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The Canadian Truck King Challenge has concerned itself with real-world pickup truck testing since 2006 – and still does. However,over the past few years a one-of-a-kind metamorphosis has taken place in the commercial van market in Canada; one that simply had to be investigated more closely.
May 27, 2015 - Here’s a radical door design. Full points for cool factor, but not sure people would want to wait the time it takes to open. Thanks to Clera Windows and Doors for sharing this video on Twitter.
May 27, 2015 - Ergo Robotic Solutions, a manufacturer of glass handling and installation machines in Queensbury, NY, has added two new models to their product line-up: the GM 800 and the GM 1200. Built upon the popular workhorse design, the GM 2000-12, the new smaller machines deliver the same reliability, maneuverability and versatility of their larger counterpart in a smaller form factor with more affordable pricing.
May 27, 2015 - Fenzi North America has added Fenzi Poliver Polyurethane, to its list of IG sealants. Fenzi Poliver is a two-part polyurethane especially formulated for sealing insulated glass, for use in commercial and residential window application. Available in 55US gallon drum & pail kits, Poliver is available for manual and robotic line sealing in traditional polyurethane viscosities and varying curing times to meet customers needs.
May 27, 2015 - Royal Building Products is pleased to introduce the Altitude Window Series, the newest generation of windows for Commercial and High-Rise Multi-family applications.
May 22, 2015 - How to install, use and make any hardware adjustments on Euro Vinyl Window's Tilt Turn windows and doors.
May 22, 2015 - Titan has introduced the new FlexSpray HandHeld, the multi-tool for painting pros with a unique combination of power, control and versatility. The FlexSpray Handheld delivers the power of an airless sprayer with the control of an HVLP. It’s a highly versatile tool that is capable of spraying all types of coatings for interior, exterior and fine finishing jobs.
May 22, 2015 - Weiser has released an Android app for its Bluetooth-enabled smart lock, Kevo. The app will allow Android users with compatible devices to experience full functionality of Kevo previously only available to iOS users. The Kevo Android app is available for download from the Google Play store to select Android devices that support Android 5.0 Lollipop (L) software. Compatible devices include Samsung’s current flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet.“Weiser and technology partner, UniKey Technologies, Inc., have demonstrated continued investment in the Kevo Android platform, first with a private beta test in November 2014, then with a public beta program in December 2014,” said Steve Kolobaric, Marketing Manager, Weiser, Spectrum Brands. “These successful beta programs paired with positive customer feedback allowed Weiser to bring a fully functional app to the consumer quickly.”Kevo Android allows users the same functionality available to iOS users including touch-to-open convenience, electronic key (eKey) management and Kevo Works with Nest compatibility.For more informationwww.weiserlock.com/en/Kevo/default.aspx
May 22, 2015 - Duratherm Window Corporation has announced a major upgrade in its continuing program of bringing the highest-quality production technology to its shop floor.
3D printers are changing how fenestration profiles are designed, and may one day change how they are manufactured.
Christopher Barnatt of Assa Abloy’s Future Lab talks about how this groundbreaking technology works.
Nov. 11, 2014 - Effective immediately, Azon will no longer produce the warm-edge spacer product Warm-Light for insulating glass.
July 24, 2015 - The Vinyl Council of Canada has teamed up with Scott McGillivray, host of Income Property, to launch their new ‘Vinyl is Beautiful’ Campaign aimed at drawing attention to the innovative and versatile features of vinyl. Similar to McGillivray’s philosophy when choosing renovation product solutions, this campaign primarily focuses on the benefits of choosing vinyl products for long term return on investment. From function to esthetics, vinyl solutions continue to advance with new technologies that closely replicate typical renovation materials yet provide the added benefits of durability, practicality, safety, and flexibility. Today, vinyl is positioned as the material of choice for many proud homeowners!
July 23, 2015 - What do insulating glass units and the recent NFL scandal have in common?  Answer: Deflate the air to win! Trulite's Jeff Haberer will be taking a candid look at altitude and IG technology at the upcoming IGMA Fall Technical Conference, set in the "Mile High City" of Denver. The presentation is part of IGMA's ambitious technical program covering all things IG.
