Concord Adex recently addressed the issue by writing to the worried residents directly in the three high-rise building in the CityPlace complex in Toronto notifying them that plans were in place to provide protective mesh on their glass balconies as a safety measure.
The installation of this protective mesh comes following safety doubts after tempered balcony glass exploded across some condos in the city during the summer last year. Furthermore, thestar.com stated that last summer panes of glass dropped onto the street and some pedestrians minor injuries.
Concord decided to keep the same glass supplier for their three building and decided to take action by installing wire mesh.
Arash Beheshti, Concords vice-president of construction, was mentioned in the correspondents posted out to local residents as stating that although there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that the glass is faulty, “we are not taking chances with people’s safety”.
Mr Beheshti further said to CBCNews: “I can’t speculate at this point as to what the cause of it is and therefore we’re taking a proactive measure to protect the community while we’re doing an investigation to make sure that the safety of our residents are not jeopardised.”
Trudy Clark is one of the concerned residents. She was happy with the way that Concord had addressed the issue and for being very proactive in its efforts to put in meshing as a safety precaution.
“They are doing this to prevent any accidents and for the safety of all the people in the condos,” she said to thestar.com.
“It’s good. It seems like they are doing the right thing and that’s the way they presented it,” she further stated.
John Barber, who has been a glass producer for over 30 years, said to CBCNews that vast numbers of suppliers and developers look to buy and make the best use of glass that has been produced with cheaper materials.
“We’re seeing an influx of glass with no controls, no mechanism at all for quality,” he told CBCNews.
Torontos building department stated that after conducting an extensive investigation into the incidents of falling glass said that the provincial building code may need to be assessed.
However, area councillor Adam Vaughan suggested that the problem seemed to be “more of a manufacturing issue than a code issue”.
“Glass spanned the way it is and mounted on the outside of a balcony is not the problem if it is manufactured properly, he declared. The question then becomes, is it an external coating on the glass or an internal laminate? Whats the best way to strengthen it so the span can still be reached?”