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.
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 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.
Jan. 14, 2016 - Fenestration Canada invites members to nominate candidates for the C.P. Loewen Award.
Jan. 7, 2016 - This seminar, sponsored by Fenestration Manitoba, will provide architects, engineers, builders, and fenestration industry professionals with a solid understanding of critical fenestration thermal performance issues they face on a daily basis. The seminar will focus on a number of key areas:
Jan. 7, 2015 - Darrel Kane has stepped into his role the new executive director of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada, replacing David Mitten, who retired at the end of the 2015. Mitten announced his retirement early in 2015 and the association embarked on an executive search to find Kane. Kane comes to SAWDAC from ICI Paints with significant experience running non-profit organizations at the University of Waterloo.
Dec. 9, 2015 - December is always a pretty busy month for everyone, but Fenestration Manitoba president Ryan Dudeck was pretty pleased with the turnout at the organization’s 2015 AGM on December 3rd. It was held at the Clay Oven restaurant in downtown Winnipeg, just down the block and within view of the interestingly fenestrated Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Dec. 9, 2015 - IGMA is pleased to announce its 2016 Winter Conference, to be held in sunny Southern California at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, California from February 29th through March 3rd. Additionally, if you register for the IGMA conference and get your hotel reservations in on IGMA's room block by December 15th, you will be eligible to win a new iPad Mini that includes a digital version of the IGMA Technical Binder!
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.
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.
My next-door neighbour is a world-renowned neuroscientist and engineering science professor at a well-known university based in Greater Vancouver. Over dinner recently, Steve mentioned he was also acting as the temporary Dean of Science while the dean was on holidays.

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