Fenestration Canada: April 2013
By Yvan Houle
Helpful knowledge on offer
By Yvan Houle
The Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting will have something for
everyone. The 2013 AGM will be held in St. John’s, N.L., at the Sheraton
Hotel Newfoundland and is set for May 30 to June 1.
The Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting will have something for everyone. The 2013 AGM will be held in St. John’s, N.L., at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland and is set for May 30 to June 1. The program will feature topical speakers and presentations to help enlighten all who attend. The program committee has planned several activities and networking opportunities designed to encourage delegates and companions alike to take full advantage of the special surroundings and ambiance of the location.
Of particular note will be the Technical Panel and Issues session planned for Friday, May 31. Titled “Codes, Codes and More Codes,” this session will feature a panel update of the regulatory environment and policy framework for fenestration products pertaining to codes and standards across the country from both the national and provincial perspective. Jeff Baker, FC’s technical consultant, will lead the discussion, which will feature representatives from British Columbia, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Steve Hopwood of Natural Resources Canada will be on hand to provide an update on the Energy Star program.
Also, the Energy Rating study conclusions and recommendations will be outlined to all delegates.
The chairman of our educational committee, J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing, will provide a marketing perspective on “How to get your entrance door NAFS-08 compliant without going out of business – a market approach.”
Margaret Webb, executive director of IGMA, will outline some of the research work they have been doing on triple glazing and emerging technologies.
Meeting registration and program details are available on the Fenestration Canada website.
Fenestration Canada webinars are regularly offered on new developments within the building and energy code regulations across Canada. The webinars are well received by members, building code officials and government organizations across the country. More are planned in the year ahead. They are designed to be both informative and educational in providing assistance to companies preparing to conform to fenestration standards and regulations. Readers are encouraged to visit the FC website regularly to keep up with the latest schedule and offerings.
As always, we encourage members and potential members alike to visit our website regularly for important updates on activities and availability of information and resource materials. A special “members only” portal has been set up for this.
A recent membership survey has essentially validated the priorities that have been given to the development of products and services that meet the industry’s needs. As more companies join, everyone can enhance their businesses by being in the know on developing regulations and standards pertinent to fenestration products.
An effort is underway to develop an enhanced working relationship with our partner organizations by offering a value-added proposition designed to help and make accessible some of the products and services offered by Fenestration Canada to member companies of provincial and regional associations across Canada. As more companies become part of the network and get involved in coming up with solutions to challenges and issues facing everyone across the country, we can hopefully help make a difference to a company’s bottom line just by providing information.
Yvan Houle is president of Fenestration Canada. Fenestration Canada’s mission is to represent and support all aspects of the window and door manufacturing industry.