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

Oct. 12, 2017 - Condat Corp. and Renite have reached the closing date of the agreement giving Condat possession of the Renite lubricant activity.
Oct. 11, 2017 - Vitro Architectural Glass announced that it has hired William Davis as productivity manager and technical services engineer in support of the company’s Intercept stainless steel spacer system technology.
Sept. 29, 2017 - Dymax Corporation has launched the BlueWave MX-250 - the next evolution in LED flood-curing systems, offering unique curing flexibility and expansion capabilities in a smaller unit. Designed with an extremely user-friendly touchscreen interface, this system offers higher, more consistent curing intensities covering a 50mm x 50mm active curing area to guarantee optimal cures for manufacturers.
Sept. 27, 2017 - Intermac enjoyed a tremendous show at GlassBuild 2017 from Sept. 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, showcasing the latest version of the Master Series CNC work centers and both Genius RS-A and Genius CT-Red Cutting Table at Booth 2837. Among the exciting enhancements displayed for the NEW Master Series: greater tool change capacity offering up to 53 tool change positions (3-, 4- and 5-axis options) along with new safety door design and user friendly Windows 7 compatible software. Attendees had the chance to see the Master 33.3 in action as we drilled, cut and profiled glass samples. The Genius RS-A delivers extremely quick acceleration rates for more throughput. Intermac’s Genius range of cutting tables delivers precision, speed and high quality at an affordable price. Our entry level machines come standard with features normally only found on high-end machines: Windows Based Software for ease of use and interface to facility software; GCR – Low-E coating removal system (optional); Loading Tilt System for loa-ding heavy glass. The Genius CT-Red at GlassBuild had an automatic label printer and deposition system to automate the placing of plastic labels on glass. The plastic label and accompanying ink will withstand all water based processes such as inline edging and washing. The Genius CT-Red is a high-performance solution able to handle persona-lized machining operations and interface with pre- and post-cut automation systems. Featuring software that is pioneering in terms of its easy use and performance, the Genius CT-Red also comes equipped with a patented tool-holder magazine and top quality components. For more informationwww.intermac.com
Sept. 25, 2017 -  Technoform Bautec introduces low-conductivity, polyamide pressure plate options to improve thermal performance in curtain wall systems, which contributes to achieving commercial buildings' energy-efficiency, wellness and sustainability goals.
SALEM Flat Glass & Mirror has announced it has teamed up with IGis and Ashton Industrial. Constantly looking to improve both the quality and variety of our products and services in our already robust portfolio, we will immediately begin offering these companies’ products – insulated glass lines and seaming/pre-tempering equipment, to our customers.
Sept. 11, 2017 - On Thursday, September 7th GLASTRONiC, a subsidiary of the LiSEC Group, celebrated its first anniversary and at the same time opened the new 1,165 m² production hall. Around 100 customers, suppliers and employees of the LiSEC Group took part in this event at Oroszlány, Hungary.
Sept. 7, 2017 - North American glass fabricators now have additional choices for precision glass drilling. Starting August 2017, HHH Tempering Resources (HHH) is adding an Automatic Glass Drilling Machine to their product line-up.
Sept. 7, 2017 - H.B. Fuller Company has announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a leading manufacturer of high-value specialty adhesives and sealants. This business consistently delivers industry-leading growth rates, EBITDA margins, and free cash flow that are expected to enhance H.B. Fuller’s position as a global leader in the adhesives industry.
Aug. 24, 2017 -  Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces STABUTHERM greases for rolling bearings in the automotive, beverage, glass and ceramics industries.
Aug. 24, 2017 - The new insulating glass line Velocity combines above-average quality and a high output. With a cycle time of only 16 seconds in the version Velocity Plus, the high-speed line manages the flash production of double insulating glass units in the dimension 900x600mm (triple glass units with only 26 seconds) with hot-melt sealing – this is the fastest plant for this type of processing currently available on the market. This short cycle time complies with the market requirements especially for series insulating glass producers in the USA, Great Britain and South Korea.
Aug. 24, 2017 - CRL-U.S. Aluminum has announced the launch of its new Mojave Series Advanced Thermal Storefront and Entrance. The system will make its premiere at GlassBuild America this September in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oct. 19, 2017 - The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E., and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers in Florida, presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." Lavrich is active in building code development in Florida and currently is performing inspections in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida last month just after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.
Oct. 17, 2017 - LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, was a topic of two workshops at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led a discussion about the social media platform called, "7 Actions You Can Take Today to Improve and Protect Your LinkedIn Profile."
Our showcase of some of the new technology on display in Atlanta.
