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GLASS AUSTRALIA

Official publication of the Australian Glass & Glazing Association

5 7 April 2014 – ISSUE 75

BOOK NOW AGGA Update Certification and Accreditation Program - Learn about CAP Best Practice Installation of IGUs - and the 3 fundamental principles AGGA Mentoring Initiative - driving industry apprenticeships

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PRESIDENT’S NOTES Our AGGA National Conference is nearing, with content for the working sessions and the supporting social program shaping up to be one of the best ever. This, combined with the exotic destination of Alice Springs, will guarantee an industry gathering to remember. I strongly urge all our members to commit to taking the time out and to attend Glass Australia 2014, on August 28–30 2014, and would also suggest that you consider extending your stay to immerse yourself and your family in this extraordinary destination. Conferences offer the chance to catch up on national and international trends, share industry knowledge, table the issues and problem-solve, and this event will be no exception. A lineup of excellent guest speakers are locked in. Can I once again recognise the efforts and convey thanks to each of our sub-committees (Safety, Technical and IGMA) and to the dedication of their members. They contribute to such important initiatives, making our workplace safer, ensuring we’re across all

GLASS & GLAZING INDUSTRY EVENTS CALENDAR 2014

MAY 2014 21–24

GLASS SOUTH AMERICA Santo Amaro, Brazil

JUNE 2014 regulatory updates and simplifying the most challenging of technical issues and topics that we all need to master. On behalf of all members, a sincere thanks to these volunteers. I would encourage you all to become more involved with our Association, be it on a state or national basis, wherever possible. It is a means of keeping up to date with the latest trends, contributing to the health and vibrancy of the industry and maintaining the Association’s leading role in the sector. The strength of our Association depends on the involvement and active participation of our membership. Joseph Finn – President

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MIR STEKLA 2014 Moscow, Russia

22–26

ICCG Dresden, Germany

AUGUST 2014 28–30

AGGA NATIONAL CONFERENCE Alice Springs, Australia

SEPTEMBER 2014 09–11

GLASSBUILD AMERICA Las Vegas, USA

17–19

AWA NATIONAL CONFERENCE Gold Coast, Queensland

OCTOBER 2014 21–24

GLASSTECH Düsseldorf, Germany

Contributors John Power, Edith Paarhammer, Carol Hayoake, Peter Hyatt, Elizabeth Leighton, Jeremy Piper, Jill Johnson, Tim Roberts

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CEO UPDATE I am pleased to see more and more evidence of a recovery, albeit gradual, in both the residential and commercial construction sectors, significant drivers for the health of our industry. Many companies have made significant changes such as improving efficiency, reducing overheads and looking for innovative opportunities to enable them to get through some very tough times. I doubt the next few years will be easy street, but those companies who have been able to work on their business, not just in their business, will now reap the rewards as the market recovers. Helping our members improve their businesses will remain a priority area for action by AGGA. Our proposed glazier and glazing company accreditation program, the existing mentor

This months cover features an award winning NSW property, designed by Chris Knierim of award winning Designer Constructions Group. Featured on Grand Designs, Forest ECO Lodge showcases an extensive use of glass throughout, with a surface treatment supplied by EnduroShield to protect the glass against staining and etching. Read more on page 56.

program, promotion of business improvement training, development of a member benefit program and a revamped communications and marketing strategy will all support this aim. We are also reviewing GA magazine and have received some great responses so far. We are keen to receive as much feedback as possible so, I encourage you to complete our reader survey (details on page 49). Warren Overton – CEO

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CONTENTS

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President’s Notes, CEO Update Glass & Glazing Industry Events Calendar

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Profile (Tony Pearsall)

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Industry News

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AGGA National Conference

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Case Study (RSPCA)

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Case Study (Forest Lodge Eco House)

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State News

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Local Glass Producer

Multi State Glass Processors

Mr Peter Moeller, Viridian (Vice President) Mr Tim Ohlback, Viridian Mr Lachlan Austin, Viridian

Mr Brendan Simpson, Australian Glass Group Mr Greg Hunt, G.James Glass & Aluminium

NSWGGA TGAA GAAQ GGASA GGAV GWAWA

Glass Processors Mr Nick Cannell, National Glass Mr Paul King, Cooling Brothers Glass Mr Joe Finn, Bent & Curved Glass (President)

Mr Greg Storie Mr Michael Dalton Mr Phil Norman Mr Leigh Twining Mr Harry Pitaro Mr Vince Bianchini

Overseas Glass & Interlayer, Glass Machinery and Component/ Services Suppliers Mr Sandro Ianni, Lisec Aust Pty Ltd Mr Jamie Rice, George Fethers & Co. Mr Neil Searle, Overseas Glass Agencies

AGGA NATIONAL MEMBERS AGC Flat Glass Asia-Pacific Albat + Wirsam Alspec Australian Glass Group Bent & Curved Glass Bremner Glass Equipment C R Laurence Chevron Glass Pty Ltd Cooling Bros Glass Co. Dreamhaven Glass & Aluminium Express Glass G.James Glass & Aluminium George Fethers & Co. Guarde Software Guardian Intermac Australia Jeld-Wen Landson Alliance

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AGGA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

State Associations

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Lisec Australia Pty Ltd Overseas Glass Agencies P/L National Glass NFK Glazing & Industrial Supp. Solutia Australia Sydney Glass Tremco Walsh’s Glass Viridian Glass & Aluminium Assoc’n of Queensland NSW Glass & Glazing Assoc’n Glass & Window Assoc’n WA Glass & Glazing Assoc’n VIC Glass & Glazing Assoc’n SA Tasmanian Glass & Aluminium Assoc’n

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Well, another year seems to be flying by, Autumn has arrived and with that another edition of GA. Again we have another bumper edition – we chat with Singleton lookalike Tony Pearsall – where else, but on the golf course. He is finding his new role as an AGGA Mentor extremely satisfying, and we’re pleased to report that his colleagues in other states are finding it equally so. To capture and harness the passion and energy of youth must be highly rewarding, and our industry will benefit enormously from this important AGGA initiative. If you’re based in Tasmania or South Australia and are interested in mentoring, call Leanne Knowles on 0423 480 781. Many of you may be weighing up the AGGA National Conference in Alice Springs: Should we go? Can I afford the time away? How can I manage if we hit a busy time? Do I take the family? …. Can I urge you to register now and book your flights immediately – the program content is tailored to our industry, and most importantly to our issues. The social program and events are going to be memorable and the topic of many a conversation long after your return. But most important, is the benefit in the networking and camaraderie amongst your peer group; this can not be underestimated. Lifelong friendships are forged and opportunities to meet and chat in a relaxed environment with many that you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Come on … book today. I hope you enjoy this Autumn edition of GA – new equipment, changing faces, new AGGA initiatives, state news, industry outreach to community groups, case studies and more feature in this edition. Please don’t forget to log on and complete the GA survey – as always, we welcome your feedback. (Details on page 49) Keep well 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 those 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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PROFILE (TONY PEARSALL)

In my view, the most rewarding thing about working in glazing has been witnessing the rapid changes in glass and its many applications

TONY PEARSALL A PILLAR OF THE INDUSTRY > Text by Tim Roberts, Photography by Jeremy Piper

Tony Pearsall began his enduring career in the glazing industry back in 1975, when he was offered a position at what was then known as Ken Pike Glass Pty Ltd. (named after his father-in-law who founded the company) ‘I was with the company for almost four decades – 39 years in all,’ he reveals. ‘In the beginning, I was purely doing menial tasks, mainly delivery and pickups.’ In the intervening years, Tony rose through the company in a classic upward trajectory. ‘It just naturally evolved that I was there from a labourer at the beginning, and ended up running the whole business,’ he explains. In October last year, he and his wife Sue, who worked alongside him at Pike Glass, made the decision to sell the company. ‘Pike Glass is a company that endured for 57 years, a fact that I’m proud of,’ says Tony.

in the day,’ Tony recalls. ‘Over the years, as we responded to innovation and customer demand, the company evolved into glazing all sorts of architectural installations. We also benefited from continually improving methods of installing glass and aluminium framing, as did our customers.’

many other advanced glazing products, it’s become more accessible than ever. The more technology progresses, the more products like these are available to the general public, which is great. The sheer volume of bent and curved glass produced has made it much cheaper than it used to be.’

According to Tony, two of the major drivers of advancement are rising environmental consciousness on behalf of both government and consumers, and an increasing demand for privacy. ‘In recent years, our product line came to include energy-efficient double glazing and climate-controlled glazing, as well as soundattenuation glazing,’ he says. ‘Many glazing products that are now in demand are based on relatively recent developments, and weren’t widely available even a couple of decades ago.’

To keep up with the latest developments, Tony often relied on industry news from AGGA. ‘Over my 39 years in the industry, keeping abreast of information about new types of glass was made much easier by attending the National and State AGGA conferences,’ he says. ‘My wife Sue and I have been attending for the last 15 years – they were great networking facilities, and gave us far more insight into which materials were available than we would otherwise have had.’

Having such an enduring affiliation with the glazing industry has given Tony a unique insider’s perspective on the industry’s many developments. The most interesting aspect of the job over the years, he notes, has been keeping up with the lightning-fast pace of technical developments in glazing. ‘In my view, the most rewarding thing about working in glazing has been witnessing the rapid changes in glass and its many applications,’ he confirms. ‘Watching the ways in which the product has evolved has been a fascinating part of the job.’

The rising issue of energy consumption induced the entire industry to evolve – and it responded rapidly. ‘Environmental concerns are one of the major factors driving the rapid adoption of energy-efficient glazing in a variety of domestic and commercial applications,’ Tony agrees. ‘In our company’s case, the expanding market for this type of glass was also an effect of increasingly stringent energy efficiency requirements in New South Wales. To meet the state’s latest round of energy regulations, many new buildings now require energy-efficient glass to be installed.’

The many technological changes that have gripped the industry, utterly transformed the original business model of Pike Glass. ‘When I started there all those years ago, we were purely an installer of flat glass, which was used in the bulk of applications back

Another advance in glazing that has influenced Tony has been the advent of more flexible forms of the product. ‘We moved on to a lot of installation of curved and bent glass, which was far more specialised and expensive to fabricate in the past than it is now,’ he points out. ‘Like

As well as the positive stories of progress, all those years of practical experience have provided Tony with a keen awareness of the challenges facing the industry today. ‘In my view, the main challenge to the Australian glazing industry is the importation of glass products – especially finished products – and the retention of staff,’ he reflects. ‘That’s why providing a viable career path for staff in the glass industry is so vital.’ Aside from maintaining his involvement in the industry, including a new AGGA mentoring program, Tony has continued his passion for sports of all kinds. ‘I’ve coached numerous sports over the years, including athletics, swimming, and soccer,’ he says. ‘I’ve also played a lot of cricket in my time, among other things!’

