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New Green Building Code Includes Glass, Fenestration Implications

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ASHRAE, ANSI, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society recently released the 2014 version of the green building standard. The new version, Standard 189.1-2014, “Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” includes … Continue reading

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With “Bird-Friendly” Glass Out of Picture, Vikings Stadium Eyes Post-Install Solution

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The ongoing construction of the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium—which will utilize approximately 190,000 square feet of glass in a prime migratory area—has continued to draw the attention of bird activists and legislators alike. However, recent calls for the builder to … Continue reading

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Watch the December Newscast for an Installation Close-Up and a few Laughs

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The USGNN™ December newscast takes an on-site look at a safety glazing installation during a courthouse retrofit. And as is tradition, this month’s edition includes our annual outtakes from the USGNN anchors. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

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Building Safer Schools After Sandy Hook: An Architect’s View

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Sunday marked the second anniversary of the horrific and tragic mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 young children and six adult staff members were shot to death by a mentally disturbed young man. The … Continue reading

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PPI Shows Half-Percent Increase in Flat Glass Prices in November

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In November, flat glass prices saw their first increase since August. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices rose 0.5 percent from October to November after seeing a 0.9-percent … Continue reading

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Contractor Advises “Proactive” Approach in Seeking Talent

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The supply and demand curve of talent in the building industry will further bend in the wrong direction if things don’t change soon. That was a hot topic this week as hundreds of construction industry members gathered in Las Vegas … Continue reading

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Chicago Construction, Glazing Industry Rolling Forward

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The city that gave the U.S. its first skyscraper is back on track to build some more. The Chicago metro area has seen a big boost in construction over the past year, namely in the institutional sector. In 2014, through … Continue reading

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Saint-Gobain Seeks Controlling Interest in Sika

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French conglomerate Saint-Gobain plans to acquire a controlling interest in Swiss chemical company Sika AG, which specializes in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and automotive industry. However, … Continue reading

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Release for Second Version of Health Product Declaration Delayed

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The Health Product Declaration (HPD) was developed as part of the evolving demand for transparency in the architectural and green building sectors. The HPD is evolving, as well, though it’s taking a little longer than initially planned. The tool was … Continue reading

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Dlubak Post-Confirmation Deadlines Extended Again

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An extension for post-confirmation deadlines for the Dlubak Corp. bankruptcy proceedings has been granted for the second time in a little more than three months. In August, the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania granted a … Continue reading

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