Mar. 23, 2017 - Guardian Glass is pleased to announce that Darijo Babic has been named Director, Key Commercial Projects, North America. Babic will work with Guardian’s channel partners, fabricators, project glaziers and architects to grow Guardian SunGuard® architectural glass business on commercial building projects.
Mar. 9, 2017 -  Linetec continues to expand capacity and add new jobs to support the market's increased demand for high-quality finishes and high-performance architectural metal products. Part of the latest job growth is a $3 million investment to double the capacity of the thermal services department.
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.
The IGMA Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills a leader needs to achieve his or her full potential. Everyone in the workforce develops hard skills required to be employed in the insulating glass industry, but developing soft skills (communicating effectively with people, recognizing a company's culture and effectively aligning with that culture, understanding accountability in the workplace, etc.) provides the necessary intangibles to become a great leader. Once again, IGMA is leading the glass industry into the future by creating the first leadership development program for manufacturers and fabricators of its kind.
Mar. 23, 2017 -  If the National Glass Association’s GlassBuild America could be described as the best buffet in Vegas, a smorgasbord of delights for every glass nerd in the industry, the Glass Association of North America’s Building Enclosure Contractors (BEC) Conference is more like the Foundation Room on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay: an intimate, information-intensive experience for 403 of the biggest names in the business.
The latest in architectural glazing technology will be on display at Top Glass. Here’s an advance look.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance held its winter conference in Clearwater, Fla., Jan. 23 through 26 and heard updates from all our task groups. Here are some highlights.
The ground is shifting in international commerce. It is a time of great uncertainty, but potentially also great opportunity. Join Glass Canada editor Patrick Flannery and a panel of experts to discuss the recently signed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and what it might mean for Canadian architectural glass fabricators and contractors looking for business in Europe. Topics will include changes to trade and tariff regimes, differences between North American and European glazing standards and a review of the construction industry prospects overseas.As doubts swirl about the future of trade with the U.S., barriers are coming down across the Atlantic.
Helen Sanders of Technoform Group will discuss new Product Category Rules (PCR) developed by the industry that define the rules for doing a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and creating an Environmental Product Declaration for fabricated glass and windows. EPDs in combination with ingredient transparency labels such as Health Product Declarations and Declare are forming the cornerstone of a new green building paradigm that seeks to track the environmental impact of building materials from resource extraction right through fabrication, use, reuse and disposal and human health considerations of the materials used to manufacture such products. Sanders will describe how process and material transparency have become important parts of such common green building standards as LEED version 4, and how designers and fabricators can use these tools to achieve compliance with these standards.
Tracy Rogers, vice-president of sales and marketing for Keystone Certifications, presents the results of a one-year study he performed at Quanex on the effects of adding a retrofit insulating glass layer to the existing single-pane windows in an older commercial building in Philadelphia.
The Canadian Glass Committee is back in action after long hiatus and has produced the first update to CAN/CGSB 12.1 Safety Glazing since 1990. Working with representatives from ANSI Z97.1, the update has issued new definitions for safety glass and its product categories, addressed new technologies and processes and brought the standard into harmonization with Z97.1 and the relevant Canadian standards and codes.
Canada’s architectural glass community will come together again on April 20 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., to renew acquaintances, discover new technology and absorb some high-quality learning. New to the event this year is a panel discussion examining the impact of the Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the changes it promises for doing business with and in Europe.  At a time when our trade partnership with the United States feels more uncertain than ever, organizers are inviting the glass industry to take a look farther afield to new markets for their products and services.Another exciting new feature is the addition of an educational facility tour happening the day before Top Glass. Top Glass attendees will be able to tour Fenzi North America’s Etobicoke distribution centre discovering how polysulfide and butylver polyisobutylene (PIB) products are made and tested, along with technical briefs on insulating glass manufacturing technology including aluminum and warm edge spacer bars.Top Glass management is anticipating another strong show, with the 10,000-square-foot exhibit floor selling out two months ahead of the event date. Growth in interest in Top Glass has been remarkable, with almost three times the registered attendees at last years’ show compared to the first edition in 2014.That growth led to some difficulties accommodating the crowd in the lecture hall last time. Organizers have reacted with a more comfortable, classroom-style seating plan in an expanded space and will offer an overflow theatre where attendees can watch the sessions on a live video feed and text questions to the event moderator.Once again, the Ontario Association of Architects has approved Top Glass sessions as qualifying for structured learning hours. Architects, building engineers and specifiers have an opportunity to earn four hours in one day. Top Glass at a GlanceDate: April 20Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pmLocation: International Centre, Mississauga, Ont.Parking: Free on siteAdmission: FreeWho should attend: Glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects, building engineers, architectural glass specifiersSchedule of events10:00 - Registration desk and exhibit hall open11:00 - Panel discussion: Over There – The opportunity for Canada’s glass industry in a new era of free trade with EuropePanelists: Riyaz Dattu, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt – Yvon Chiasson, Morrison Hershfield – Bruce Nicol, Down Corning12:00 - Lunch break1:00 - Made in Canada – A harmonized standard for safety glazing 27 years in the making - presenter: John Kent, AMS Certification2:00 - Adding Efficiency – A case study in commercial retrofit IG solutions -  presenter: Tracy Rogers, Keystone Certifications3:00 - OGMA Awards of Excellence4:30 - The Life of Glass – Life cycle analysis and material transparency and how this will change the way we develop, manufacture and market our products - presenter: Helen Sanders, Technoform Glass InsulationAll presentations take place in the lecture theatre located on the show floor. Sessions are eligible for OAA Structured Learning Hours – certificates of attendance issued on request.
Glass Connections isn’t just the name of our conference, it’s our motto.
I think we’re going to have some fun at Top Glass. For the first time, we’re trying a discussion panel with three great experts – and the topic is red hot. Canada and the European Union have recently signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which removes hundreds of tariffs and quotas on trade in just about everything. In a political climate where there’s a lot of talk about building walls between countries, we have just torn a big one down. Some are calling it the last free trade agreement, as it seems unlikely that the conditions that allowed this to happen will arise again any time soon.
Mar. 9, 2017 -  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard from a number of speakers and presenters focused on green building topics and sustainability at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Feb. 12-15. Participants heard upcoming changes to California's Proposition 65, as well as an overview of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the importance of sustainable cities and the manufacturer's role in reaching consumers.
Glass and glazing elements like most primary construction materials including concrete, masonry, metals and plastics have benefited a great deal from improvements in advanced coating technologies. The use of advanced coating techniques and materials to improve appearance and performance of glass in particular has proven to be a constant source of successful innovation over time.
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”.
I’m not happy and am somewhat crestfallen.
March 15, 2017 - The Alberta government has opened public consultations on its labour laws as part of a review that may mark sweeping reforms. At least one contractor's organization is concerned that changes will not be beneficial to employers in the province.
Mar. 9, 2017 - The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 5.4% to $7.6 billion in January, following two consecutive monthly decreases. Six provinces posted increases, led by Alberta and British Columbia. Nationally, construction intentions rose in every component, particularly institutional buildings.
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. 
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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