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Tony Pearsall Profile Continued

Yet one sport has begun to dominate Tony’s interests in the last few years – perhaps because of the serenity provided by all those wide, open spaces. ‘Golf is now my main sporting interest, and I’m now an active member of the golfing fraternity,’ he reflects. ‘I’ve even served as Captain of the Kogarah Golf Club in Sydney, which was an honour.’ This passion for golf has come in handy with the AGGA, where Tony has been able to put his management skills to good use. ‘I’ve organised many golf days for the association over the last decade, and Sue and I remain very active in the social side of things,’ he explains. ‘My father-inlaw Ken has also organised several AGGA bowls days. Our whole family still has a lot to do with them, both work-wise and socially.’ Tony and Sue enjoy every opportunity to spend time with their family, which has recently experienced a couple of major milestones. ‘My daughter Kelly recently gave birth to our first granddaughter, Georgia – and my son Adam’s on his way to Sicily now for his honeymoon!’ Seeing the next generation settle down has been a great joy for Tony and Sue. ‘We’re over the moon for them both, of course,’ he says. ‘Running a business is definitely a 24/7 occupation, and stepping back certainly gives you a lot more time to spend with your own children and grandchildren. Sue and I are both loving the chance to spend time with our new granddaughter, and the rest of our family.’ . Tony has recently taken up the role as AGGA Mentor in NSW. His industry knowledge and depth of experience will ensure the local industry are served well and will assist in enabling NSW apprentices to achieve their full potential. GA

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INDUSTRY NEWS

PROGRESS UPDATE ON AGGA CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION PROGRAM The AGGA Certification and Accreditation Program (CAP) has made significant progress in the last few months with the Executive Board’s endorsement of a new accredited Glazier/Company concept. AGGA CEO, Warren Overton, has been working on the program concept in consultation with the State Associations and has developed a model that delivers on a range of issues currently being faced by our industry. Why do we need CAP? With the recent demise of NOLA, the National Occupational Licencing Authority, there are no plans for harmonisation of trade licencing on a national basis and thus AGGA will fill this void with its own voluntary glazier accreditation program for both individuals and companies. What are the goals of CAP? The new glazier/company program aims to:

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Deliver a respected program that recognises and supports the skills and experience of AGGA members and helps them to differentiate themselves in a competitive market

Provide a program that recognises the levels of experience and specialisation within the glazing industry

Provide a continuing professional development (CDP) system so that participants can remain appropriately skilled

Increase professionalism and improve the reputation of the glazing industry

How does CAP work? To effectively deliver the full CAP it has been broken into four distinct parts, namely: Accredited Glazier – An accreditation program to recognise suitably qualified and experienced individuals Accredited Company – An accreditation program recognising companies that employ suitably qualified glaziers and implement appropriate business practices IGMAP – A certification program for the manufacture of insulated glazing units (IGUs)

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Accredited Glazier

Accredited Company AGGA CAP

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Safety Glass Certification

Safety Glass – A certification program for the manufacture of toughened and laminated glass Accredited Glazier The proposed glazier accreditation program follows a model similar to many other professional accreditation programs. Participants will need to demonstrate relevant skills and experience to gain accreditation. We will also be looking at ways to recognise more advanced skills held by many in the industry. Market research will be undertaken with consumers and potential participants to determine the best titles to use to ensure they are meaningful and understandable. A core prerequisite of the ‘accredited’ level is that participants have a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing. Experienced glaziers who do not have this formal qualification can gain this through a RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process that is offered by a range of RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) around Australia. The program will also look to recognise other qualifications that can demonstrate equivalence. In addition, the program requires a number of years of experience and ongoing participation in a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) program. The inclusion of an effective CPD program plays a vital role in the success of the program by providing valuable learning and development opportunities in a convenient and cost-effective manner. The program uses a point-based system and provides a range of flexible options. As well as traditional faceto-face learning opportunities from a range of providers, it also aims to use online learning options such as webinars and videos. Active involvement in the industry through actions such as mentoring an apprentice or being involved with the State Associations will also be recognised.

Accredited Company The core of the company accreditation will be a requirement to employ accredited glaziers in a suitable ratio to non-accredited glazing staff. Additionally, some business practice requirements around safety and customer service will be included. The aim is for companies to have suitably qualified and experienced staff as well as high-quality business processes to ensure that customers receive the best service. One option being investigated is for the company accreditation program to include some form of third party audit of work and/or business systems to provide consumers with greater confidence in accredited companies. The costs and benefits of running such a system to determine if it would add value to the overall program will be investigated. How will CAP be marketed? Effective marketing of the program is vital to ensure its success. The development focus will be to create a brand consumers relate to and that generates their appreciation for the benefits of engaging an accredited company that is part of the program. As this means introducing a new brand to the market, significant investment will be required up front as well as for ongoing promotional support. Recognising that it will take several years to establish the program, strategies will need to be long-term and encompass a diverse range of marketing opportunities. “I’m very excited that the program has moved to this stage,” said AGGA’s CEO, Warren Overton. “I believe we have come up with a comprehensive model that addresses a range of issues currently facing our industry. Through accrediting glaziers, we can offer a clear development path and ensure that our trade professionals maintain a high level of skill. When we link this to our company accreditation program, we can demonstrate a sound business case for investing in staff development and better business processes. Not only does this enable companies to compete based on quality rather than just price, it also improves productivity and profitability.”


INDUSTRY NEWS

CRL AUSTRALIA — EXPORTING TO THE WORLD In an era seemingly characterised by Australian manufacturing woes and closures, it is a joy to report an Australian success story from the glass and glazing sector. C.R. Laurence (CRL) Australia Pty Ltd is an Australian company with a diverse portfolio of products, including vacuum cups that have found an eager international client base. The company began manufacturing vacuum cups in Melbourne in 1993, winning export orders to the UK in its first year. Since then, the company’s growth has been exceptionally strong, culminating in the move to a new 5000m2 manufacturing facility at Rowville, Melbourne, in 2012. This new facility features four new plastic moulding machines, which means all moulding, assembly, testing and distribution can be conducted from a single site.

One of the company’s proudest achievements is its newly released premium vacuum cup (CRL Sure-Grip Vacuum Lifter S338). “In designing this product we’ve managed to innovate and achieve the highest lifting capacity of any 203mm pump action vacuum cup on the market while maintaining a soft sealing lip to aid in easy attachment,” says David Bremner, Managing Director of CRL Australia. “We also improved the attachment of the handle to the pad by hiding the fixings, and have integrated a soft grip for improved comfort.” “Today CRL services the 40+ global C.R. Laurence service centres and exports products to the USA, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and South Africa,” David says. CRL and its Australian manufacturing processes have a bright future servicing local and international markets.

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“We look forward to the ongoing growth of the company in Australia through our comprehensive range of glazing tools and equipment, architectural hardware, shower hardware and balustrade systems,” he concludes.

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OGA INSTALLS FIRST NEPTUN ‘ETS’ EQUIPPED EDGING MACHINE AT VIRIDIAN JANDAKOT OGA announces the installation of the first ‘NEPTUN’ ‘ROCK 11 ETS’ straight line edging machine at Viridian, Jandakot. This is the first model equipped with the revolutionary and innovative “Edge To Shape™” (ETS) finished glass size control system. Conceived by Stefano Bavelloni and patented by Neptun Italy, ETS is an evolution in glass edging. ETS enables the popular Rock Series of straight-line edgers to perform edge processing with control of the final glass size geometry, not just in relation to the rectangular angles, but also the final required dimensions. This sophisticated process involves electronically scanning the incoming glass edge and adjusting the inlet arm, using drives controlled by the powerful NC. A multi-faceted system, the ETS measures every glass edge in real time and adjusts the angle and depth of removal to achieve the exact required final dimensions. For more information, contact Neil or Dave at OGA on 03 9587 2488

AGGA SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE UPDATE BE SAFE – BE INFORMED! > By Joe Finn

The key focus of the committee moving forward is the development of a series of Safety Fact Sheets which address major issues within the glass and glazing industry. Topics include glass storage, lifting equipment, manual handling, mechanical handling, transportation of glass, unloading vehicles, and personal protective equipment (PPE). These are intended as a reference tool outlining general principles on the various topics, which in some instances will be supplemented with training. The Fact Sheets will also provide links for further reading and reference, and include an associated job safety analysis (JSA) and a section on PPE. As the priority of safety topics varies from state to state, the committee is engaging with each state regarding the scope of these Fact Sheets so there are clear guidelines in place before the work commences. The committee is considering how AGGA can resource the collation of statistics and reporting of incidents in the industry. Outreach will be made in each state to WorkCover and WorkSafe authorities to collaborate on this. Fact Sheets and the new Work Health Safety Self-Audit will be announced via the AGGA e-News and posted on the AGGA website.


INDUSTRY NEWS

INVITATION TO SPONSOR THE APPRENTICE MENTORING WELCOME KIT

DON BLANKSBY SAILS TO VICTORY

The Australian Glass Industry Mentoring Initiative (AGIMI) is offering businesses an opportunity to sponsor the new Apprentice Mentoring Welcome Kit. AGIMI is a program created by the AGGA that aims to reduce the cancellation rate of apprenticeships in this industry from 55% to, at most, 40% by 30 June 2015. The Apprentice Welcome Kit will comprise practical tools and equipment donated by businesses to help them with their work, and will act as both an incentive and a reward for signing up to the mentoring program. Our current apprentices are the future decision-makers of our industry. They will be providing skilled labour, leadership and innovation as they continue to develop their careers in glass and glazing. AGGA is committed to ensuring that they get the best possible industry support while they learn their trade.

The AGGA are delighted to report on Don Blanksby’s recent win in the International Dragon Class Yacht Victorian Championships, held at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in February. The fiercely competitive five-race series provided challenging conditions for all those competing, but fortunately for Don and his team they led by one point in the final tally, proudly winning the Championship in the ‘ASA’ named after his granddaughter.

Branded sponsor products will be presented to the apprentices in a high-quality tool bag at a time when they are learning what’s what and who’s who in their industry. They will begin to form career-long habits and engage with products that are useful, relevant and important to their work. AGGA will acknowledge sponsorship contributions in a range of publications and marketing material to the industry. Sponsorship acknowledgement is planned for the next issue of Glass Australia Magazine. To find out more about the benefits and how you can actively contribute to enhancing the future of our industry’s workforce and productivity, contact Leanne Knowles, National Apprenticeship Manager on 0423 480 781 or nam@agga.asn.au.

