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Glass & Glazing Industry Events President’s Notes Calendar ’10 JANUARY 2010

2009 has been a challenging year for many in the industry. The global financial crisis has had a huge impact on the housing and building industries, which in turn has affected the demand for glass. Thankfully, the Australian economy has fared better than most and there are already signs of improvement, which will hopefully translate improved market conditions in the near future. In any case, the best advice any of us can heed in this tougher than ever business climate is simply to knuckle down and work through it – we have experienced similar slumps over the years and managed to make it out the other side; there is no reason that this time has to be any different. Pressure from imports continues to build and this is something that we need to address in the near future, in order to ensure the continued sustainability of our local industry. On a more positive note, we can expect further news and findings from the SWA early in the New Year. The SWA has spent much of this year investigating the scientific and economic case for energy efficient windows in residential buildings, and while the task has taken longer than expected, this once in a lifetime undertaking grew into a sizeable project. The findings will enable us all to better plan and develop a sound business model and work within the confines of the increased energy building regulations ahead. I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season, and a healthy dose of rest and relaxation with family and friends in readiness for a busy year ahead. Lewis Saragossi, President, AGGA

REPORT FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR With COAG’s decision to implement 6 star effective May 2011 we need to position glass on the right side of possibly the most important public debate of this generation.

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AGGA National Office Nigel Carpenter, Executive Director Level 11, 380 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Vic, 3004 or Email: Tel: 03 9941 3130 or Fax: 03 9696 1553 For all advertising enquiries contact Ian at OMC Media or telephone 03 9510 5466

Contributors Andrew Barnard, Jeff Salton, John Greenhalgh, Mal Harrop, Samantha Senior, Trevor Mein (Photography), Design by OMC Media, designer – Gowri Krunathan

To achieve this opportunity we need to undertake the development of a clear strategic and business plan. Our core strategic goal is ‘To shape and grow demand for glass in the built environment, by positioning it positively in the broad sustainability debate’. Work continues with sub groups given the task of expanding on 6 key strategies. These strategies are 1. Advocacy, 2. Education, training, “voice” of glass, 3. Working with channel partners, 4. Representing the membership, 5. Product quality, standards’ compliance and 6. Governance. We will finish the plan prior to the end of this calendar year.

The photo of Rivercity House featured on the cover of Glass Australia’s September issue showcased an innovative example of glass in a modern residential setting. However, due to the home being completed prior to the introduction of the new Australian Standard, you should be aware the glass balustrades featured in the Rivercity home were designed to comply with the previous edition of the Australian Standard.

We will continue to forward information related to the plan as it is developed. It’s imperative that our plan represents member needs so we encourage members to provide feedback and suggestions.

The current Australian Standard requires that Structural Balustrades, protecting a difference in level of one metre or more, incorporate a load supporting handrail or alternatively an engineered glass solution may be designed by a qualified professional.

We welcome contributions, so please contact me on 03 9941 3130 or to discuss how we can take AGGA forward.

Recent code changes have made the role of the engineer paramount to achieving this contemporary look. Handrail free balustrades are available and an engineered solution will ensure your project meets all current standards.

Nigel Carpenter, Exective Director

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contents 03

President’s Notes Report from Executive Director/Calendar




Profile (Steve Choat)


AGGA Conference 2010


Industry News


New Products


Case Study (The Bondi)


Case Study (VS1 Building)


Case Study (South Melbourne apartment terrace)


Know the Law


OH&S Report


State News

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Mr Lewis Saragossi, G.James (President) Mr Roland Lang, O’Brien Glass Mr David Watson, National Glass

QLD Mr Ian Simeon, Network Glaziers NSW Mr Joe Finn, Bent & Curved Glass TAS Mr John Ryan, Hobart Glass & Aluminium SA Mr Leigh Twining, Viridian VIC Mr Dale Urquhart, Geelong Glass WA Mr Ian Thomson, Glasspower NT Mr Lyndon Bradshaw, Viridian

Representing Overseas Manufacturers’ Representatives

Representing Other Independent Organisations

Representing Senior Glass Processors

Mr Neil Searle, OGA Mr Jamie Rice, George Fethers (Vice President) Mr Gilbert Charmoun, Guardian Industries Corp

Mr Chris Barker, CL Glass Mr Paul King, Cooling Bros Mr Vidar Moen, Moen Glass

AGGA NATIONAL MEMBERS AGC Flat Glass Albat + Wirsam Alspec Bevelite Glass Pty Ltd Bremner Glass Equipment Certification Solutions International City Glass Classic Frosted Glass Chevron Glass Pty Ltd Cooling Bros CL Glass CR Laurence Dorma Glas Dream Haven Glass Dupont Australia Express Glass Flat Glass Industries G.James Australia Pty Ltd George Fethers & Co GHS Pty Ltd Guarde Software Guardian Industries Corp Intermac Jeld-Wen

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Well it’s hard to believe that we are already closing in on the end of 2009. We’ve had a busy year, bringing you not four but five issues of your favourite glass publication. While hopefully you are all preparing for a well deserved break over the festive season, we leave you with a jam packed issue of Glass Australia. Have a read through the Industry News section for the latest on what’s happening, including new businesses, members, products and more. It doesn’t finish there; from a giant DigiGlass mural depicting an Italian garden path installed on a high rise balcony, an extremely elegant and sophisticated glass spiral staircase manufactured by Bent and Curved Glass, and three very different case studies all showcasing the growing versatility of glass. Also in this issue we bring you our first opinion piece. Such a forum provides an opportunity for those in the industry to have their say, a voice, (one that we won’t all necessarily agree with). We hope to make this a permanent inclusion in Glass Australia, and we invite members to submit their opinions to the GA Editorial Committee. I look forward to catching up with many of you again in the year ahead and, to receiving regular feedback on content and suggestions for future articles. Each new year brings new challenges and opportunities to develop and grow; we are eagerly anticipating the exciting projects and industry initiatives that await us in 2010. From all in our production team, we wish you a fabulous Christmas and holiday season, and travel safely. Jill Johnson, Editor

No responsibility is accepted by the AGGA for the accuracy of any statements or advice contained in the text or advertisements. Articles published within Glass Australia Magazine reflect the personal opinions of the author and not necessarily that of the AGGA. Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, The Original Magazine Company. No responsibility is accepted by the publisher for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

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In this year’s last issue of Glass Australia, AGGA speaks to Viridian’s Steve Choat. by Samantha Senior, photography by Shaney Balcombe (Fotogroup)

Having been Viridian General Manager Manufacturing for the past eight years, a recent internal restructure of the company has seen Steve appointed General Manager of the Primary Products division. Steve is comfortable with the advancement, saying in essence it is an extension of his current role. “Until now, I have been responsible for the running of our three manufacturing plants; this hasn’t changed, however in addition to this I will now oversee the sales and marketing operations. The role will provide the opportunity for a lot more customer interaction which is great, because that’s something I really enjoy.” Originally from the United Kingdom, Steve started his career in the glass industry with Pilkington UK almost three decades ago in 1980. “Engineering is a popular career choice in my family,” says Steve. “I gained my engineering degree at university, but after working in the field briefly I knew that I would enjoy something more business orientated.” Following this revelation Steve returned to university, this time to complete his Masters in Management Science. After working his way up through various roles at Pilkington UK, Steve became General Manager of the Special Glass division. “I guess it’s a bit different to what most people in this industry have experienced. The types of glass we were manufacturing included those for optical glasses, X-ray machines and lead windows. It was certainly a specialised market and approximately 85 percent of what we manufactured was exported, mainly into Asia.” In 1997, Steven was presented with the opportunity to go to Pilkington Sydney to manage the Sydney and Alexandria plants. What was meant to be a three year secondment became permanent when a year later Steve was offered the chance to move to Melbourne and take on the role of General Manager Manufacturing, responsible for the Dandenong, Alexandria and Ingleburn manufacturing plants. “It didn’t take me long to accept the position,” reflects Steve. “My wife Liz and I had already grown to love Australia in the short time we’d been here, so when we were offered the opportunity to stay here permanently we jumped at the chance. We’re now Australian citizens and consider this home.” Steve and Liz, a former lawyer who is now Deputy Clerk for Victorian Parliament, have settled in comfortably in Melbourne’s bayside area and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. “There’s nothing too out of the ordinary in our lives. We enjoy catching up with friends, reading and we also don’t mind the odd game of lawn bowls.”

