Safety, security and acoustic performance—all are benefits of laminated glass. But what happens when someone in hurricane-prone Miami, for example, in a busy high-rise neighborhood, wants glazing that combines sound control with the required hurricane performance? That’s somewhat of a challenge, according to Steve Bennison, a technology fellow with Kuraray, who discussed a new laminated glass technology for combining both hurricane and acoustic glazing technologies. Bennison explained that the polymer requirements are different for each [more]
The U.S. has reimposed a 10% tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum imported from Canada, citing a substantial increase in imports over the period from June 2019 through May 2020. The tariff will take effect August 16, 2020.
The U.S. originally imposed a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum in March 2018 as part of Proclamation 9704, using section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. In May 2019, the U.S. government determined that aluminum imports from [more]
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire glass industry, from manufacturing and supply chains to design and construction. While the first day of the National Glass Association (NGA) Summer Conference included a focus on the manufacturing perspective, the session, “The New Normal – Design & Construction,” included a different perspective.
Domenic Cristofaro, an associate principal with HED Design, provided an architect’s perspective on the crisis.
“Protecting occupants from the spread of disease will be foremost in the [more]
The value of nonresidential architectural glass and glazing activity was slightly down again in June, according to glass industry research firm Key Media & Research (KMR). Glass-related nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.2% from June 2019 and 0.6% from May 2020, at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.
KMR’s glass and glazing activity figures are developed from the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly construction spending report, with weighting and models applied to industry-relevant subsectors.
Despite the more-than-1% dip in architectural [more]
In addition to topics focused on how the glass industry has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Glass Association’s (NGA) Summer Conference featured a codes update with insights into what’s new and upcoming in bird-friendly legislation, energy codes and more.
Nick Resetar, an NGA technical codes consultant with Roetzel & Andress, discussed the Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2019, which recently was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a larger transportation act. [more]
Yet another casualty of COVID-19 is a shortage of coins in the U.S., according to media reports and confirmed by the Federal Reserve. This may or may not be affecting retail glass businesses, as most people pay via credit card. And many retail stores had already stopped accepting cash, as an extra precaution to stop the virus’ spread. But if you do rely on change, this could be an issue. However, according to a Fortune [more]
Demand for products such as sneeze guards and partitions has increased exponentially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with many companies opting for acrylic glass, commonly referred to as plexiglass, due to its transparency and durability. This increased demand has caused orders to be backed up across the country.
David Walwer, owner of Virginia Auto Glass in Petersburg, Va., says current lead times are approximately one month, though oftentimes he is put on a waiting list and the [more]