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  • 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...
  • The proliferation of stadium construction during the past 10 years indicates the importance of sports in the lives of Americans. However, today’s stadiums serve more than the sporting needs of a city; they have become venues for business and entertainment. Further, the use of glass in stadium construction soars. Glass appears in press boxes, interior railings, super boxes and even exterior...
  • Parking is an essential element of most any property. Yet North Americans rarely exhibit creativity when it comes to building parking structures that protect and contain their automobiles, sports utility vehicles and trucks. Typically, ramps and garages stand as bland and boring concrete bunkers that dominate the streetscape or become invisible with hidden underground entrances and shrouded...
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