July 22, 2015 - Local businesses sometimes grow to the point where they move out of the town that saw them burgeon – an idea that will forever be out of the question as long as Richard Chauvette, Groupe Eugénie’s founder, holds the company’s reins.
Hope for a strong selling season is the mindset of most window and door manufacturers and the many suppliers of components and services at this time of year.
July 9, 2015 - Speakers and presenters offered insights into the future of sustainability in the building industry at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2015 Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. Topics covered there included alternatives for green certifications, window technology in Europe and the future of building products.
July 8, 2015 - Fenestration Canada is proud to announce the launch of its newly designed website. A great deal of effort has gone into the fresh new look, navigation tools and search functionality features.
David Mitten, executive director of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada, has announced his intention to step back into a part-time, semi-retired role. The SAWDAC board has formed a search committee to find a full-time replacement.
IGMA (the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance) has announced a new activity at its upcoming Fall Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado: Ignite Breakfasts. During the Ignite Breakfasts, speakers will have five minutes and 20 slides to convey their message to attendees.
Date : Wed, June 24th   When : 11:00 AM     Where : Rossmere Boardroom
June 10, 2015 - Fenestration Canada brought out the social side of the window and door business in Vancouver, with four days of education and networking at its 2015 Annual General Meeting, June 4 through 6. Hosted in style at the downtown Fairmont Vancouver, about 200 delegates took advantage of opportunities to hear from industry experts, talk to top suppliers and meet up with old friends and new.
June 8, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) LinkedIn group recently surpassed 1,500 followers, a milestone in the association’s social media outreach efforts. This public group is open to all involved in the fenestration industry, and not just AAMA members. To join, visit LinkedIn and search the groups for AAMA to begin participating in the industry discussions.
May 14, 2015 - A confluence of events is here – early NAFs implementation experiences in BC combined with Fenestration Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vancouver June 4 - 6th.  Another opportunity for a national representation of the fenestration industry to gain expertise together and give the entire industry an opportunity to make some logical and constructive decisions about the future that will ensure we continue to develop a vibrant, innovative, healthy industry.
July 23, 2015 - On the banks of Lac Supérieur, just 90 minutes north of Montreal (Quebec), a mountain that was once the property of a former religious congregation now houses a creative and innovative model for integrating contemporary architecture in a natural environment.
Manufacturer-supplied quoting/ordering software packages do make dealers’ lives easier by allowing dealers to accurately and quickly quote products and easily place their orders with the supplier.
March 19, 2015 - The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, in conjunction with the National Glass Association, is launching Window & Door Dealer Days at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. The three-day event will take place, September 16-18, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Feb. 5, 2015 - Fenestration Manitoba continued its development program with the launch of the first of a series of seminars – the CSA Fenestration Installation Technician Level I - on January 28th at Red River College, headlined by David Mitten, Executive Director of SAWDAC.
Jan. 9, 2015 - Window, door and skylight installers in Manitoba are invited to come out of the cold Jan. 28 for a day of training with David Mitten, executive director of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada. Mitten will offer the Fenestration Installation Technician (FIT) course from 8:30 to 3:30 at the Red River College Notre Dame campus in Winnipeg. The session is presented by Fenestration Manitoba.
Aug. 14, 2014 - Predicted thunderstorms did not materialize over the annual Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada golf tournament Aug. 12 at Victoria Park East Golf Club in Guelph, Ont., much to the relief of golfers and organizers. About 90 golfers enjoyed the excellent weather and a chance to reconnect with friends, colleagues and customers in a lighthearted scramble.
Aug. 7, 2014 - Fenestration Review magazine has attracted an endorsement from a new association partner, the Siding And Window Dealers Association of Canada (SAWDAC). The magazine has agreed to work with SAWDAC to communicate to the Canadian window and door industry about the association's initiatives and activities. Each print issue of Fenestration Review will contain a SAWDAC newsletter as a permanent department.
A window and door fabricator commented to me recently that he sometimes runs into an objection from architects regarding the combustibility of his PVC window profiles. They say they cannot use vinyl on commercial projects because the building code requires “self-extinguishing” materials, and PVC is considered combustible. This is partly, but not entirely, true. And I’m not sure it should be true at all.
