Event reports
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 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.
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.
Mar. 9, 2017 -  Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to announce that TransCanada Corporation has returned for the third year as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).
Mar. 9, 2017 - Glass Connections is a highly-focused educational and networking event for glaziers, architects, engineers, designers, spec writers, commercial construction contractors and building owners.
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. 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.
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.
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released its keynote lineup for the upcoming Building Envelope Conference (BEC) taking place Feb. 6 to 8 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Early bird registration for the conference expires Dec. 31.
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