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INVIEW labs has announced the availability of UNIFI 1.6, the only cloud-based BIM content management platform. This revolutionary platform has transformed how architectural and engineering firms approach BIM content distribution. Tailored specifically around the building design software Autodesk Revit, UNIFI is built to accommodate user workflows and streamline global access to design content.
Rio Tinto will launch a C$12 million project aimed at enhancing the aluminium smelting technology currently employed at several of the company's plants to drive productivity gains. The project will be conducted by Rio Tinto's aluminium technology teams at the Arvida Research and Development Centre in Saguenay, Quebec and Voreppe, France and will be tested at the Alma aluminium smelter in Quebec's Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region.
June 12, 2015 - Pilkington Architectural Glass North America business has launched My Pilkington, an innovative online order entry, inventory review and tracking system for its customers.
June 8, 2015 - Hypertherm is expanding availability of its HyAccess extended consumables to the Powermax65, Powermax85, and Powermax105, in addition to legacy Powermax and MAX systems with Duramax retrofit torches. Previously, the consumables were only available for Hypertherm Powermax30, Powermax30 XP, and Powermax45 air plasma systems.
June 3, 2015 - Architects, designers, and contractors can now download Viracon’s updated glass product files for the Autodesk Revit building design software. Viracon is pleased to announce its updates, along with a new video that showcases the benefits of utilizing the updated files as a component in the glass selection and specification process.
There's a company in the heart of Bucharest that plays a leading role in Romania's glass processing industry. "Spectrum Inovativ & Industries SRL" was founded in 1991, first as an agent for a foil manufacturer. Since 1994 the company has also processed insulating glass and has been steadily expanding to include modern insulating glass production. The owner and General Manager, Ioan Silviu, manages his company very skilfully. He studied automation and knows the machinery in his production like the back of his hand. "Continuing to optimise the machines that I've purchased is a personal challenge for me." At first glance, the production area looks relatively manageable, but efficiency is very important here and each of the 75 employees knows exactly what to do.
The following is a notification from UL that the fire doors identified below bear counterfeit UL Marks. The fire doors have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these fire doors comply with any safety requirements.
DORMA Americas has introduced its innovative, new MUTO manual sliding door system. MUTO was launched to the European market in January of this year, and is making its North American debut this summer.
Ergo Robotic Solutions, a manufacturer of glass handling and installation machines in Queensbury, NY, has added two new models to their product line-up: the GM 800 and the GM 1200. Built upon the popular workhorse design, the GM 2000-12, the new smaller machines deliver the same reliability, maneuverability and versatility of their larger counterpart in a smaller form factor with more affordable pricing.
April 30, 2015 - Kane Innovations has unveiled a group of K-12 school entrance security screen products through their Kane Security brand. The security screens deter and resist aggressive, forcible entry attacks when mounted to the interior or exterior of front doors and glass sidelights at primary and secondary schools.
April 24, 2015 - With the complexity of modern window and door penetrations and transitions – which include any variety of substrates, barriers and sheathing – builders are challenged to ensure a continuous, weather-tight seal. To simplify installation and provide the assurance of 100% silicone performance, Dow Corning has added a new liquid flashing to the Dow Corning Silicone Air Barrier System.
April 24, 2015 - The BCC 100 Construction Camera by Brinno can show daily progress on any construction, home improvement, or landscape project consumers may have going on.  The Brinno Time Lapse Video Construction Camera is the effortless way to record any projects with a time lapse video recorded at any rate you want, and played back at any rate you want when the project is done.
June 22, 2015 - Companies in glass machine manufacturing, the glass industry and the glazing trade can now register for glasstec 2016, the International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, which will be held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from September 20 to 23  2016.
The National Glass Association (NGA) and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA) have announced that registration for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, returning to the Georgia World Congress Center, September 16-18, 2015, is now open. GlassBuild America is presented by the NGA and the WDDA, along with show partners, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA).