Sept. 27, 2013 - PPG Industries has launched a new residential glass website at www.ppgglass.com to help homeowners more easily shop for windows and window glass. Divided into five chapters, the site is highlighted by a comprehensive “Understanding Window Glass” section that describes how insulating glass units help save energy, the benefits of energy-efficient windows, and how low-emissivity (low-E) glass works. There also is a glossary and a list of frequently asked questions that addresses issues such as the best types of window glass for specific climates.
Window installation demonstration using AAMA best practices.
August 10, 2012 - The Ontario College of Trades is nearing the end of its consultation process on the fees it will charge, and discussion around the new trades regulator is heating up. Here are two very different views on the OCOT that have been in the news recently.
Defeats the smudgeweiserlock.comWeiser’s SmartCode 10 Touchscreen offers the latest innovation in security directly to homeowners. SmartCode Touch is a keyless, touchscreen deadbolt and the newest product to offer Weiser’s patent-pending SecureScreen technology to consumers. SecureScreen technology helps prevent the problem of smudge attacks associated with touchscreen locks. With typical touchscreen locks, passcodes can potentially be jeopardized by unwanted guests detecting frequently used numbers and characters from the oily residues left by fingers on the touchscreen surface. With SecureScreen technology, users are prompted to touch two random numbers in order to display the full screen and enter the programmed access code. This industry-first technology encourages continuous use of the full screen to mask the correct access code.
Daylight affects people in numerous ways: psychologically, physically and systemically. We require access to natural light for our health, performance and eyesight – especially those responsible for complex tasks.
Nov. 18, 2014 - IRWIN Tools has expanded efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for trade professionals by launching the IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Contest.
Having just returned from GlassBuild 2014, I couldn’t help but reflect on the contrast to the last Fensterbau show I attended in 2012. Interestingly enough, my flashback on Fensterbau 2012 has nothing to do with the show itself but rather a visit the Porsche AG facility in Stuttgart, Germany. It was here that I took away a very important lesson in window and door fabrication.
Oct. 2, 2014 - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has announced updates to the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM that provide additional financial incentives for Ontario businesses to reduce energy used by lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, refrigeration systems and building plug loads.
Sept. 29, 2014 - The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing as Canadians prepare to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). To help educate workers about the upcoming changes, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new e-course, in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS) and funded by Health Canada. It is offered free of charge to the first 100,000 participants, for up to one year, and is available in English and French.
Sept. 26, 2014 - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has announced updates to the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM that provide additional financial incentives for Ontario businesses to reduce energy used by lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, refrigeration systems and building plug loads.
Fenestration Canada’s AGM featured a meeting of the Fabricator's Council followed by a Round Table discussion and working lunch. Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen chaired the Council meeting and over 23 fabricators attended. Bergeron noted a number of new faces around the table and encouraged everyone to get involved in future meetings, which are planned for every two to three months.
May 12, 2014 - CSA Group has announced it will be expanding its hazardous locations laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta. The new expanded lab will specialize in testing and certification services for hazardous locations such as equipment used in oil, gas, mining, marine and fertilizer production.
Sophistication can be a double-edged sword in fabrication machinery.
Elton Manufacturing was started in 1981 by Tom Boer, a Dutch immigrant who got fed up with farming. He is still majority owner of the company today, though Beavan and third partner Pigliarolo take care of most of the day-to-day oversight. There are two manufacturing plants: an extrusion plant, an injection molding plant, plus a warehouse and a tool and die shop. Elton started out extruding weather stripping for garage doors, and to this day its weather stripping remains a market leader and revenue bedrock for the company.  But things have grown and diversified over the years. Today, Elton also produces entry door window frames, garage door windows, extruded profiles for windows and doors, laminated products for windows and doors and extrusions for the furniture industry.
March 17, 2014 - To meet the growing demand for window energy performance information, Guardian Industries has launched Guardian Window InSight, a mobile app designed to help contractors and remodelers educate homeowners on the best options for new or replacement windows.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying performance requirements for liquid applied flashing used to provide a water-resistive seal around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-15 was previously updated in 2011 and again in 2012.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) today announced the release of a new Vacuum Insulating Glass Technical Bulletin on its webstore. The bulletin is intended to assist residential or commercial insulating glass and window manufacturers on the topic of vacuum insulating glazing (VIG).