While it all sounds quite civilised, Steve admits to the occasional heated word or two when it comes to cricket. “I have to admit that you will still find me cheering for England,” he says. “However, Liz who was never a great cricket fan back in the UK is now an avid supporter of the Aussies, which can make for some interesting discussions!” Disregarding the fact that his sporting alliances mustn’t have made him very popular during the Ashes earlier this year, Steve enjoys a good working relationship with his team which held him in good stead when he took on the role of managing the major upgrade of the Dandenong plant, that was completed earlier this year. “As Dandenong is Viridian’s largest plant, the upgrade required a great deal of preparation to ensure that production was interrupted as little as possible. Two years of stock planning by a dedicated stock building team went into the project to make sure that sufficient quantities of our range of existing glass products were available during the 17-week plant upgrade,” says Steve. According to Steve, overseeing the Dandenong upgrade has been his major focus over the past couple of years. “As well as planning ahead to make sure we could meet customer demands throughout the process, there are so many other things involved when undertaking such a major overhaul. When you look at the facilities we have now though and the capabilities, you’d do it again in an instant.” Steve confides that he gets a real sense of satisfaction from putting world class assets in place. “Growing the business’ capability through providing the means to manufacture high quality, value added products definitely gives me a buzz.” With the plant successfully operating, Steve says he is looking forward to undertaking a lot more customer facing activities and improving the overall customer service experience. “At the end of the day what we have achieved in terms of product offerings don’t mean much if we don’t have the customer service to match. It’s easy to get caught up in making sure you have the best and latest technology, but keeping customers happy is as much about service as it is about product.” Looking ahead, Steve says that the constant evolution of the glass industry can create its own challenges. “It’s human nature to resist change but it is always going to happen whether we like it or not. Some of the scenarios brought about by change are more satisfying than others, but regardless of the situation faced you need to stay focused, keep team morale up and work together to deliver what it is you need to achieve.”


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Despite the trying economic times, Steve says Viridian is positioned well and that the growing dominance of energy efficiency requirements in both the residential and commercial sectors opens up great opportunities for the whole industry.

“Glass and glazing is full of good, loyal people who want to see not only the industry but individual businesses grow. There’s a real sense of camaraderie and there are so many stories of long time ‘glassies’ helping out other businesses so they too can reach their full potential. It’s really fantastic to see.” GA

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Glazing Company NSW Finalist in Telstra Business Awards

A photo from the awards ceremony of the Express Glass team holding the finalists certificate for the Panasonic Medium Business Award. Left to right: Keith Grocott (Director), Stephen Tatian, Reece van Vliet, Steve Vranjkovic, Dale Meredith, John Coleman, Aleks Jevdic, Siena Mafi, Adrian Grocott (Managing Director), Mark Jennings, Scott Atkinson.

Glass replacement company, Express Glass, were recently named as NSW State Finalist in two categories for the Telstra Business Awards. The awards highlight the achievements of small and medium businesses and give them the confidence and inspiration to grow and achieve results both locally and on an international stage. From a field of over 1,000 entrants, Express Glass were selected as one of five finalists in the categories of Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award and the Sensis Social Responsibility Award. “These awards give us the confidence to succeed. The awards submission process has allowed us to take an in depth look at our business and implement new ideas and technology to further increase the level of service we provide to our customers,” says

Express Glass Managing Director, Adrian Grocott. Express Glass have been nominated as finalists in the Telstra Business Awards four times previously. This is the first year they have been nominated in the social responsibility category, an award that recognises demonstrated leadership and contribution by a business to the environment, people, education or the community. “Being nominated in the social responsibility category gave us a real sense of pride. We put a huge effort into being a socially responsible company and give a lot back to our local community, through sponsorships and through giving our time to local charities such as Ronald McDonald House in Randwick.” For more information and photographs contact: Mark Jennings at Express Glass on 0438 574 277 or email:

CRL WINS TWO CRYSTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS CRL’s Dry Glaze Taper-Loc™ System won first place in the Most Innovative Commercial Hardware Product category. Intended for residential and commercial tempered glass railing and windscreen applications, the glass installation system uses a horizontal taper lock design and can reduce installation time by fifty percent. CRL’s Hand Rails Online received the award for Most Innovative Industry-Specific Software category. Tailored to professionals working with handrails, guard rails, glass balustrades, stair rails, and windscreens, Hand Rails Online is a web-based design program for material sizing.

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), has won two awards in Glass Magazine’s Crystal Achievement Awards. Established by the United States’ National Glass Association, the awards are designed to recognise significant innovations and achievements in the commercial, retail and fabrication markets within the glass industry.


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“The number and quality of entries are a testament to our industry’s commitment to innovation, even amidst challenging market conditions,” says Glass Magazine Editor, Jenni Chase. For more information contact: CRL on (02) 9774 5077 or log onto


G.James’ Joe Saragossi inducted into QLD Business Leaders Hall of Fam G. James’ Joe Saragossi was recently inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame. Joe received a posthumous award ‘in recognition of outstanding and sustained business leadership significantly contributing to the Queensland economy’. Announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday 15 September, Lewis and Pearle Saragossi accepted Joe’s award which was presented by Governor-General, Quentin Bryce. Other inductees in the program’s inaugural year included Castlemaine Perkins, Dr Clem Jones, Steve Irwin and Qantas. Founded to celebrate leading businesses and business leaders who have enhanced the state’s reputation and its economy, the Hall of Fame is a joint partnership between the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Faculty of Business, the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation. Executive Dean of the QUT Faculty of Business, Professor Peter Little, says the first inductees include individuals and businesses across a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit sectors who have contributed significantly to Queensland’s community. “Many have created significant employment, great services and products, and run very successful organisations that have contributed significantly to Queensland and Australia’s economic and social wellbeing,” he said.

Lewis and Pearle Saragossi accept Joe’s posthumous award from Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.

IGMA UPDATE Clearly with COAG’s decision to implement 6 star effective May 2011 the insulating glass industry will be one of the fastest growing industries in the building envelope. We therefore need to ensure the quality of product manufactured in Australia meets world standard. To achieve best practise IGMA has been working on a number of projects, one of which is to establish long term external testing in Australia. We are pleased to announce Ian Bennie & Associates is committing considerable funds Sandro Lanni, and has placed orders for testing equipment. IGMA Chairman Long term external testing should commence at Ian’s Dandenong laboratory in Melbourne in February 2010. Ian can be contacted on 03 9768 3640. A major benefit of being a member of IGMA is access and membership of IGMA North America. IGMA North America is an ISO 9000 registered organisation offering product certification for insulating glass units and education to the industry. They develop technical publications and guidelines for the manufacture of insulating units and engage in leading research to advance new technologies in the manufacture of insulating glass units.

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Access to the password protected members only, section of the IGMA website where you will find minutes from IGMA NA’s committees and working groups, draft documents and newsletters. Technical Bulletins Complimentary updates on existing publications and a complimentary copy of each new technical publication Access to the latest research and technical advisory service Access to the IGMA NA library.

IGMA Australia recognises the need for a strong relationship with IGMA NA, believing NA expertise will greatly assist all our members.

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GLASS INDUSTRY BANDS TOGETHER TO PROVIDE LIDCOMBE TAFE WITH CNC TECHNOLOGY options,” says Brenton Knudsen of Biesse Group Australia (Intermac’s parent company). Intermac was able to put together a package whereby a highly subsidised Master 23 CNC Machine was purchased by the NSW Glass and Glazing Association for Lidcombe College and software keys were provided free of charge. In addition, Intermac will conduct extensive training with teachers and, together with the college and NSWGGA write software programs to be used within the TAFE training curriculum.

A project initiated by recently retired glass icon, Dennis Loudoun, through the NSW Glass and Glazing Association has seen a number of companies within the glass industry band together to provide Lidcombe College students with access to the latest CNC technology. Located west of Sydney, Lidcombe College is part of South Western Sydney Institute, one of Australia’s largest TAFE institutes. With around 6,500 enrolments, Lidcombe College hosts the State Centres for Training in a number of trades including glass and glazing. “Noticing the industry move towards CNC technology, Dennis recognised the need for this type of technology to be available within training facilities and approached Intermac to discuss possible

“Students will now have the ability to learn and run real life scenarios within a controlled environment using this up-to-date innovative technology, which will increase the student’s working opportunities and personal value whilst moving forward and advancing within their career development,” says Brenton. On behalf of the AGGA and our industry, special recognition goes to the following individuals and organisations for their contributions to this worthwhile cause: Dennis and Lesley Loudoun, Ted Oberg (Sydney Glass), Joe Finn (Bent & Curved Glass), the NSW Glass and Glazing Association, Mark Nicholls (Lidcombe College) and Brenton Knudsen (Biesse Group Australia).

