Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Just got off a stakeholder conference call with Natural Resources Canada’s Jamie Hulan, a director in the Equipment Division that is overseeing the Pan-Canadian Framework Roadmap thing. One of his co-chairs, Martin Luymes of the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute, called for everyone to hold off talking about funding for now. To Hell with that.
Jeff Haberer from Trulite and Paul Bush from Vitro chaired a joint meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Technical Services Committee and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Glass Council at their Summer Conference in Victoria. The room of over 50 delegates heard about progress on PIB migration, expansion of structural standards to address jumbo and thin glass, acoustical ratings, vacuum insulating glass guidelines and more. Bush noted that the IGMA's technical task forces have often done most of the heavy lifting to research and write AAMA standards for some time.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Emerging Technologies Committee was chaired by David Cooper of Guardian. Co-chair Helen Sanders of Technoform was unable to attend. The committee was meeting at its Summer Conference in Victoria, held this year as a joint event with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Attendees at the joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conference in Victoria got a dose of adrenaline from the Day 1 keynote speaker, Patrick Moore. Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization over its opposition to plastics and now works with the Vinyl Institute, delivered a provocative talk challenging a swath of environmentalist shibboleths, including dismissal of climate change as an urgent problem.
Margaret Webb and Janice Yglesias, executive directors of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the American Architectual Manufacturers Association, respectively, opened the first day of official business at the joint AAMA/IGMA Summer Conference with a report to membership. Most of the discussion addressed progress and plans for the merger of the two association, which members will vote on in July. If approved, the new merged organization will be called the Fenestration Glazing Industry Alliance.
Brad Fevold, chair of the Fenestration Canada Fabricators Council, went into the meeting with a tight agenda based on the feedback from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association A440.2 ballot on window energy standards. He knew the feedback would be a good basis for discussion after seeing the comments on Natural Resources Canada's Roadmap laying out the federal government's plans to promote higher-performing windows across the country in the years ahead. He used a few slides from NRCan's presentation of the feedback and took the group through them to see if fabricators were aligned with the rest of the industry stakeholders who responded.
The Technical Services Committee meeting remains the hottest draw at the Fenestration Canada Spring Conference, packing in about 50 people at this years' event. According to chair, Robert Jutras of CLEB, the committee heard that the Fenestration Installation Technician program is ready to test and certify window and door installers. Some work remains on the test and the committee is seeking more trainers, but some groups around the country can offer it. Attention now turns to generating market demand for the program by engaging dealers, home warranty providers, insurance companies, homeowners directly and/or government construction regulators.
The 2019 Fenestration Canada Spring Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., welcomed a healthy crowd of around 140 window and door business leaders for two days of education sessions, committee meetings and ­– most crucially ­– informal networking giving everyone a chance to reconnect and update relationships. Considering the quality of the conversations and the opportunity to meet new people at these events, one wonders how the people who don't come out stay competitive. Granted, your customers aren't there, but there's just so much to be learned and discussed and thought about in one condensed and intense period of time.
Theo Neequaye, a long-time employee at Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors in Woodbridge, Ont., passed away after a battle with cancer on May 13. The company has set up a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations in support of his young family.
Ralph Spanier, former Calgary Sash president, passed away May 27 after a long fight with cancer according to industry sources in Calgary. He was an industry leader who cared for his staff and customers. He was awarded the industry Pioneer award by Fenestration Canada in 2009.
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