REGISTER NOW AND GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER AT GLASS AUSTRALIA 2014, AGGA’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE, ALICE SPRINGS, 28–30 AUGUST For more information please visit www.aggaconference.com


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1 Attach the air hose to the compressor and to the end of the pneumatic sealant tool. The air pressure should not exceed 90 psi or the maximum air pressure listed on the gun, whichever is greater.

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materials used in anodised aluminium and polyester powder coats might mean a primer is recommended for increased adhesion.) Being a portable, cartridge-dispensed, two-part sealant, 121 Structural Glazing Sealant can be used as an essential element of workers’ mobile toolkits for rapid-response, onsite repairs or time-critical installations; alternatively, it is a space-efficient solution for all workshop-based jobs. Mixing is straightforward and does not require specialist skills. A simple 1:1 mixing ratio maximises dosing accuracy and obviates the need for costly pump or metering equipment. In addition, for site glazing applications, swing stage and access equipment rentals can be reduced from up to a month to just a couple of days.

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Ensure the dual pistons are to the back of the gun so the cartridge can be inserted. This can be done using the reverse function on the pneumatic dispensing tool.

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3 Remove the cap from the top of the cartridge. Remove the plug on the dispensing end of the cartridge by inserting a flat screwdriver or similar tool into the rectangular slot on the plug. Use the tool to bend the plug 90 degrees as if to make it perpendicular to the cartridge. This movement will release the plug.


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4 Insert the cartridge. The cartridge should snap into the tool so that the ends of the cartridge are aligned with the dual pistons.

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Once the cartridge is inserted, ensure that the pistons are set to move in the forward direction. Then, press and hold the trigger until material comes out of both the curing agent and base cartridges. Once both the curing agent and base are being extruded from the cartridge, wipe off the excess sealant.

Attach a new static mixer. With the static mixer screwed on, depress the trigger until the static mixer is completely full and the sealant can be seen coming out the end of the mixer. This is best done over a waste area. Wipe off the initial material that comes out of the static mixer.

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INSTALLING IGUS IN TIMBER WINDOWS > Text by Edith Paarhammer The trend toward buildings with an abundance of natural light and a seamless connection between interior and exterior spaces is growing in Australia. However, spiralling energy prices and the need for energy conservation to reduce our carbon footprint are now key drivers for today’s building design. The new 6-star rating for buildings also aims to reduce heating and cooling costs. This puts the focus squarely on the quality and performance of windows and glazed doors. Many window manufacturers have started to head this trend, and already offer double or even triple glazed windows and doors. Frames are made of different materials like timber, aluminium or uPVC. In this article, we take a closer look at how IGUs are correctly installed in timber-framed windows and doors, leaning on the experience of Europeanstyle products like tilt & turn windows. Glazing a window is the placement of the glass unit into the window frame and the sealing between the glass unit and the frame. The placement of the glass unit has to be done so there is no pressure or stress on the glass unit which could lead to

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breakage, or the weight of the glass affecting the mechanics of sash or door.

dipped into a preservative and painted so the timber is sealed all around.

The main difference between European-style windows and doors and most Australian products is that the European ones are glazed from the inside. Any tiny leak will be noticed right away, eliminating water sitting under the IGU, which could rot away the timber and fog the glass unit.

Usually the glass unit is installed into the timber frame without touching the frame itself anywhere. Glazing blocks ensure that the weight is concentrated toward the bottom corner of casement windows and doors or evenly distributed in the case of awning or double-hung windows.

All sashes and other glazed frames should have some means of glass rebate drainage in the event of unwanted water penetration. Desiccants in the glass unit itself can only absorb so much moisture, and the warranty might be void if damage or fogging arises because water has no means of draining away.

Such glazing blocks, or packers, ensure a minimum gap of 3–5mm between the edge of the glass unit and the timber frame. These glazing packers, or glazing blocks, can be made of hardwood which should be impregnated to achieve resistance against damp and mould. Man-made fibres are used as well, but should carry the manufacturer’s warranty.

If the glass size and weight allow, factory glazing is preferable. This will eliminate possible contamination of the glazing rebate through dust or moisture on site. Before starting to glaze, the glazing recess has to be dry and free from grease or dust. The timber frame as well as the glass bead should have been

For heavy glass units in excess of 100kg, glazing blocks made of Polyamide, Chloroprene or PE can be used. In Europe, where double glazing has been used for decades and triple glazing is becoming the norm, there are guidelines for the hardness of such glazing packers. Glazing blocks also have to be secured against


The 3 fundamental principles of glazing IGU’s to remember are; 1. Prevention of prolonged contact with moisture on the edge seal of the unit is important 2. Compatibility between edge seal of the IGU and the glazing sealants and materials should be considered and 3. Where necessary protection of the edge seal of the unit against sunlight or UV radiation must be taken into account

moving. The distance for the block should be approximately the length of the block away from the corner of the IGU. The blocks have to be on a level surface. Wrongly installed glazing blocks can lead to glass breakages or damage to the spacer, leading, in turn, to a failure of the glass unit. In Europe, strict Standards have to be followed for installing glass units, whereas in Australia this topic is only touched upon in the Australian Standard AS2047. The information is for a generic timber window and seems to be geared towards single glazing. This seems to be the same in the existing AS, as well as the draft for the new Standard. A continuous full bed of silicon is mentioned, together with cedar glass beads or putty in lieu of bead glazing.

Once the glass unit is installed, glass-retaining strips or glass beads are placed on the inside of the glass unit (in the example of an internally glazed European-style window/door/fixed unit) to hold the glass in place. The distance between glazing rebate and glass bead should be about 0.5 to 1.0mm larger than the thickness of the actual glass unit so that there is no unnecessary stress or pressure on the glass itself, which may lead to failure. Special glass strip fillers are available to seal or backfill sashes and glass retaining strips.

There is considerably more information on glazing IGUs in AS/NZS4666.

Sealing between frame and glass units has to be made in a way that there is no entry of water or air into the glazing rebate. This should be done for protection of the timber frame as well as protection of the glass unit so neither life expectancy is reduced. Glazing tape or silicon are the two main possibilities.

Where IGUs are used, filling up the whole glazing recess with silicon may end up with collected moisture or humidity. Through natural pores in the timber, this humidity can partially be dried out but residual moisture may damage the glass unit.

Glazing tapes are usually made of closed cell polyethylene-foam and self-adhesive on one side. Where used, they have to end about 5mm above the bottom of the glazing rebate so as not to interrupt drainage. Care should also be taken

with the height of the glazing tape, as it should still allow for 5mm at the top for a neat silicon line. Corners and joints have to be permanently sealed and made watertight. For installations without glazing tape, at least two layers of silicon protection are necessary. Silicon has to remain flexible but bond to the glass on one side and to the timber frame on the opposite side. This is a very important step within the glazing installation, as failure of the silicon will definitely lead to failure of the glass units. There are special glazing silicones available in Australia suitable for bonding to different materials, in this case glass and timber. Some can now also be bought in a variety of timber colours like clay-brown or oak. Windows play a big part in energy efficiency, bushfire safety and burglary prevention. The trend worldwide is towards technologically advanced windows and glazed doors where frame, fittings and glass units all play their part. Only correct installation of double or triple-glazed units into timber frames allow for such a collaboration and should provide years of service.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

FGI DRAW ON INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE Exciting developments to report at Flat Glass Industries, with several new appointments to the management and production team in both Victoria and NSW. Lewis Price has been appointed General Manager, previously with LiSEC Australia and Saint-Gobain, joining the executive team in March. Matt Morris takes up the role of NSW State Sales Manager, previously with Viridian and Pilkington in Victoria and NSW–25 years’ experience in the industry, in glass processing, installation and account service. John McPherson, Customer Service Manager, brings exceptional skills in the implementation of quality order to delivery systems, staff training, customer service and fulfilment programs. And Rod O’Keeffe, Account Manager, has 35 years in the glass and window industry, including 10 years operating his own glass and shower screen business.

Lewis is delighted with his new role at the helm of FGI and equally impressed with the entire management, sales and production team. “Market conditions are improving and we are looking forward to a good first quarter. With our expanding range of new product, improved production efficiencies and key personnel in areas of responsibility, we are looking forward to making solid inroads and servicing the industry well. Our collective experience and systems to be introduced will look to deliver exceptional customer service, an exciting new range of product and commitment to delivering on the promise. The FGI group have undergone significant change in recent times; we now have a great platform from which to leap ahead, we aim to be a valued partner in the success of many a glass and installation business,” says Lewis.

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SOFTWARE TO HELP MEET AS/NZS 1288 The importance of safety in the glass and glazing industry is reflected in the complexity of AS/NZS 1288, which is an ever-evolving and sophisticated guide to best practice. Understandably, the task of confirming compliance with AS/NZS 1288 provisions is not always easy, and many practitioners struggle to note all elements of acceptable materials selections and design specifications. However, now there is a simple, free software tool, that can both speed up the compliance processes and maximise the accuracy of results. Known as Guarde Software 1288+, this software is easy to use and has been created specifically for professionals within the Australian industry. “The complexities of calculating glass to meet the stringent safety criteria outlined in AS/NZS 1288 means that valuable time is spent interpreting the hundreds of pages of standards and supporting material,” says David Dupuy, Managing Director of Guarde Software.

“Our 1288+ package is a mouse or touchscreen-driven application offering the user a series of easy-to-read buttons to navigate their way through the relevant Standard(s).” The software handles applications for all major internal and external glass and glazing systems affected by AS/NZS 1288. It includes reference to region, terrain, wind loading, topography and shielding – even exclusions, which are not covered by the Standard. This handy tool offers timesaving benefits for projects such as balustrades, overhead glazing, IGUs, schools and aged care facilities, bathrooms, and doors, as well as shopfronts. Results can be displayed in seconds, containing valuable and practical information via a list of allowable glass types (toughened, laminated, etc.) and minimum thicknesses. AGGA is extremely grateful to David and Guarde Software for making this tool free of charge to AGGA members and hope that it can help companies more efficiently and effectively address AS/NZS 1288 compliance issues.

