June 23, 2016 - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce that LiteZone Glass Inc. has been named the winner of the 2016 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award for their LiteZone Glass Units. The company was on-hand to receive the award at the Building Lasting Change 2016 Gala Dinner on June 8, which was presented by Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager, UL Environment, who sponsored the Award this year.
June 23, 2016 - Windows not only let in light and fresh air, but are also vital to safety as well. During the warmer months, homeowners naturally want to open the windows. Unfortunately, screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Therefore, the importance of learning how to safeguard against accidental window falls cannot be stressed enough. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home, about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital. Statistics show that children are twice as likely to sustain a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility.
June 23, 2016 - Minimalism is the word in contemporary architecture and RENSON responds to this trend with Panovista.
Quanex Building Products has recently introduced the Edgetherm® 3400 Desiccated Matrix, an easy-to-use hot-applied desiccant matrix which will now be manufactured in Cambridge, Ohio. Together with ally Bostik, Edgetherm 3400 is backed by more than 70 years of combined butyl expertise, designed to desiccate the air space of an insulating glass unit (IGU) in metal-based, u-channel spacer systems.
May 12, 2016 - Weiser has announced the launch of its Uptown and Downtown deadbolts, the most slim, stylish and secure deadbolts in its product portfolio. The contemporary deadbolts are the first of their kind, featuring a low profiledesign and the latest version of Weiser patented SmartKey security.
April 28, 2016 - Dymax Corporation has introduced a new application for its UV light-curing spot and flood-lamp systems that enhance configurations for 3D post-curing applications or help rework the model. After a 3D model is built, it may be necessary to supply additional curing energy to the part to ensure that optimized material properties are achieved.
For decades, commercial buildings across the globe have benefited from maximum use of glass windows, supported by high-strength, low-weight aluminum frames.
Nov. 26, 2015 - 3Dim Laboratory has announced that it is launching a new crowdfunding campaign with IndieGoGo to support development of 3D printing software called 3DimMaker which will be open sourced if the campaign succeeds.
Oct. 9 2015 - Weiser’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.
Aug. 24, 2015 - Sunrise Windows & Doors has introduced Sunrise Entry Doors. Featuring premium fiberglass and steel entry doors with a wide selection of customizable decorative art glass and wrought iron designs, Sunrise Doors combine premium aesthetics with superior performance. “You can now use Sunrise products to coordinate the decor across the entire home, including windows, doors and interior trim,” said Joe Guarino, President & CEO.
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.
June 23, 2016 - During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2016 Summer Conference, participants learned about sustainability market drivers, environmental product declarations (EPDs) and more during a presentation by industry specialist, Anna Nicholson. Nicholson is UL's EPD product manager, and works to develop strategic partnerships and programs that drive business value from the use of environmental life cycle information as the basis of decision making.
Fenestration Canada's Fabricators Council met June 9 at the association's Annual General Meeting in Mont Tremblant, Que., to discuss important issues and initiatives concerning Canadian window and door fabricators. The meeting was chaired by Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen and included about 15 fabricators and invited guests.
Raising the level of event execution, performance and member value was the common theme at Fenestration Canada's Annual General Meeting held last week, and the hilly venue in Mont Tremblant, Que., could not have been more appropriate. Delegates were literally lifted to the top of a mountain for the welcome reception Thursday night, where the creativity and organizational skills of the AGM Committee and the new show management team, Zzeem, were on full display. The next day, Fenestration Canada helped delegates to elevate their businesses with an excellent education program featuring exclusive talks by hard-to-find experts.
June 9, 2016 - Both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC) now accept FenestrationAssociate® and FenestrationMaster coursework as continuing education credits. The AIA accepts the FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 11 and 13.5 Learning Units (LUs)/Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours, respectively. This means that completion of the courses allows professionals to fulfill most of the annual requirement for AIA continuing education (18 LU/12 HSW hours), while also earning a professional certification. The ICC has also approved FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 1.10 and 1.35 continuing education credits, respectively, which may be self reported to the ICC.
