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CGA Newsletter: February 2015

February 10, 2015  By CGA

The CGA’s Glass Connections event program

Canadian Glass Association
The CGA’s Glass Connections event program, taking place June 3 and 4 in Saskatoon, is almost full. Below are two excerpt presentations that will be given.

“The Evolution of Glass and High-Performance Coatings” will be presented by Guardian. This one-hour interactive presentation provides an overview of the basics of glass and its manufacturing process. It discusses various types of low-E technologies available in the market and defines relevant energy terms. The presentation also uses a case study format and shows multiple project examples to discuss current trends in glass usage, application and important design considerations.

“Sealant Technology: Urethanes vs. silicones” will be presented by Scott Waechter of Dow Corning. Waechter will speak about the differences in sealant technologies available in the market and why the trend over the past decade is toward the use of more silicone sealants. He will also speak about proper building joint design, best practices in sealant installation, silicone in structural glazing, sealant testing and IG sealants.  Additional topics include air/vapour barriers and silicone transition strips, LEED and high-performance insulation for curtain walls.


Opportunities are now open to sponsor and exhibit at CGA Glass Connections 2015. Make sure to put your request in early. Registration for attendees is also open.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
New this year, we want to formally recognize some of the great work done by companies in the architectural glass and metal industry with an Award of Excellence. This is your chance to blow your own horn and show off some of the great projects you’ve done.

Awards will be bestowed for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design and for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution. The Awards for Excellence are annual awards that recognize excellence in the design and execution of a non-residential building that incorporates the use of architectural glass and metal. One award will be presented in each category.

Any member of the OGMA in good standing may submit as many nominations as they wish. Projects nominated will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of one OGMA director and two practicing architects. Submittals for nominations must include a minimum of 10 photographs of the nominated project and a comprehensive description of between 200 and 500 words. Submissions should be sent in digital format, accompanied by high resolution, print-quality photos.

The following criteria must be met in order for a project to be considered:

  • Nominations must be made on the official nomination form, which must be completely filled out.
  • The project must be located within the province of Ontario.
  • The project architect must be registered with the OAA.
  • The glazing contractor must be registered as a business in Ontario.
  • The project must have been completed within the last five years.
  • Nominations must be made by a member in good standing of the Ontario Glass & Metal Association; however, the glazing contractor and the architectural/design firm need not be.
  • Members are not restricted in the number of nominations submitted.
  • The project must incorporate glazing systems from North American manufacturers.
  • Projects nominated need not be large; nominations can be made for portions of a project.
  • Nominations will be judged upon:
  • Unique, pleasing or complex design or features.
  • Level of difficulty in design.
  • Level of difficulty in execution and the quality of fabrication and installation, as indicated in the photos provided.
  • Incorporation of elements of sustainable design.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is February 25, 2015.

The architectural firm and glazing contractor selected to receive an award will be notified on March 6, 2015.

The awards will be presented at the Top Glass Conference on April 15, 2015. Award recipients are encouraged to attend the show to receive their award and to present the highlights of the winning nominations to show attendees.

Don’t be shy.  Make sure to get your submission in.

We are also looking for nominations for contributors to our industry and our association that you feel have stood out and should be recognized with the OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award.  You’ll be receiving a nomination form in January and we’d truly appreciate your proposal.

Once again we are heading off to Woodbine Racetrack for an evening of outstanding dining, camaraderie, and wagering on huge four-legged beasts at our traditional Race Nite. It’s all going to happen in mid-April and when we have the date nailed down our members will be getting a notice sent directly to their computers.

You can mark Thursday, May 28, in your calendar and plan on being at the Piper’s Heath Golf Club for the OGMA Spring Golf. 

 After a year of preparation, the OGMA/WSPS safety manual is now ready for use by the metal and glass industry.  The manual was created by qualified health and safety professionals and is a timesaving tool enabling glass shops to establish their own company program. Not only will this support a company’s efforts to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses, it will also lower costs and time related to WSIB claims. Additionally, the health and safety manual provides proof of compliance with the new OHSA Regulation 297/13.

Reminder to all Ontario manufacturers: the Ministry of Labour has announced that all workplaces governed by the Occupational Health & Safety Act must provide training for supervisors and workers by July 1, 2014, and that the training must meet the specific requirements set out in the regulation. The training must include instruction in seven key areas for workers and six key areas for supervisors. It is imperative that your company satisfies these requirements as penalties will be imposed on those that have not complied. If you still have not trained your staff, contact the OGMA to find out how to access the courses you need

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