Graham Sherman of Tool Shed Brewing talked entrepreneurship at the Fenestration Canada annual general meeting.

Fenestration Canada opened its annual general meeting in Calgary this week with a full slate of educational programs and the election of new leadership for the association.

Jennifer Small, the president/CEO of Screenco, was selected to be the new president of Fenestration Canada. Ryan Dudeck of Paramount Windows and Doors was named treasurer for the second year in a row. Terry Adamson of Westeck Windows will serve as first vice president, and Gary Blad of Loewen will serve as second vice president. Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen Canada is the immediate past president.

The annual general meeting, which drew more than 100 attendees, kicked off on Monday night with a networking event at Gasoline Alley, Canada’s largest living-history museum. It features exhibits linked to Calgary’s history involving oil and gas exploration and the development of the automobile.

On Tuesday, keynote speaker Graham Sherman, the co-owner of Tool Shed Brewing Company in Calgary, talked about the struggles, passions and joys of starting a new business from the ground up.

Sherman, who calls himself a “high level geek,” said he used his love of technology to master the craft of brewing artisanal beer.

Prior to launching Tool Shed four years ago, Sherman installed communication networks for the military in Canada and the U.S.  He urged attendees to be passionate about their products and to create stories and experiences around them to help spread word-of-mouth enthusiasm. 

He also said it’s important for entrepreneurs to stay focused.

“You can’t just coast at any time,” he said.

He told attendees to draw back on those edgy moments when they first started their businesses.

Finally, he suggested that it’s better to choose collaboration over competition. The shared knowledge of working with other companies through an organization like Fenestration Canada can make for better products and services. 

Updates on Codes

Jeff Baker, the technical consultant for Fenestration Canada, led attendees through updates to Canada’s energy codes and regulations.

Baker briefed the group on big changes that will be ahead in the next few years related to energy efficiency. The pan-Canadian climate plan, which is the framework of the country’s efforts to meet Canada’s commitments under the Paris Accord agreement, became the policy of the federal and provincial governments in December 2016. It includes measures to increase energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. 

He said there are four key pillars that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been working on — a net-zero-energy codes for new buildings by 2030, an energy code for existing buildings, labeling/disclosure of energy use in buildings, and high-efficiency equipment and appliances.

Baker urged the industry to get a good understanding of how to provide detailed performance of products so that energy modelers can get the most out of house energy models. As for labeling/disclosure of energy use in buildings, he said there’s very little information available on what’s being considered for existing buildings, adding that Fenestration Canada is working with NRCan on these and other issues.

As for performance calculations on the building, Baker said that data will be mandatory in a few years. However, in British Columbia, “you’re going to need it really soon,” he said.

Baker said energy labeling for buildings will force homeowners looking to sell their property to ask themselves questions like “Do I upgrade the bathroom or put better windows in?” 

“If you buy a very good window, you’ll get full credit for that cost-effective move,” he said.

NRCan recently proposed stringent changes to the country’s version of Energy Star.

One eyebrow-raising proposal was a U-factor of 0.8 by 2030 for windows and sliding patio doors.

“That is an incredibly aggressive number,” Baker said. “It will require technology we don’t know about today.”

However, Baker said Fenestration Canada is seeking changes to the plan for sliding glass doors.

“We pushed back to point out that a sliding door is not a big window,” he said. “There’s a lot more that goes into a product like that. Metal reinforcements can degrade thermal performance.”

Later on Tuesday, Cameron Shook of British Columbia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Justin Pockar, an official with the city of Calgary, discussed codes and standards in Alberta and British Columbia.

Awards Night

George Warren, center, of Centennial Windows & Doors won the C.P. Loewen Award. He’s with Jennifer Small of Screenco, left, and Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen Canada.

On Tuesday, the President’s Dinner was held at the Hotel Arts in downtown Calgary. George Warren of Centennial Windows & Doors won the C.P. Loewen Award for his many years of dedication and service to the industry. Stephane Labelle of ConstructBuy received the President’s Award. It’s given to a volunteer who has “made an outstanding contribution to Fenestration Canada by actively contributing to a committee and/or task group, participates in association and industry events and gives time and expertise to the betterment of the association and fenestration industry.”

The Fenestration Canada annual general meeting continues through Thursday.

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