The Fenestration Manitoba golf tournament scheduled for June 1 had to be postponed due to heavy rain that left too much water on the course. The association will host the tournament Sept. 15 at Rossmere Country Club in Winnipeg, instead.
May 12, 2016 - The Vinyl Institute has announced that it has expanded its representation of vinyl industry interests in North America by establishing the Vinyl Institute of Canada as a self-funded business council. This new arm of the Vinyl Institute significantly expands the scope of the organization's efforts, and provides considerably broader representation of the vinyl industry's interests, including broadening markets for vinyl product sales.
Fenestration Canada, partnered with buildAbility to present a seminar on fenestration energy design, performance and regulations on March 24 in Toronto. Jeff Baker Fenestration Canada’s technical consultant delivered a comprehensive presentation explaining fenestration fundamentals. Topics such as heat transfer, how low-e coatings work and how different spacer and frame materials perform were discussed. Performance indicators and regulations were examined and explained.
April 28, 2016 - The second day of Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremberg, Germany, featured even bigger crowds and a palpable buzz through the crowded exhibition halls.
Canada’s oil barometer of prosperity has seen pricing go from record highs to record lows. Housing prices in major centers like Toronto and Vancouver seem to defy all logic. Costs of raw materials change daily due to the heavy influence of currency exchange fluctuations. Change is in the air and you can count on it. What was apparent yesterday may not be so tomorrow.
March 4, 2016 - The stage is set for the 5th annual Rangate Euro Tour, which takes place from March 9-19, 2016. More than twenty North American solid wood window and door makers will travel to over ten European production factories across four countries. Their journey concludes at Fensterbau, one of the world’s largest window and door exhibitions. The TOUR provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gaps between North American and European fenestration knowledge, and connect with the people and technologies that power a growing market.
Mar. 3, 2016 - 2016 will be an exciting year as we host the WinDoor North America trade show for the first time in Montreal. The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a top-notch venue and we plan to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the lovely and lively city of Montreal.
Feb. 18, 2016 - Fenestration Canada is pleased to announce a number of exciting changes for their annual trade show – WinDoor North America. The Association has made significant changes to its signature event. For the first time in 22 years, the trade show takes place November 15 to 17, 2016, in a new location and under new show management – Zzeem Inc. In addition, the press conference will launch WinDoor’s fresh, new look and feel.
improveit 360, a leading provider of CRM and business management software for the home improvement industry, announces the launch of One-Org for franchises and manufacturers. The new solution acts as a single platform to bring an entire network together into one powerful system, with web-based accessibility and enhanced by custom mobile apps. Now a franchisor and franchisees, or a manufacturer and its distributor/dealer network, can have all their communication, data, and business functionality in a customizable operations platform built exclusively for the industry.
March 31, 2016 - Despite delays due to a blizzard, David Mitten and Paul Martin, conducted a one-day, hands-on installation clinic in St. John’s NL on February 10, 2016. The eleven attendees were a mix of home builders and building inspectors who were looking for more information about the various causes of poor fenestration and siding performance relative to moisture and rain-water ingress issues.
March 17, 2016 - Tiltco is pleased to announce the launch of it's new sister company, TiltcoAP. The new company has a full line of aluminum window and door products. TiltcoAP provides aluminum windows, doors and aluminum curtain wall products.
New products for fenestration fabricators and dealers just keep on coming.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Kolbe windows and doors are crafted to each homeowner's desired style and specifications. More than shapes and sizes, these one-of-a-kind, built-to-order products have multiple options for customization with colorful finishes, wood species, automated operation, hardware, glass types, divided lite patterns, and mulled configurations that bring together multiple windows into unique, expansive combinations.
Located on the shore of the Gate Lake, on a slightly sloping land of almost 80 000 pi2, the chalet take place on the edge of a cedar wood with majestic mature incline trunk trees. Although the footprint of this two-storey building is substantial, because the roof slope follows the landscape the impact of it site integration is minimal.