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FIRST JIM’S GLASS FRANCHISEE LAUNCHED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Stephen and Lydia Miller, proprietors of South Coast Glazing in Port Elliot SA, are excited to be the first Australian franchisee for Jim’s Glass. The Jim’s Group is probably one of the most recognised faces and respected household names in franchising. Stephen and Lydia have operated their familyrun South Coast Glazing business since May 2008, successfully growing it from scratch with hard work and offering a diverse range of services primarily focused on residential work, repairs and installations. They launched their Jim’s Glass franchise on 1 February 2014, as a means of continued expansion using an iconic and well-established brand and a large network of support. The Millers explained that, while it has been a big learning experience understanding the nuances of franchises, the transition has been

relatively simple and they are already seeing results in increased business and enquiries. They chose the Jim’s brand because it is such a positive household name, and really like the support that comes with it. They were very happy with the information and training on how to run a franchise, because it enabled them to be clear about expectations before any contract was signed. Their challenge, as with any new business, is not being sure how much new business will initially come in and making sure there are funds to cover that startup period. Stephen and Lydia are really excited about their decision to become the first Jim’s Glass franchisees, and are looking forward to leveraging all the benefits that come with being a part of the Jim’s Group to grow their customer base and business.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

GAAQ GLASS & GLAZING INDUSTRY AWARDS 2014 — SAVE THE DATE The GAAQ Glass & Glazing Industry Awards are to be held on Friday 18 July 2014. There will be apprentice awards, including the Apprentice of the Year, Best Use of Glass & Glazing Design Awards, and the 2014 Glass Person of the Year Award. The function will once again be held at the Pullman Hotel, and we will have the added

attraction of a very glamorous opening entertainment performance. Our theme this year is the 1920s era, and guests are encouraged to dress to the theme. Our sponsors of previous years have once again supported the evening, and we thank the following sponsors for their generosity: Platinum Sponsor — SkillsTech

Gold Sponsors — Viridian, G.James, National Glass, AGC, CSI, NFK, Glass Skills Aust, Elegant IG/Lisec, 1st Glass and Intermac. Silver Sponsors — Alspec, Dorma Automatics, True Blue Glass, Landson, AGG and OGA. We are anticipating a record attendance this year as this event has become a much anticipated event on the industry calendar.

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SLEEPING OUT FOR CHARITY Having participated for the first time last year, and finding it such a valuable experience, AGGA CEO Warren Overton has again registered to participate in this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, an initiative of St Vincent de Paul, on Thursday, 19 June 2014. All AGGA members are invited to support Warren’s efforts by sponsoring him and helping raise funds for homeless Australians. The Sleepout program, which began in 2006, invites CEOs across the country to ‘sleep out’ in the open air and experience the same conditions faced by up to 100,000 homeless Australians every day. Not only does direct CEO involvement highlight the difficulties of homelessness, but it also encourages each participant’s colleagues to consider the plight of homeless people and make a real contribution to practical solutions, as overseen by St Vincent de Paul. More than 1,000 CEOs took part in last year’s event in eight major venues across the nation, raising more than $5 million.

Organisers are hoping for even greater participation rates in 2014. AGGA members can sponsor Warren by visiting the Vinnies CEO Sleepout website at www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/vic-ceos/ warren-overton. Simply click on the ‘Donate’ menu tag and follow the prompts. In addition, AGGA members are welcome to spread the word about the event – or even encourage other CEOs to take part! – by clicking on the ‘Get Involved’ menu tag. “AGGA is not just an industry association,” Warren says. “It is also a collective of close-

knit professionals who make powerful contributions to their own communities – as employers, as business sponsors, as supporters of social enterprises, and as contributors to a myriad of local organisations. Therefore, as AGGA’s CEO, I consider it a privilege to take part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout on all members’ behalf, and to add to the great work that so many members already perform. I appreciate that times are tough for many of us, but I welcome donations of any size towards this really worthy cause.”


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> By Jamie Rice, IGMA Chair

At its first meeting for 2014, IGMA’s Certified Product Directory (CPD) Working Group provided an update on their developments, with members present agreeing that the next step forward was for the AGGA Marketing & Communications Committee to develop a marketing strategy for both IGMAP and the CPD. The working group was also requested to identify audience potential and budget details. There was discussion regarding the development of an e-News for IGMA and IGMAP in order to increase communication to members efficiently. The updated Version 7 of the IGMAP document was presented to the meeting, including program participation costs, labels, and issues involving the guaranteed confidentiality of test results. IGMA members were updated on the current position of the AFRC. Unfortunately there has

been no further progress due to prevailing funding restrictions which are kerbing any AFRC activity. Generally, any progress remains on hold. The CPD Working Group reiterated its invitation to all interested members to join the piloting of the IGMAP program. Keep an eye out for further details regarding IGMA’s next Training Day. Date and details to be announced shortly.

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INTRODUCING AGGA’S INAUGURAL AGIMI MENTORS Progress has been made since the introduction of the Australian Glass Industry Mentor Initiative (AGIMI) and its Manager, Leanne Knowles, as reported in our last issue, with the appointment of the first team of state and national mentors. The AGIMI is an innovative pilot program, funded by the Federal Government until 30 June 2015, which assists glass apprentices to complete their apprenticeship with the support of experienced industry mentors, targeting the most at-risk first year students. It was set up to address the widening gap

between apprentice recruitment rates and industry needs by creating: • a higher rate of recruitment and retention • a better-quality and more skilled workforce • an enhanced industry image and appeal • jobs in Australia versus offshore, and • a self-sustaining culture of skilled mentoring in the workplace. The AGGA mentors’ role is to provide supportive learning and assistance to apprentices. They are a source of life skills, and trade skills, as well as health, fitness

and career development. They are positive role models encouraging young people with the discovery of their talents, skills and abilities. Mentors also guide employers on how to interact with the apprentices through increased engagement, innovation and leadership. AGIMI is being rolled out in all states working closely with TAFEs and RTOs. More information on the program and apprentice support, employer mentoring, tips and links to experts can be found at www.aggamentors.com.au

A warm welcome is extended to the inaugural AGGA team of AGIMI state and national mentors: Tina Connor – Female Mentor (National) mentorfem@agga.asn.au 0434 666 456

Tina has been working in the glass and glazing industry for 16 years, starting her own venture Tina’s Glass & Glazing in 2011. She began with a passion for designing, creating and installing leadlight windows. This grew into a desire for more training and experience across a broader industry, and Tina went on to work with a number of local glass processing and glazing employers. Tina has a Certificate III in Glass & Glazing, as well as a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. She recently worked with Lidcombe TAFE in NSW to deliver the AGGA Girls in Glass workshop for 16 local high school students who are keen to explore the opportunities in our industry.

Gordon Twaddell – Mentor Vic

Gordon has held a range of senior management positions with national and global organisations across 30 years in business. While working as a part-time mentor for AGGA, Gordon is also the General Manager of Ascot Commercial, a commercial glazing business based in Melbourne. He was previously General Manager at Fethers Glazing Systems. Gordon is a high-energy professional with the ability to make things happen. He has served as Team Manager and Board Member at Taekwondo Victoria, and also retains a keen interest in Rugby Union.

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Kevin was born and raised in New Zealand, working on dairy farms until he left for Perth, WA at the age of 19. He then went on to work for various aluminium and glass fabrication companies, and was promoted through the ranks to the position of Purchasing Manager. Self-employed for the past 25 years, Kevin has focused on providing a service to the glass and aluminium industry as a glazier. He has been able to apply his extensive skills and experience when subcontracting to construction and specialist glass companies, working on complicated glazing projects. Kevin’s work won outright the West Australian Home of the Year Award in 2013. Stephan has recently chosen semi-retirement after a career in building and construction, starting with a bricklaying business and more recently spending 24 years in the family business, Hennessey Glass & Aluminium. As Construction & Project Manager, Stephan managed many high-profile building projects around Queensland. He has raised nine children, and is no doubt drawing on his vast experience as a parent to support young apprentices in our industry. Stephan has a range of industry qualifications, including a Certificate III in Glass & Glazing and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management. Tony has been employed in the glass and glazing industry for 39 years, 28 of those as a company director of a general contracting business. During that time, he has been involved in the manufacturing, processing and installation of all forms of flat and bent glass. He had the pleasure of training and mentoring five apprentices in his business, all of whom completed their apprenticeship. Tony was a member of the NSWGGA Management Committee for 12 years, and is currently a member of the board of the Kogarah Golf Club. He has been a Level 3 qualified Track & Field Coach and a Level 1 Coach in soccer, rugby league and swimming. Among his industry qualifications is a Certificate III in Glass & Glazing.

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VALE — KEITH ARUNDELL 1929–2014 The beginning of Keith Arundell’s celebratory lifetime in the glass industry started as a young man with NV Appleton in Brisbane. His genuine love for selling, the glass industry and the people in it were evident even then, and it was not long before he was promoted in 1955 to Sydney where he stayed for 17 years managing Appleton’s and then Champion Glass before returning to Brisbane. In 1975 Keith, in partnership with Barry O’Connor, started the Aramac Glass wholesaling business which later became part of the T&K Group where he was State Manager. Keith is remembered for his personal approach to marketing and sales. His son, Murray Arundell, recalls his father’s stories of his early days with Appleton’s. These involved long selling trips, often by train in those days as the roads were so challenging, because Keith believed that business was done relationally, in the field, face to face with clients. Clients were valued friends. Even so-called industry rivals had a keen admiration for Keith’s business style and acumen. Keith semi-retired to the Sunshine Coast in 1984, where he continued to enjoy and exercise his marketing skills with the family’s business, GHS Pty Ltd. He also remained connected to his community of clients, calling by phone to check in, or simply dropping in on some, often bringing cake to go with morning tea. Keith will be missed by family, friends and his many colleagues past and present.


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AGGA NATIONAL CONFERENCE ALICE SPRINGS, 28–30 AUGUST 2014 Register online NOW at www.aggaconference.com

GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER AT GLASS AUSTRALIA 2014, AGGA’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN THE RED CENTRE The 2014 AGGA National Conference is nearing – lock 28–30 August 2014 into your diary. Lasseters Hotel Casino at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, will host this muchanticipated event, in one of Australia’s most colourful and striking destinations. Alice Springs is renowned as a quintessentially Australian town, making it the perfect venue not only for local AGGA members and their families, but also for international colleagues seeking a taste of Australia’s cultural heritage in its richest forms. Accommodation With superior, award winning 41/2 star accommodation, an international casino, four restaurants and two bars, a sports lounge, and a nightclub, Lasseters Hotel Casino was our clear choice. A recent recipient of the Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards, winning the Deluxe Accommodation category, all rooms at the Lasseters Hotel Casino feature a private balcony, with views of the golf course, Todd River, resort pool, or the MacDonnell Ranges. We urge you to book your accommodation as soon as possible to secure your room. Conference Program The full program of speakers and exhibitors will share their expertise with delegates on a wide range of topical issues, including an economic forecast, local and international glass market trends, the latest technological advances and industry business forecasts. Workshops will also be a feature of this year’s conference providing members’ access to experts who will inform and educate on practical issues

designed to make a real difference to your bottom line. A unique desert park dinner is planned for the Friday evening, a Golf Day on day one, and the Gala Dinner and awards presentations on conclusion of the event – all promising to be memorable and entertaining experiences. Pre & Post Stays Alice Springs offers a huge choice of pre and post conference touring options and world-class places to explore. A mobile tourist information hub will be onsite at the Convention Centre to make the selection and booking of your tours and activities as easy as possible. An official Partners Tour will not be arranged in Alice Springs this year. With so much to experience, we suggest accompanying partners make enquires at the tourist information hub on arrival. Sponsorship and Trade Show The AGGA welcome trade enquiries to participate in this most popular trade event. Opportunities are still available to sponsor the conference breaks/materials and social programs and take an exhibition booth in the trade expo. For further details contact Amanda Bain at the AGGA on 03 8669 0170, or email amanda@agga.asn.au Registrations Now Open – Book Accommodation Now The 2014 AGGA National Conference is sure to be an enjoyable, educational and invaluable experience. Whether you are a seasoned attendee or a first-time delegate, AGGA looks forward to welcoming you to Alice Springs.

