We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Team Alberta for placing 9th at the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. In what was the tightest competition in the Solar Decathlon's history, Team Alberta earned an impressive 913 points out of a total of 1000 possible points. The very close competition was a reflection of all of the quality homes displayed in California.
Team Alberta designed and built a modular, net-zero home named Borealis for this year's Solar Decathlon. The affordable, comfortable and energy efficient home was built in response to the immediate need for housing for the resource industry working in remote areas of Western Canada. + Read more about Borealis here
The winner of the Solar Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellent with optimal production and maximum efficiency. The winner of this year's tight competition was Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology. Congrats to Team Austria!
During the ten day competition, Director of Business Development at Innotech George Nickel and Director of Sales from Fentro Technologies Henry Nickel went to California to support Team Alberta and take part in some of the Solar Decathlon's festivities. Here are some of our favourite photos:
An arial photo from Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California where the 19 competing teams re-constructed their homes for the competition:
The entrance to the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013:
Below right: Team Alberta's Project Manager Alexandre inviting us into Borealis. Below left: Neal from Team Alberta with George from Innotech.
The back of Team Alberta's t-shirts showing all of the sponsors of Borealis:
The front and back of Borealis by Team Alberta:
Congratulations once again to Team Alberta for all of their hard work and genuine passion for high-performance, energy-efficient design and building. It was a pleasure working with you and cheering you every step of the way! See you in 2015!
+ For more information on Borealis, click here
+ For more information on the Innotech products in Borealis, click here
Two years of creating, designing and building a solar-powered home has come down to these 10 days of competition! Team Alberta, pictured above with Borealis, is currently in Irvine, California for the much-anticipated 2013 Solar Decathlon.
We've been closely following all of the excitement on Team Alberta's Facebook page and Twitter feed. And if all the buzz is to be believed, it sounds like our windows and doors are the talk of Borealis:
October 7, 2013
You can support Team Alberta by voting online for the People's Choice Award. It takes less than a minute to show your support to a dedicated team of students who have spent hours helping make Borealis the hit that it is.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently held their annual ceremony for the Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards, which highlight creative development concepts, innovative financing strategies, great design, and superior management and marketing in the apartment and condo marketplace. This year Innotech was very proud to be associated with two projects nominated under the category of "Best Example of Green Building Concepts"; Expo Apartments in Seattle, and University Pointe at College Station in Portland.
Beating out stiff competition from all across America, University Pointe was crowned the winner. LEED Gold certified, the student housing building was cited for its unique high density planning, green roofs, integration with local public transit, and its energy efficiency. Innotech supplied over 1800 windows to the project, which was completed under very stringent timelines.
The Ridge in Kaslo, British Columbia is nearing completion! Built and designed by EcoCentric Design, The Ridge is a sustainable private residence on the shores of Kootenay Lake overlooking the majestic Kootenay Rockies.
The project features triple glazed Innotech windows and exterior doors in charcoal exterior and interior finish. The home has numerous extra large openings to take full advantage of the views. Custom shapes, combinations and creative placement of the windows throughout the home also make this home an architectural gem.
Here are a few photos of the project taken this year throughout the building process. We'll be taking professional photos next year once the landscaping is complete and the sunny weather returns. Stay tuned!
For more images, visit EcoCentric Design's blog.
Images courtesy of EcoCentric Design.
Department G, the Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia's environmental stewardship division, has announced the finalists for the 2013 department g Awards. The awards recognize sustainable building for single family homes in BC.
The Innotech-supplied project 'Sidney by the Sea' is one of the finalists! The stunning West Coast style home was built by award-winning Coastal Construction. The home is a BUILT GREEN® Platinum certified oceanfront home. Designed by the homeowner, one of the home's most striking features is the expansive window and door wall seen above that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Learn more about the project here.
+ For more information about the department g Awards, click here
+ For photos of all the 2013 department g Awards finalists, click here
We love Home #9!
The AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour is an exciting opportunity to tour beautiful homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul designed by talented architects. This year, home #9 of 23 is one of the highlights of the tour.
Designed by Sarah Nettleton Architects, the LEED-certified, 4,000 square foot home is a mix of good design and sustainability. The home features triple glazed Innotech Tilt + Glide Doors and Terrace Swing Doors in a custom painted dark grey finish supplied by our local dealer Heritage Window and Door.
+ For more information about Home #9 and the Homes by Architects Tour, click here
+ View additional photos of Home #9 on Houzz.com
Last night, Modern Classic Building Solutions hosted the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association's "Final Summer Hurrah" BBQ. Not only did we join in on the fun, but we made sure to add to it by bringing along our popular break and enter demonstration window!
Modern Classic is our only full-service dealer in Vancouver. Their beautiful showroom was the perfect venue for the BBQ. The food by Memphis Blues BBQ was delicious and the live music by the Horvat's was awesome.
