Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Anisotropy, as opposed to isotropy, means that a material exhibits properties with different values when measured in different directions. In architectural glass, anisotropy relates to a visual effect caused by the presence of polarized light, the birefringent property of the glass and the mechanical stresses in the glass due to heat treatment. Louis Moreau believes the industry can improve on those aspects, with the long-term goal of aesthetic improvements for glass panels. This presentation will explain the fundamentals of anisotropy, when buildings are more susceptible to it, how to quantify it, and ultimately how to minimize it.
Building designers and glazing contractors are holding opposite ends of the same problem. Designers need a reliable method to evaluate contractors to ensure their technical expertise and good business practices. Reputable contractors need a trusted way to prove their bona fides to designers, separating themselves from those who cut corners and cut and run on contracts. This presentation takes a look at one existing solution to this problem: third-party certification of contractors and glaziers through the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council, a not-for-profit industry organization operating throughout North America. Through voluntary compliance with its best practices, monitored by rigorous testing and reporting, the AGMCC seeks to create a standard that will lift the fog on bid processes and raise the bar of professionalism across the industry.
Advances in bent glass are inspiring architects to ever-bolder heights of design, but methods for testing and certifying these complex components are still in their infancy. In this presentation, Elie Alkhoury of Can-Best describes his groundbreaking work to assess the design of an overseas landmark building with curved insulating glass units, including assessment of seal durability on full-scale mock-ups. ASTM E2188 was adopted as the basis of evaluation with some bells and whistles added.
It’s Canada’s largest real estate market, and it has rules all its own. Toronto codes and standards are finally acknowledging the importance of building envelope in overall energy conservation measures. Yet highly glazed buildings continue to be in demand and have to respond to the more stringent requirements. This presentation will focus on Toronto’s TGSV3 requirements, explaining what facade designers have to do to meet both mandatory and stretch targets. We’ll also look at proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code and evaluate systems, assemblies, and components for highly glazed buildings and what it takes to achieve higher performance targets.
The London Free Press is reporting that Chinese glass manufacturer Xinyi is looking at four Ontario communities – London, Stratford, Welland and Amherstburg – as potential locations for a new $450 million float glass plant. Xinyi is searching for a new location after its application for bylaw ammendments was turned down by Guelph-Eramosa township over concerns about water use.
In its fall economic statement, the federal government has announced its intention to allow businesses to write off the entire cost of machinery used for manufacturing and processing the same year it is put into use. This is up from the 25-per cent writeoff allowed in the first year presently.
Fenestration B.C. has shut down its Red Seal glazier training program and the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta has put its Master Glazier program on hiatus, in both cases due to lack of enrollment.
The 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference will take place March 3 - 5, 2019 in Las Vegas. TheConference provides a forum for more than 500 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts to connect and discuss critical issues and important trends to take our industry, our workforce and the built environment tothe next level.
The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council held its first-ever annual general meeting in Chicago on Nov. 7 and 8. About 50 glazing contractors, union representatives, industry suppliers, general contractors, architects, consultants and trade media gathered in the Willis Tower at the offices of the AGMCC's law firm. Over two days of meetings, the group heard updates on the organization's progress in developing its third-party-accredited programs for certifying glazing contractors and individual glaziers to high standards of integrity and quality. 
Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass, president of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association, has issued a statement criticizing the recently announced cancellation of funding for several large institutional projects by the Doug Ford PC government in Ontario.
The PC government of Ontario elected earlier this year has announced it will "wind down" the Ontario College of Trades, set all journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios to one-to-one and put a moratorium on adding new compulsory trade classifications or reclassifying existing classifications. It has also promised an unspecified "replacement model for the regulation of the skilled trades and apprenticeship system" by early 2019. 
Six years since we launched Top Glass, it now seems apparent that a lot of other people in other places were noting the same need for industry education and networking events.
WinDoor, Fenestration Canada's trade show taking place Dec. 5 - 7 at the Quebec City Convention Centre, will encourage architectural glass contractors and fabricators to attend with exhibitors and education sessions focused on the aluminum side of the industry in addition to the traditional lineup of residential window and door suppliers and educators. Working in partnership with the Quebec fenestration association, AVFQ, which serves both sides of the industry, Fenestration Canada will offer bilingual education sessions on such topics as fire-resistant glazing, new non-reflective glass treatments and other subjects of interest to those involved with storefront, curtainwall and commercial windows and doors.
Don Ward, former president of Griffin Glass in Calgary and long-time leader in the Glass and Architectural Metals Association (GAMA), passed away unexpectedly at the age of 75 on Sept. 3. Ward began his career with PPG and became famous for his tireless volunteer work both in glass associations and provincial and national construction associations. 
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has begun a review of its 2013 decision to impose tariffs on Chinese curtainwall imports to Canada. The tariffs are due to expire on Nov. 11. According to the CITT notice, the tariffs will only be renewed if the Canadian Border Services Agency determines expiry of the tariffs will "result in the continuation or resumption of dumping and subsidizing of the subject goods." If the tariffs are renewed, they will remain in place for another five years.
North American Contractor Certification beta tested its Architectural Glass and Metal Technician test Aug. 15 in Buffalo, N.Y., in front of experts from Finishing Trades Institute and some curious onlookers from Canada. Michael Fitzgerald of FTI walked the group through the proposed test and took questions and suggestions. Some discussion followed of the AGMT program, it's potential role in Canada and steps NACC might take to inform the industry about it.
Glass Canada sat down with Nathalie Thibault of Prelco, Insulating Glass Manufacters Alliance president, at the recent Summer Conference in Vancouver for a quick talk about the conference and the future direction of the association.
The Certification Committee of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance met Aug. 1 at the IGMA Summer Conference in Vancouver. Committee members and attendees heard about some major changes - both recent and upcoming - to how we evaluate and certify insulating glass units.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance held its Summer Conference on July 31 through August 2 in Vancouver. The event attracted over 100 insulating glass fabricators for three days of informative presentations and discussion.
Facade Tectonics held its first-ever Forum event in Vancouver on July 30, welcoming around 100 glass industry professionals to the glitzy new Marriot Parq downtown for a day of high-level discussion and education. The crammed schedule included six presentations by multiple presenters with ample time for questions after, attracting lots of input from the audience. Talk around the room during breaks suggested a great deal of satisfaction with the quality of the speakers and the content. The event was held in conjunction with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conference, which started the following day.
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