Advances in energy efficient architectural glazing
Finding ways to improve energy efficiency is one of the greatest challenges facing contemporary architecture. Deploying highly functional glass products and integrating energy-relevant products are effective ways to achieve optimum efficiency even in large- format glass façades. Façades have long moved beyond being just static shells providing weather protection at the interface of building interior and exterior. With good reason, they’re often compared to human skin, which indeed does have a protective role to play, but also adjusts dynamically to external conditions and thus maintains the body’s “ideal temperature."
Dorma acquires RFID entry manufacturer
April 17, 2014 - Dorma Americas has added a critical new element in its developing U.S. presence by acquiring Farpointe Data of Sunnyvale, Calif., one of the nation’s premier innovators in radio frequency identification (RFID) for access control. Acquired April 1, Farpointe Data enables Dorma to provide its customers with superior, integrated designs and enhanced performance from access readers, cards and tags. The acquisition reinforces Dorma’s reputation as a technological trendsetter in access design, technology and manufacturing.
IGMA partners with Top Glass
April 16, 2014 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has joined Top Glass as an association partner. Top Glass, taking place May 28 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., is Canada's new event for the commercial glazing trade. The IGMA will be listed as an association partner on all Top Glass materials and will staff a booth at the show where attendees can learn more about it.
Fenestration Forum: April 2014
Over the past two years I have had the opportunity and privilege to photograph and inspect a number of buildings that were constructed in the 1920s and 30s.
Editorial: April 2014
The old Chinese curse goes “May you live in interesting times.” It is certainly interesting times for the Canadian Glass Association right now, though it is my hope that the present upheaval will work out to be more of a blessing than a curse.
Top Glass announces keynote speaker
April 8, 2014 - Top Glass , Canada's new event for the commercial glazing industry, has announced its keynote speaker: Katherine Jacobs, director of research and development for the Ontario Construction Secretariat. Jacobs will present her talk, "Rising barometer: a look at intentions and conditions in Ontario's ICI construction industry" at 10 a.m. on May 29 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Top Glass SOLD OUT
March 10, 2014 - With still nearly three months to go before the event date, Top Glass, Canada's trade event for the ICI glazing industry, has sold out its initial allotment of booth space and surpassed organizers' goals for attendance registration. Canada's glaziers, glazing contractors, building envelope fabricators, building engineers and architects will be descending on the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., May 28, for a day of education, networking, product browsing and fun. Top Glass is made possible by Gold Sponsor Tremco, Silver Sponsors Alumicor and Dow Corning, and association partners the Canadian Glass Association and the Ontario Glass and Metal Association.
Window-wall ratio amendment fails
Feb. 24, 2014 - The ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 189.1 Workgroup has officially voted down changes that would have reduced the standard's allowable window-to-wall ratio to 25 per cent. The 189.1 standard is ASHRAE's green building standard for high-performance, sustainable buildings and is being developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the body that oversees LEED certification. With the defeat of the amendment, the window/wall ratio in 189.1 remains at 40 per cent.