Aug. 24, 2015 - Windowmaker Software will launch version 2.0 of their Windowmaker Measure app at GlassBuild 2015.
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.
Those of you reading this who’ve ever tried to do a colour match know just how difficult the task can be. “Paint chips and fan decks are subjective and inaccurate,” explains Zachary Strong, director of business development at Hamilton, Ont.,-based Nix Sensor.
Jan. 7, 2016 - As Canadian organizations continue to adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) by way of the newly updated Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), also known as WHMIS 2015, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada, have made free tools available to help small businesses in Canada navigate the transition to WHMIS 2015.
Dec. 9, 2015 - Engineers Canada joins its member regulator, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), in condemning the Government of Ontario for its decision to maintain a section of the Professional Engineers Act (PEA), whose removal would have created healthier and safer workplaces.
Passive House is a green building concept that calls for structures to have a greatly reduced impact on the surrounding environment. This rigorous, voluntary design process originated in Germany some years ago, and requires that buildings need very little energy for space heating or cooling.
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.
Feb. 18, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Dec. 18, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has revised and updated the procedural guide for certification of manufactured home fenestration products. AAMA 104-15, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors, lays out the process for certifying these products through the AAMA program.
One of our news items this issue announces the publication of a new North American Product Category Rule for windows and doors by the Institute for Environmental Research and Education.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Institute for Environmental Research and Education has published North America's first Product Category Rule for windows, enabling window fabricators to develop Environmental Product Declarations recognized by ISO and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. PCRs define the inputs into the window manufacturing process and lay out guidelines for how each input must be documented in a Life Cycle Impact Assessment that ultimately leads to an EPD describing the overall environmental impact of manufacturing the product. The PCR, titled Earthsure PCR Cradle-to-Gate 30171600:2015, covers window inputs from their source to the fabricator's gate, and is designed to inform the B-to-B market. Another PCR addressing the B-to-C vertical is due for release soon, according to a recent IGMA newsletter.
Sept. 15, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created and released a new document laying out comparisons among three different rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products.
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.
June 23, 2016 - Half of Canadian businesses could soon have a competitive advantage over the rest: according to a new study commissioned by TELUS, there's an even split between Canadian businesses when it comes to their plans for Internet of Things (IoT) technology.The study found that 52 per cent of Canadian businesses are considering, planning, piloting or deploying an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, while 48 per cent indicated that they have no plans at all to adopt the technology. For those who are not considering IoT, 64 per cent feel that there is no business need."By embracing IoT technology, Canadian businesses have a huge opportunity to reap the benefits of digital transformation, yet we're seeing that some are much further along the adoption curve than others," said Jim Senko, senior vice-president of Small Business and Emerging Markets at TELUS. "From streamlining business processes to creating entirely new business models, IoT solutions have tremendous potential to generate efficiencies, increase cost savings and quite literally, revolutionize how businesses operate. If companies aren't already looking into the technology, they're at risk of falling behind those that are."Organizations that have embraced IoT are seeing the results that the technology can deliver - and they want more. The study revealed that the vast majority (86 per cent) of Canadian businesses who have piloted or deployed an IoT solution are seeing its value and 83 per cent are planning or already implementing additional solutions. There's a sense of urgency amongst these adopters as well, as more than 50 per cent wish they were further along in their deployments. According to the study, Canadian businesses are sharply polarized when it comes to the impact they think IoT will have on their industry. Nearly two-thirds of businesses who are in the piloting and deployment stages predict that they will see a transformational impact on their business over the next five years, while only seven per cent of non-adopters feel the same way."The vast majority of businesses that are piloting IoT solutions are realizing that small changes can have a big impact and that, with the right partner, the technology can be deployed safely and securely," said Senko. "A business can start with something simple like remotely tracking vehicles or high-value assets and then evolve their IoT strategy and build their business case as they gain experience with the technology. There are IoT solutions for nearly every industry, and it's important that businesses 'test the waters' to fully understand what IoT can and can't do for them." Other key findings in the study include: Of the 52 per cent of IT decision makers who are interested in IoT: 23 per cent are considering 11 per cent are planning 9 per cent are piloting 9 per cent have deployed at least one solution The most common solutions currently being piloted or deployed are security (53 per cent) and remote monitoring (47 per cent) The biggest barriers to adoption for IT leaders, regardless of development stage, are budget (51 per cent), security (41 per cent), privacy (36 per cent) and demonstrating ROI/building a business case (33 per cent) More than half (55 per cent) of Canadian businesses do not feel they have the necessary IT expertise within their organizations to develop IoT solutions and require external partners The study was conducted by MARU/VR&C (formerly the Research & Consulting Division of Vision Critical) and surveyed 506 IT decision makers from businesses across Canada in March 2016.For more informationhttp://telus.com/iot
May 26, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2015/2016 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This bi-annual report delivers timely information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2016.