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AT A GLANCE THURSDAY 28 AUGUST 2014 SOCIAL PROGRAM Golf Day–Alice Springs Golf Club Welcome Cocktail Party & Trivia Night

FRIDAY 29 AUGUST 2014 PLENARY SESSIONS

Welcome Address The Australian Glass Market Economic Outlook

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Stream 1 - Tendering Masterclass Stream 2 - Accreditation in the UK Stream 3 - Self Audit Safety Tips for Your Workplace

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Stream 1 - How glaziers can smash the glass ceiling Stream 2 - Safety in the Workplace Stream 3 - IGMA Product Certification

PLENARY SESSIONS

The Future of Manufacturing The Future of Training

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SOCIAL PROGRAM Gala Dinner & Glass Awards – Introducing our inaugural National Glass Project Award

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INDUSTRY NEWS

LANDSON GLASS COMMISSION NEW MIRROR FACTORY Flora Hua, Owner and Director of Landson Glass, is proud to announce the opening of her new 12,000m2 facility housing the new Landson Glass Mirror Line. Producing the highest standard silver and painted products, including copper-free and vinyl-backed Grade A safety options, Landson Glass now cements itself as the leading supplier to the Australian and New Zealand markets. Australia’s General Manager Vic Moen commented that, “while Landson Glass has had a dominant position in the supply of ‘smooth vinyl back’ Grade A safety mirror and painted products for many years, it is the introduction of copper-free technology that now allows its loyal customer base to access a broader range. From my first visit to our Australian-owned Qingdao plant 11 months ago to today’s opening, the determination and energy to deliver this project has been extraordinary. True European quality,

delivered out of our Australian-owned plant in Qingdao, China, really does deliver the best of both worlds. Whether it’s full or mixed containers delivered directly to the customer, or purchasing on an ‘as needs’ basis out of the Landson Glass warehouse in Narellan, NSW, we have a solution to meet your individual needs.” Vic added: “Landson Glass safety products (including toughened and laminated products) are all SAI Global certified. Our silver and painted products are subjected to rigorous in-house and third party testing, and our local Australian sales and administration support is unrivalled in the importing space.” “We are proud and active members of our national and state glass industry bodies. On behalf of my colleague Gerard McCluskey and the entire team, I encourage members to grant Landson an opportunity to meet their future silver and painted product needs.”

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PROJECT RSPCA Headquarters LOCATION Burwood East, Melbourne ARCHITECT Bamford Architects PROJECT TEAM Barbara Bamford, Rebecca Wood, Vanja Joffer, Tony Parker, Sajid Khalfe, Marijke Davey STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Robert Bird Group SERVICES ENGINEER BRT Consulting BUILDER Buxton Glazier AGI (Aluminium and Glass Industries) PRINCIPAL GLASS PROVIDER Viridian PRINCIPAL GLASS COMPONENTS ComfortPlus™, Seraphic™ Standard, EVantage™ Grey, EVantage™ SuperBlue, EnergyTech™, VTough™ Clear BUILDING SIZE 3700m2 new build area, 1800 m2 heavy refurb. 4,000 m2 external exercise and training areas BUILDING COST $18.5 million

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This really demonstrates an alternative and humane way of dealing with animals from their welfare through to the social and retail experience

HIGH VISIBILITY: RSPCA’s Melbourne Headquarters > Photography & Text by Peter Hyatt

There is no shortage of love and affection at the RSPCA’s Melbourne headquarters in suburban East Burwood. For every sick or injured animal in care, there are dozens of the healthy variety in need of a good home. It is difficult to imagine a better facility than this one, designed with a 21st century view of animal welfare in mind. In an age that so much better understands the link between the treatment of animals with the treatment humans have for each other, such facilities reflect a growing recognition of animals in the human wellness chain. Providing shelter for more than 10,000 animals in the past year, the East Burwood facility is the largest of 13 centres in Victoria. It provides for adoption, shelter, clinical and training in addition to a range of retail, community and inspectorate activities. The move from agricultural to a contemporary urban presence was seen as a vital part for the RSPCA’s growing community relevance. Corporate identity, image branding and practical efficiencies all operate in a facility that represents the interests of so many people and pets. Viridian glazing is key to much of the architectural achievement – both expansive and detail – to a demanding range of climatic and visual requirements. Barbara Bamford of Bamford Architects discusses the background to the bold public

face of an organisation supported almost entirely by public donations. What distinguishes this facility from those of the agricultural variety often associated with animal welfare? It’s one that really changes community expectation and experience. The typical concrete and wire sheds really belong to another era and, thankfully, we’ve moved on. This really demonstrates an alternative and humane way of dealing with animals from their welfare through to the social and retail experience. It’s a very high-visibility project on a busy arterial. How deliberate was the move from impoverished and nondescript to statement structure? A major focus of the brief was to be viewed, if not as landmark, then as having a really major civic presence. The building has a quite dramatic graphic element that reinforces the RSPCA brand and also reflects the organisation’s leadership role within animal welfare. Where did your research take you? We visited quite a number of animal welfare facilities and looked at the idea of biomorphic architecture, for instance. In the end, we settled on something we believe is an honest, open expression rather than adopting the oversized

animal sculptures, or novelty form. Everyone agreed that the architecture should define the centre and contribute towards its credentials, and so it is very purpose-designed rather than clever form that then shoehorned in floorspace. The role of building as billboard is obviously important when ‘visibility’ is almost transferable with ‘viability’. That’s true. That branding and image is critical. It wasn’t to read anything like a commercial office building, but as a public institution and a reflection of what takes place within. It’s an opportunity to utilise the site and showcase the RSPCA’s activities on a very busy public arterial. There’s a global trend towards a more enlightened treatment of animals, and this project really reflects that shift in community views doesn’t it? What helps to set this facility apart is that the dogs and cats have been moved indoors. That requires some complicated mechanical design. These places demand really efficient fresh air exchange because animal areas can be smelly. That’s something we’ve really addressed and virtually eliminated the odours that often occur in cramped or confined conditions where a large number of animals are housed. In terms of mechanical air change and circulation, it sits well above the code of practice for animal welfare and at a level required by the RSPCA.

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Striving for that balance between animal welfare and commercial engagement seems to be a mutually supportive cause? They are very complementary, and you can see this in the expanded retail and café on site that are bright, attractive and engaging. None of that is at the expense of the animals, but rather part of the supporting financial and social structure that underpins the final goal of animal welfare. The new building clearly sets itself apart from older animal shelters and engages with those non-core animal welfare areas with dignity of key spaces, quality of finishes and so on with the end being not about the retail but actually about animal welfare. What was the standout out test, or difficulty? Our experience in healthcare projects was invaluable because many of the same issues and stringent standards needed to apply for infection control and circulation flows. It’s a project every bit as complex as hospitals because of the stringent need for infection control, quarantine and the interface with people. And the standout opportunity? For us it was a great opportunity because the brief was to consolidate a pile of functions out of three disparate buildings into a new building with a singular architectural expression.

degree of privacy required, floor area, spatial relationship and so on while always working to a fairly lean budget. In terms of design efficiency the main street elevation faces south and this allowed us to be fairly open in our expression to the street and passing traffic. Do you have a design highlight? Part of the brief is to consider the celebratory process of pet acquisition or happy reunion with a pet in care, but there’s also the tremendously sad part of loss and death. Designing for that range of emotions was a challenge and constraint to deal with the multiple streams of people and emotions that are so much a part of such a place. Hopefully we’ve achieved that appropriate balance that not only functions well, but feels right. Your glazing program really seems to reflect that interplay between celebration and need for privacy. Yes it does. The glazing at the main entry sweeps down as a diagonal and meets the floor at the clinic waiting area and opens up in the more public area. If there’s a big section of glazing then that’s where you want the views, and it’s a public area. In other areas such as the clinic it’s quite constrained.

What about design efficiency?

Were there serendipitous moments during the process that informed the result, or led to the solution?

Planning a comprehensive animal welfare centre is complex; its functions include administration areas for both permanent staff and the large body of volunteer workers, animal day care, shelter, clinics, training and retail. That meant we had to weigh up such matters as the

With a building of this sort of complexity you don’t think ‘oh, this should resemble a kidney bean’. We were very open to opportunities, for example, because nowhere in the brief were we asked to design a cat colony that faces onto the staircase. Its location results

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from the construction staging and functional planning. We ended up glazing it and this became the adoption space for the more robust and gregarious cats to be put on show. As it turns out, it has become one of the RSPCA’s favourite spaces. What feedback have you received, if not from pets, then their owners and staff? Well interestingly we can extrapolate how the animals feel about the place. The dogs are much quieter now than in their previous accommodation and that’s a very good sign. It’s certainly way less smelly, and that makes a difference because dogs, cats and small


animals don’t want the odour of other stressed animals. The adoption rate has also gone up significantly because the animals are indoors and better showcased in that climate-controlled airspace.

for the dogs when visitors continually tap on the glass. People can still see what’s going on, but it’s slightly obscured for pet welfare. Of an evening, passing traffic get good views of animal training or exhibitions.

What about the upper levels of glazing?

In the foyer area the big geometric window and display cases have high transparency showcasing retail and campaign displays. In sensitive areas – the clinic, for instance, is potentially sensitive – translucent glazing ensures natural light and privacy.

