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Fabricators Council report


June 17, 2014
By Patrick Flannery


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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.

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.

Greg Dickie of Atlantic Windows reported on the Technical Services Committee’s efforts to develop a survey of common practices and guideline for window and door testing.

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The Fabricators Council was not nearly as boring as it looks here.

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Bergeron reported that the Government Relations Committee would be working with the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) to determine synergies for the inclusion of fenestration products in energy efficiency initiatives.

A task group of 12 presented its draft document on labeling guidelines for mulled window and door products to the Technical Services Committee for vetting and approval. Fenestration Canada President Skip MacLean of TruTech Doors commented that the development of these guidelines is a high priority for the Council and the association. Examples of fraudulent labeling, including those hand-written, attempts to claim certain products are site-glazed and therefore not subject to the standard are just some of the reasons a labeling guideline is critical. Rainey Read of All Weather Windows said educating the membership to test and label windows correctly is the first step, and educating building officials and pressing for consistent enforcement would come next.

Bergeron then moved the Council on to a discussion of educating building officials to assess correct installation processes. ACBOA, the national association for building officials has expressed interest in Fenestration Canada joining their association and providing education regarding fenestration products. The objective is to be able to provide building officials with education bulletins, possibly using a window replacement guide developed in B.C. as one of the documents. Discussion led to installation practices and procedures and all agreed that investigation should be undertaken to determine the practicality of a universal or best practices guide to installation. Education is key to the interest of all fabricators and a critical component of Fenestration Canada’s mandate. The next face to face meeting of the council is scheduled for November at Windoor with specific telephone conference meetings held in the interim. The Council provides for all fenestration fabricators regardless of size or trading geography to voice their opinions, learn best practices and promote the well being of the window and door industry.

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