Our big skylight - Parliament Hill West Block project review

Our big skylight - Parliament Hill West Block project review

As part of the current Parliament Buildings rehabilitation being performed by PCL Constructors Canada

A window on learning - Lazaridis Hall, Laurier University project review

A window on learning - Lazaridis Hall, Laurier University project review

The newest landmark building on the campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.

A gentler factory - Passive House Factory project review

A gentler factory - Passive House Factory project review

BC Passive House (BCPH) Factory is an “all-wood construction” demonstration project

High-tech heritage - Wellington Building project review

High-tech heritage - Wellington Building project review

Melding stunning historic elements with safety and high environmental standards are the hallmarks of the recent renovation of the Wellington Building

Feb. 13, 2018 -  HHH Tempering Resources (HHH), and glass edging and polishing equipment provider, Hiseng, are anticipating 2018’s glass fabrication needs with a new product partnership.
Lift it, tilt it and store is safely with these innovative handling solutions.
Feb. 2, 2018 - OROShazaGLAS Kft. is a flat glass processor in 100 % Hungarian property, which is on a growth course. Located 20 kilometers away from the Rumanian border, approximately 170 employees process high-class flat glass to unique end products. In addition, the company has a technical office and an assembly team in Budapest. Founded in 1995 (roots are going back to 1974), the company generates a yearly turnover of 12 million Euros. 70% of the products are exported.
Feb. 2, 2018 -  C.R. Laurence is making progress on multiple facility expansions at its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
Jan. 16, 2018 - AGC Glass Europe is launching Stratobel Colour - A new range of coloured laminated glass products combining trendy looks with safety.
Jan. 18, 2018 - LiSEC set itself the target of developing the most efficient cutting table for flat glass. The result speaks for itself: The brand new high-performance machine in the new LiSEC design with the name SprintCut cuts flat glass automatically and quickly thanks to the state-of-the-art motive power engineering.
Jan. 16, 2018 -  AMETEK Land, working in partnership with furnace monitoring system manufacturer SVA Industrie Fernseh (SVA), has developed a new housing and pneumatic auto-retraction system for AMETEK Land’s renowned NIR-B (Near Infrared Borescope) Glass thermal imaging solution for glass furnace applications.
Jan. 4, 2018 - Technical Glass Products’ (TGP) new Fireframes TimberLine Series fire-rated frames won two architecture industry awards since their introduction in April. Heralded for its ability to combine the look of wood with fire resistance, the groundbreaking product secured accolades as an Architectural Products magazine “Product Innovation Award” winner and as a Building Design +Construction “Top 101 Product of the Year,” in the Glass and Glazing category.
Dec. 12, 2017 -  Apex Aluminum Extrusions is proud to welcome its newest team member, Ken Rowson in the role of Director of Sales for their Apex Facade Systems division. He will responsible for developing sales strategies, assisting in product design and leading all sales efforts for Apex’s architectural glazing system.
Dec. 12, 2017 - EVERLAM has announced the launch of EVERLAM SUPER TOUGH, its new stiff PVB solution and a key addition to its portfolio of quality products and services.
AGC Asahi Glass and Kinestral Technologies, maker of Halio smart-tinting glass, have announced the creation of three joint venture companies that will sell, distribute, and service Halio to the global market.
Nov. 24, 2017 - On November 3rd, AGC Flat Glass Italia officially inaugurated its new float line in Cuneo. After a cold repair process of three months and an investment of around 25 million euros, the new float presents high-end technologies that will enhance the plant's productivity and its environmental impact in addition to improving the performance of the existing product ranges produced in Cuneo. The opening ceremony was attended by the AGC Group President and CEO, Takuya Shimamura, the Regional President - Building & Industrial Glass Europe, Philippe Bastien, representatives of the local authorities and the press.
Feb. 22, 2018 - Dr. Chuck Black of the U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory will discuss his groundbreaking method for etching glass at molecular scales to make surfaces non-reflective, water-repellent and condensation-resistant. It’s science fiction that is entering the real world. Join us at Top Glass April 17 at the International Centre in Mississauga.
Feb. 21, 2018 -  Janice Yglesias has been promoted to be the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) executive vice president, as approved by the association's board of directors. Yglesias previously served as association services director before taking on this new position.
Thin glass – as thin as a razor blade or a human hair – has new applications in protecting smartphone touchscreens, sensitive filters and sensors. Yet despite its extreme thinness, recent advances have rendered it also highly resilient and scratch-proof. The flexibility and bending properties of the new thin-glass products may permit totally new applications in architecture, mobility and other industries.
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association has announced that nominations are now being received for the 2018 Awards for Excellence. There are two awards, one for Excellence in Architectural Glass and Metal Design and one for Excellence in Architectural Glass and Metal Execution.
As we start a new year, the CGA board has decided it is time for a new mission and focus for the association. We are determined to deliver value for our members and do what we can as a national association to help the architectural glass industry across the country.
Feb. 5, 2018 - The National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, and the Glass Association of North America (GANA) are now one, united voice representing the flat glass and glazing industry. The associations embarked on the combination quest in Spring 2017 with the NGA and GANA memberships voting to approve the deal in less than a year. The newly combined association will be known as the National Glass Association; a name change will be considered within two years of the Closing Date. The GANA name will remain on technical documents and related materials during this period.