At the higher level of the administration buildings, EVantage™ Super Blue glass is used less for transparency than as a branding gesture. It also provides a degree of privacy. In the dog adoption and dog day care areas below the administration area, SuperGrey™ is used mainly for thermal performance. We could have used clear glass, but it can be confronting

Any other assistance from Viridian? There was quite a bit of research and discussion about how we could precisely match glass

colour. Getting samples onsite for our various colours and transparencies was invaluable. What was the most rewarding aspect of using glass on such a project? We layered it just like clothing for comfort and specific needs. There’s no doubt Viridian’s SuperBlue™ is a key here, and being present to watch its installation was tremendously satisfying. The day it went in, we just knew immediately how perfect it was for this application. We had confidence that it would work well and we weren’t disappointed. It really produces a seamless link for the whole RSPCA brand. GA

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INDUSTRY NEWS

INFORMATIVE AND FUN GGAV GOLF TOURNAMENT The GGAV decided to make the most of a captive audience and tee off its annual golf tournament at Cranbourne Golf Club on Friday 28 February with an educational workshop. Presented by GGAV’s Donald Blansky, the topic, Costing for Profit, informed how to establish hourly rates unique to an individual business’s needs, options for improving profit from labour sales, and staff performance measurement. The generous support of industry sponsors and outstanding weather ensured the day was nothing short of first class. It is with much gratitude and appreciation that we thank the following sponsors: Dorma

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Congratulations go to the following award and place winners: Winning team: John Moffat, Cameron Chapman, Greg Fowler and Joe Pavic from Elite Glass Solutions. Second place team: Andrew Van Bakel – Noble Park Glass, Keith Smith – Viridian, Greg Towers – OGA and Greg Mahoney – Dorma. Third place team: Warren Overton and Patrick Gavaghan from AGGA with Harry Pitaro and Greg Lloyd from David Glass. Outstanding golfer: Andrew Van Bakel for the longest drive on the two holes. Nearest the pin: John Remmers from Tremco and Keith Smith from Viridian. NAGA Award: Kevin Taranto from Kevin Taranto Windows & Glass. The tournament was followed by an industry dinner, with Patrick Gavaghan presenting an update on the AGGA training initiatives.

> From left: Harry Pitaro, Andrew Bakel

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GLASS HALF FULL Optimism for the future for family-owned business True Blue Glass has improved since the successful introduction of additional family members into the business. Bill Leavey, Managing Director of True Blue Glass, and his wife Jenny are a first-generation family business. They know hard work and determination and it has paid off for their business, which only started in 2006. At the time, none of their five children were interested in joining the family business. However, after a career overseas and meeting his future wife, their son Sean (32) decided it was time to come home, sparking an idea in Bill and Jenny: they saw an opportunity for Sean to come into the business, but the decision was not taken lightly – they firmly believe that a place in the family business is not a birthright. Bill and Jenny flew to the UK to fill Sean in on their vision, spending hours discussing their business and getting to know their son in a different light. Could he be the manager that they were looking for to take the business to the next level and take some pressure off Bill? Sean had reservations too. He wasn’t a glazier, but to his credit he offered to complete an apprenticeship in the trade to equip him with the skills he needed. Bill thought differently, however – he didn’t need another glazier, he needed a manager. So 20 months ago, Sean and his wife Melinda came into the business, both taking on roles that immediately provided Jenny and Bill with much-needed relief and optimism for the future of their business. Bill says, “Identifying skill gaps and investing in professional development for Sean has helped him exceed all expectations, and is the key to his successful transition into the business.” With 70 percent of all businesses in Australia being family-owned, it comes as no surprise that many businesses are currently weighing up their future as mum and dad plan to retire. Family-owned businesses employ 50 percent of the private workforce in Australia, which means the decisions family businesses make during this process will have a huge impact on the economy and communities in which they operate. Bill highlights the support from his family business peers have helped his business evolve to where it is today, explaining: “Connecting with like-minded family business leaders through the sector’s peak body, Family Business Australia

> From Left; Bill Leavey, Jenny Leavey, Melinda Jakab-Leavey, Sean Leavey

(FBA) has given me insight into how other family businesses have tackled family business succession. Attending family business-focused events and learning from my FBA Forum Group peers provided much-needed guidance on family dynamics, succession planning, ownership transition and developing a family charter.” Robin Buckham, CEO FBA, adds: “It’s widely known there are a number of family business succession options, and it’s important to make informed decisions about where the business will be in the future and who will help it get there. Succession isn’t a one size fits all, weighing up the transition of ownership or management or both, but a process that should be started as early as possible.” According to the BizExchange Index June Quarter 2011, the number of businesses advertised for sale in Australia reached new heights during the GFC, and since then, the number of exiting baby boomers has multiplied even further. With outright sale being a challenging option, never before has the issue of business continuity been so critical. With a considerable number of those being in manufacturing, the spotlight is firmly on the ability of the incumbent owners to hand over to the next generation, or facilitate an orderly buy out. While business owners have been offered a plethora of advice from accounting practices and banking institutions, it is the sector’s peak body, FBA, that has recognised the issue of succession is not merely a commercial undertaking but a deeply emotional one. FBA’s two-day course, Planning Succession for Family Business, aligns the aspirations of the next generation with the expectations of the incumbent owner. Is the business to be simply handed over, or is it destined to fund his/her retirement in the style to which he/she has become accustomed, and deserves? Are there other siblings or dependants that need to be considered in a succession process? How will the knowledge and expertise of someone who has been in the business for 30 to 40 years be

retained in a manner that is acceptable to the new ownership? How will the new owners or next generation honour and respect the legacy of the previous generation? FBA has long recognised, through its research and alliances with academic institutions worldwide, that business continuity is as much a socio-emotional issue as it is economic. Hence their events and courses are structured in a way that specifically addresses family businesses and their unique dynamics and attributes. Bill and his family recommend getting involved with FBA, as many other Glass & Glazing Association members have already, at the very least to meet likeminded family business leaders to create sustainable businesses for our future generation. Here are Family Business Australia’s tips for surviving a family business: 1. Leave work at work and home at home. 2. Have clearly assigned roles for each family member to avoid feelings of being taken for granted, overworked or underutilised. 3. Pay the market rate – remunerate the job and not the person. 4. Develop a strong, capable management structure – don’t confuse ownership or inheritance with management. 5. Have clear, consistent communication – both good and bad news must be shared. 6. Clearly define entry and exit criteria for family members before an event occurs. 7. Develop a succession plan and ensure it is endorsed by interested parties – a communicated process rather than a sudden event. 8. Use outside advisers who can provide unbiased, objective advice – preferably FBA Accredited Advisers. 9. Hold regular communication sessions and family retreats – the best results are those facilitated by a third party. 10. Utilise external advisers, sounding boards, mentors and family business forum groups.

For more information, visit the Family Business Australia website at www.fambiz.org.au

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JASON WINDOWS COMMUNITY OUTREACH Providing a healthy start to a day in the life of a primary school student may not seem like your average glass industry business strategy, but for a group of at-risk youth in Perth, the folks at Jason Windows are truly providing them manna from heaven. A team of six staff from a pool of 50 volunteers across the office and shop floor at Jason Windows volunteer their time twice a week at an underprivileged school where students often attend with inadequate or no breakfast, preparing and serving a substantial meal such as cereal, baked beans on toast, juice, milk and fresh fruit. Studies show that the breakfast program has increased school attendance, reduced classroom behavioural incidents, and improved concentration and positive response to learning activities. The story began when Jason Windows started a search for a charity organisation with whom they could partner not only financially but actively. The search led them to Bev and John Lowe, founders of volunteer-based Manna Inc., that helps to feed, clothe and support West Australians in need. Brendan O’Reilly, Managing Director, Jason Windows explains, “We asked Bev and John to present to our team and give us an insight

into their story and how Manna has grown to play the important role they do today. Hearing first-hand how Bev and John, now both in their 80s, have dedicated their lives and personal finances to helping less fortunate people was an inspiration to everyone. This kicked off our partnership with Manna and has brought a wonderful new dimension and purpose to our business, where we feel privileged to be able to support an organisation that is making such an enormous difference in the community. It really made each and every one of us want to work with Manna to give back to those that are less fortunate than ourselves.” According to the staff volunteers, who seem to get just as much if not more out of the Breakfast Club as the children themselves, knowing that they are giving back to the community as a team is a rewarding experience that builds company morale. Engaging together across all employee levels in a non-work-related environment boosts the sense of teamwork and provides the opportunity to get to know colleagues better as job titles are not relevant in the kitchen. This positive community relationship has been so encouraging that Jason Windows has signed up this year to support Manna’s

GLASS AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE WANTS YOUR FEEDBACK The beginning of another calendar year is the perfect time to review our existing format and regular features published in each edition of Glass Australia magazine, an opportunity to review our GA offering, and most importantly ask for your feedback. We have prepared a short online reader survey and welcome your participation. And as a reward for your efforts, GA is giving away a $500 voucher to Drummond Golf or BCF stores. Please log onto www.surveymonkey.com/s/gamag2014 The GA committee look forward to your valuable feedback and to delivering features and news items that are of interest and relevant to your glass business. Thank you to the many GA readers that have already responded to our survey. We welcome your feedback and valuable suggestions for future content.

‘Homeless for a Night’ event at which a number of staff will sleep out to experience what it may be like to be homeless and raise money to provide meals for the homeless over winter. The message from Jason Windows to any glass business considering community support is to go for it. The rewards from actively participating in local community programs are many and far-reaching. For further information, log onto the Manna website: www.mannainc.com.au. And to support Jason Windows in their fundraising efforts, go to the Homeless for a Night website: www.mycause.com.au/page/jasonwindows

TOM MCKERNAN 50 YEARS IN GLASS

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Congratulations Tom from the AGGA, NSWGGA and all of your friends and work colleagues in the glass industry. On leaving school, Tom joined his father and two uncles to commence his first job at Pilkington on the 14 March 1964. He started as a trainee factory manager, meeting his wife, Kerrie who also worked at Pilkington Ingleburn as part of the original crew. Tom has had many enjoyable years in the industry, loving his role as Business Development Manager with Viridian NSW, and looking forward to many more years ahead. “On behalf of Viridian I would like to congratulate Tom on reaching this milestone in his career,” said Viridian EGM Peter Moeller.

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“CORNERCUT” INTEGRATED CORNER TIPPING FROM NEPTUN. Neptun have now made corner tipping of glass sheet corners an easy automatic process. Tipping (a small ground surface on each corner to remove the sharp point) the corners of glass sheets is a necessary requirement, making each sheet safer to handle, more resistant to corner chipping or cracking, and is a requirement under AS 2208 before the tempering process. In Europe, it is also a requirement mandated by EU rules, ensuring the safety of staff and employees. The corner tipping operation, in the majority of cases, is still performed with manual hand tools resulting in increased labour costs, double handling and the associated potential for glass damage. Corner tipping can be a very high hidden processing cost. Automated corner tipping solutions previously available, such as tipping wheels on double edgers and straight line edgers, typically required a significant initial financial

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investment whilst also limiting production flexibility. These corner tipping systems can also reduce the working speed of these edging machines, whilst maintenance is often awkward due to their location.