If you’re a regular reader of “You Bet Your Glass,” you’re probably aware that I’ve been involved in the architectural glass and metal industry for quite some time now and that I expend some of my energy into supporting the cause of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association.
The CGA for the past few years has contracted GANA to act as our executive director and handle the day-to-day operations of the association. Under the new executive elected at the Annual General Meeting in Burnaby, B.C., in June, many cost-cutting measures were instiuted.
Irma came, saw and kicked some serious glass. Without a doubt, Hurricane Irma had a major impact on the 2017 GlassBuild America trade show held in Atlanta, Ga., from September 12 to 14. Attendance figures weren’t available at press time, however pretty much every attendee had some sort of flight casualty story including cancellations, major delays and insane landings.
Emotions were running a little higher than normal amid the fun of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association’s fall golf tournament Sept. 21 at The Country Club in Woodbridge, Ont. Frank Fulton of Fultech Fenestration Consulting was presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award by longtime friend andfellow award recipient, Ennio Rea of Trulite.
Oct. 3, 2017 - The Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, announced unanimous board approval for the combination of the two associations during GlassBuild America's Opening Session in Atlanta last month.
Sept. 14, 2017 - Day Three at GlassBuild America in Atlanta featured the "Best in Show" Awards, presented to six companies in recognition of their overall exhibit presence. Winners were chosen after review by an anonymous peer panel including sales, marketing, and operations professionals from the residential and commercial glass industries.
Sept. 14, 2017 - Day One at GlassBuild America kicked off with the Opening Session, which featured a dynamic message from keynote speaker and generational expert Cam Marston as well as an important announcement from the National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America (see event news below). The 12th Annual Glazing Executives Forum, Window & Door Dealer Days, and a full lineup of Express Learning educational sessions also highlighted Day One at GlassBuild America.
The Boards of Directors of the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Topeka, KS, and the National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, have unanimously approved combining the two associations into one, strong and unified voice for the glass and glazing industry. 
Sept. 7, 2017 - GlassBuild organizers have posted a message online updating the industry as to the status of the show in light of the approaching hurricane Irma. The show is still scheduled to go forward at this time.
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.  
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.
In August Glass Canada, we discussed the development of window wall systems and the relevant past and current building codes and standards.
It makes good business sense to take full advantage of continuing educational opportunities if you want to remain competitive. Training and education also improves employee morale and increases productivity, key elements in maximizing corporate profitability.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been in the news lately over her opposition to a modest three-storey high-rise development proposed in her posh Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. It’s a leafy suburb that is one of the few remaining areas in the city with big houses, big yards and relatively convenient access to the downtown core.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board says that—after conducting a multi-year engagement with experts and stakeholders—it is changing the way the board calculates employer premium rates, adding the process will be easier for employers to understand, and more accurately reflect the risks associated with operating their businesses.
Sept. 7, 2017 - Canadian municipalities issued $7.9 billion worth of building permits in July, down 3.5% from June and the first decrease since March 2017. Lower construction intentions for commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings were mainly responsible for the national decline. Seven provinces posted decreases, with the largest decline in Ontario.
Aug. 24, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is currently planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now, so that as many schedules as possible may be accommodated.
Aug. 10, 2017 - Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in June, up 2.5% from May and the second highest value on record. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings were mainly responsible for the national increase. All building components reported gains in June, except for single-family dwellings.
In the last edition I told you that the drafting of the new Ontario Construction Lien Act was well underway and that all but three of the recommendations contained in the Expert Review were being written into law. We also looked at how manipulation of the invoice submission schedule by owners will essentially make a farce of the prompt payment provisions and the underwhelming response by PPO. The unhappiness does not end there.
One of the defining characteristics of modern high-rise residential apartment building design in Canada today is window wall. Most systems in use today evolved from punched windows in double-wythe mass-masonry walls in the 1960s, beginning in the Greater Toronto Area. The original punched windows incorporated thermally broken, open-back, extruded aluminum frames.
Your showroom is the public face of your company. Too often in our industry, these areas take on the appearance of secondary storerooms for the unsold remnants of yesteryear, complete with dusty, out-of-date products haphazardly scattered amid poor lighting, flat decor, yesterday’s lunch garbage and a stack of boxes awaiting shipping.
You do good work, you take pride in your work and you want to be able to make a decent living doing it. So it’s infuriating when some jerk swoops in to a project with a bid you know to be incomplete, priced at a level you know to be unsustainable.
July 18, 2017 - Pomerleau is pleased to announce that it is investing in innovation to bring new business practices to market that will enhance quality in the construction industry across Canada. Pomerleau's investment will enable it to efficiently prequalify trade partners. The prequalification of trade partners is a common practice across North America, but a relatively new one in the province of Quebec.
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.
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.

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