Latest Articles in Commercial Glass

  • Asian imports take toll
    Aluminum extruders in the United States represent one segment of the bath-enclosure industry that has seen dramatic changes as a result of imports, said Richard S. James, vice president and general manager of the Aluminum Group at Loxcreen Co. in Roxboro, N.C., during a frank and well-documented presentation at the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association annual meeting during GlassBuild America...
  • Software works only with supplier’s cutting tables
    Recently patented, the optimization program BatchBan by Billco Manufacturing Inc. of Zelienople, Pa., might eliminate some of the bottlenecks fabricators face on automated production lines and improve yields, says Kevin Lear, Billco software engineer.The software was tested at Cardinal Insulating Glass’ Spring Green, Wis., plant and has subsequently been introduced at other Cardinal IG...
  • Even grocers want the cells
    Supermarket News reported the trend Sept. 19 in announcing the opening of at least the fourth U.S. grocer to garner some electricity from the sun. Woodlands Market, a single-store retailer in Kentfield, Calif., became one of the largest solar-powered supermarkets in California when officials recently turned on its 100-kilowatt system, according to the report.The article also documented similar...
  • Two groups, two approaches
    Officials at the Standards Subcommittee of the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association of Topeka, Kan., are working to finish the first draft of the Voluntary Specifications for Shower Enclosures by early spring. The specifications will eventually determine how shower enclosures are constructed and installed, says Chris Birch, BEMA executive director. “The need for meaningful consensus...
  • Fabricators demand faster, cheaper, better
    European equipment manufacturers continue to hone tradition, reserving the biennial Vitrum to announce innovations. Executives of many major companies proudly brought forth and exclaimed over faster and more highly automated machinery during the 60,000-square-meter show Oct. 5-8 in Milan. Most of their lines now feature tightly aligned functions that almost entirely eliminate manpower....
  • It’s not just pretty, it’s also practical.In October, the 53-story building at 111 S. Wacker in Chicago became the world’s first high-rise certified at the gold level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell Development program of the U.S. Green Building Council.Designed by Goettsch Partners of Chicago, formerly Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects, the 1...
  •  Architects tout green buildings and sustainable design; fabricators trumpet low-emissivity and insulating glass products, all in the spirit of creating energy-efficient buildings. What about energy-saving manufacturing and production, though? Each year, the U.S. glass industry uses more than 250 trillion British Thermal Units to produce 21 million tons of glass, according to the U.S....
  • Six buildings with more than 1⁄4 million square feet of window wall and curtain wall in the new Fort Worth headquarters for RadioShack suit the needs of the growing company and its employees better than the former tower headquarters, says Danny Goode, vice president and owner of contractor glazier Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass Co. of Dallas.“They occupied [the] biggest part of two...
  • When designing an addition to a 1930s-era home in Chevy Chase, Md., architect David Jameson of Alexandria, Va., chose to pair more than 300 square feet of glazing against the home’s original dark exterior.The 400-square-foot Nutman addition, completed in early 2004, consists of a glass-enclosed breakfast room and kitchen projected from the heavy, brick colonial home, Jameson says.“[...
  • A work in progress
    For a growing number of glazing contractors and material suppliers, blast-hazard mitigation serves as a significant line of business. Yet many remain unfamiliar with the nature of the threats or the ways glass hazards may be mitigated. Their only exposure comes from bid documents that typically present minimum requirements and little information about how the glazing solutions were selected or...
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