LAUNCHED BY NEPTUN AT VITRUM 2013, ‘CORNERCUT’ IS THE SOLUTION FOR CORNER TIPPING GLASS SHEETS, AS PART OF THE VERTICAL WASHING PROCESS Based at the Neptun headquarters in Como, Italy, Stefano Bavelloni and the Neptun R&D department has developed this new corner tipping technology, providing an efficient solution and optimal cost savings for glass processors. According to Neptun, ‘CORNERCUT’ is the first and only machine to integrate glass sheet corner tipping with a vertical glass washing process. This is also done without slowing down the production rates of other edging machinery, leading to increased productivity.

‘CORNERCUT’ IS FAST, HANDLING UP TO 10 LINEAL METRES PER MINUTE. It is able to process a series of glass sheets in various dimensions and/or thicknesses without requiring any adjustments from the operator. The maximum glass sheet height is 2600mm, with unlimited length. ‘CORNERCUT’ produces a corner tipped surface of up to 2mm as standard, which can be increased to 4mm if required. The dedicated software continuously ensures the maximum processing speed, based on the position of the glass on the line and the type of operation, always achieving maximum time savings. Grinding wheel changeovers and general maintenance is quick and easy to perform due to easy access.

THE ‘CORNERCUT’ MACHINE IS AVAILABLE AS ‘STAND-ALONE’ MODEL. It can be installed downstream from almost any other vertical glass processing machine.


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THE ‘QUICK SERIES’ FOR DRILLING AND MILLING The ‘Quick Series’ line of compact vertical work-centres for drilling and milling is another new and interesting series launched by Neptun, which complements the existing range of the larger Drillmax and Promax CNC working centres. The ‘Quick Series’ machines are designed for a market segment where a traditional fully automatic vertical CNC centre is neither required nor economically feasible, but where precision and speed are essential.

QuickDrill can accurately drill holes and/ or create accurate countersinks across the entire glass surface with no ‘dead zones’. QuickMill is a true compact work-centre for the fast and precise execution of hinge cut-outs, notches and holes, all to exact tolerances. Both models are equipped with a powerful touch screen numerical control system, for complete and easy programming of all functions and storage of work programs. The

machines can serve as stand-alone units or can be combined in line to process both the drilling and milling functions simultaneously, resulting in significantly increased productivity. Machines in the Quick Series can also be combined with the Neptun ‘LV Top’ washing machine range to offer complete processing line including the washing phase. This once more highlights Neptun’s renowned commitment to providing the glass manufacturing sector with innovative solutions designed to combine ease of use, long-term reliability and, essentially, excellent Italian quality. To find out more about the new high performance range of Neptun processing machines, please contact Overseas Glass Agencies and speak with Neil or Dave.

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REGISTER NOW AND GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER AT GLASS AUSTRALIA 2014, AGGA’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE, ALICE SPRINGS, 28–30 AUGUST For more information please visit www.aggaconference.com

TECHNICAL SUB-COMMITTEE The Technical Sub-Committee (TSC) is continuing its investigation into the use of toughened glass in balustrades. At the March 2014 meeting, the TSC was asked by the AGGA Executive to investigate international trends and prepare a briefing paper for review. A change to the loading code has influenced this development, with more toughened glass now being installed; AS 1170 stipulates the loads and AS 1288 references the loads to determine the glass and glass thickness.

A paper on Luminance Reflectance will be prepared by the Committee to provide an overview of the clear marking of all frameless and fully glazed doors, sidelights and glazing that could be mistaken for a door or opening. The issue revolves around ensuring that the “clear marking” of the glass is in high contrast to the view and light level on the other side of the door. The TSC is keenly aware of the industry’s responsibilities to those in the community who suffer from poor vision.

NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER TRADE GLASS DEPOT Trade Glass Depot announces the appointment of John Hall as its new Operations Manager based in Brisbane. A glazier by trade, John’s experience in the industry ranges from hands-on installations to the management of large glass processing plants. John has also worked overseas, spending time in the Pacific Islands setting up and establishing glass processing plants. Trade Glass Depot Director Matt Somers is enthusiastic about the appointment. “John is a valuable addition to the business,” said Matt. “He brings 27 years’ experience from within the industry, and will significantly enhance the services we can provide our clients nationwide.”

HAND CUT INJURIES REDUCED TO NEARLY ZERO AT CHEVRON > Alan Johnson, Quality Assurance and WHS Coordinator–Chevron Glass

Over the past 35 years in the glass industry, I have seen countless types of hand protection used to protect workers from injury when handling glass. Some of these variations included palm-held rubber inner tube pieces or the corner of a leather apron worn by factory workers. However, for the most part gloves were an afterthought or avoided altogether. Factory workers and glaziers chose to handle glass with their bare hands because they believed it gave them a better feel or grip of the product. Some progress was made with the introduction of one-size-fits-all gloves, but wearing them remained a personal choice. Gloves without fingertips were also trialled to provide ease when adjusting equipment or applying labels. As the concern over hand cut injury statistics continued to grow, Chevron Glass realised that a more proactive and preventive approach was necessary to create a safer, injury-free environment. This led to the decision to consider the compulsory wearing of gloves.

Our goal was to increase awareness of hazard identification and risk assessment through consultation with workers. After substantial consultation with our staff and industry colleagues at G.James Glass and Aluminium, it was decided to make the wearing of gloves mandatory at Chevron when handling all types of glass. The familiar and anticipated objections were expressed and resolved. The changeover was transitioned one step at a time. Firstly, there was a probation period of one month with a reminder being issued to anyone found not wearing gloves when handling glass. After the probation period ended, workers not complying were dealt with by the normal WH&S disciplinary procedures. It has now been three years since we brought in the compulsory wearing of gloves in our factories. The policy change has been a great success, with hand cut injuries reduced from 6–10 per month to near zero. Having staff more responsible for the maintenance and replacement of their gloves has also helped

achieve the desired outcome. Suppliers of personal protective equipment to the industry have supported this initiative by providing glove samples for us to trial under factory conditions. We are currently using three glove types found to be the most comfortable and practical and that have the highest L5 rating. We have more recently sourced a highly effective glove for use in wet areas and we always exercise due care to ensure our gloves are manufactured to quality standards. Not all gloves available in the market meet our strict criteria. Although the overall cost of our glove purchases has increased, we are obviously well ahead with reduction in time lost and medical treatment. The cost of the gloves is negligible when taking into account the creation of a safer work environment for our employees and the significant reduction of hand injury reports. It has definitely been a win-win situation for all parties. Chevron Glass has been a long-standing member of the AGGA Safety Sub-Committee.

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SUCCESSFUL BIESSEINSIDE EXHIBITION By all reports, the first glass machinery exhibition in Australia, BiESSEiNSIDE, was a popular and successful industry event, attracting strong attendance and interest. Biesse Australia along with its Intermac division, are world leading manufacturers of industrial machinery for glass, stone and wood. This open-house event provided a unique opportunity for industry professionals to exchange ideas and gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology through a series of seminars and demonstrations. Presenters included experts from Australia, Italy and the US giving the latest technical advice on topics as diverse as frameless glass and stone benchtop production, screen to machine 3D solutions, glass painting, manufacturing software and business optimisation solutions. Evening dinners, themed as a traditional Italian feast, provided opportunities to socialise and network with clients, partners, suppliers and industry representatives. The event was supported by a number of

well-known industry business exhibitors and Intermac partners including Abaco, Cefla Glass Finishing, Fratelli-Pezza, Money Resources, Spil Software, Vac-Lift and Water Filterings, along with Biesse and Intermac, who displayed and demonstrated products, services and systems including: • Master 43 Glass CNC Machining Centre • Genius 37 Automatic Glass Cutting Line • Intermac Primus Waterjet Cutting System “I was very proud that Intermac held the first glass processing equipment exhibition in Australia. We highlighted the Master series range of CNC Machining Centres and the Genius 37 cutting line for frameless glass production. It opened everyone’s eyes to just how affordable and easy to use these systems are. It was a great opportunity at our VIP dinner event for our customers, suppliers and industry partners to meet and mingle and enjoy the night. It was a great success,” says Luke Tenagliam, Oceania CEO, Biesse.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS Heartfelt congratulations to long-standing industry colleague and Executive Director GAAQ Bruce Loomes and his wife Valerie, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a re-affirmation ceremony on Saturday 15 March 2014. Among the 33 guests attending the service were numerous guests who had attended their 25th wedding anniversary re-affirmation service held at the same venue, the Logan Uniting Church, in Springwood, Brisbane. GAAQ past President Ian Simeon and his wife Sharon also attended. Bruce and Valerie’s son David and daughter Debbie were witnesses, and their 14-year-old granddaughter Bec was flower girl and carried the rings. Grandchildren Chloe, Josh, Julz, Matthew, Michael and daughter-in-law Elaine also attended.

So what’s the secret to such a long and happy relationship? According to Valerie, it’s a matter of “picking the right person”, being patient, respecting each other’s wants and needs, and being mindful of one another. Letters of congratulations for their 50th anniversary were gratefully received from Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and numerous Federal and State MPs. Bruce and Valerie leave soon on their third honeymoon, a two-week exploration of the Great Alpine Road from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale in Victoria. Congratulations.

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GLASS TREATMENT CUTS CLEANING TIME AT AWARDWINNING FOREST LODGE ECO HOUSE > Photography supplied by EnduroShield Forest Lodge ECO House which was officially opened on 23 January 2014 by Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, is a testament to green design and sustainability. Designed and built by Chris Knierim, owner of Designer Construction Group, and his wife Belinda Mason, Forest Lodge ECO House was recently featured in Season 4 of the popular TV program Grand Designs Australia. Owners Chris and Belinda bought a small corridor of land in Glebe, measuring just 4.9 metres wide amongst a row of heritage-listed terrace houses. It was one of the last vacant blocks of land in the inner city that had never been built on. For that reason, the City of Sydney Council encouraged a contemporary 21st century design. From its inception, sustainability was at the forefront of this house’s ethos, using the latest in green technology paired with the utilisation of second-hand supplies, and new materials with a low carbon footprint.

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The house is essentially a two-storey, threebedroom terrace, but in contrast to the surrounding stone and timber cottages, uses modern materials such as concrete, aluminium and glass to create a sleek, minimal urban dwelling. Chris Knierim’s passion for sustainable building techniques was honed whilst working overseas on residential and commercial properties in the US and Europe. When designing Forest Lodge ECO House, he aimed to show Australian homeowners how they can embrace the best in sustainable design and create a beautiful home that performs to modern living standards. Glass is an important feature of this contemporary home, and is a catalyst for creating a spacious, light-filled interior on such a narrow and challenging block. Highimpact horizontal glass folding doors open to the courtyard, and a floating staircase with a glass balustrade leads to the bedrooms, bathroom and a rooftop garden upstairs.