SHORTS USE MINI CRANE FOR EASIER GLAZING For a long time, father and son team, Ian and Michael Short, from Shorts Glass glazed the conventional way – with brute force. However, fed up with the resulting aches and pains, they began to investigate easier, more efficient and safer ways to glaze. “Increasingly we were finding ourselves glazing larger shopfronts with heavier glass, which gave us the idea to look for a way to revolutionise the way we carry out our glazing,” says Ian. After looking at a number of options, they settled on the Maeda Mini Crawler crane to lighten their workload. In conjunction with a Quattro lift, the mini crane has all but eliminated the need to lift excessive weight. Weighing 1050kg and measuring 1980mm (L) x 600mm (W) x 1305mm (H), the crane is compact enough to fit inside standard shopping centre doors and lifts for above ground floor work. The mini crane is able to lift up to 1000kg with a one metre boom extension and 250kg with the five metre boom extended. From the moment the truck arrives at a job site, the Shorts have glass transport covered – it is either craned or lifted with the Quattro lift from the truck. From there, it is wheeled into the shop where the mini crane takes over. With the sucker in place the glass can be rolled and then lifted into position, while all the glazier needs to do is guide the glass. Even the job of blocking the glass is safer and easier as the crane takes the weight whilst the glazier puts the blocks into position. “Another safety feature is the removal of large areas of broken glass,” says Ian. “The sucker can be placed on the broken pane to safely lift the piece out with no chance of glass falling onto glaziers or surrounding structures.” For more information contact: Shorts Glass on (02) 9892 2788 or log onto 14

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Compliance with the Balustrade chapter of AS1288

The 2006 revision of AS1288 saw the introduction of significant changes to the wording of the balustrading section. This was meant to clarify the requirements, but has unfortunately caused some concern within the glass industry since its publication. What was changed? Reference to balustrading in AS1288:1994 was in the form of two paragraphs directing the reader to Table 5.1 for human impact requirements and AS1170.1 and AS1170.2 for design loads. In the 2006 revision a new section was added exclusively related to balustrades. In short: •

Clause 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 state that the balustrade must be able to withstand the loads in AS1170;

Clause 7.2.3 introduces new definitions of load supporting handrails, non-load supporting handrails and interlinking handrails. Examples are given of solutions that are ‘deemed to comply’.

The question is often asked; can I still install a frameless balustrade? If the fall being protected is less than 1000mm then the answer is YES. If the fall is greater than 1000mm, AS1288:2006 does not offer any ‘deemed to comply’ solutions that do not have a hand rail. Hence the answer is NO, unless you have an ‘engineered’ solution, certified by an independent engineer to meet the fundamental requirements of a balustrade as per the BCA and able withstand the loads in AS1170. What if I put a channel on top? This appears to be common practice in the market right now, however this does not make the balustrade compliant unless the channel can withstand the loads in AS1170 after the panel breaks. Many channels being used would not satisfy this requirement.


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What if the Development Approval has been accepted before 2006 with a frameless balustrade or a channel? It is still non-compliant with to AS1288:2006 and therefore cannot be installed. The design must be changed to ensure compliance with the current standard. What is my responsibility as an installer? The key issue to remember is that if a balustrade fails and it is found to have been non-compliant, the installer is liable for any damages. Many installers believe that the building certifier is liable because they approved the project; however this is not the case. The building certifier signs off that the installer has certified the installation is compliant with AS1288 and hence that they carry any liability. Some certifiers may know what is compliant and will give direction to the installer, but many will not. What is my responsibility as a supplier? You are required to supply a product that is fit for purpose. If you are aware, or could reasonably be aware, of the end use of the glass you supply, then you must ensure that it is fit for purpose. What is the solution? Sky Glass is an engineered solution, certified to meet the requirements of AS1288, AS1170 and the BCA when the fall is greater than 1000mm. It is a structural laminate that remains rigid and in place even when broken. It continues to provide a reliable barrier and fall protection until replacement is possible. Sky Glass is manufactured by Bevelite Glass, an Australian Glass Group Company. For further information on Sky Glass, and to discover how your next project can incorporate a frameless balustrade: Visit:


YEAR 8 STUDENT AWARDED FOR GLASS PROJECT Melbourne Girls Grammar student, Georgia Benjamin, recently received a prize in the 2009 Science Talent Search Awards for a school project in which she examined what types of glass have the best insulating properties. “I chose this topic because I wanted to find out more about global warming and how we can help save the worlds resources for future generations,” says the Year 8 student. Georgia tested four different glass types by cutting out a hole in a shoe box and putting a slide of glass on the top of the box. The boxes were placed outside with two thermometers (one inside the box and one outside) to see which glass was the most insulating and kept an even temperature. One of Georgia’s glass samples was double glazed while the remaining three were 5mm thick, one clear and the other two with a bronze and grey tint. “This experiment shows how we can help the whole world,” says Georgia. “Insulating glass is a cheaper alternative to solar energy. If we use glass that is more insulating then you can maintain an even temperature, which can help the world save natural resources and fossil fuels from being burnt.”

Megan Lee – Science teacher (Melbourne Girl’s Grammar) and Georgia Benjamin

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Following months of planning, Western Australia’s Cooling Bros recently commissioned its new 8000 square meter state-of-the-art glass processing factory in the Perth suburb of High Wycombe. “Five years ago we installed our first toughening plant,” says Cooling Bros Managing Director, Paul King. “However, in the last couple of years it was clear, that with glass sizes getting bigger and bigger, we would need to look at upgrading if we were to secure our place in the market.” Never one to do things by halves, Paul decided not only to upgrade the toughening plant but the entire factory and moved the business from its 2800sqm factory to one offering 8000sqm. Paul and his team designed the new factory to accommodate both new and the existing processing equipment previously supplied by OGA. Cooling Bros have a long relationship with OGA, who first supplied the company with processing equipment back in 1999. “Over the years, OGA have been great in helping us grow our business by specifying the correct products for our needs, so it made sense that they would be involved with our biggest upgrade to date,” says Paul. As Australia’s leading supplier of quality glass processing machinery, OGA supply a wide range of equipment from the world’s most respected manufacturers. “We have many clients with whom we have long working relationships – some even date back to when we first started in 1976,” says OGA’s Neil Searle. “However, our relationship with Cooling Bros is unique in that almost one hundred percent of their processing equipment has been supplied by us – we see this as a great compliment and it demonstrates their trust in our ability to specify, install and service the right equipment.” Cooling Bros’ latest move has seen OGA supply additional new equipment including:


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Glaston Bavelloni edging machine, vertical drilling line, jumbo loading and cutting line and a 4500mm bed size CNC machine. Glaston Tamglass ‘ProE’ glass tempering line and a full upgrade of the existing Tamglass machine. FOR.EL vertical glass washing machine, vertical glass arrissing and washing line, vertical double glazing line and a complete glass laminating line with autoclave. STA Germany, two high capacity automatic centrifuges to clean all the glass processing water. All the new and existing machinery was also completely integrated with Glaston Albat & Wirsam software supplied and installed by Chris Busch at BCON Australia. Order entry, production control, machine programming and dispatch, is fully integrated. “The Tamglass line has been in operation since April, at the moment laminating is being carried out on a daily basis and double glazing will increase as the demand grows,” says Paul. “Across the entire equipment range the main thing we were looking for was the quality of processing – accuracy and precision were absolutely critical.” Providing further testament to the close relationship between OGA and Cooling Bros, Neil was asked to introduce Paul at the official opening ceremony in September, attended by over 150 customers, international guests and friends. “I was honoured to be given the opportunity to introduce Paul at the launch,” says Neil. “It’s wonderful to know that Paul considers OGA as a trusted partner.” For more information contact: Overseas Glass Agencies 138-140 Malcolm Road, Braeside, Victoria 3195 Ph (03) 9587 2488 Fax (03) 9587 2688






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THE LAUNCH After more than four decades as one of Western Australia’s leading glazing and glass supply companies, Cooling Brothers has recently launched a state-of-the-art glass processing facility. Located in the Perth suburb of High Wycombe, the new factory is 7000sqm – more than 4000sqm bigger than the company’s previous factory in Belmont. Sponsored by OGA, Glaston Group and FOR.EL, the launch provided Cooling Brothers with the opportunity to reveal the results of two and a half years of hard work. “We spent considerable time sourcing a suitable site that’s capable of sustaining our growth,” said Cooling Brothers’ Managing Director, Paul King. “It was also important that the site was able to provide sufficient power for our needs which are constantly expanding.” Representatives from leading glass equipment manufacturers, Tamglass and FOR.EL, travelled from Singapore and Italy respectively to attend the facility’s official launch on September 16th along with guests from Thailand, New Zealand and the eastern states. Paul thanked customers, staff, family and his business partner, Brent Barden, for their dedication and support of the company. He also paid tribute to former AGGA President, Dennis Loudoun, for his help in moulding Cooling Brothers into the successful, progressive company it is today. “Dennis has been my mentor for the past four years, and his experience in the industry and the advice he has given me have been invaluable throughout this project,” said Paul.


