Events & Shows
WinDoor to bring commercial component to Quebec
By Patrick Flannery
WinDoor 2018, taking place Dec. 4 and 5 in Quebec City, will celebrate a few firsts. It’s the first time Canada’s trade show for the window and door manufacturing industry will be held in Quebec City, following up a successful event in Montreal two years ago. And for the first time there will be an added focus on the architectural glazing side of the market, with exhibits and education sessions aimed at those who specialize in curtainwall, storefront and custom aluminum fenestration for commercial, institutional, industrial and high-rise residential facade construction.
The commercial aspect has been developed in partnership with Glass Canada magazine and the Quebec glazing association, AVFQ. AVFQ membership has traditionally come from both sides of the fenestration industry, so it made sense to bring this element to WinDoor at its debut in Quebec City.
The Jeff Baker Show – Fenestration Canada technical consultant Jeff Baker will deliver his annual cross-country update of changes to building codes and energy-efficiency laws, explaining to fabricators what they will have to do to continue to provide compliant products. He’ll be joined by Steve Hopwood of Energy Star to discuss changes to that program, as well. Both Baker and Hopwood know what’s coming as well as what has been decided, so it is a good opportunity to get an advance look at where codes and standards will go in the future.
Nanoglass: New technology for rendering glass non-reflective and water-repellent – Advances in nano-scale glass surface treatment are achieving startling results in making glass non-reflective from almost every angle and super-hydrophobic – water literally leaps off the glass. And the best news is the process is likely scalable to architectural-sized panels at a feasible cost point. A Montreal tech startup, Edgehog, is working on commercializing the process and its co-founder, Matthieu Massicote, will tell attendees all about the technology and their efforts to bring it to market.
Automation benefits and challenges – Martin St-Arnaud from JSA Machinerie will use real-world examples from his company’s long experience helping window manufacturers automate their processes to educate attendees about the possbilities, advantages and potential pitfalls of robotic fabrication.
FIT bit – What good are great windows if they aren’t installed correctly? Fenestration Canada has taken over the Fenestration Installation Technician program in an attempt to help window installers across the country achieve and promote a higher standard of knowledge and expertise. Robert Jutras of CLEB and chair of FenCan’s Technical Committee will explain the program and what it can do for your installation team.
A window into Canadian fire safety codes and regulations – Amal Tamim of Technorm will introduce attendees to standards they must meet when fabricating and installing fire-resistant fenestration and discuss some ways to meet requirements. The old standards around “safety glass” have changed and you will need to be informed to bid on today’s ICI projects.
More sessions are in development. All sessions will be presented bilingually.