Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • The U.S. Green Building Council  today announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made.To view the drafts of LEED v4 visit www....
  • ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety has approved a new standard, ASTM E2875/E2875M, "Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass." The goal of the standard is to help users select personal protective equipment. In addition to highlighting the critical areas of risk to the body from glass handling, the standard emphasizes the need for risk...
  • More than 27 associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition. The coalition's goal is "to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data," according to a July 18 release.“As energy efficiency...
  • The Ontario government has amended the province’s building code after a recent spate of falling panes of glass from balconies in downtown Toronto, according to a June 21 article from CityNews Toronto.The changes will take effect July 1 and will apply only to new structures. Under the new Ontario rules, construction companies will now be required to use heat-strengthened laminated glass when...
  • In response to concerns raised by members, core LEED users and stakeholders, and in an effort to provide the marketplace a view of the full Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program experience prior to ballot, the U.S. Green Building Council announced it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. There is the potential for ballot earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market...
  • The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance released the first-ever consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) for use in the United States, according to a NIBS release. The National BIM Standard-United States Version 2 covers the full lifecycle of buildings—from planning, design and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of an...
  • The U.S. Green Building Council announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open Mar. 1, 2012. The comment period, which will close on Mar. 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process, according to a Feb. 13 release.This third draft of LEED has been refined to address technical stringency and rigor,...
  • An ordinance approved, Sept. 20, by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requires that new buildings in parts of the city use "bird-safe" standards that reduce the risk of winged creatures hitting panes of glass, according to a USA Today report.Transparent and reflective glass both pose a threat to migratory and local birds, said Christine Sheppard, bird collisions campaign manager for the...
  • The scope of the International Code Council's International Green Construction Code will remain limited to commercial construction due to the initial approval of one of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association's proposed amendments at hearings conducted in Dallas, the organization reports. Other amendments backed by WDMA removed onerous requirements for comprehensive building service life...
  • Two new technical interpretations for ANSI Z97.1 are now available from the ASC Z97 Committee. The first clarifies language related to laminated and organic glass weathering of colored products, indicating that clear products qualify colors. The second resolves the current question around the utilization of the center punch fragmentation test for tempered safety glass and the particle count....
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  • PPG Industries today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell substantially all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill., glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.The Mt. Zion facility currently manufactures...
  • Officials from Cardinal Glass Industries announced July 3 that its subsidiary Cardinal CT Company acquired the assets of Catalina Tempering Inc. and its subsidiaries. The terms of the agreement are undisclosed.Catalina operates seven regional custom tempering facilities serving the residential window and door market. “Over the last ten years, Catalina has built its business based on quality...
  • AGC Glass Company North America announced it will be consolidating its fabrication capabilities in Jacksonville, Fla., into the company’s more than 200,000 square foot facility in Lithia Springs, Ga. The consolidation of the Jacksonville operations into Lithia Springs should be completed no later than the fourth quarter of 2014.The Lithia Springs plant is AGC’s new state-of-the-art facility and...