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THE PHILOSOPHY With more than 40 successful years of trading behind them, Cooling Brothers’ experience places the company at the market’s forefront for quality, service and expert knowledge. “Cooling Brothers recognise the value of customer satisfaction in a competitive world and an assured level of product quality,” says Paul. “A philosophy of continuous improvement means that we are able to meet the needs and expectations of our customers.” With their central Perth location, Cooling Brothers have the capability to offer customers a metro-wide service and complete all projects large or small quickly and efficiently. Services are not limited to Perth, and the company successfully provides their services throughout Western Australia.


Having sourced a factory site in the Perth airport business district, Cooling Brothers began placing orders with overseas suppliers for new equipment. However, when they were told the site was no longer viable due to limited power supply, planning had to be put on hold while another location was sought.

Together with business partner Brent Barden, Paul King purchased Cooling Brothers 17 years ago. At the time it was but a shadow of the advanced operation it is today, but even then the pair could see the vast potential of the business. Starting out loading stock sheets onto the cutting bench by hand and polishing glass edges with belt “Although incredibly frustrating at the time, the delay caused by machines, Paul and Brent put in a lot of effort to keep building the having to find an alternate site was actually a blessing in disguise,” says Paul. “In the time it took us to find our High Wycombe property, business. the economy gathered great pace and we subsequently increased In 1999 they had outgrown the original Leederville factory and moved our planned factory size by an extra 1000m2.” to a new site in Belmont. The extra space provided by the new location allowed them to expand their processing machinery to include a new From February to April this year, Cooling Brothers continued to CNC and straight level cutting machine, which are still used today. operate out of Belmont while installing the brand new equipment into the new site. Finally, everything was set to go and a full relocation However, Cooling Brothers continued to rapidly expand and five years ago the company’s journey into glass processing advanced further from the old to new site was planned for the Anzac Day long weekend. when the opportunity arose to purchase a refurbished Tamglass “And a long weekend it was,” says Paul. “We had to move over toughening furnace. Along with a new cutting line, double edger, 200 tons of glass as well as relocate most of our existing machinery single edger and water jet, this spelt the beginning of a new era for commencement of business on the Tuesday.” for Cooling Brothers and they took over the factory space next door Cooling Brothers proceeded to have a continual flow of new machinery which offered another 1800m2. installed over a four month period. Now complete, their new equipment “At the time, we thought this space would be sufficient for our puts Cooling Brothers at the forefront of the glass industry with the needs, but within two years we again began to realise we were capability to provide customers with a diverse range of processing outgrowing our location and that our machinery wasn’t keeping up options. with demands for size as well as required lead times,” says Paul. “With all this technological growth that we have available to us, we So began the search for yet another new factory. are certain that we will meet the tough quality criteria that we have placed on our products,” says Paul.

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THE EQUIPMENT Determined to build up an inventory of equipment that would meet their long term needs, Cooling Brothers’ new factory features the highest quality glass processing equipment from around the world, allowing them to offer only the best in processed glass. All equipment was purchased and installed through OGA and includes:

Glaston Bavelloni • • • •

Edging machine Vertical drilling line Jumbo loading and cutting line 4500mm bed size CNC machine

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‘Pro E’ glass tempering line Full upgrade of the existing Tamglass machine

FOR.EL • • • •

Vertical glass washing machine Vertical glass arrissing and washing line Vertical double glazing line Glass laminating line with autoclave


Two high capacity automatic centrifuges to clean all the glass processing water

While planning for the future, Cooling Brothers recognised the growing importance of sustainable practices. By recycling water with their state-of-the-art STA water filtration system, Cooling Brothers will be reducing water usage by up to 75%. All new and existing machinery was completely integrated with Glaston Albat & Wirsam software supplied and installed by BCON Australia. Order entry, production control, machine programming and dispatch, is fully integrated, allowing Cooling Brothers to operate efficiently and provide customers with impressive lead times. Paul is excited by the possibilities provided by the new equipment and what it means for customers. “Our Tamglass Pro E furnace will allow us to toughen high performing Low E glass which is in high demand for both single and double


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glazing applications, and will allow window manufacturers to meet the necessary U values required,” he says. Cooling Brothers’ ability to offer energy efficient glass products is further strengthened with their FOR.EL double glazing line. “Our IGU line is designed to meet the thermal performance criteria of windows and can be manufactured to include argon gas,” says Paul. With their FOR.EL laminating line now fully operational, Cooling Brothers has introduced a range of toughened glass products, offering the choice of Du Pont Sentry Plus, Saflex Vanceva and PVB interlayers. Five times stronger and 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials, Sentry Plus can remove the need for the use of handrails in balustrading as well as being used in canopies and other applications that rely not only on glass but also the interlayer for a failsafe solution. For decorative applications, the Vanceva interlayer is available in a wide range of colours that can transform any environment.

THE RESULT Now that they have completed their project, Cooling Brothers is looking forward to supplying quality products and reduced lead times to their valued customers who have stuck with through the sometimes trying stages of the relocation. “Our new equipment allows us to be at the forefront of the glass industry,” says Paul. “With six star energy ratings and a high probability of more stringent ratings in the future,” we are confident that we are well placed to meet market demands for many years to come,” says Paul. “With a factory designed to meet the processing requirements of our customers, we are looking forward with great passion to the future of the glass industry in Western Australia.”

For more information contact: Cooling Brothers on (08) 6104 1777 or visit

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FOR.EL HELP CELEBRATE COOLING BROS OPENING As detailed elsewhere in this edition, the respected Italian supplier For.El, together with their agent OGA, were privileged to be chosen to supply a large percentage of the new processing equipment to complete Cooling Bros’ new factory in Perth. To recognise Cooling Bros’ trust in placing these orders, For.El commissioned a custom glass artwork stylised to Cooling Bros logo. This was designed and manufactured by the world famous Venetian glass artisans. VERTICAL EDGING DEVELOPMENTS

ACT NOW Strong Australian dollar Last chance for the Government investment allowance (if applicable) Quick delivery: installed ready for the new year “Deway” offer an excellent range of edging, drilling and washing machines featuring: • Reliable, easy to operate models at very attractive prices • Proven performance with over 25 Australian installations • Full 12 months warranty, excellent parts and service • Fully supported by OGA’s proven service

For.El has recognised the growing interest of many processing companies in fast, automatic vertical edge finishing of cut glass sheets, in order to prevent handling, transport and tempering problems, whilst delivering an accurately finished product to their customers. For.El has had substantial experience in this vertical edge grinding area and their new “EM” model, introduced last year, was one of the major attractions at their stand at this year’s Vitrum trade event.

An additional set of wheels free with orders placed pre end December!

The “EM” model has the ability to automatically edge varying thicknesses, rectangles and shapes to exact tolerances, whilst offering increased functionality, edging speed and features. The “EM” models can be programmed to process arrissed edges through to fully ground and polished edges, with extremely fast changeover times. For more information: visit

Contact Neil Searle or Dave Ablett for a detailed offer Overseas Glass Agencies 138-140 Malcolm Road Braeside Victoria 3195 Ph (03) 9587 2488 Fax (03) 9587 2688 24

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Reflecting On Glass

by Mal Harrop

Clarksons and Abbots, Adelaide

The Australian glass and glazing industry has a rich and varied history and anyone working in it today is following in a proud tradition. On the basis that understanding history also helps to understand the way our industry is structured today, Glass Australia will be presenting a regular column by industry historian Mal Harrop. He will look at early glass merchant activities back to colonial days and move forward to tell the story of the commissioning of the first float glass plant in the southern hemisphere at Dandenong in 1974. There are possibly people working as glaziers today who are unaware of the fact that all Australia’s window glass was imported until 1931. They would probably be as surprised as the glass merchants and glaziers of that era to learn that the boss of a glass bottle company was planning to make sheet glass. Bill Smith, better known by his nicknames ‘Knock Out’ or ‘Gunboat’ Smith, joined the Melbourne Glass Bottle works as a 12 year old boy laborer and went on to become Managing Director firstly of Australian Glass Manufacturers (AGM) and later of Australian Consolidated Industries (ACI). He was a larger than life character with huge energy and great entrepreneurial flair never frightened to challenge conventional business wisdom. It seems to have come as a surprise to virtually everyone when Smith cabled his Board of Directors from Europe on 23 July 1923 to advise them that he had been offered the rights to the Belgian Fourcault process to make sheet glass in Australia. His Board would have been surprised at the size of the financial commitment which he was requesting; about £300,000 or the equivalent of nearly $20 million in today’s money. It was certainly in world terms a move from left field for a bottle maker to invest in window glass manufacture and there is little evidence of any encouragement for Smith to undertake local flat glass production. Indeed the merchant distributors seemed quite satisfied with sourcing their glass from traditional overseas suppliers principally in the United Kingdom and Belgium. Smith’s initiative does not appear to have been the result of any particular government policy to encourage new manufacturing industries but he sought government approval to an eight point memorandum before finalising the investment. He put to Canberra that:

W.J.Smith – taken in 1915 when he was Manager of the Adelaide Glass Bottle Works • • • • • • • •

If protective duty is given we would immediately proceed with the factory. We have purchased Fourcault, which is operating successfully in Europe and the USA. The estimated capital is £300,000. Belgium employs a lot of child and female labour. The market will be supplied at CIF prices. AGM considers that the establishment of an Australian industry will be attacked by powerful overseas organisations. AGM considers that there will be prejudice against the local article for a considerable period. AGM is committed to ensuring the highest levels of skills.