Under the theme "The more things change, the less they are the same," the annual conference of the Quebec fenestration association, AVFQ, will take place from February 14 to 16 at the Bonne Entente in the authentic and historic city of Quebec. The programming of this conference is under the theme of the future and the transformations that our industry will experience in the coming years. Thus, the confrence will inform and clarify concepts and practices that are likely to have an impact on working methods in the near future.
Jan 12, 2018 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was honored to receive the 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award on Wednesday, as presented by World Vision at the humanitarian organization's 18th Annual Crystal Vision Award Breakfast during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando. World Vision's Partnership Award is given each year to a company within the industry that has partnered with the organization's Storehouse Program for a minimum of three to five years.
Jan. 10, 2018 -  The Integration Task Force established by the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Topeka, KS and the National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, identified its guiding principles to ensure continuance of the important work by the Glass Association of North America (GANA) committee volunteers once the combination becomes effective early in 2018.
Jan. 4, 2017 - The Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association (AGMCA) has named Noel Marsella as its new executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Dec. 6, 2017 -  Registration for the IGMA Winter Conference is now open on the IGMA Website. The conference features the technical essentials vital to the growth of the insulating glass industry, as well as the top level industry networking unsurpassed by any other conference. Furthermore, it features a scenic desert vista in Tucson, Arizona at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Register now to attend the conference held January 31st through February 2nd. A meeting of the Insulating Glazing Certification Council (IGCC) occurs earlier in the week at the same location.
Nov. 1, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, for the AAMA 81st Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 19-22, 2018, at the Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Studios. While making travel arrangements, please note that this is the first conference AAMA is hosting with the association's new Monday through Thursday conference schedule, as opposed to the previous Sunday through Wednesday timeframe.
Glass Performance Days, a biennial conference held in Tampere, Finland, has released an entire online book full of educational articles provided by its session presenters. The 457-page document contains 91 white papers, each connected to an educational seminar that took place at its 25th event in June last year. The papers discuss just about every imaginable topic in the architectural glass industry.
In our northern climates, where temperatures can plummet to -30 C and colder, consumers can see an increase in glass breakage in their windows.  This year in the Ottawa area, an unprecedented number of glass breakages have been reported with temperatures in the -39 C range with intense sun for days on end. It’s a chilly time.
When it’s time to take IG production to the next level, fabricators can consider integrating automated spacer production into their process. It’s a big investment of money, space and training time, but a big payoff in reduced inventory, supply control and input costs.
Oct. 12, 2017 - The pursuit of safer, more environmentally friendly roadways and sidewalks shifted into another gear with the first public installation of low-wattage, energy-producing tempered glass solar panels manufactured by Solar Roadways topped with low-iron Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Glaston Corporation has closed a deal with U.S based Trulite Glass & Aluminium Solutions for a FC Series jumbo-size tempering furnace. The order is part of Glaston third-quarter expected order intake. The line will be delivered to the customer by the end of this year.
Carbon fibre composite remains too expensive and slow to process for widespread use as a building material. But trends both on the supply and demand side are perhaps bringing it closer to feasibility. The material’s strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion-resistance and low thermal conductivity make it an intriguing possibility for very high-end projects demanding low sight lines, big glass and good thermal performance.
July 28, 2017 - Many applications for building inspection...
June 15, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new white paper created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council that discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures. AMC-2-26, "Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures," is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download.
Let’s take a look at the recent great work by our Technical Services Committee, chaired by Jeff Haberer of Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions.
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.  
Feb. 20, 2018 - EllisDon is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Chaplin to the role of Vice-President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE).
Feb. 20, 2018 - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce its commitment to support the development of the "AI-powered Supply Chain Supercluster", of which it is a participant, with expertise and knowledge transfer. This is one of five superclusters selected to receive additional funding from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI).
Being sophisticated and therefore a dedicated reader of You Bet Your Glass, you’re undoubtedly aware of what has been transpiring with the Construction Lien Act (CLA) in Ontario over the past four years through my updates, whining and rants on the subject. For those of you who are new, here’s a brief refresher.
Any workplace setting is bound to have at least one employee living with an injury or disability. But it doesn’t matter whether that employee’s injury or disability happened at work, at home, or somewhere in between. Employees do not have to be on worker’s compensation in order for employers to have a duty to accommodate disability.
As we kick off the new year I’m excited to begin this column.  The window industry is changing and we are seeing unprecedented pressure to manufacture better windows with lower U-values. However, along with this pressure there are many opportunities. At the WinDoor show held in November at the International Centre in Mississauga there were many great presentations regarding the trends in our industry.
