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  • “Will your business survive when ‘green’ becomes code?” was the title of the webinar. The overall implication of the promotional e-mail was that green construction would soon become code-mandated due to the completion of the 2012 International Green Construction Code and that mandated compliance could threaten the survival of many businesses due to liability concerns. Now, I am not a lawyer and I...
  • A look at the International Building Code and International Energy Conservation Code stipulations for fenestration products
    The International Codes published by the International Code Council are the most widely used model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 U.S. states, numerous federal agencies―including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense―have adopted the International Codes. Adoption of the ICC codes is also starting...
  • Over the past five years, green building has grown to represent 35 percent of all new nonresidential building construction, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. By 2015, that number is expected to increase to 48 percent, with the green building market valued at $145 billion, MHC officials predict. That's a big number, especially in a construction market hit hard by the recent...
  • Training and certification on lead-safe practices will be required for work on pre-1978 homes
    The rules will affect companies doing window and door replacements, and residential glass installations.
  • Glass railing codes cause confusion among installers
    Is a top railing required for glass railings? According to the International Code Council, the simple answer is yes. Additionally, in the event one baluster panel fails, the railing must meet the building code’s load requirement for guards, according to the ICC.
  • Approval could come in 2008
    The Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association's proposed voluntary standard for the manufacture and installation of bath enclosures is now in the hands of the American Society for Testing and Materials in West Conshohocken, Pa., awaiting approval."The most important thing is to be in front of the [ASTM] subcommittee so they can talk about it and ballot each section of it," says Chris...
  • Twelve days of hearings and just the beginning
    The first, and longest, set of code-change hearings for the 2009 edition of the international codes was held Sept. 20-Oct.1 in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the International Code Council of Falls Church, Va. During the 12 days of hearings, a committee heard a record 2,300 proposals to revise the international codes. Many proposals deal with energy conservation (see Glass magazine, July, p. 132);...
  • A European researcher compares European and North American quality standards
    Last year, the European Community published harmonized standards on insulating glass units. Every insulating glass unit put on the market in the EC will carry the CE label starting March 2007. The CE mark indicates compliance with health and safety requirements set out in European directives, specified in the EN 1279 series. The letters “CE” stand for Conformité Europé...
  • Professionals outside the industry laud the move
    Relax. Kick back. Enjoy the International Building Code’s new marking system for fire-rated glazing. It’s going to make your life a lot easier. That’s what some people familiar with the new marking system say. Let’s begin at Undewriters Laboratories. According to Bob Berhinig, principal engineer at UL’s Northbrook, Ill., facility, UL encourages use of the system as a...
  • Domestic news
    On Aug. 22, the Florida Building Commission instituted windborne-debris building codes in the Panhandle that require shutters or storm glazing in areas predicted to sustain winds of 130 miles per hour during a hurricane. While the codes call for wind protection slightly further inland than previous requirements, insurers and state officials, including Gov. Jeb Bush, call for even stronger codes....
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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...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...