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Nov. 8, 2019 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 6.5% to $8.3 billion in September, largely due to declines in the residential sector. Gains were reported in four provinces, with the largest increase in Alberta (+7.2% to $1.0 billion). The largest decline was in Quebec (-20.5% to $1.5 billion), mostly due to a drop in the value of permits for multi-family dwellings.
Oct. 18, 2019 - When partners Keith Ferguson and Peter Neudorf, Sr., founded Ferguson Neudorf Glass in 1986, they leveraged over 50 years of glazing experience. Today the company is one of Canada’s largest commercial glazing contractors, and the first to become NACC certified. Ferguson Neudorf has completed prestigious and high performing building envelope projects across Canada and the U.S. Ferguson Neudorf attained NACC certification in July 2015 and was recertified in March 2019.
Oct. 10, 2019 - The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 6.1% to $9.0 billion in August, largely because of increases in multi-family and industrial permits. Gains were reported in seven provinces, with over one-third of the national increase in Quebec.
Three quick facts: one, Baby boomers are getting older; two, the average age of a construction worker in Canada is 42; three, 69 per cent of contractors in Ontario expect to have difficulty finding skilled workers this year.
It’s no secret that getting young people into any of the skilled trades can present a significant challenge. From disinterested students to parents pushing only university and guidance counsellors that don’t recommend the career path, the skilled trades have their share of roadblocks. The glazier industry is no exception.
There are productivity impacts from distraction.
Sept. 12, 2019 - The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 3.0% to $8.3 billion in July, largely due to increases in multi-family and commercial permits. Gains were reported in five provinces, with over one-third of the national increase in British Columbia. Quebec reported the largest decrease, down 4.0% to $1.6 billion due to lower construction intentions in all components of the non-residential sector.
Sept. 5, 2019 - The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) is to available to businesses in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. It provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises with between 1 and 499 employees for retrofit projects.
Sept. 4, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Aluminum Material Council has developed a new web page and infographic, providing information about the strength, recyclability and versatility of aluminum, as well as its costs.
In the last edition we found that starting benchmark values used by glass manufacturers to calculate energy surcharges were far lower than what the actual costs were at the beginning of the surcharge program in 2002, meaning that surcharges can be vastly overstated and will likely run into eternity.
People work better when they own their jobs.
July 3, 2019 - Business investment—key to raising living standards for Canadians—has declined in two-thirds of the non-government sectors that comprise the Canadian economy in recent years, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
May 10, 2019 - Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in March, up 2.1% from February. The increase was attributable to higher construction intentions in Western Canada.
May 1, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the "AAMA 2018/2019 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast." This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2010 through 2018 and forecast data for 2019 through 2021 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2019.
I’m sick and tired of being gouged.  Administration fees, facility fees, set up fees, convenience charges, baggage fees, event service fees…call them what you will, they’re all just a means of digging into your pocket in an underhanded and unethical way. 
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