I’m writing this at the start of the new year, which always seems like a good time to take the 30,000-foot view and try to get a sense of where things stand before we drive ahead. Just about everyone I talk to is busier than they want to be, which leaves the question of whether it’s time for investment in the business or to stuff money in the mattress for the inevitable rainy day. Oil prices are still low, so this little boom probably owes more to the surging American economy and its spillover effect on Canada.
Feb. 5, 2018 - The Marvin Family of Brands invites architects in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Israel to submit their work to the annual Marvin Architects Challenge, which honors outstanding residential and commercial design projects that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity. Architects can submit their entries to marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Matt Kreilich, AIA, Takashi Yanai, FAIA and Jane Frederick, FAIA, ASID for a chance at national recognition and other rewards.
Feb. 1, 2018 - When workers are impaired on the job, whether by fatigue, use of drugs, or consumption of alcohol, it can have serious consequences. To help workplaces take steps to address the issue of impairment, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace.
Jan. 24, 2018 - Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel the benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. A clean energy future includes federal investments in innovation to drive economic growth, reduce environmental impact and create new, clean technology jobs for Canadians.
Jan. 24, 2018 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that an agreement has been reached in Tokyo to secure Canada's continued participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.
Jan. 16, 2018 - The jury is in! Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva Color System for laminated glass, announced today the five jury members for its 2018 Vanceva World of Color Awards international design recognition program.All projects will be judged by this international jury of renowned industry professionals representing the architectural and design industries.
Jan. 10, 2018 -  The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 7.7% to $7.7 billion in November, the first decrease in three months. Nationally, the value of permits for all building components declined, with the exception of single-family dwellings.
Nov. 3, 2017 -  The Physical Test Steering Committee of the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program, began development of conceptual test apparatuses at a meeting held on September 20, in Hanover, MD. The apparatuses will be used by future AGMT certification applicants to demonstrate their proficiency in fundamental physical glazing skills and abilities; the physical test element of the certification exam.
The IGMA Summer Conference in Montreal heard about the significant progress our many active committees and task groups are making. Here’s a look at some highlights.
At the Canadian Glass Association’s 2017 Glass Connections in Burnaby, B.C., CGA past president Jim Brady announced new code changes to a room full of people largely unaware of the changes. “The Canadian Glass Association needs to get involved with code changes so we can get them revised and not rely on other codes,” said Brady.
Aug. 24, 2017 - The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), the leading provider of independent IG certification globally, along with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is pleased to announce a new program to advance the long-term performance of insulating glass units.
Aug. 24, 2017 - The North American Contractor Certification (NACC) is pleased to announce its latest certified organization. U.S. Glass, Inc. of West Sacramento, California became the 16th company to acquire certification after going through the ANSI accredited 3rd party NACC program.
Aug. 3, 2017 - The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program, a third-party, personnel certification initiative being developed by Administrative Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), held a steering committee meeting in Chicago on July 20, to develop the basic design for a mechanism that will provide validation of glaziers’ fundamental knowledge and skills.
Aug. 3, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard water penetration test method when it comes to using dynamic pressure. AAMA 501.1-17, the "Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain walls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure," establishes the equipment and procedures for testing.
July 13, 2017 - ASTM International’s committee on glass and glass products (C14) is creating a standard that will help clean and restore glass windows, doors, and other architectural glass used in modern buildings. People involved in related industries including glass manufacturing, glazing companies, and maintenance/restoration contractors are invited to participate in the development of the proposed standard (WK58123, Practice for Cleaning Architectural Flat Glass).
June 23, 2017 - The development of the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program has reached a milestone with the formation of a 27-member steering committee that met for the first time in a 2-hour teleconference on Thursday, June 15. The program, a third-party, personnel certification initiative, is being developed by Administrative Management Systems, Inc. (AMS, Inc.) and is sponsored by the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) International. The committee is comprised of a balanced representation of industry experts from three major stakeholder segments: glaziers, glazing contractors, and the user community consisting of manufacturers, suppliers, architects, consultants and spec writers.
June 7, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has launched a new website intended to increase ease of usability for members and other visitors. The site’s address has not changed, and can still be located at aamanet.org. Join AAMA for a short, complimentary webinar to learn more about the site’s new features on July 18.
April 6, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provides a standard laboratory procedure for exterior shading devices and the project-specific evaluation of downward static ice and snow loads, and impacts on them from falling ice or snow. AAMA 514-16, the "Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices," uses sandbags to simulate downward loads from ice and snow to test shading devices.
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.

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