More articles by Carl Levesque

Electrochromic Glass Brings New Architectural Freedoms

Dynamic electrochromic glass offers the best of all worlds, from energy efficiency to maximized outdoor views and glare elimination, according to View Inc. sales director Jeff Kersten. Kersten led the company’s latest AIA-approved webinar yesterday, and suggested that dynamic electrochromic … Continue reading

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Energy Solutions Help Power-Thirsty Glass Businesses Weather the Winter Cold

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he best way for the glass industry’s most power-hungry businesses to manage energy costs is to do two things—first, if you can, put in cost-saving mechanisms before the thermometer starts impacting energy bills and, second, just dig in and bare … Continue reading

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U-Values May be Superior in Europe, But as Experts Say, It’s Complicated

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With glass performance for energy efficiency being comparable in the U.S. and Europe, window frames on this side of the Atlantic have been eyed as underperforming on the U-value front as compared to those in Europe. But the reason for—and … Continue reading

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Technologies Such as Vacuum Insulation Panels Make Efficiency and Design Compatible

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Newer insulation products and technologies mean new options for enhancing energy efficiency while still maintaining design aesthetics and solving practical execution issues—and that includes glass. That was the overarching takeaway from yesterday’s webinar, “Improving Building Enclosure Thermal, Performance and Design … Continue reading

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NFRC Continues Rating Certificate Push for Non-Residential Projects

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Ray McGowan, a senior program manager with the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), is on a mission to get the word out about NFRC’s commercial rating program. According to McGowan, who led a webinar about the commercial program yesterday, the … Continue reading

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Conflict-Minerals Disclosure: SEC Deadline Nears as Advocacy and Education Ramp Up

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If you’re in the glass industry, you likely know that tin is a material used in the production of float glass. What you might not know is that it is also included in a list of “conflict minerals,” certain minerals … Continue reading

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In Wake of Shooting Tragedies, Glass Can Give Schools Options

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While the first anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has come and gone, the details of the December 2012 school shooting remain all too clear in the nation’s memory.  The event, along with a list of high-profile shootings at … Continue reading

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