Smith got his promise of tariff protection from the Federal Government and work began on a sheet glass plant at Alexandria in New South Wales. However Smith’s concerns proved correct as the traditional British and Belgian suppliers used a variety of methods to protect their market share. It took nine years for Australian Window Glass, the company which Smith and Australian Glass Manufacturers established to make flat glass, to produce their first sheet glass using the Fourcault process. This happened on 19 June 1932 – a good day perhaps for the local glass industry to commemorate by raising an anniversary glass or two. However, as things transpired, the first window glass made by AWG in Australia was patterned rolled glass using the French Bicheroux process providing another possible date to celebrate in 28 April 1931. Our next article on window glass history will explain why local manufacture was so delayed and give some details of how the traditional overseas suppliers worked to retain their market. This series is based on information from Mal Harrop’s history of glass making in Australia – ‘Good Things Came From Glass’. This is available from the author at a special industry price. Contact Mal Harrop at:

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NFK REMOVES THE GUESSWORK OUT OF GLASS PERFORMANCE Queensland based glazing consumables and hardware supplier, NFK, recently expanded its product range to offer specialised glass performance measurement tools from US company EDTM (Electronic Design to Market). The innovative range enables testing of glass performance properties, U values, digital thicknesses of singles panes, IGUs and more. The Window Energy Profiler is a portable device that can test inframe windows and provide measurements on the estimated SHGC value along with the UV, Visible Light, and Infrared Transmission values. “The Profiler has a large enough opening to fit over the window sash of an installed window,” says NFK Managing Director, Hayden Kemp. “This allows the properties of existing windows to be measured and the necessity for replacement windows to be determined.” The Glass-Chek PRO digital glass thickness meter and Low E Detector offers multiple capabilities, including the ability to measure glass, air space and IG thickness of triple pane units with the push of a button. The tool can also detect a Low E coating on any surface of a double pane window from a single side, meaning there’s no need to check both sides of the window; a major advantage for multi storey buildings where there is only access to the inside of the window. The Glass-Chek PRO provides metric readings to the nearest 0.1mm.

“These tools can really highlight the capabilities of high performance glass products to consumers,” says Hayden. “Glass companies can easily demonstrate the difference between say a high performance coated glass and a standard clear annealed glass, allowing the consumer to see the difference in energy transmission rates based on different products.” For more information contact: NFK on (07) 3343 3377 or logon to

Tested to the ABSOLUTE – New Viridian PyroGuard 40TM Australian glass manufacturer, Viridian, has designed a bushfire resistant glass specifically for use in bushfire prone areas. Used in conjunction with a specially tested bushfire resistant window system, Viridian PyroGuard 40™ can help protect human lives and property by providing a barrier against radiant heat and ember attack. The special ultra-thin transparent coating within Viridian PyroGuard 40™ minimises the transfer of radiant heat from the bushfire front; even when subject to radiation levels of 40kW/m2, less than 3% of the radiant heat is transferred through a window glazed with PyroGuard 40™. Victorian window fabricator Miglas, has just launched their new bushfire resistant window system, the Miglas Fireguard 40™. Glazed with Viridian PyroGuard 40™, it has passed the rigorous testing procedures documented in AS 1530.8.1. As provided for in AS3959 ‘Building in Bushfire Prone Areas’, installation of this window system removes the need for unsightly bushfire resistant shutters or specific metal screens in buildings with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) up to and including BAL 40. Manufactured as an Insulating Glass Unit (IGU), the new bushfire resistant Viridian PyroGuard 40TM offers a range of valuable benefits, such as reduced noise and increased thermal performance for improved comfort and savings on heating and cooling costs all year round. For more information on Viridian PyroGuard 40™: visit


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Roller Laminators Press Thin- BYSTRONIC SEALING ROBOTS SEAL Film Modules in 60-Second Cycles TRIPLE IGUS WITHOUT NOZZLE CHANGE

Bystronic has produced several sealing robots equipped with a divided run-in conveyor that makes it possible to seal triple insulating glass units without the need to change the nozzle. The conveyor can support all three glass plates of a triple IGU by sealing it with a universal nozzle for double insulating glass units in two passes. This new technology is based on Bystronic Armatec’s 25 years plus experience in engineering machinery and equipment for the production of laminated glass. Compared to the conventional process of using a vacuum laminator, this method of manufacturing solar power modules offers a decisive advantage for the customer; the production cycle time. Manufacturing production cycles of less than 60 seconds are possible using the pre-nip system, whereas the vacuum laminator requires considerably longer. As a result, significantly more or larger vacuum laminators must be used to achieve the same output. This increases both the space and energy requirements for the user. For more information contact: D & M Andrews on 03 9769 9223

The sealing robot’s run-in conveyor can be moved horizontally and provides support for the intermediate glass plate without touching the fresh sealant. The horizontally divided conveyor also allows triple insulating glass units to be sealed at two different spacer widths without the need to change the nozzle. “We developed this technology for all customers who produce a combination of double and triple units,” explains Engineering Manager at Bystronic Lenhardt GmbH, Dr Christian Daniel. “The product range has changed significantly over the last few years and there is now an increased demand for triple insulating glass units with asymmetrical designs.” For more information: log onto

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For further information, please contact your local AGG company.

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Capital Investment in the Glass industry

Toughened glass has now become widespread. Is the merchant better off? During recent years, the usage of toughened glass has grown exponentially. Many glass merchants would argue that they are better off as a result. This article looks at whether the growth has benefited merchants or if it is really the end consumer that is better off. The glass industry is widely known for requiring constant capital expenditure. Trucks depreciate, glass edging equipment wears out, computer systems become obsolete. This constant need for capital expenditure rapidly eats up the shareholder’s valuable retained earnings, which can cause real profits to be illusionary. My family have been in the glass industry for over five generations. Our current business Albion Glass & Mirror has been continuously trading since 1932. Over the years we have faced the option many times of making large capital expenditures to reduce our variable costs (particularly labour). Sales representatives selling new machinery made each proposal look like an immediate winner. Using standard return on investment tests, reinforced this, however, these promised benefits were illusionary. Our competitors were also committing to the same kind of capital expenditure. Once they did, the new reduced costs became the baseline for reduced prices industry wide. Viewed individually each merchant’s capital expenditure seemed sensible and cost effective, but viewed collectively as an industry, these decisions were total irrational. The only difference was that each competitor had more money in the game after another round of investment.

by Andrew Barnard, Albion Glass & Mirror

increase as it has outpaced inflation. Adjusted to inflation (at 2.6%) the real increase is 3% per annum. With this 3% increase the merchant is actually behind. They have had to provide additional capital for a toughening plant, extra floor space, carry out glass preparation prior to toughening such as washing and arising and the all expensive certification and logging of each piece to Australian standards. In many marketplaces, the price of toughened glass is identical to the old float price once it is indexed to inflation. This is not to say that toughening has not been beneficial to the industry. Consumers are using much more glass as a result of toughening. Examples include items such as glass fencing and splashbacks. The lower price of toughened glass has also ensured greater consumption.