IGMA (the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance) is happy to announce a new activity at its upcoming Fall Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado: Ignite Breakfasts. During the Ignite Breakfasts, speakers will have 5 minutes and 20 slides to convey their message to attendees.
June 9, 2015 - The Canadian Glass Association hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the CGA Glass Connections Conference in Saskatoon, SK. Filled to maximum capacity, it was the largest AGM the Association has held to date.
There are many stories out there of businesses with humble beginnings that went on to become major success stories. These stories have some elements in common – hard work, risk-taking, seizing opportunity and forging new ways forward, just to name a few. While some business histories may add in these elements, embellishing here and there, all of these elements and more are truly part of the story of Windsor, Ont.-based Contract Glaziers, which began in 1971 as Windsor Glass.
Top Glass, Canada’s conference event for the commercial glazing industry, smashed through expectations on April 15 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., with glaziers, fabricators and architects swarming an expanded show floor and education seminars packed to standing room only.
The pain is finally over. The U.S. glazing industry that has been suffering from recession and the post-traumatic stress disorder that followed, has finally recovered. In fact, “recovered” is a poor choice of word.
The Fenestration Canada Annual General Meeting and Conference being held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, June 4 to 6, will see us open our doors to all fenestration manufacturers and stakeholders with an incentive of free Affiliate status privileges for the balance of 2015.
The Canadian Glass Association is hosting its Glass Connections Conference June 3 to 4 at the Sheraton in Saskatoon, Sask. At just $220, it is a steal with top-notch speakers and a sold-out exhibitor tabletop show, provided in a condensed two-day format.
May 29, 2015 - A sold-out tournament with 144 golfers and a dinner afterwards for close to 170 showed some strong interest and participation from the Ontario glass community at the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's spring golf. Held May 28 at Piper's Heath in Milton, Ont., OGMA members enjoyed perfect weather, a steak dinner and the chance to catch up with old friends and new.
IGMA (the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance) is pleased to announce our Fall Technical Conference, to be held in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, at the luxurious and historic Brown Palace Hotel October 5th through 8th.
Here’s your report from Canada’s commercial glazing show that went down April 15 in Mississauga, Ont.
April 24, 2015 - A comprehensive online resource from Creative Safety Supply teaches companies the 5S industrial organization system associated with Lean business methods. Through videos, text and diagrams, visitors are linked to extensive information on how to Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain their work environments for maximum efficiency.
Silk screening without heat and laminating without an autoclave.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is preparing to release an informational paper giving an extensive overview on the subject of vacuum insulating glass (VIG).
Dec. 3, 2014 - Researchers based at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new form of ‘rubber-like’ glass which may have applications in high temperature or strongly oxidative environments.
Nov. 17, 2014 - Four months after being unveiled at the AIA National Convention in Chicago, the ViraconGlass iPad app is now available as a web app on the Viracon website. Architects and designers can use the app on their personal computers or any operating system, thanks to its browser-based functionality.
Nov. 6, 2014 - Soon to be one of the venues for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House (PAAC) will host competitions during the largest multisport event ever to be held in Canada – double the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Nov. 3, 2014 - Two buildings in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, constructed 34 years and less than a mile apart have two things in common: a legacy of environmental leadership, and shimmering facades fabricated with SOLARBAN architectural glasses by PPG Industries.
Emerging less than two decades ago, digital ceramic printing on glass is a relatively new technology that uses ceramic inks to apply imagery, a pattern or text to the surface of flat glass.
Sept. 30, 2014 - PPG Industries has posted a new video about the benefits of designing with reflective glass in the PPG Glass Education Center, a comprehensive website that helps architects, specifiers, students and construction industry professionals learn more about designing, specifying and building with glass.
