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  • American solar energy production and use is growing, and could be ready for a prime time expansion. Solar energy, along with wind energy, is a key component of the new Obama Energy Plan, which is an attempt by the current administration to reduce carbon emissions while increasing employment in "green industries." For that reason alone, it makes sense to study the huge potential of solar...
  • In a setback for organized labor, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday he will oppose a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions.Specter was the only Republican to support the Employee Free Choice Act two years ago, and unions were hoping he might be the crucial 60th vote needed to overcome an expected GOP filibuster of the measure when it's taken up this summer,...
  • The deadline for lower registration fees for the 11th Glass Performance Days in Tampere, Finland, June 12-15, has been extended to March 31, according to a March 24 GPD release.See the final program and register.
  • Construction of Jackson County's [Mich.] first truly "green building" is progressing and should be completed by September. Full Spectrum Solutions, which specializes in light-therapy systems, commercial lighting and energy-efficient lighting, is making every effort to ensure its new headquarters at 2021 Wellworth Ave. is as green and energy efficient as possible.The...
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art [Washington, D.C.] has a noticeably fresher look.Its marble and granite facades along 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest have been cleaned, turning the exterior from dingy gray to pristine white. This upgrade is part of an ambitious restoration of the beaux-arts building that is expected to cost about $25 million.The most expensive part of the renovation,...
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., released the AAMA TIR A13-09, which provides information in regards to resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, according to a March 23 release. Resistance to wind-driven rain penetration is one of the primary functions of fenestration systems and is addressed by many industry standards, building codes and project...
  • HTL, Lubbock, Texas, now offers Co-op Blast Program, a new cost-savings program that offers full-scale arena blast testing for the price of a shock tube test, according to a March 2 company release. Arena blast testing has widely been accepted as the best way to simulate blast waves and its effects on glass and glazing systems, but is considered cost prohibitive by many. Consequently, many...
  • The decline in crude oil prices gets all the headlines, but the first globalized natural gas glut in history is driving an even more drastic collapse in the cost of gas that cooks food, heats homes and runs factories in the United States and many other countries.Six giant plants capable of cooling and liquefying gas for export are due to come on line this year just as the economies of the Asian...
  • The U.S. jobs sector hit hardest by the recession, construction, may not reach bottom until sometime next year.With one in five U.S. construction workers out of a job, prospects for the sector remain dim amid ongoing cuts in construction spending, a decline in nonresidential projects, and concerns that government stimulus will take months to have any measurable effect, industry experts say,...
  • Over the last decade, the green building industry has risen on the tide of a culture-wide trend toward sustainability, and many in the architecture profession believe it will continue to prosper even as the U.S. falls deeper into a recession. “I think there’s a very compelling argument that the economic environment we’re going into right now will only enhance the value of doing...
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  • The National Glass Association \ Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce the election of Bryan Bush to the office of chairman of the board. Bush, of City Glass Co., Omaha, Neb., has served on the board since 2010. Bush took the office of chairman on Sept. 11, 2014, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term.“Our...
  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company...
  • C.R. Laurence Co. announced the September opening of a new 150,000-square-foot CRL-U.S. Aluminum Super Center in Secaucus, N.J., located less than a mile from the company’s previous New York Tri-State area site. The Super Center more than doubles the supplier's footprint in the region, and furthers the company’s North American expansion, targeting the East Coast.The Super Center will include CRL'...