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Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at glasstec 2014

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Before the halls of Messe Dusseldorf are filled with attendees from around the world, we’re taking an inside look at some of what’s involved in bringing this worldwide showcase of glass to life. Click HERE to watch the video on … Continue reading

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ICC-ES Technical Committee Votes Down Proposed Changes to AC385

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Last week, the International Code Council (ICC)-ES Technical Committee voted down proposed modifications of a certain Acceptance Criteria regarding alternatives to fire-resistance-rated glazing. The criteria, AC385, is used to “evaluate the use of special-purpose sprinkler heads with fixed glazed window … Continue reading

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Abel Questions “Balance and Transparency” of CGSB Glass Committee

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Last November, the Canadian General Standards Board’s (CGSB) had announced it was working on a new edition of the national standard for wired safety glass. In a news report posted this past May, the CGSB told USGNN.com™ it established a … Continue reading

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Trend Toward BIM Calls for Glaziers to Get on Board

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As Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to build a presence in the construction industry, expectations are sky-high for the digital resource. “So many benefits are derived from BIM—from the building owner, to the architect, to the general contractor, and it … Continue reading

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PPI Reports Show Dip in Flat Glass Prices in September

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Flat glass prices dropped in September by the same amount they rose the month before. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices dipped 0.7 percent from August to September … Continue reading

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DOE Sets New Green Standards for Federal Buildings

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rule aimed at ensuring federal buildings use proper energy certifications. The rule, which goes into effect November 13, makes certain that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems … Continue reading

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Apple’s Recently Acquired Sapphire “Glass” Supplier Shutting Down Plant

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The glass-happy technology giant Apple may be facing some changes to its development of sapphire “glass” production. Apple recently purchased a former solar panel manufacturing site in Mesa, Ariz. and leased the space out for more than $500 million to … Continue reading

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One N.J. Fabricator Takes Steps to Get with the Zero

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The NetZero Energy Commercial Building Initiative, launched in August 2008, is the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Program aiming to achieve marketable net zero energy commercial buildings (NZEBs) by 2025. McGrory Glass Inc. based in Paulsboro, N.J., is one company … Continue reading

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Aging Workforce Paving Way for Millennials

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Millennials are poised to flood the workforce in the next two decades, and the construction and glazing industries are no exception—in fact, they may be as susceptible to the trend as any. The recession of the last decade saw many … Continue reading

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CPSC Considers Revisions to Safety Certification Regulations

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The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has reopened its safety certification rulemaking proceedings to revise certification obligations for domestic and imported consumer products subject to CPSC safety standards, including architectural glass, among others. The CPSC rulemaking proceeding proposes revisions to … Continue reading

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