April 17, 2015 - Top Glass, Canada's conference event for the commercial glazing industry, smashed through expectations on April 15 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., with glaziers, fabricators and architects swarming an expanded show floor and education seminars packed to standing room only. The one-day event welcomed over 280 attendees from right across Canada, and attracted coverage by the U.S. trade press. The event was powered by strong support from industry suppliers, including Gold Sponsors Tremco and Alumicor, and Speaker Sponsors Erdman Automation and RavenBrick.In just its second year, Top Glass has shown remarkable growth. Compared to the inaugural event, show organizers recorded:
- 281 attendees up from 150 - 87 per cent increase
- 42 exhibitors up from 30 - 40 per cent increase
- 51 architects and building engineers - more than triple the number from 2014
- 135 glazing contractors and building envelope fabricators
- Total glass building professionals on the floor: 402
|Lively discussions were everywhere on the show floor. Many exhibitors commented on the high quality of the attendees.
Another new addition was the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's presentation of its Awards of Excellence. Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass, OGMA president, and Steve Gusterson of Alumicor, OGMA vice-president, presented the Award of Excellence in glass building execution to Michael Roche of Flynn Canada for their work on Ryerson University in Toronto. Richard Brightling and Tom Carolan of Jigsaw Marketing/Stella Hardware accepted the award for design on behalf of N45 for the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts in Kingston, Ont. Both winners expressed their gratitude at the recognition.
|Mike Roche (centre) with Steve Gusterson and Angelo Cairo.
|| Richard Brightling and Tom Carolan.
| Paul Gulletson of CSA Built Environment spoke to a packed room.
Next up was Stephane Hoffman of Morrison Hershfield with some great technical guidance on thermal performance of building envelopes. He shared a great deal of science on how heat is transmitted through common spandrel, curtain wall and window wall designs, comparing designs with varying window-to-wall ratios. He showed how careful attention to envelope detailing could achieve much higher efficiency performance, and how new technologies such as vacuum insulated curtain wall could help even more. Hoffman summed up by pointing out that simply adding more insulation is not always the best solution to achieving better thermal performance and that putting additional thought into design, especially with the help of advanced modelling technology, could be even better.
Hamid Vossoughi and Ehab Naim Ibrahim of Halsall Associates provided a fascinated crowd with insights into working with Chinese curtain wall fabricators drawn from their direct experience. Their discussion illustrated the explosive growth around the world of Chinese building envelope fabrication, and the surging market for glazing and construction in China itself. They discussed the trade disputes that have arisen over Chinese export pricing and noted that concerted action by Canada's glazing community has largely corrected the problem of Chinese unitized curtain wall entering the country at unfair prices. Ibrahim answered the ubiquitous questions about Chinese quality by showing a series of draft specifications, complete with red-inked changes. The message was that Chinese pricing is very sharp - you get what you
|Attendees appreciated the chance to see hands-on demonstrations of glass handling machinery.
Finally, Louis Moreau of Agnora kept bums in seats right to the end of the day with his entertaining, well-informed and educational discussion of the challenges of fabricating "big-ass glass." Agnora has the capability to temper, laminate and heat-strengthen single panels up to 130 by 300 inches. As a result, Moreau and his team have been involved in a number of unique projects and solved some problems that anyone trying to meet demand for larger and larger format windows will be likely to encounter. Anyone asking a question won a t-shirt!
For more news, images and video from the show, check out the Top Glass digital special edition, coming soon on glasscanadamag.com.
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