In recent years, capital has been invested into the glass industry at an alarming rate. Lower cost machinery from China has appeared. This has enabled merchants to provide additional capacity for less dollars. An oversupply of processing capacity in the marketplace appears to be occurring. This will only further depress prices. The merchant needs to look at the whole industry and carefully evaluate any capital expenditure decisions. Will that new machinery really reduce variable costs? Or will it create a new base price for the product. To quote the famous investor Peter Lynch “when selling a commodity product (such as glass) you can never be smarter than your dumbest competitor.” Rather than making large capital purchases to gain a competitive advantage, the merchant may be better to differentiate his or her business. They could provide better customer service, sell alternative products and better manage their existing assets. This article is not to say that capital investment in the glass industry is not worthwhile. Early adopters of new From my experience in the industry, competitors set prices by operational costs rather than capital costs. The industry as a whole technology have traditionally earned above normal returns on their investment whereas returns rapidly diminish as competitors adopt never seems to consider return on capital invested when setting the same technology. Continuous investment in the industry is also prices in the marketplace. In 1999, the wholesale price for 10mm vital for natural growth in the marketplace. GA clear cut-to-size was $55.00 per m2 in the Brisbane market. The wholesale price of 10mm Clear cut-to-size toughened (Brisbane Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this piece are the news of the author market) is now $95.00m2. This represents a 5.6% increase over and does not reflect the views and opinions of the AGGA. ten years. Most merchants would be happy with that sort of


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As the latest addition to the iconic Bondi Beach esplanade, The Bondi stands proudly as the strip’s tallest building with its glass curves and striking angles creating a bold statement against the skyline. The luxury apartment building boasts 34 contemporary residences ranging in size from studios through to expansive four bedroom layouts, as well as ground floor retail stores and restaurants. A recipient of the 2009 Urban Taskforce Development Excellent Awards for Adaptive Reuse, The Bondi is a conversion of a modest 1960s nine storey motel. In its latest form, the building designed by PTW Architects, is reminiscent of 1930s-era architecture, a characteristic further enhanced by the use of widespread curved glazing from Bent and Curved Glass. “It’s fair to say the existing building was quite ordinary looking,” says Andrew Andersons of PTW Architects. “However, by retaining the original structure we were also able to keep its height. Due to current building restrictions this wouldn’t have been possible if we had opted for a total rebuild.” Extensive consultation with developers, Capit.el Group and Rebel Property Group, along with Waverley Council, took place throughout the design process to ensure the material, colour and detailing choices fit in with Bondi’s beachfront culture. “The Bondi has been designed to relate to its context and to the significant aspects of the Bondi Beach conservation area,” says Eduard Litver of Capit.el Group. Andrew agrees. “PTW wanted to design something that would complement the historic but somewhat eclectic streetscape. Some of the architecture along the esplanade is quite classical while other parts are more art deco in appearance. Curved glazing provided the perfect way for us to incorporate elements of this into The Bondi’s design. ” Steve Togher from Bent and Curved Glass says the company spent a lot of time working with the parties involved to develop a curved glass solution that would meet both the design intent and cost constraints.

THE BONDI text by Samantha Senior photography by Stephen Togher

“In particular, we needed to demonstrate to the builder that what we were proposing could be achieved and integrated into the project without compromising the building cost and timeframe. Now that the building is complete I think the results speak for themselves,” says Steve. While providing a reference to art deco design may have provided the initial impetus for the inclusion of curved glass, its impact goes far beyond this. “Curved glass is used as a device to open up the interiors to the expansive views of the beach and ocean beyond,” says Steve. “It allows the corners of the rooms to disappear and adds softness



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CASE STUDY (THE BONDI) and lightness to the building’s exterior. The generous arc of glazing to the main eastern facade not only mirrors the curve of the beach, it allows sideway or lateral views up and down the beach from within the interior of each apartment as well as external terrace areas.” The two lower levels of the building, known collectively as the ‘podium’ are wrapped with art-deco inspired bay windows that mirror many of the facades along the promenade, while the ‘tower’ levels feature dramatic curves that create an eye-catching, majestic form. A finial added to house existing communications antennae brings a landmark quality to the building. Terracotta toned ceramic, natural hued aluminium and an off-white cement render provide a unique colour scheme and diverse array of textures. “It’s certainly not your conventional colour scheme,” say Andrew. “Most modern developments tend to use more muted tones; however, we wanted something a little different that would reflect The Bondi’s context. It was also vital that the materials we chose could withstand the severe marine environment.” The building’s beachfront address also means that it can be subject to quite heavy winds. Glazed wintergardens in the tower enable useable open space to be incorporated into apartments, in a situation where strong prevailing winds prevent the use of normal balconies. The wintergardens also provide a double wall construction to many apartments, creating a thermal buffer between internal and external environments when needed. Small areas of opening louvres allow for passive solar heat gain or rapid air change as required by variable climate conditions. Laminated glazing provides acoustic relief from external sounds. “We were really focused on creating pleasant, usable spaces. Most apartments are cross ventilated and receive sunlight to the major living areas during the winter months. Flexible living areas allow residents a choice of uses for the rooms, while curved glass corners and glass-enclosed bay windows provide a panoramic experience from virtually every room inside the apartments,” says Andrew. During the construction process, the owners of the level one and two north-east corner apartments requested modifications to the design of their apartments. “The owners wanted balconies added to their floor plans,” says Steve. “This created the opportunity to open up the whole corner with stacking sliding curved glass doors to the new balconies which featured frameless curved glass balustrades.” Window fabricator, Micos Aluminium Systems, rose to the challenge by designing a custom curved sliding system which can now be applied to other projects. The resulting floor to ceiling glazing solution allows unrestricted views and the ability to create an al fresco feel from within the apartments. As well as being used in a range of fixed and operable windows and doors, toughened curved glass has been used in the specialised spiral stairs which feature in each of the penthouse apartments. Designed and installed by Enzie stairs, the eye-catching stairs link to the expansive roof deck areas which form part of the penthouse apartments. Behind The Bondi’s glamorous facade, occupant comfort and sustainability have been catered for with gas-boosted solar water heating panels, rainwater harvesting with a 5000 litre water tank and recycling of over fifty percent of the pre-development structure.

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“Clearly the biggest ESD benefit has been using the existing building. By not demolishing the original structure we have avoided the need to dispose of significant amounts of waste,” says Allen Linz of Rebel Property. According to Andrew, you would never be able to tell The Bondi was an adaptive reuse of an existing structure. “Previously you had an intrusive sixties building whereas now you have a piece of contemporary architecture that actually makes a positive contribution to the Bondi’s renowned streetscape.” Eduard says the feedback to Capit.el Group and Rebel Property Group from residents has been very positive. “Residents are overjoyed by the living environment created by the design and have commented on just how much the view has been maximised by the curved glazing.” GA Curved glass specifications 12mm and 15mm clear toughened heat soak treated curved glass to balustrades 10.76mm and 12.76mm clear laminated curved glass to windows and doors 10mm clear toughened curved glass to spiral stairs to penthouses For more information contact: Architect: PTW Architects, 02 9232 5877 Balustrades: Advance Metal Industries, 02 6652 6955 Builder: Richard Crookes Constructions, 02 9902 4700 Curved Glass Supplier: Bent and Curved Glass, 02 9773 1022 Property Developers: Capit.el Group, 02 9233 4554 & Rebel Property Group, 02 9235 7800 Spiral Staircases: Enzie Stairs, 03 9481 2255 Window Fabricator/Glazier: Micos Aluminium System, 02 8707 7800


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VS1– beauty and intelligence behind a veil text by Jeff Salton photography by Trevor Mein

Situated in the heart of Adelaide at Victoria Square is the stunningly modern VS1 Building, which serves as the new headquarters for the anchor tenant SA Water and also the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). VS1 has a long list of achievements since its completion last year, including the 2009 South Australian AIB Award - Commercial Construction $50m to $100m; the 2009 South Australian MBA Award – Excellence in a Commercial/Industrial Building over $50m – Landmark Project; the 2009 South Australian MBA Award – Excellence in Energy Efficiency/Environmental Sustainability, Commercial; the 2009 Australian Institute of Architecture (SA) categories of – Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture, Sustainable Architecture (Commendation) and Interior Architecture


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(Architecture Award). It was the 2009 Design Institute of Australia Interior Design Awards (IDA) winner in Environmentally Sustainable Design and also received a high commendation in Corporate Design. Most importantly, for the environment, the building has achieved South Australia’s first Six-Star Green Star Office Design rating and is the largest building in Australia to do so. Awards of this type are extremely hard to achieve as they have incredibly high standards for energy efficiency, among other strict criteria. So, how does a building


