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  • Daylighting with hermetically sealed computer- controlled louvers between lites
     It’s the middle of June in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the intense desert sun spurs the mercury’s climb to the 108-degree mark and beyond.  Roger Watson, vice president of sales and marketing for Saint-Gobain Glass Exprover NA, peers out one of two windows in the fluorescent-lit building he’s occupied since moving to Scottsdale three months ago....
  • Green building pushes material forward in some North American markets The face of commercial window frames in North America could change as architects look to improve building efficiency even more. The answer for a growing number of architects: reinforced vinyl systems...
  • How to avoid installation problems
    Exterior wall construction has evolved during the past century and a half. We have moved from massive masonry walls that support the floors of a building to slender walls that hang off the slabs. The heavy load-bearing masonry walls of the past absorbed rainwater and dried to the inside and outside. Contemporary glass and metal curtain walls rely on sealants and gaskets to prevent leakage to the...
  • Codes requiring lower U values push manufacturers of aluminum windows and other fenestration products to look at alternative thermal break products...
  •  I will guess that the connotation of the word “forensics” in the title causes you to have an immediate negative reaction. But I implore you to read on because we at Architectural Testing Inc. of York, Pa., intend to help manufacturers and contract glaziers start the pendulum swinging the other way with regard to wall-leakage problems. Let’s start by establishing a general...
  • Last November’s move by the Louisiana legislature to establish and enforce a statewide uniform building code creates new marketing opportunities for fenestration companies.The 11 parishes hit hardest by hurricanes Katrina and Rita already are required to meet the wind and flood provisions of the 2003 International Building Code and International Residential Code, and the rest of the state...
  • Simple device helps to determine the correct side
    Window installation has become more difficult because glaziers must ensure proper orientation of low-emissivity coatings.While fabricators have various means of determining low-e orientation during the manufacturing of insulating glass units, glaziers’ few conventional methods for on-site verification have proven ineffective, until the advent of portable detectors. With these devices,...
  • Preserving and improving older buildings offer glazing contractors great opportunity and challenge. With new construction projects, aesthetic and performance criteria can be clearly defined by owner, architect and construction team, and window systems can be engineered, fabricated and installed per the specifications. With renovation projects, the glazing contractor and window systems...
  • An electrician must do part of the job
    Installing Thermique windows requires a trained glazier to set the insulating glass unit and route the electrical leads correctly into the window frame, and a licensed electrician to terminate the electrical wiring connections.  
  • The play of glass in the preservation of art, history
    Museums house antiques, treasures and heritage. They conserve history and tell the story of who we are. People visit museums to view exhibits, preferably well lit. Curators and visitors, however, express dramatically opposing views of what kind of light best illuminates exhibits in a museum. The trend runs toward natural light from large expanses of glass. Nearly every current museum renovation,...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
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