biesse Group established two separate Service Managers, a crucial addition to the Service Department, each focusing on distinct divisions.
Feb. 23, 2017 - Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has selected its Wichita Falls plant to be the site of a new jumbo magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) glass coater, expected to be the largest of its kind in North America. Groundbreaking is slated for April.
Dow Corning 121 structural glazing sealant answers the challenges facade contractors and manufacturers face with the slow cure of one-part sealants, mixing of multipart sealants and limited movement capability of tapes. Dow Corning 121 is ideal for assembly, installation or repair of structurally glazed glass and other substrates.
Jan. 26, 2017 - RPM Rollformed Metal Products has join forces with Can-Space Manufacturing Inc. in an acquisition finalized on Dec. 20, 2016. Beginning immediately, Can-Space Manufacturing will operate under the New Era Group Company as RPM Rollformed Metal Preoducts Ltd.
Dec. 14, 2016 -  EVERLAM has commenced construction of its future international headquarters, located in Mechelen, where its head office, customer & technical service and R&D/innovation center will be located.
Dec. 14, 2016 - Described by Dezer Developments and the Porsche Design Group as ‘engineered luxury’, the $560 million Porsche Design Tower is a 57 storey ultra-luxury structure occupying 2.2 acres (8,900 m2 ) of beachfront land on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
Nov. 3, 2016 - HHH Tempering Resources, Inc. (HHH) has announced the addition of John Krahel to its technical team. Krahel joins the team as asenior technician based in Nashville, Tenn.
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.
Feb. 14, 2017 - Top Glass, Canada's trade conference for the architectural glass industry, has officially sold out all available 10,000 square feet of exhibit floor space with more than two months to go until the April 20 show date. Organizers are now accepting reservations for the 2018 edition, which will be significantly expanded. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for those who missed out on booth space. 
Feb. 9, 2017 -  The National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, and the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Topeka, KS, have together appointed a joint task force to optimize service to members of both organizations, and to coordinate advocacy and technical support along with education and training initiatives for the glass and glazing industry.  
Yvon Chiasson Yvon Chiasson Bruce Nicol Bruce Nicol Riyaz Dattu Riyaz Dattu   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.glasscanadamag.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1#sigProGalleriad933905997 Feb. 8, 2017 - In a new feature for Canada's architectural glazing conference, Glass Canada editor Patrick Flannery will moderate a panel discussion explaining the recent Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and its ramifications for Canadian glass fabricators and contractors considering export to Europe and import of European products. The discussion will look at the impact of the free trade agreement on tariffs and trade barriers to various European countries; the differences in glazing standards between North America and Europe; and business trends in European construction markets. Top Glass takes place April 20 at the International Centre in Missisauga, Ont.
It really is a new Fenestration Canada. Last year was a transition year that started with the hiring of a new association management team in Zzeem. The Zzeem team have been on a steep learning curve since they started in March of 2016, but by all accounts have managed to bring our association through a very vital period. Our new executive director, Cindy Gareau, has been a fireball from day 1 and has become an important cog in the operation of Fenestration Canada and all the committees that endeavour to bring effective programs to our membership.
Last year, the IGMA held two fabricator workshops in Texas and Minnesota, where more than 80 practitioners from the IG industry were led through the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units by the experts of our industry.
The CGA’s Glass Connections event is booked.  Be sure to join us June 7 to 8 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Vancouver, B.C.
Jan. 26, 2017 - Last year, IGMA held two Fabricator Workshops in Texas and Minnesota, where more than 80 practitioners of the IG industry were led through the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units by the experts of our industry.
Jan. 26, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now being received for the 2017 Awards for Excellence. There are two awards, one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design and one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  The Glass Association of North America has announced that Erin Fletcher, Director of Marketing for GANA will leave the organization to pursue a new opportunity as Account Director for EAG Advertising & Marketing. Fletcher has served as the Director of Marketing for GANA for the last three years.
As 2017 approaches, the name of Ottawa’s oldest, largest and most diversified glass company is taking on new meaning. Centennial Glass is about to enter the second half of its first century – it’s 50th anniversary – and it’s thriving under careful management that welcomes new efficiencies while maintaining quality workmanship and excellence in customer service.
As I write this article I am sitting in a code meeting for the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 2020 for houses and small buildings (Part 9).  That’s right, they are working on the 2020 code now. 
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance will launch a new leadership development course for the architectural glass industry in January, 2017.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is inviting Ontario Glass and Metal Association members to attend its Fabricators Workshop in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 28 - March 2 at the same discounted rate IGMA members pay. The workshop will be hosted at Exova's facility. OGMA members have received a code via email that will qualify them for the discount.
