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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  • John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 52 years old.John started his publishing career at Ashlee Publishing in New York City in 1984. He was founding editor of fenestration, launched in 1987, the first North American magazine specifically targeting the residential window and door market. There he...
  • BairdThomsenKevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full profit and loss responsibility of the business unit, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the company. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who resigned for health reasons.Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. SRG...
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has acquired Alumicor Ltd., the Toronto-based fabricator of aluminum frames for window, storefront, entrance and curtain-wall products for the Canadian commercial construction market. The transaction is valued at approximately $52 million.Alumicor will be the seventh stand-alone business in the Apogee portfolio. Apogee is also parent company of Viracon, Harmon,...