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Jan. 15, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced future 2019 and 2020 conference dates and locations, currently available on the AAMA Events web page. Early bird registration is now open for February's AAMA 2019 Annual Conference in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California, but AAMA events' sites and dates for the rest of 2019 and into 2020 are now also available.
Registration is now open for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 25-28, 2019, in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. The early bird rate is guaranteed through Jan. 28, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit immediately will follow the conference in the same location. Separateregistrationis required.Keynote Speaker Kevin McCarthy, author of "BlindSpots – Why Good People Make Bad Choices," will teach how to identify blind spots and mitigate their impact at work and at home. As a result, those at his presentation will walk away more able to "make better, more ethical decisions and enjoy better communications and deeper relationships," according to McCarthy. He will present the conference's keynote address as well as lead a related roundtable discussion.Another expert speaker will cover a wide breadth of topics, including the current skilled labor shortage and international trade. John Manzella, who will host a one-hour discussion open to all conference participants called "Labor, Skills and Workforce." Manzella also will lead an executive leadership roundtable about international business and trade policy in a session open to AAMA members only. Manzella previously presented on the economy at the AAMA 2018 Summer Conference.Optional events at the conference will include the Rich and Diane Walker Cup golf tournament on the Indian Wells Golf Course, an ATV desert experience, a "Legends and Icons" tour, and a cooking demo with the hotel's culinary chef. In honor of Kim Flanary, AAMA also is hosting a 5K run/walk to honor his lifetime of leadership. Trophies will be awarded for runners and walkers in first, second and third places.Conference participants are invited to the annual awards banquet the night of Feb. 26, which has the classic Hollywood theme "Lights, Camera, AAMA!"More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA website,https://aamanet.org.
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 Board of Directors of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now being received for the 2019 Awards for Excellence. There are two awards, one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design and one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution. The deadline for submissions is March 15.
One of IGMA’s main strategic activities is supporting leading-edge research supporting the insulating glass industry. Past R&D activities include the 25-year field correlation study, a validation of the spark-emission spectrography device which is now the basis of measuring gas content for certification programs, and the gas permeability project.
National activities of the Canadian Glass Association are on hiatus pending discussions of a new direction for the association. To help chart a course forward, please contact David Langton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
National activities of the Canadian Glass Association are on hiatus pending discussions of a new direction for the association.
Oct. 17, 2018 - Earlier this year, the Boards of Directors for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) began formal discussions with the goal of creating a new unified organization that can better serve the North American fenestration industry. The initiative is based on the recommendation of a joint AAMA and IGMA Exploratory Team after 12 months of careful thought and collaboration.
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.
Last October, the PC government of Ontario 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.
Congratulations to Frank Fulton who is celebrating his 10th year writing the You Bet Your Glass column on our back page. He’s been in this magazine longer than I have! Frank is a precious resource to this publication because he combines a deep knowledge of this industry – gleaned from a lifetime working in it as a contractor and supplier – with a really high level of writing ability. That’s incredibly rare. I barely need to touch his copy.
A church in Guam. The airport at Anchorage, Alaska. The Great Wave piece that everyone sees arriving from international destinations at Vancouver International Airport.
At the tender age of 12, Ted Redlarski ran his first business: a small shop repairing bikes. It was a first money-maker. Later, while still in college (age 19), he became one of the youngest company presidents in his native Poland to helm a construction company.
As 2017 approaches, the name of Ottawa’s oldest, largest and most diversified glass company is taking on new meaning. Centennial Glass is about to enter the second half of its first century – it’s 50th anniversary – and it’s thriving under careful management that welcomes new efficiencies while maintaining quality workmanship and excellence in customer service.
There was a chocolate cake on a side table at the Glass 8 office at the eastern edge of Winnipeg. It said ‘Congratulations, Glass 8’ in blue icing. It was explained that the cake was a gift from a client. Not bad for a Thursday.

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