May 12, 2016 - During an industry forum on May 4, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted representatives from the Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), who are seeking assistance from fenestration experts in combating the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico. Industry representatives suggested products and generated ideas to screen windows and doors in Puerto Rican homes to reduce exposure to mosquitoes - carriers of the untreatable Zika Virus. This urgent public safety issue was discussed in a forum hosted by AAMA, to help generate possible solutions.
April 28, 2016 - Two experts led a discussion on home trends and the future of housing at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2016 Annual Conference. Mollie Carmichael (John Burns Real Estate Consulting) and Nick Lehnert (KTGY Architecture and Planning) shared information on trends and design solutions as they pertain to a range of generations and other demographic information.
April 14, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in January, a decline of 9.8% from the previous month. This decline, which followed a 7.7% increase in December, was largely due to lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia and Ontario and, to a lesser extent, institutional buildings in Quebec and Alberta.
March 31, 2016 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has identified the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2016, a list of key impediments that are preventing Canadian businesses from reaching their full potential and, in turn, Canada from improving its productivity and economic prosperity.
Research shows that the average employee spends 28 per cent of their time sending, receiving and sorting email. Two and a half hours a day spent on email adds up to 81 days a year. With mobile devices and employees checking their emails outside work hours, reports say the typical working day is now 12 hours so it is more important than ever to communicate clearly and concisely the first time. Yet so many people I communicate with in this business send one-word emails.
If ever there was an opportunity to have a reset button, this would be the perfect time. In my column last fall, I discussed how the fenestration industry as a whole had an uneasy feeling about what was about to come. There were no clear indicators or signs, but a lot of back-room chatter suggested 2016 was going to be an “interesting” year.
Some troublesome signs are swirling around the Canadian window and door industry now, as documented by our Fit and Finish columnist, Chris Meiorin of Euro Vinyl Windows on page 13. The slump in our dollar, driven by the crash in oil prices, has made the supplies fabricators need very expensive relative to the prices we are able to charge in our domestic markets.
Mar. 3, 2016 - Empire Communities has announced that Tony Pucci has been appointed as President, Low Rise effective December 31st, 2015.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Something new is happening in the window and door industry: By the time a buyer gets to the dealer, they often know what they want. This is the result of an Internet-savvy market. Buyers familiarize themselves with product information on manufacturers’ and dealers’ websites, consult peer review and pour over discussion forums. In turn, manufacturers and dealers have been challenged with responding to a much-altered sales process.
Dec. 9, 2015 - British Columbia will be the only province expected to post growth of better than 3 per cent over the next two years. According to The Conference Board of Canada's latest Provincial Outlook, real GDP is forecast to grow 3.1 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2016.
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IGMA Summer Technical ConferenceMon Aug 08, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Fenestration Manitoba golfThu Sep 15, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
WinDoor North AmericaTue Nov 15, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm