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1/16/2014

 Old Fashioned Door Knob

 

In the near future there will only be one place to see a doorknob in Vancouver – inside a museum. That’s because in December of last year the city council amended the city’s building code to ban doorknobs in all commercial and residential buildings. Existing buildings will be permitted to keep their quaint knobs, but all new construction must forgo them for handles.

 

Innotech door lever handle

 

The reason was not an aesthetic one. Door lever handles have been proven to be much easier to open, providing enhanced accessibility for the elderly and physically challenged. Former building inspector Will Johnson, who helped write the new code, explained “when I look at what we [proposed], it is simply good design. It allows for homes to be built that can be used more easily for everybody.”

 

Vancouver is considered a trendsetter with many of its initiatives and this one seems to be no different as governing bodies in other provinces including Nova Scotia and Manitoba are considering following suit. 

 

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11/22/2012

Every year, the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia and BC Homes celebrates excellence in home building by hosting the premier Georgie Awards®. This year, three of our projects have been nominated as finalists:


Winter Residence by Ario Construction

2012 Finalist: Best Single Family Detached Home up to 2,000 sq.ft. under $500,000


The contemporary Winter Residence in Whistler, BC features a range of Innotech products, including Tilt + Turn Windows, Tilt + Glide Door and Terrace Swing Doors. The builder selected a titanium exterior finish to complement the modern black and wood coloured exterior of the home.


Ario Construction, Winter Residence

Ario Construction, Winter Residence

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Evergreen Kitchen by Blackfish Homes and Construction

2012 Finalist: Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000


The Evergreen Kitchen renovation features an extra large 16' wide by 7' high Tilt + Glide Door. The unique three panel - fixed, operable and fixed - combination provides the homeowner with an uninterrupted view through the operable center panel.


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Kitsilano Residence by Rockridge Developments

2012 Finalist: Best Single Family Detached Home over 2,000 sq.ft. over $750,000


The Kitsilano residence features our popular Terrace Swing Doors with an titanium exterior finish and white interior finish. 

Kitsilano Residence


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Good luck to Ario, Blackfish, Rockridge and all of the other great finalists!


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5/7/2012

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently released its proposed changes to the performance criteria of the US Energy Star windows program.

 

One of the proposed changes is to set the maximum U-Factor of the Northern climate zone to 0.25-0.27. While an estimated 47% of window products currently do not meet this proposed target, most Innotech products* meet these requirements with dual pane glass and all Innotech products exceed these requirements with triple pane glass.


Energy Star Proposed Changes vs. Innotech Products


*To achieve 0.27 with e366, the panes must be 5mm/5mm. This qualifies all InnoNova products except the Tilt + Glide door, which remains at 0.28. This data applies to InnoNova products only.

 

+ To read about the other proposed changes, click here.

 

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1/18/2012

On Thursday, January 19th the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing, is hosting a half-day workshop on window installation.

 

"The workshop will focus on building enclosure and window installation requirements for thermal performance in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders will provide insights into key issues including:

 

- window to wall interface

- insulation strategies

- thermal and condensation performance of windows

- effectiveness in managing rainwater

- and building code, installation and energy efficiency standards."

 

Innotech's Director of Technology, Al Jaugelis, is part of the industry panel that will conclude the workshop with a discussion and closing remarks.

 

For more information or to register, download the schedule, program and bios [PDF - 2.58 MB] or visit www.bcbec.com.

1/12/2012

The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) recently released a Builder Insight bulletin prepared by RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

 

Builder Insight 9, entitled Fenestration Energy Performance: A Roadmap for Understanding Requirements for Residential Buildings in British Columbia, clarifies the energy performance requirements for windows, glazed doors and skylights used in residential buildings. It also provides a roadmap for compliance. 

 

To read the bulletin, download the PDF (849 KB).

5/25/2011

The “Hurricane in a Box” test chamber will hit the Pacific North West in June as part of a 50-city tour of the United States and Canada.

 

Built to showcase the importance of appropriate material selection, construction sequencing and design details in the construction of energy efficient building envelopes, the test chamber showcases how superior materials and construction can protect buildings from the forces of Mother Nature.

 

The free two-hour interactive demonstration is entitled Refining Construction Details through Design Verification Testing. The transportable test chamber is calibrated to conduct common ASTM, AAMA and extreme weather testing in excess of Category 5 Hurricane conditions or winds up to and beyond 155 MPH on building mock-ups. It tests how well a typical wall assembly, including windows, doors and other openings, can resist water penetration under such circumstances.

 

The chamber also tests air leakage through walls and around windows and doors — a leading cause of wasted energy and uncomfortable buildings.

 The “Hurricane in a Box” test chamber will hit the Pacific North West in June as part of a 50-city tour of the United States and Canada.

 

Built to showcase the importance of appropriate material selection, construction sequencing and design details in the construction of energy efficient building envelopes, the test chamber showcases how superior materials and construction can protect buildings from the forces of Mother Nature.