CASE STUDY (VS1 BUILDING) basically clad in glass achieve its demanding thermal properties? The answer is through a combination of clever architectural and engineering ideas, and building materials that complement their desires. Glass, or more accurately, specially treated glass used ingeniously, was a major contributor to the building achieving its six-star rating. For instance, a special glass veil in front of the western facade curtain wall of the building reduces the solar loads while still retaining views and daylight for the building’s occupants. In addition, high performance glazing on the north, south and east facades that form a ‘curtain wall’ shroud the building, repel heat and help moderate the VS1’s internal room temperatures. A centrally-located full height atrium (10 storeys) allows natural light into the building’s interior and reduces the amount of energy needed for lighting. Two men who were heavily involved in the glass choices and installation at VS1 are the project architect from Hassell, senior architect Matt Bedford, and Director of Kingswood Aluminium, the façade contractor, Marc Kovacic. Kingswood Aluminium is part of the Chevron glass group who supplied some of the glass used in the project and installed it through its glazing arm, Construction Glazing. Marc is 46 years old and says he’s been around glass nearly all his life - helping his father with his glazing business, B&M Glass, when he was just a boy. He says he’s seen the glass industry move away from a standard of 3mm clear in homes where a whole house lot of windows could cost around $2000 to today’s specially treated and conditioned glass where even domestic applications could see owners paying in excess of $200,000 for their glazing requirements. On the commercial front, he says even more progress has been made. Marc speaks of his proud involvement with VS1, he began working on the design specifications for the building late in 2005. “Any project this big is always unique so we’re always starting from scratch with a new design, testing and proving. The glass facades of today’s buildings often prove to be the most challenging part of the job. “All the glass was predetermined several months in advance of any frames being made and was ordered from shop drawings. The glass for the façade was a mix of tinted double glazed Low E and clear IGUs. All the panels were pre-assembled here in SA on a production line. Completed panels were then transported to the site and lifted and attached to the façades in sequence to ensure they were in accordance with the architects’ wishes,” says Marc. “Today, the glass we install can have thermal properties as good as concrete and brick, while allowing more light and giving the occupants an external view. All this makes for a better working environment and helps the building achieve its environmental aims.” Marc says any job this large is not without its problems but there were no major hiccups to do with glass. Matt Bedford agrees. “I started on the project in August 2006 as a project architect primarily involved with the façade and then administered the project through construction. We wrapped up façade documentation around the start of 2007, then set about tweaking the design drawings throughout construction, working under the construction company Hansen Yuncken. During the 10

“The western veil provides a great balance between suppressing solar heat loads whilst providing daylight and external views. The solar shading provided by the veil is estimated to save over 60,000 kWhr of electrical energy per annum, reducing the building’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 57 tons. This is nearly 15% of the total building emissions. Daylight in excess of a daylight factor of 2.5% is provided to the entire building perimeter office zone. As well as contributing to the award of Green Star points for energy efficiency and daylight, the atrium design was awarded credit for innovation by the GBCA.” – Paul Davy, Principal - Cundall

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month design process and the two year construction time frame, we worked very closely with Marc and his team at Construction Glazing.” Matt expands further on the dynamics of the glass curtain and ‘veil’ on VS1. “The curtain wall comprises hundreds of glass panels that deliver high transparency and minimal reflection qualities. We wanted the building to project the image of SA Water, the major tenant, so we wanted to steer away from green hues of standard commercial glass. We specified blue-grey tints and are very happy with the result.” Apart from looking great, Matt says the glass curtain had to provide excellent UV values, and good noise reduction. “It needed to be a good all-rounder.” A western-facing ‘veil’ was chosen to reduce the impact of thermal energy on the structure. It is made up of 8mm heat-strengthened monolithic glass with a fritted 50 percent dot in seven different colours from white to light blue. The frameless edges of the veil are toughened and laminated glass. Marc says it acts like a giant pair of sunglasses and protects the occupants from the sun’s glare and heat. It was supplied by G.James and Viridian. Clear double glazing was specified on the building’s western façade behind the veil so as not to dull unnecessarily work and rest areas for staff.


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The veil is a fairly well-disguised work of art. Rather than ‘mirror’ the shape of the building vertically, it is angled to add style and character. At its farthest point it sits around 1500mm from the external wall but tapers closer to the building as it nears the ground before curving out again for the final five panels. A major task for the glass manufacturers, G.James, was providing a row of glass panels with a bend in the middle that allowed the veil to change shape. Getting the fritted dot pattern onto these sections proved a challenge for Chevron. The ground floor had its own challenges when the architects opted for hung glass walls from the second storey. Clear panels of locallymade 12mm heat-soaked toughened glass were designed and installed to form 10m high x 1800m wide panels, with 19mm glass fins for support. Matt says: “The building’s floor plates are connected via a central atrium and stair. Internally we specified glazing to code requirements which were 12mm clear glass, toughened, heat-soaked balustrades to provide a very transparent, uncluttered look with unobstructed views to the large atrium. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has strict requirements for the amount of natural daylight availability so it was important again for the right glazing choices to be made.


CASE STUDY (VS1 BUILDING) “Trust me, we spent a lot of time checking with Construction Glazing and the project sustainability and services consultants, Cundall and Bestec, about our product choices in order not to compromise Green Star credit criteria.” Glass louvres made from 12mm Panasap Blue from AGP were chosen to make the best use of ambient air on the north and south ends of the building while also providing the necessary smoke spill requirements in case of fire. Matt says glass virtually came from everywhere on this job. The curtain wall double glazed units arrived from one manufacturer, spandrel panels and the double-glazed clear panels behind the veil were from Chevron Glass, the veil from Viridian and G.James Glass, AGP supplied the louvres and companies even shared some of the tasks to get the job done. “It was a huge balancing act to get the look right and meet the Green Star requirements but we did it and I’m extremely proud of the results.” GA

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The terrace before its transformation.

The terrace following the installation of a large DigiGlass mural

A large glass mural depicting a famous Italian garden path is behind the transformation of a South Melbourne apartment terrace. Located on the 20th floor of a high rise building, the terrace renovation was developed as an ‘artscape’ in lieu of a traditional landscape design project. It was important to the client that whatever design approach taken retained the maximum amount of usable space on the terrace and didn’t block or detract from their views of the Shrine of Remembrance. “A primary requirement for the final image was a sense of depth to increase the feeling of space on the terrace,” says Jim Sinatra of Sinatra Murphy, who specialise in traditional landscaping as well as public art. “The Boboli Garden Path at the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy was chosen for this reason as well as symbolising the client’s love of travel.” Graphic artist, Andrew Hogg with Jim edited the image that DigiGlass printed onto a special interlayer using inks that optimise image quality and light fastness. The interlayer is embedded between two 5mm thick clear toughened glass panels. In total, nine separate glass panels were used to create the glass mural which is 2.3 metres tall by 10.8 metres. Installed along two adjacent walls extending from a corner on the terrace, different panel widths were required


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to match existing wall dimensions. Delivered in their complete forms by DigiGlass, the glass panels were glued to the existing wall and aligned within an existing top channel and an added bottom channel. The panels replace the existing heavy dark stone fascia that had been exfoliating from the wall surface due to adhesive failure. The strong visual garden setting provided by the recreation of the Boboli Garden Path has been reinforced by the addition of 11 new olive trees. “The finished result is a unique ambiance for entertaining,” says Jim. “This has been created without obstructing important views, and due to the mural’s composition there is an increased sense of space and depth.” GA For more information: Artscape: Sinatra Murphy, Glass Panels: DigiGlass, Graphic artist: Andrew Hogg, Artscape Glass Installer: Skyview, Lighting: Light-Design Pty Ltd Olive trees: Modern Olives, Containers: Container Connection,


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Companies vs Businesses: The liabilities for directors and owner

by John Greenhalgh

Every person who trades in the market place is conducting a business, whether they consider themselves in that light or not. Every business has a business structure falling into one of three forms; sole trader, partnership or an incorporated entity, usually referred to as a company. Partnerships which are unincorporated but trading under a business name often wrongly refer to themselves as a company when they are more correctly described by the old English title of “a firm” or “the firm”. Sole traders and partnerships, whether trading under registered business names or not, are all subject to absolute liability for any debts, loss or damages they may incur or cause to others. Partners in a firm are as responsible for all the acts of the other partners in that firm as if they themselves had done those acts. In any case of partnership it is best to assume that you are absolutely at risk unless you have qualified legal advice to the contrary. Incorporated entities, companies in the true sense, are “persons” in their own right. The company stands and survives separately to the existence or otherwise of its shareholders and directors, although it can only act through agents and make decisions through its members and directors. The company can be held liable in circumstances where the shareholders are protected. The original reason for forming companies was to limit the liability of the shareholders to the value of their shareholding. This is true whether

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the company is a private or listed company. Protection from liability is not absolute however. Directors have a very complex set of regulations governing when they are personally liable for the actions of the company, the rules against insolvent trading being an obvious example. Directors are separate to the shareholders and have duties to the public, the company and shareholders, some of which may well conflict at times. Shareholders who are also the directors of private companies have responsibilities and potential liabilities too complex to begin to cover in a short article. There are times when even non director shareholders could be held liable for the company’s acts. Mostly this would involve some form of deliberate conspiracy by the shareholders to subvert the law. If you have any doubts about your business structure or do not understand the liabilities you may be exposed to, obtain detailed advice from your legal and financial advisers. Always ask before making any changes or engaging in any activity with which you feel uncomfortable. In business an ounce of prevention really is worth more than a pound of cure. GA For more information contact: John Greenhalgh on 07 5444 1022 or email: Please note our new head office: 9 Nicklin Way, Minyama

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Getting a handle on Manual Handling Our industry is rife with manual handling tasks.

which is vertical is not the same as lifting it while it is horizontal, yet it still weighs 15kg.

