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Fenestration Canada: October 2011

Education adds value to Win-door

October 31, 2011  By Yves Houle

We are very excited that the key
decision makers from across Canada are coming soon to Toronto to see the
new products and services being showcased at Win-door 2011.

We are very excited that the key decision makers from across Canada are coming soon to Toronto to see the new products and services being showcased at Win-door 2011. Win-door has become the industry’s most important event, and the reason for that is simple: it is our show. It is focused on bringing our industry’s top companies and our industry’s key players together in a venue that offers something for everyone.

This year’s event will showcase over 150 exhibitors, and features the machinery, hardware, systems, sealants, testing and technology that will drive the market in the months ahead. It is a great place to talk face to face with suppliers, see the latest products and connect with the entire Canadian window and door industry. It is your true one-stop-shopping opportunity of the year. By choosing to attend Win-door you are taking the steps to help strengthen your business and our industry as a whole.

A most comprehensive lineup of educational seminars is being offered this year. The Economic Power Hour, is an economic forecast from the Altus Group. Ask The Inspectors: Forum on Code Changes is another valuable seminar on offer. As new building codes roll out across the country, window, door and skylight manufacturers need to know how changes will affect their businesses. Codes are like a licence to do business, and without proper testing and labelling, products will be rejected by building inspectors. Join Jeff Baker, technical consultant for Fenestration Canada, as he leads a presentation and discussion with a panel of building inspectors in this all-important industry update. You will have the chance to learn what the new codes represent for your business, what will be required for testing and labelling, and how building inspectors will handle inspection and enforcement.


Also on the schedule is Glass Performance and Energy Efficiency: The Straight Talk. Get answers to the questions we all ask about IG units direct from the professionals. Bill Lingnell, technical consultant to IGMA and one of the world’s foremost experts on glass and architectural products, joins IGMA’s executive director, Margaret Webb, for an hour of candid, straight talk about insulating glass. You will learn which are the best spacer bars, and what is the most effective cavity width. You will also learn about such topics as fade resistance, coatings, gas fill options and the best ways to prevent gas loss. The program will touch on sound reduction and life expectancy of IG and how to extend its life. There will be an Ask The Expert question-and-answer session, so this will be an hour you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday afternoon there is a seminar called New Code Changes: A Focus on Exterior Doors. Door codes have been an integral part of the national building code for decades, but new codes signal a renewed scrutiny. Product will now be subject to a range of requirements, including temporary and permanent labels. As well, they will be tested for size, positive/negative design pressure (DP), air infiltration and exfiltration, plus much, much more. Take time to attend this important seminar and get an up-close and detailed look at the new codes and how they can affect your business. Learn the new requirements for testing, labelling and grading; the energy standards and safety features doors must meet; how and when each province will implement the codes; how rules in Canada differ from U.S. requirements; how building inspectors are renewing their interest in doors; and how to get the right information for your area of the country.

As you can see, there are plenty of features, seminars, events and live demonstrations that come free with your badge. We think they raise the bar for what Win-door has to offer, along with the products and services of our suppliers.

Win-door is located in the heart of Toronto’s restaurant, entertainment, sports, and theatre district. It is an attractive destination point that sets the stage for hospitality activities with clients. When you are not on the show floor, or in one of our fact-filled seminars, we encourage you to take advantage of all this area has to offer.

Our thanks to the Win-door Show Committee, who provide us all with a great show each year.

Yves Houle is president of Fenestration Canada. Fenestration Canada’s mission is to represent and support all aspects of the window and door manufacturing industry.

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