Join us at Top Glass April 21st

Join us at Top Glass April 21st

TOP GLASS 2021 BRINGS THE RIGHT MIX

  • Top Glass 2021 online event
  • April 21
  • topglasscanada.com
  • Free registration
  • Four one-hour sessions qualify for CE learning credits with most professional organizations – attendance confirmations provided

On April 21, Top Glass, Canada’s trade event for the architectural glass industry, will take place online with a mix of content guaranteed to appeal to architects, glazing contractors, glass fabricators and anyone else involved in facade design and construction.

The event kicks off at 11 ET with access to 16 (and counting) virtual exhibits from Canada’s top architectural glazing suppliers and industry organizations. Opportunities to chat and view on-demand supplier content will be active.

At 11:30, Gary Watson of Diamond Schmitt Architects presents his reflections and projections for the future of buildings and the urban environment in a post-COVID world. Designers and design-build professionals will get some food for thought on how they will need to think about their plans going forward.

Next, Mark Jacobson of Kuraray goes deep into lamination technology and how new advances will meet the challenges of tomorrow for energy efficiency, security, sound control, daylighting, esthetics and more. Fabricators can get a glimpse of new possibilities leading to profitable and effective new products.

Mid-afternoon sees Will Nash of WSP take the digital stage to explain embodied carbon and how this emerging environmental measure will increase in importance as regulators crank up efforts to combat climate change. He’ll present guidance on sourcing low-carbon products – a key information need to meet the coming standards.

Finally one for the installers. Rik Vandelinde of Winsafe is going to take us around the technology we all depend on to get the job done with a look at the latest requirements and innovations in swing stage design. Have your questions ready for this top expert in working at heights.

Top Glass is made possible as a free online event by the generous support of Platinum Sponsor, Oldcastle Building Envelope, and Gold Sponsor, SolidCAD, along with our association partners, the Ontario Glass and Metal Association, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance, the Construction Specification Council and Fenestration Canada. Top Glass is a presentation of Glass Canada magazine.

For more information and to register free online, visit topglasscanada.com. See you at Top Glass!

Window Safety Week April 7-13

Window Safety Week April 7-13

As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed during the first full week of April each year. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised.

Each year, the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to educate about the importance of practicing window safety year-round.

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.

Read more here. 

Free Cybersecurity training modules

Free Cybersecurity training modules

Our friends at CFIB sent us some useful information for our members.

Last week, Ryerson University launched a new series of online cybersecurity training modules called “Simply Secure” for managers of small and medium-sized Canadian organizations– and they’re free!

It includes a handbook, cybersecurity toolkit and e-learning modules. The modules cover:

  • Cybersecurity risk
  • Common cybersecurity threats
  • Useful cybersecurity concepts
  • Cybersecurity frameworks and standards
  • Privacy and regulatory compliance
  • Cybersecurity incident management
  • Business continuity planning
  • Technical best practices
  • Building and evaluating a cybersecurity program

Here is the Financial Post article about the free courses: https://financialpost.com/technology/tech-news/ryerson-launches-free-cybersecurity-e-course-for-smbs-2

To learn more, please visit the Simply Secure website: https://simply-secure.ca/

British Columbia announces update to its Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation

British Columbia announces update to its Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation

On February 16, 2021 the Province approved and ordered Amendment 7 to the Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation. Amendment 7 includes updated standards for residential windows and sliding glass doors that were proposed and consulted on in 2019.

The new standards for residential windows and sliding glass doors are summarized below. For detailed information, please see the Residential Windows and Sliding Glass Doors Regulatory Bulletin. Please note the amendment will be incorporated into the online consolidated regulation within the next few weeks, and will be accessible through www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca (in Regulations under the Energy Efficiency Act).

Residential Windows

The update requires all residential windows and sliding glass doors manufactured after January 1, 2022 to have a U-value ≤ 1.61 W/(m2K). The standard applies to all metal and non-metal windows and sliding glass doors installed in residential buildings with less than 4 stories or a floor space of 600m2 or less. The updated standard is an incremental improvement over the current minimum standard of U-value ≤ 1.80 W/(m2K).

Please direct any questions to energy.efficiency@gov.bc.ca

Upcoming Fenestration Canada events and how we are dealing with COVID-19

Upcoming Fenestration Canada events and how we are dealing with COVID-19

Toronto, ON: Fenestration Canada will be holding their 2021 Spring Conference Online on May 18-20th in the Marketplace. This event will include education sessions, supplier showcases, social networking events and exhibitor booths. Members will receive an email shortly with more details and how to register. 

We also have some exciting news for WinDoor this year. We have decided to go forward with a hybrid event both in person and within the Marketplace. This decision was made by the Fenestration Canada Board of Directors under the recommendation of the Event Committee.

Addressing COVID concerns, we will be abiding by all government regulations and working closely with our venue, STRONCO and exhibitors to ensure that regulations are strictly followed. WinDoor will look a little different this year but we are excited to move forward with an in person event. 

The show will take place November 16-18th in Toronto with the Main Event taking place on November 17th. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available. Laine Atkins, Event Manager will be reaching out to Marketplace and past WinDoor exhibitors to discuss show options. WinDoor will have limited booth space this year as we address safety concerns, so please confirm your spot as soon as possible. Attendees can expect to see registration online in the next few months. 

We cannot wait to see you in person and please understand that we are committed to your safety and we will be closely following all COVID-19 regulations. 

For more information on the Marketplace or WinDoor, please contact Laine Atkins, Event Manager at laine@fenestrationcanada.ca or 873-665-1982. 

We look forward to seeing you online in May and in person in November!