May 5, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created a new Web page dedicated solely to helping homeowners understand why and how indoor condensation develops on residential windows and what can be done to mitigate it.
April 30, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. This document references test procedures and requirements for standard weathering performance of fiber reinforced thermoset profiles. It also addresses requirements covering design criteria, finish and appearance, weathering performance and physical properties.
Shifting regulations could force fabricators underground.
Standardized building codes should help B.C.
March 9, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Two new Window Product Category Rules are available for public comment, one for a cradle to grave, business consumer EPD that covers only vertical windows.
Feb. 19, 2015 - The Province has introduced a new Building Act to establish more consistent building requirements throughout B.C.
Dec. 11, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 904, "Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications." Last updated in 2009, the document describes methods of test, procedures, materials and performance criteria for determining the durability of this type of hinge used for opening and closing casement, projected and parallel opening windows.
Fenestration Canada has just released two important new documents that potentially affect all manufacturers and prehangers supplying window and door products in Canada. First discussed at the Fenestration Canada AGM and Conference held in Winnipeg in June, both relate to the testing and labelling of windows and doors with mullions. The first document is Voluntary NAFS Labeling Guidelines for Products with Mullions. The second is Recommendation on the Use of Engineering Calculations to determine Design Pressure Ratings of Fenestration Products under NAFS-08.
Sept. 18, 2014 - the RDH Group has announced a new blog dedicated to the application of theNAFS standard in Canada. Written for a wide audience that includes Canadian architects,engineers, and building officials, NAFS in Canada will specifically address issues ofinterest to manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights in both Canada and the UnitedStates.
Showrooms can be a four-letter word, but if you deal with B2C, they are a necessary evil. When you see a new small business open, you can often tell whether or not they are going to make it just by how much time, effort and detail they put into their store. First impressions mean everything and if a business’s storefront or window display aren’t appealing, less people will shop there and the chance of the business failing rises.
Today the team here built a fantastic window. Three of them actually. We had a great German-engineered extrusion to work with. Steel reinforced for structural integrity. It was made by a man with over 30 years of building such windows.
Welcome to Fenestration Review’s first annual summer edition. Response to this magazine in Canada’s window and door industry has been so great that we are adding this third annual issue.
July 9, 2015 - FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear has announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.
Contractors took out $7.8 billion worth of building permits in April, up 11.6% from the previous month and a second consecutive monthly advance. The gain in April stemmed from higher construction intentions in both the residential and non-residential sectors in Ontario.
June 9, 2015 - PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has announced that it has received a milestone payment of $385K which was due upon shipment of the first of ten powder production systems for 3D printing due under a $12.5MM contract signed last year.
June 3, 2015 - It may seem counterintuitive, but retailers should welcome the irate shopper who vents her frustration in an animated scene on the sales floor. That’s because it’s the mistreated customer who walks out the door in a silent huff who places the most revenue at risk, according to a collaborative study of dysfunctional retail touchpoints conducted by LoyaltyOne and Verde Group with Professor of Marketing and Psychology, Dr. Deborah Small, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
May 26, 2105 - Thirty-four construction employers’ associations, benefit pension plan administrators, and unions were represented yesterday at a meeting of Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) in Vaughan, making it the most well-attended meeting yet of the new organization.
April 30, 2015 - A comprehensive online resource from Creative Safety Supply teaches companies the 5S industrial organization system associated with Lean business methods. Through videos, text and diagrams, visitors are linked to extensive information on how to Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain their work environments for maximum efficiency.
April 16, 2015 - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level.
March 10, 2015 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 12.9% to $6.1 billion in January, following a 6.1% increase the previous month. Lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario were responsible for much of the national decline.
Feb. 6, 2015 - Contractors took out building permits worth $7.1 billion in December, up 7.7% from November. This followed a 13.6% decline the previous month. The increase in December resulted mostly from higher construction intentions in the non-residential sector in Alberta and British Columbia.

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