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  • Annual update
    Contract glaziers, fabricators and glass-shop owners need comprehensive business software that keeps track of current and potential orders and manages resources on the back end. Most make do with a custom solution, or a series of programs that serves various purposes. Many readers call and ask for suggestions on where to get business and production software. To that end, Special Projects Writer...
  •  I’m from California and we have used the Uniform Building Code since about 1927. We’re waiting for the International Building Code to become effective in California, and may have to wait until 2008.   In my consulting work outside of California, I have been able to use the 2000 IBC and 2003 IBC in code compliance reviews and lectures. My work includes serving as a...
  • 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...
  • From chocolate fountains to windows that cool the scorching desert air, glazing contractors of the Sin City plunge into a melting pot of ideas to pursue the next generation of 'spectacular'
    Las Vegas without architecture is like a casino without high-stakes poker: Without the one, the other doesn’t make sense. Sleek high-rises and low-down dives define the city where any dream can become reality if there’s enough cash to be had. From its origins as a stopover on pioneer trails, the city has always been a high-stake wager; it took construction of Hoover Dam to make the...
  • Explosive terrorist attacks during the last 13 years have made counter-terrorism a national priority. Protection goes beyond the high-profile news of detection, interdiction and military action. The mission of protecting civilians from building hazards has officially expanded from fire safety and mitigation of natural disasters to include intentional attack, particularly with explosive devices....
  • It’s here, it’s bigger, and it’s shinier. GlassBuild America: the Glass, Window & Door Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 19-21, will be abuzz with energy as attendees and exhibitors from across the world gather to educate, learn and show their wares in the architectural glass and residential fenestration industries.More than 440 companies were already signed up...
  • 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,...
  • The roots of thin interlayers used in and on windows and glazing date to the 1930s, the first Golden Age of the American automobile. A consortium, including DuPont of Wilmington, Del., developed glass fashioned from tough, clear polyvinyl butyral. Sandwiched between glass, it created a safety windshield, and lamination was born. Since then, the processes, applications, thicknesses, colors and...
  • Click here to download PDF verison (371KB, Adobe Acrobat).Despite rising interest rates and higher oil prices, the U.S. economy plugs along fairly well. Federal data show 211,000 new jobs were generated in March, and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. Construction accounts for about 6.4 percent of U.S. jobs but provided 14.4 percent of last year’s job growth, according to The Christian...
  • Although it has been around for several years, many U.S. contract glaziers still view point-supported glazing or spider glazing as a highly specialized application. It’s use in the U.S. construction market represents only a fraction of that in Europe, where the application of structural glass within building design has become the norm rather than the exception. Unfortunately, most U.S....
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