Lifting and placing sheets of glass, carrying glass to move it, pushing/pulling trolleys loaded with glass; just a few of examples of the common activities that expose workers to the risk of strain injury.

Then there are the frequency and timing aspects; the task may involve a single lift/movement or 50 lifts/movements per hour on a continuous basis.

As part of the requirement to provide safe systems of work, the regulators require employers to identify and assess manual handling risks and eliminate them or, where this is not possible, implement controls to reduce those risks as far as reasonably practicable. But the level of risk a person is exposed to is related to their physical capability and capacity and this can vary hugely across the members of a team. And the degree of difficulty in lifts of the same weight can be quite different; lifting a piece of glass 6mm x 1200mm x 800mm


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So how do we determine what is safe? What is okay for our people to lift, carry, push or pull and what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? The answers, of course are to be found in the specific circumstances of the situation/task and the person or people doing it. The national* and state safety authorities provide practical information and guidance on how to answer these sometimes difficult questions, including check sheets to work through. Each stresses the importance of involving those that do the work when working through the process. An important point given it will be their backs/shoulders/joints being exposed to the risk of strain injury while doing the work. GA * The National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from Performing Tasks at Work can be downloaded from the Safe Work Australia website:



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proceed with our request from BSA to lower the contractor licence dollar value from $1100 to $0. The committee have taken on this project as a priority matter. by Ian Simeon, President

The committee discussed the AGGA strategy document with comments for the President to take to the AGGA meeting in November.

Meetings Executive meetings were held on 24th August, 16th September and 14th October where various issues were discussed, some highlighted below.

A member survey will again be carried out to determine what our members need to make membership of the GAAQ worthwhile and what prospective members need to join the Association.

The Chairman welcomed our new committee member, Mr Paul Bullock from CL Glass.

A special executive meeting was held to discuss a complaint received from a member and as a result, a review of the disputes/ complaints procedures will be undertaken.

Portfolio sub-committees were elected for: Safety/Training, Membership/Website, Social, Standards, Disputes and Legal. Gateway TAFE have requested that the GAAQ organise and run next year’s industry awards event. The function has grown too big for the TAFE teachers to run along with their heavy teaching workload. The social sub-committee will investigate the best way of doing this. The Glass and Glazing apprentice backlog will be taken care of this year as there has been a lower than normal intake of 1st year apprentices. Several disputes/complaints have, and are, being handled by the sub-committee. A working group of nine members have volunteered to be part of this sub-committee and will be called on when required. Our accreditation flyer has been sent to real estate agents, architects, councils, shopping centres, hospitals, schools and insurance companies with a total of over 8000 flyers going out. We are hoping for a good response from this marketing initiative. 081128_ADD013 jetstream to .pdf We are continuing get

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Social Our golf day, sponsored by National Glass, was held at the Virginia Golf Club on 30th October. New Members Ian Simeon reported that since the last General Meeting we have approved two new members, 1st Class Glass and Glazing, Mr Mathew Hirst, and Aqua Vista Glass, Jason Terrill. Technical Workshops Members have requested another AS1288 accreditation workshop following recent successful workshops with the accreditation test being held at the conclusion. A date will be fixed shortly. Accreditation There will be an all out effort by the committee to get 100% accreditation of members. I continue to encourage all non accredited members to sit the test and become accredited to help protect yourselves and our industry. AGGA Conference 2009 A very successful conference was held at the Hyatt Coolum Resort

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by Dale Urquhart President

GGAV Golf Day and Dinner 2009 A great day was had by all at the Annual GGAV Golf day held Monday 12th October at Waverley Golf Club. Fifty people attended and combined their day with an opportunity to play golf whilst meeting and talking with their fellow industry members, clients and associates. The day was followed by a three course dinner at which the trophies were presented.

for glass industry members in Victoria. This course is part sponsored by the Victorian Government and covers the knowledge required to allow you to get maximum benefit from your website, increase your profile and enjoy the benefit of more hits to your site. If members do not have a website the course also covers establishing a website or improving your existing site. Go to the website to register your interest: Website revamp The GGAV website is being revamped to allow members to showcase their capabilities and the type of work they undertake. Many enquiries currently received from the public seeking product and services will now be able to be directed to the member directly from the website. Make sure you complete the questionnaire that details your capabilities

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by Joe Finn, President

NSWGGA AGM/Golf day/Dinner The AGM will take place on Friday 6th November 2009. It will be preceded by our annual golf day at Bankstown Golf Club. A dinner will follow the AGM and all members are encouraged to come along and bring their staff and/or customers. NSWGGA Events Planning is underway for the 2010 NSWGGA Annual Conference which will be held on May 14-16 at The Retreat at Wisemans Ferry. The Retreat is located on the banks of the beautiful Hawkesbury River just over an hour form Sydney. Accreditation The Association is continuing to run training days for AS1288 accreditation in Sydney and some regional areas and encourages members to follow through with accreditation as it is becoming expected that all glaziers have this. Membership Over the last few months we have welcomed the following new members to our Association: Glass Hardware Australia and K & K Glass

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Viridian, Alspec, Chevron Glass Group, Festival Glass & Glazing, Lincoln Group, Central Glass, CRA Glass, G James, Bremner Glass Equipment and Seaton Glass.

by Mike Patfull, Exec. Officer

GGASA Golf Day Our annual golf day and dinner function was held on Friday 23rd October at the City of Adelaide Golf Links located in North Adelaide. fifty-three golfers took part in the Ambrose team event that was played in ideal conditions. The winning team of Daryl McClory (Construction Glazing), Brett Ireland and Sam Flinn (Federation Glass) and Nick Carpinelli (Nova Hardware) returned a superb score of 55.75 nett.

Naming Rights sponsor’s (Glazing & Construction Services) table.

Accreditation An informal meeting was held at the national conference in Coolum to discuss the implementation of the national accreditation licensing program. Mike Patfull, Bruce Loomes, Frits Vanirsen, Don Blanksby and Nigel Carpenter attended the meeting. 2 members of winning team – Nick Carpinelli (Nova Hardware), Veronica Johns (GGASA VP), Daryl McClory (Construction Glazing) and Leigh Twining (GGASA President) The 16th hole was the Bremner Glass Equipment $10,000 hole in one and this proved a challenging hole with Adrian Guerin (Central Glass) winning the NTP.

Agreement was reached to issue accreditation certificates to individuals for a three year period commencing 1st July 2010. It was also agreed for State Associations to extend the expiry date of existing accreditation certificates to 30th June 2010 and to issue company certificates. At present the State Associations are waiting for written confirmation from AGGA national of the agreed details, costs etc. relating to national accreditation. Apprentices/Training A group of TafeSA third year apprentices recently travelled to the Viridian manufacturing plant in Victoria to view the various processing and manufacturing of flat glass products. TafeSA extends a special thank you to the Viridian management for providing the opportunity for the apprentices to observe and learn more about our industry. From 2010 TafeSA will provide training for the fabrication and installation of security and insect screens. The relocation of TafeSA apprentices from the Panorama site to Marleston is scheduled to be completed prior to December this year

Veronica Johns (GGASA Vice President), Grant Walter (Viridian guest) winner of NTP 5th hole and Leigh Twining (GGASA President).

Membership Our Association welcomes new member Milan Grcic from Australian Glass and Glazing Pty Ltd.

Sixty-three attended the dinner with Peter Laing doing a great job as our evening host.

Our current membership number is 74 and this includes eight non-accredited members.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors for their support in making this function possible – Glazing & Construction Supplies, Pribetic Architectural Glazing & Glass, Stratford Services/Dorma,

Upcoming Events On Friday 4th December our end of year/Christmas cocktail function will be held at the Sussex Hotel, Walkerville.


Glass Australia Magazine November ‘09

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The Australian Glass & Glazing Association's flagship publication.