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Swiss Takeover Board Upholds Sika’s Opt-Out Clause

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The Swiss Takeover Board has upheld Sika AG’s “opt-out clause,” which allows French conglomerate Saint-Gobain to buy Schenker-Winkler Holding (SWH) and majority voting rights in Sika without having to make an offer for the remaining shares. SWH is owned by … Continue reading

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Fenestration a Key Factor in New Passive Building Standard

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced climate-specific building standards for more than 1,000 more locations in North America, from major metros to rural areas. Passive buildings generally are buildings that are built so air-tight and energy efficient that … Continue reading

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Proposed Bill in Florida Tackles Builder Liability Timeframe

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If defects are found with construction more than seven years from its completion, should a Florida builder still be liable for damages? House Rep. Jay Fant doesn’t think so. The Republican lawmaker from Jacksonville has introduced a bill that reduces builder … Continue reading

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New Certification Program Aims to Put Glazing Community Ahead of Curve

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It’s time for the glazing community to step up its game—or at least prove that its game is already there. That was the general thinking in establishing the new North American Contractor Certification for Architectural Glass and Metal (NACC) program, … Continue reading

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This New Energy-Efficient Window Technology Shows Potential

A company in Eatontown, N.J., is pioneering a dynamic window technology that promises a high level of energy efficiency at a relatively low cost. Elliott Schlam, the principal of New Visual Media Group, says his firm has come up with a … Continue reading

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Study: OSHA Officials’ Estimated Cost of Silica Rule Short by $4.5 Billion a Year

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OSHA was off. Way off. That’s according to a new report by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 … Continue reading

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Swiss Court Denies Burkard Family’s Request to Uphold Its Voting Rights in Sika AG

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The Swiss Cantonal Court of Zug has denied Schenker-Winkler Holding’s (SWH) request to uphold the company’s voting rights in Sika AG. SWH is owned by the Burkard family, which controls 16.1 percent of Sika’s capital with 52.4 percent in voting rights. … Continue reading

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Watch: Glass Expo West Showcases Products, Industry Insight

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Exhibitors at last week’s Glass Expo West™ ’15 show in Irvine, Calif., featured everything from hardware products to window film, while speakers covered social media, the future in the glass and glazing industry and everything in between. USGNN.com™ has it … Continue reading

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Industry “Rock Star” Patterson Closes out Educational Sessions at Glass Expo West

Mic Patterson of Enclos gives a presentation during today's final educational session at Glass Expo West '15. The show continues until 2 p.m. PDT today.

Mic Patterson, widely considered a “prophet” of architectural glass, has a list of things he’d like to see change in the U.S. glass industry. “Take big glass,” said the director of strategic planning for Enclos this morning during the final … Continue reading

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Glass Expo West Kicks Off in California

A robust Glass Expo West ’15 began today at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center in suburban Anaheim, Calif., with a full slate of seminars, networking events and activity on the trade show floor, open from 3-8 p.m. The morning began … Continue reading

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