Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • The glass and glazing industry took one step closer to developing product category rules for windows during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association National Fall Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., yesterday.Product category rules (PCR) serve as the basis for environmental product declarations—also known as eco-labels—that disclose the life cycle environmental performance of a product....
  • ASTM International announced its new initiative as a program operator for Product Category Rules and Environmental Product Declarations. The goal of the program is to assist product manufacturers in developing PCRs and verifying EPDs. Also known as eco-labels, EPDs disclose the life cycle environmental performance of a product. The labels are similar to the nutritional labels for the food...
  • 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...
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...