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  • Current scheme has some down sides, a user says
    Labeling for safety or fire glazing has been a requirement by code for years. These labeling requirements have not always been enforced, however, with increased litigation, manufacturers, code officials and buyers of fire-rated glazing now look at labeling requirements more seriously. When a purchaser looks at a piece of fire-rated glass today, he or she will find labels indicating that the...
  • Misperceptions abound regarding National Fenestration Rating Council’s site-built procedure for nonresidential products, says the association head
    During the last several months, Glass Magazine’s readers have heard a lot about the National Fenestration Rating Council’s site-built procedure, some of it right and some of it wrong. In this article, I will try to bust some of the myths about the program.The myths1. No workable procedure exists for rating commercial glazing, particularly for products glazed or assembled in the field....
  • Variation in color a plus, sometimes a problem
    Metallic paint coatings can add vibrancy and visual appeal to your project. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light reflects off the metallic flakes. Variations in appearance Be aware that the same qualities creating depth and brilliance also can cause variations in appearance within a project or even within a single part. Specifically, metallics can have variations in the...
  • Author Sandro Marpillero describes architect James Carpenter’s glass structures
    When I first heard of James Carpenter, he was described to me as a glass artist. He certainly is one, but he also is much more. “James Carpenter Environmental Refractions” by Sandro Marpillero is a thorough compilation of the architecturally related projects of the New York City architect. Through many case studies, this publication shows how Carpenter’s work incorporates the...
  • Weigh the subcontractors’ pros and cons
    Viewed from the street or the interior, design-build projects remain indistinguishable from their design-bid-build siblings: they have the same range of shapes, sizes, complexities and applications. They pose the same challenges of structural integrity, performance and appearance. Many argue that, managed effectively, design-build projects shorten schedules, improve accountability, increase owner...
  • Help owners squeeze the last bit of efficiency into the design of these bread-and-butter projects
    Glazing figures prominently in a series of small office buildings showcased in the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings. The guide was published in 2005 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers of Atlanta; the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Energy, both in Washington, D.C.; the Illuminating Engineering Society...
  • Advance the argument for incorporating photovoltaics in new construction
    The generation of clean electricity is an overbearing issue in today’s American economy. With the requirements of reducing the use of foreign fuel, coupled with the need to reduce greenhouse gases, photovoltaics have become a market force within the construction industry. Solar electricity is the effect of generating electricity when exposing a semiconductor to light.Recent increases in...
  • In 2002, Los Angeles officials approved an ordinance requiring that all public buildings in excess of 7,500 square feet be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council of Washington, D.C. Among the first buildings to achieve those ratings were two concrete block-and-glass branch libraries completed in 2003. The libraries were the subjects of an...
  •   The basics: An 8.5-meter long self-supporting glass staircase stood as the centerpiece of the Glass Technology Live hall at the Glasstec trade fair last week in Düsseldorf, Germany. The staircase features a new technique in which fittings are laminated into the glass rather than attached through a point-fixed method. The players: Engineering, fabrication, installation, fittings and...
  • Link to Part One and Part Two of the labor series.Managers for Harmon Inc. out of Eden Prairie, Minn., often look to colleges and universities when finding new additions to its project teams, says Steve Griest, general manager at the glazier’s Chicago office...
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