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High power prices are a mixed blessing for the glass industry. This issue contains some ideas to help you find opportunity amid the struggle.
I recently had the good fortune to bump into an old crony, or should I say industry colleague, since women don’t often like being referred to as cronies, or old for that matter either.
New windows are typically evaluated for performance characteristics in laboratories for structural adequacy, resistance to air and water infiltration, ease of operation, and sometimes resistance to forced entry.
There are 30 Chinese government programs providing subsidies to Chinese unitized curtain wall manufacturers, and another 142 that may be providing indirect or “upstream” aid, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
For as long as the Ontario Glass and Metal Association and its predecessor, the Metro Toronto Glass Association have been in existence, making charitable donations to the benefit of childrens’ needs has been an ongoing top priority.
Facade engineering is a specialized building science discipline that focuses primarily on documentation, assessment and/or resolution of aesthetic, environmental and structural issues related to the building envelope.
A lot of people think manufacturing is always bad for the environment. It is time for us to educate them.
I have learned from firsthand experience that in situ testing of building enclosure systems often presents a number of technical and logistical challenges.
We all have heard for a long time that we are drawers of water and hewers of wood with little ability to add value to the resources we extract from our rich landscape.
June 18, 2013–The Canadian Glass Association will be holding its 2013 Annual General Meeting online for the fiscal year ending 2012 on June 27 at 1 p.m. EST. Yes, online. As the CGA membership is across Canada your association would like to try to include as many participants as possible.  So for the first time it will be holding this AGM via GoToWebinar. You will be able to see the presentations and hear the speakers, put your hand up (virtually) and you can ask a question.
May 1, 2013 —Effective April 1, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades general president James Williams officially retired from office. “There are no words to express just how much I have loved every minute of this job,” said Williams.“It has been my honour and privilege to serve the greatest membership in the labor movement. My thanks to those who have given me such incredible support over the years, and I will always cherish my time spent with my fellow members.”
May 1, 2013 – The Renovate by Berkowitz window retrofitting system has enabled 400 Market Street, a 12-storey building in Philadelphia, to reduce energy consumption in perimeter offices by over 50 per cent, according to results from a year-long energy study. According to project manager Thomas Culp, of Birch Point Consulting, the renovated north-facing office saw a 33 per cent reduction in total energy usage and the east-facing office saw a 53 per cent reduction.
Apr. 19, 2013 – When it comes to safety, Canadians trust expert industry approval. According to a recent survey commissioned by the Canadian Welding Bureau, 97 per cent of Canadians agree that construction work, including welding contractors and steel fabricators, should be overseen by a national organization and held to a common Canadian standard. CWB is the regulator of welding professionals and companies throughout Canada, and works to ensure that each project involving welding is completed and overseen by certified and accredited professionals.
March 28, 2013 - Saying the present apprenticeship system "works well," the Ontario College of Trades has left the apprentice-to-journeyperson ratio for the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician trade unchanged in its ratio review decision made Feb. 19. The ratio in Ontario remains at one apprentice allowed for the first journeyperson employed, then one additional apprentice for every two journeypersons employed thereafter. OCOT regulations regarding apprenticeships come into force April 8. The ratios will be reviewed again in 2016.
I may have mentioned in past articles my involvement with the Canadian Standards Association.
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