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February 7, 2019
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Statistics Canada 2018 building permits overview

The total value of building permits rose 4.7% in 2018 to $99.7 billion, the fifth consecutive annual increase. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings were the main factors behind the increase. Four provinces reported gains, led by British Columbia and Quebec. The largest decline was in Ontario, where the value of permits was down 2.2% to $38.2 billion.

GED introduces new Canada rep

GED Integrated Solutions, Inc. (GED) has welcomed over 30 employees in 2018 as the company continues to grow. To keep pace with sales growth, it has added several new individuals in key management positions. Trevor Kropf has been hired as a Regional Sales Manager representing GED’s Canadian territory to promote and sell all product offerings and serve Canadian customers. Kropf has 20 years of industrial sales experience, and resides outside of Toronto, Ontario.

AAMA updates colour guidelines

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document providing guidelines for describing colour measurement requirements for inclusion in AAMA documents.AAMA CMR-1-18, Guidelines for Development of Color Measurement Requirements, was first released in 2016. This is its first update, which was made to accommodate changes made to measurement averaging and colour difference equations.

California now asking for EPDs

The California Department of General Services announced California will be requesting Environmental Product Declarations from contractors on public works products starting Jan. 1 of this year. Flat glass is one of the building materials listed as a product eligible for an EPD. EPDs are third-party-verified documents quantifying the environmental impact of a product's materials and manufacturing process, including raw material extraction, energy use, chemical emissions and waste. The announcement constitutes the first inclusion of EPDs in official state procurement policy in North America, and will likely be watched closely by environmental regulators in other jurisdictions, including Canada.
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Featured News 

Nominations open for OGMA Awards of Excellence

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now being received for the 2019 Awards for Excellence. There are two awards, one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design and one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution. The deadline for submissions is March 15. » Learn More

CSC Building Expo

February 27
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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Building Envelope Conference

March 3 - 5
Location: Las Vegas
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Top Glass

April 17
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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September 17 - 19
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
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