 

The free two-hour interactive demonstration is entitled Refining Construction Details through Design Verification Testing. The transportable test chamber is calibrated to conduct common ASTM, AAMA and extreme weather testing in excess of Category 5 Hurricane conditions or winds up to and beyond 155 MPH on building mock-ups. It tests how well a typical wall assembly, including windows, doors and other openings, can resist water penetration under such circumstances.

 

The chamber also tests air leakage through walls and around windows and doors — a leading cause of wasted energy and uncomfortable buildings.

 

The test chamber was designed by Building Envelope Innovations (BEI) to help builders create walls that wouldn’t wet-out in extreme or even ordinary weather conditions. BEI has used the test chamber to test their air and water-resistive/waterproof barrier products, as well as other products on the market. The test chamber is also available to manufacturers, engineers and design professionals to see if their products and designs survive the high-pressure condition generated by the test chamber.

 

The multi-city road show is presented by PROSOCO, Lawrence, Kan., the manufacturer of the extreme-performance air and water resistive barrier product line R-GUARD. PROSOCO makes a wide range of products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete, brick and stone architecture.

 

During its Vancouver visit, the test chamber will feature a Tilt + Turn Window manufactured by Innotech Windows + Doors, a BC-based manufacturer of European style, high-performance windows and doors. Innotech tilt and turn windows were selected for the test chamber by BEI because of their superior ability to resist air and water penetration in extreme conditions as simulated by the test chamber.

 

“The use of the right building materials combined with correct installation is the key to any durable and high-performing building envelope,” says George Nickel, Business Development Director at Innotech Windows + Doors. “We’re excited to be part of the BEI-PROSOCO test chamber. It’s an exciting opportunity that will have a long-term impact on North America’s building industry.”

 

On June 22, 2011 the test chamber will be in Burnaby – the only Canadian city on the popular road show. The educational demonstration is free and open to design professionals, construction managers, general contractors, waterproofing contractors and air barrier contractors interested in learning how to improve the performance of their building envelopes.

 

Other dates in the Pacific North West include: Portland, OR on June 7, Lakewood, WA on June 9 and Seattle, WA on June 14. To register for any of these locations, visit: www.r-guard.com.

 

The two-hour demonstration meets AIA/CES and RCI criteria for continuing education. Every qualified attendee will receive a certificate for 2 AIA/CES unit hours (Health, Safety & Welfare / Sustainable Design) and/or two RCI Continuing Education Hours (CEH). 

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3/31/2011

The US Green Building Council has released a new fact sheet addressing energy performance in the LEED rating system. 

 

"The fact sheet details a crucially important tool in helping to realize a building’s performance in every aspect of sustainability: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. LEED buildings certified through EB:O&M are certified based upon their energy consumption in addition to the measures undertaken in the other credit categories covering water, indoor environmental quality, materials, and location. The amount of certified space under EB:O&M has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, surpassing the rate of certification for New Construction (see the graph in the fact sheet for exactly how much and how fast). We expect this growth to continue as the building industry (and even the President) focuses on improving existing buildings."

 

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3/21/2011

In January 2011, the first state wide green building code, the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), took effect. Sustainable Industries recently compared CALGreen to LEED asking: "How does California's new green building code compare to the industry benchmark?"

 

"To address this question, one must look at differences and similarities between CALGreen and LEED in areas such as site characteristics, energy efficiency, water reduction, materials, and the indoor environment. When comparing individual areas within each standard, it’s important to recognize that LEED is a voluntary point-based rating system with four levels of certification. CALGreen, on the other hand, is a mandatory green building code that also includes optional “tiers” for projects seeking to go beyond the minimum level required.    

 

Both CALGreen and LEED address five main categories relating to new commercial buildings:  site, water, energy, materials and the indoor environment.  Since LEED is a point-based rating system in which projects must achieve at least 40 of 110 possible points, it allows for flexibility and has few mandatory prerequisites. In contrast, all of the measures within CalGreen are mandatory, with the exception of the optional tiers."

 

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12/2/2010

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently published an articled entitled "High Condensation Resistance of Vinyl Meets Green, Health Care Needs". The article takes a look at the benefits of high performance vinyl windows for use in health care facilities:

 

"In the health care world in particular, green building practices are expanding design visions to emphasize beneficial daylighting, energy efficiency and other key green criteria, while accomplishing the latest sector-specific missions of reducing health care errors; discouraging the spread of infectious agents; improving sound attenuation; increasing patient well-being and enhancing physical security. High-efficiency vinyl windows with high CRF values should be of particular interest to hospitals and other medical facilities because moisture provides fertile ground for growth of potentially dangerous molds and bacteria, and can compromise sensitive diagnostic equipment. Smooth, non-porous surfaces also discourage the collection of dust and the spread of infection and are easy to clean. Windows with vinyl frames and integral blinds, sealed against moisture, dust and mold within insulating glass units, are a good option.

 

For all these reasons, the green movement, although initially virulently anti-vinyl, is beginning to take a second look at vinyl products, much as occurred in Europe more than a decade ago."

 

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10/28/2010

Profine International Profile Group, the world's largest manufacturer of uPVC window and door profiles, has proudly featured the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in their newsletter. Profine manufactures TROCAL window and door profiles, which are the profiles used in our windows and doors.

 

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort 

 

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