After dinner, we invited everyone outside for a little break and enter demonstration. Mike from Modern Classic was the evening's lucky "pretend thief". Using a prybar, hammer and sledgehammer, he had lots of fun breaking into our window. His break and enter skills were so good he even raised a few eyebrows from the crowd! ;)
Here's our tilt and turn window post break-in... yikes!
Thanks again to Modern Classic and the GVHBA for a great evening!
Every year the American Architectural Manufacturers Association awards scholarships to the children of member firms and we're pleased to report that the son of an Innotech Windows + Doors employee was one of this year's winners.
Dominic Nickel, son of Director of Business Development George Nickel, was awarded the scholarship on the strength of his grade point average, college entrance exam score, and a 500-word written essay. Dominic graduated from D.W. Poppy Secondary School in June with a 4.0 GPA, where he was a member of the volleyball team and was on the honor roll for four years. Dominic’s interest in the building industry started at the age of 13 when he began working a part-time job installing our windows and doors. Dominic is enrolled in the upcoming Fall semester at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford BC, where he'll be studying engineering mathematics.
"The AAMA is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding students who have dedicated themselves to academic and extracurricular endeavors in order to pursue a career in architecture, engineering and related fields,” says Rich Walker, AAMA's president and CEO. “By supporting these students on their journey to further develop their knowledge and passion, we are hopeful they will make valuable contributions in the building products industry upon completing their education.”
Congratulations to Dominic and to all the AAMA scholarship winners, and good luck in your post-secondary careers! + To view a full list of this year's AAMA's scholarship winners, click here
The Summer is the perfect time for daytrips, even business trips, and so the Innotech sales team set off on Monday for a tour of Cardinal Glass Industries' factory in scenic Hood River, Oregon. This was the team's opportunity to see firsthand the modern manufacturing process that is required to create the best quality glass - and best performing insulated glass units - in the world.
Accompanied by Sales Manager Mika, our intrepid sales team including Martina, Jan, Darren, JJ, Sam, and Nicolay boarded Cardinal's private plane in Abbotsford. Thirty minutes later they touched down in Portland and a short drive then took them to the massive Cardinal plant perched in hills above Hood River. Nestled amongst rolling farmland, the huge facility is one of 34 Cardinal factories across the USA, but only one of nine that produce the insulated glass units (IGU's) used by Innotech in our windows and doors. The sealed units that Cardinal makes in Hood River are sent to us in Abbotsford and Morden for integration into our energy efficient windows and doors, which are subsequently installed across projects Western Canada and the US.
Cardinal Sales Manager Clayton Watson and the entire Cardinal team welcomed us as he would close friends and gave us a first class trip around the factory. They showed us everything from the advanced robotics used to move sheets of glass around, to the high-tech quality control systems they employ. The plant turns out 24 tons of insulated glass per hour - or 21 miles of glass per day. At that rate, Cardinal could build a road of glass from their plant to our head office in Abbotsford, BC in just over two weeks!
One of the interesting facts we learned is that most of the glass produced by Cardinal is 2.2mm or 3.0mm thick. However, the glass manufactured specifically for Innotech windows and doors is always a minimum of 4mm thick (thicker depending on application, such as a need for higher wind load resistance or accoustical performance). Not all the glass from Cardinal is the same and when combined with superior frames, such as our Hybrid uPVC Framing System, the difference in performance is huge!
We can't show you everything (they have corporate secrets to protect!) but we can share a couple of videos available on YouTube.
Here's a sample of the robots in use on the factory floor:
Here's a short video describing the quality control technology utilized by Cardinal:
Clayton was an excellent tour guide! Thank you to the entire Cardinal team in Hood River for hosting our team.
After a lovely dinner hosted by Cardinal, they flew everyone back to Abbotsford and our team much more informed about the technology of glass-making and better able to help our clients understand why Cardinal Glass Industries combined with Innotech is the best choice for their homes and projects.
This past March, Wood WORKS!, an initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, handed out the BC Wood Design Awards, which "serve as an opportunity to publicly recognize and encourage continued excellence in the building and design community and in the forest industry".
One of Innotech's favourite local projects, the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish, won in the category of "Interior Beauty - Design Award". The judges were very pleased with the way the exposed wood beams and the windows worked together to showcase the amazing views of the surrounding mountainside. Innotech supplied all the windows used in the living spaces and the dining area, as shown above.
We're very pleased share this award with a|k|a architecture + design, and we hope their winning design helps convince other building professionals that vinyl and wood can work together to produce beautiful results.
Here's a short video clip announcing the award.
+ View the award abstract here
+ We produced a project profile on the Queen of Peace
Photo courtesy of a|k|a architecture + design, © Andrew Doran.