Stunning unbroken views of vistas or store interiors – that’s the demand driving the production, shipment and installation of large panes of glass today – panes as much as 20 feet across and thousands of pounds. Agnora, the largest-capacity glass fabricator in North America, has seen a tenfold increase in the demand for big glass over the last five years. Vice-president of operations Jeff Wilkins says this includes both storefront and residential markets right across continent. Agnora is able to temper, machine, laminate and insulate various thickness of glass up to a maximum size of 130 by 300 inches. The company’s two main challenges of with glass (float glass availability and shipping) have been handled, says Wilkins, through creating strong partnerships with suppliers and by working collaboratively with shipping partners. “Big glass is heavy and dangerous therefore we are very serious about our maintenance and upkeep of our lifting equipment and designing our work flow to minimize the amount of manual lifting,” he explains.  
Dec. 14, 2016 -  With a customized inloader, sedak optimizes the handling of oversize glass. The new 23m long inloader now delivers glass units up to 16m. The steerable rear axle which allows the truck to drive through narrow curves such as roundabouts is the key feature of the mega trailer. Due to its space-saving interior concept, no escort vehicle is required.
Everywhere you look today, architects are leveraging glass for daylighting purposes to allow the right amount of light into a building. But while much of the attention centers on the façade, interior spaces leveraging glass are just as critical to the introduction of natural light into the building environment. For interior space in particular, glass railing systems for stairways and balconies play a key role in letting the light in. And that means opportunities for glaziers with glass railings.
Over the past decade, client relationship management (CRM) has become a common industry buzzword like social media marketing. These relationship management tools in the form of computerized programs were designed to automate interaction between you and your customers, however, in the window and door industry, automating personal interaction can be complex.
With the recent publication of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for processed glass, the glass industry now has official PCRs for all architectural glass products: flat glass, processed glass and windows and doors. Future green building projects under LEED v.4 and beyond are going to require product lifecycle assessments for all building facade components.
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.
Feb. 9, 2017 - Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Lower construction intentions were recorded for all components, led by commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings. In the residential sector, eight provinces posted declines while Ontario reported a record high.
If you walk through the recently opened Brooklin high school in Whitby, Ont., one of the first things you may notice is its open and light-filled interior. The 173,200-square foot facility includes extensive glazing throughout to provide natural light and visibility for students and staff. What you may not realize is that a significant portion of the glass used to illuminate the school also provides protection against the spread of flames and smoke. In fact, its clear form is hardly distinguishable from its non-fire-rated glass counterparts. This is a credit to recent manufacturing advances.
Websites have been around for about 20 years now, but judging from what I see online a lot of us have never gotten any farther than putting up a very basic page. This is unfortunate, as your website can be a great tool for attracting business.
I imagine there are a number of reasons why use of social media has been lower in this industry than in some others. (I am omitting our architect audience in these comments – the design community has always been on the bleeding edge when it comes to digital everything.)
Jan. 12, 2017 -  Municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1% from the previous month. The decline was largely the result of lower construction intentions in Alberta, following a spike the previous month due to impending changes to the Alberta Building Code.
Glass Canada's Winter Webinar series returns Jan. 24 with "Certified Quality: How contractor certification works in the architectural glass industry to improve our businesses and built environment." In a one-hour interview with Patrick Flannery, Glass Canada editor, Jeff Dabala of AMS and Peter Neudorf Jr. of Ferguson Neudorf will discuss North American Contractor Certification's program for architectural glass and metal contractors and answer attendee's questions. "Certified Quality" is available with free registration courtesy of Vitro.
Dec. 14, 2016 -  Municipalities issued $7.6 billion worth of building permits in October, up 8.7% from September. Higher construction intentions for commercial structures and residential dwellings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the provincial Building Code.
Dec. 14, 2016 - GSM Project is announcing its collaboration with SL Green Realty Corp. on the design of the upcoming observation deck experience at One Vanderbilt, a 1,401-foot skyscraper scheduled to open in New York City in 2020.
Another year has blown by and we’ll soon be looking at 2016 in the rear view mirror.  I’m still looking at the grass from above, so all in all, I don’t have much to complain about. After my rant about our Ontario provincial government in the last issue, the Attorney General finally released the expert review of the Construction Lien Act I’ve been ragging on about for the past few years. 
Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall released a white paper recently calling for a different approach to fighting climate change. In it, he identified “adaptation, innovation and taxation” as the three possible ways to address the problem.
Designed by Vancouver based Michael Green Architecture (MGA) in conjunction with Architect-of-Record DLR Group, the seven storey high-rise in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighbourhood is the largest mass timber building in the United States.
Nov. 17, 2016 - The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that succession transition has officially taken place for its leadership position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
You probably remember all the kerfuffle brought on by mainstream media a few years ago over the epidemic of shattered glass falling from high rise buildings onto the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians. People were afraid to walk outside, Toronto politicians panicked and an emergency panel was assembled to find ways to combat this terrifying phenomenon.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, "Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems," was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has published A500-16 Building Guards, a new standard governing materials, hardware and installation of balcony guards, including glass balcony balustrades. The standard is expected to be referenced in future national and provincial building codes to prevent well-publicised issues of falling balcony glass.
What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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).

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