Aug. 14, 2014 - Cities are eating up an increasing amount of heat and electricity. In order to reduce this consumption, buildings have to become increasingly efficient and integrate more renewable energies. New, printable photovoltaic semi-conductors could help to boost this trend. They enable solar films and modules to be produced, which transform windows or façades into electric power generators. A new market is being created for the manufacturers of solar glass and modules.
Feb. 24, 2014 - Hypertherm is announcing its 2014 Webinar Series, a collection of free, educational webinars for fabricators and others who have the need to routinely cut metal and other industrial materials.
Feb. 12, 2014 - PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has received a $2.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help design and pilot a rapid photovoltaic (PV) module assembly process that uses automation to eliminate time and labor from the current assembly process.
June 24, 2015 - – Greco Aluminum Railings has been selected by The Beck Group to design and supply over 4,000 lineal feet of glass railings for the “Eviva of Cherokee”, an 18-story apartment tower in Denver, Co.
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2015 Architectural Door U.S. Market Study. This report provides data and insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2014 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, and the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR).
Consulting Engineers of Ontario this afternoon welcomed the passage of the Ontario government’s infrastructure implementation budget, Bill 91, the Building Ontario Up Act.
A full year has now passed since Bill 69 was set aside by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. You may recall that Bill 69, named the Prompt Payment Act 2014, was a private member’s bill presented by Steven Del Duca, Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan. Its main provisions would have seen that the financial risk on construction projects would be more equitably shared and would have provided subcontractors with greater recourse to collect money owed to them.
Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the Corning Museum of Glass, which is close to the Canadian border in upper New York State south of Syracuse. I would estimate it’s about a 90-minute drive from the border and well worth your time and effort.
Vinyl does not really burn. It certainly melts and deforms under sufficient heat and, when heated, releases enough heat to fail standard combustibility tests, but it doesn’t burn in the sense of being consumed by flame and releasing hot particles and flaming brands that spread fire to other areas.
April 30, 2015 - STGM’s new head office is located in the Beauport borough of Quebec City, adjacent to the Estimauville eco-neighbourhood.
April 29, 2015 - Bendheim’s Channel Glass Wall Systems have been named the Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner in the prestigious competition’s Building Products category.
April 22, 2015 - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level.
March 24, 2015 - The Small Business Challenge is back, shining a spotlight on Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs and the challenges they face. The annual contest is an opportunity for Canadian small business owners to showcase their unique business ideas to a nationwide audience and get help overcoming the barriers standing in their way.
If you are an architectural glass and aluminum glazing contractor, a fabricator of glass products or a manufacturer of aluminum architectural metal products, it’s looking like you are in for one wild ride in 2015.
As urban noise levels have steadily increasing over the past two decades, window, door and sealed glazing unit manufacturers have done a remarkably good job in their efforts to improve the acoustic performance of their products.
June 24, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has announced the release of a new Vacuum Insulating Glass Technical Bulletin on its webstore. The bulletin is intended to assist residential or commercial insulating glass and window manufacturers on the topic of vacuum insulating glazing (VIG).
March 25, 2015, Schaumberg, Il. - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, “Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum” and CW-10-15, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site."
March 9, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Two new Window Product Category Rules are available for public comment, one for a cradle to grave, business consumer EPD that covers only vertical windows.
Feb. 13, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable.
Jan. 30, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.
While the National Building Code is clear that testing and labelling fenestration products to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08) and the Canadian Supplement is mandatory for Part 9 buildings, the application of these standards to commercial fenestration products, in both Part 3 and Part 9 buildings, is less straightforward.
Dec. 10, 2014, Jenison, Mi. - Pleotint, LLC has announced that the Suntuitive interlayer is now listed on the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Approved Interlayer List for laminated glass.
It was May 9, 2013, and Sean Lloyd was about to have a very bad day. It was the day he was going to learn a lot more than he ever wanted to about wired glass.
July 17, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances.
May 29, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently updated a Technical Information Report (TIR) providing metal curtain wall designers with the necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into the process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures.

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