Natural heating and cooling has been gained by incorporating double-glazed windows, suitably sized and orientated. Glass skylights and opaque glass inserts in all the doors were added to increase the natural flow of light throughout the home. The bathroom also features a minimalistic glass shower screen, and the integrated kitchen includes a glass splashback and the rear garden with its dramatic centrepiece: a suspended glass table waterfall. As the build neared completion, one of the finishing touches to this house’s eco-friendly performance was the incorporation of EnduroShield’s state-of-theart nanotechnology surface treatment for the vast array of glass surfaces throughout the building. Chris chose EnduroShield to cut cleaning time and protect the glass against staining and etching. Craig Howard, Managing Director of EnduroShield, said he was proud to be


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Reporting on activities of the GWAWA: Strategic Group: The focus of the GWA, will be to support members with issues of compliance, and nonconforming products installed in WA projects. We plan to raise the issues with relevant partnering bodies. We propose increased promotion of the OHS Online, ensuring it is readily accessible and fully utilised by our members. Promotion and endorsement of the new AGGA strategy, and Master Glazing/Glazier initiative will be undertaken. Social: A General Meeting was scheduled at the RPYC on 9 April 2014. With two speakers, Patrick Gavaghan presenting updates on the AGGA training/mentor programs, and Margit Mansfield presenting the important issue of organisational change.

Awards Night: A much anticipated event is to be held on 5 July at Rendezvous Scarborough. New industry award categories have been introduced this year, based on contract value. Bespoke glass project under $100,000 Bespoke glass project over $100,000 Aluminium project under $100,000 Aluminium project over $100,000 Our State Mentor, together with Patrick Gavaghan, will assess and select our apprentice of the year, changing the criteria of the award, allowing all training providers to be represented across our industry. Christmas lunch is now booked for 5 December 2014, at RPYC. Save the date. Accreditation training will be held on 23 May. Always well represented, an additional training day will be scheduled later in the year.

General News: A quick 5-question survey was distributed to establish GWAWA member expectations, also gaining feedback on existing and future content for the GWAWA website. We plan to actively work on engaging members via the website, with current and general industry news, inviting members to post interesting bespoke projects and news items on the site. Invitations will also be extended to nominated industry bodies to provide them with the opportunity to offer relevant news items, providing a further resource to our members. A monthly newsletter is scheduled to provide members with updates on upcoming events and industry news, also directing members to the GWAWA website.

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Meetings The GGASA AGM was held on 26 March at the Checkside Tavern, followed by a General Meeting. The dates for the remaining General Meetings are 28 May, 3 September and 26 November. Trade presentations for these meetings will be decided by the incoming committee.

The latest Committee meeting was held on Monday 10 February. We had presentations from Warren Overton on the new proposal known as Master Glazier, and from the newly elected NSWGGA State Mentor, Tony Pearsall. Both items were received and discussed in a positive manner. The Master Glazier program created much discussion in that the initial idea was acceptable, but certain sections needed to be adjusted accordingly. Warren has requested feedback from all concerned. With respect to the Mentor program, the appropriate Committee members who were able to support Tony did so, by committing to supply an embedded Mentor for training. Tony passed on his many thanks for this support and the support from the Association overall. A meeting was held on Thursday 13 February with WorkCover NSW and the NSWGGA, which AGGA President Joe Finn also attended. This meeting moved a step closer to obtaining a written working relationship with all parties. Draft documents were tabled by WorkCover NSW to which the contents will be reviewed and changes made if required. It is envisaged that a major plan will be available for release by the second half of 2014. A training session on Safe Manual Handling was held at Lidcombe TAFE on Wednesday 19 February. This involved seven participants from both large and small companies. The next AS1288 Introductory Course will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 5 March, and further days are planned for both Sydney and regional areas throughout the year. Our Annual Awards Presentation Night will be held on Friday 30 May, and all members are encouraged to submit their projects for consideration within the next few weeks. A members’ seminar will be held in the afternoon prior to the Awards Dinner.

The GGAV is on the move with its activities for 2014. The committee is working for the interests of members in preparing and conducting the following activities: Workshop and Golf Day Friday 28 February 2014 The workshop was a successful event, particularly the “Costing for Profit” presentation. It was followed by 18 holes of golf at the Cranbourne Golf Club and the Industry Dinner. AS1288 Training Courses and Examinations – Melbourne This program is being conducted in Melbourne on 12 May at the Conference Centre, Holmesglen TAFE. Places are still available, so register now. One Day Conference Friday 20 June 2014 To be held at Novotel Glen Waverley, this industry specific conference is limited to 30 places. Register by contacting the GGAV now so you don’t miss out. Industry Awards Night and Dinner Dance Friday 20 June The Industry Awards Night is a hallmark annual event for the Victorian glass industry. This is a great opportunity for you to profile your company to the Victorian industry as well as enjoying a celebratory evening, including: • The presentation of the Victorian glass industry Award • The presentation of the Top Apprentice Award • Industry Awards for the best use of glass in the following applications: • Glass in Commercial Applications • Glass in Domestic Applications • Glass in Structural Applications • Innovation in the Application of Glass It promises to be a great evening with fine food, music and dancing. AS1288 Training Courses and Examinations – Wangaratta This program is being conducted in Wangaratta on 8 July. Take advantage of this regional program and register to save the time and costs associated with travelling to Melbourne. Industry Workshops The GGAV is conducting industry workshops at 4.00 pm on Wednesday afternoons this year. These hard-hitting sessions are designed to give you that winning edge, so mark your diaries with the following dates: 14 May, 16 July & 15 October.

Membership Current membership: 67. We are pleased to welcome two new members to our Association – Delta Glass & Splashbacks and Aluco. Resignations have been regretfully received from Pane in the Glass, Southern Glass & Glazing and The Glassmiths. Accreditation In February, Warren Overton met with interested members to outline the AGGA Accredited/ Master Glazier proposal and it was agreed, in principal, to approve the draft. When the draft was presented to the AGGA National Executive Board meeting in late February, approval was given and funding has now been allocated to the program. Each state will contribute towards the initial setup of the program. TAFESA TAFE has relocated all glass and glazing apprentices to the new Tonsley site and Justin Pereira, Lecturer in Glass & Glazing, provided an update at the March General Meeting. GGASA Glass Design Awards The inaugural Glass Design Awards unfortunately attracted very few nominations, but the quality of entries was outstanding. The winners will be announced at the May General Meeting.

REGISTER NOW AND GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER AT GLASS AUSTRALIA 2014, AGGA’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE, ALICE SPRINGS, 28–30 AUGUST For more information please visit www.aggaconference.com

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The TGAA’s first meeting of the year was attended by 18 members on Friday 14 March at the Hafele showroom, Hobart. Guest presenters were Mick Hawes and Julie Cassar from “Uncover Hidden Profits”. Mick spoke about motivation and how to get the best out of your staff, increase productivity and, in turn, profits. The session was well-presented and included interaction with members on a wide range of topics. Follow-up consultations can be arranged if members wish to access further information.

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GAAQ PRESIDENT’S REPORT > By Phil Norman, President

Executive Meeting: At our first meeting for 2014 the committee continued discussing the possibility of amending our constitution, requiring at least one company employee to have completed the GAAQ AS1288 accreditation course as a prerequisite for membership. It is important our members obtain a high standard of knowledge of AS1288 by means of accreditation, as this increases the level of professionalism within our association. We had excellent attendance on the day, and I would personally like to thank all committee members for giving their time so readily. Social: Our first golf day and general meeting for 2014 was the Dorma Group day at Virginia Golf Course on 21 March. Congratulations to the winners, the Dorma team of Aaron Blackney, Heath Collins, Stephen Burton and Wayne Nicholas. We thank AGGA CEO Warren Overton and AGGA National Training Manager Patrick Gavaghan for joining us. The remainder of our social calendar for 2014: • Viridian Golf Day, North Lakes GC, Friday 20 June • Industry and Apprentice Awards night Friday 18 July, The Pullman Hotel • National Glass Golf Day, Gainsborough, Friday 24 October.

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A decision to hold our Dinner/Awards evening in May was passed and entries for the categories will be accepted up until mid-April. Members who submit an entry will receive two tickets for the Dinner/Awards evening. Details of the Master Glazier Program were presented and it has been well-received. Comments were favourable, and all agreed AGGA was heading in the right direction with the program. The TGAA’s television advertising has been successful with a spike in ‘hits’ on the website.

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Membership: GAAQ currently has 115 members and 16 associate members. Our committee is continuing to work on strategies to both entice new members and retain existing ones. I am pleased to report we have scheduled three NQ Chapter meetings in Cairns and Townsville this year, and I will be attending the inaugural meetings. We are expecting all NQ members to support these chapter meetings and become more involved in GAAQ activities. We warmly welcome four new members to our association: Australian Insulated Glass, Barry’s Balustrading, Robco Holdings and Patterson Glass. Disputes/Complaints: The Disputes Committee has been successful in prompting rectification work in a number of investigations over the last year. On occasion, under glazing has been the result of a misunderstanding of the Code (e.g. using annealed glass on the external face of an apartment building where safety glass should be used) (AS1288:2006 Clause 5.5, Human Impact), and on others where an almost deliberate sidestep of the Code appears to have occurred (e.g. structural glass balustrading protecting a fall of greater

than one metre without a handrail). What is important, and this was stressed at the 2012 AGGA conference in Hobart, is that we be vigilant in reporting any perceived issues to our relative Associations. John Koklas gave a presentation to AIBS in Toowoomba recently, and we plan to continue our association with these building surveyors to ensure they are up to date with the Australian Standards. Roger Ashton attended the first meeting of the AGGA Safety Sub-Committee on our behalf to help compile the AGGA safety fact sheets. Preparations for our Glass & Glazing Industry Awards evening on Friday 18 July are well underway. Sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting an important event on our calendar: Platinum Sponsor – SkillsTech; 11 Gold sponsors – Viridian, G James, National Glass, NFK, CSI, AGC, Elegant IG/Lisec, Intermac, Glass Skills, 1st Glass, Eastman; and Seven Silver sponsors – Alspec, Dorma Group, True Blue Glass, NSSAQ, AGG, Landson and OGA. Past member and Glass Person of the Year Rod Porter has volunteered to come out of retirement and compile our Association’s history. Rod is well-suited to this project, as he has been in the industry for many years. Thanks Rod.


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