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  • At the recent International Code Council hearings in Minneapolis, Sept. 21-22, the Advanced Building Coalition, together with other groups like the U.S. Department of Energy and the Northwest Energy Code Group, produced the single largest increase in energy efficiency in the International Energy Conservation Code and International Residential Code, according to an ABC release Oct. 2.The most...
  • The drop in construction employment accelerated in September and will get much worse unless credit markets reopen, said Ken Simonson, chief economist, The Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., in a Oct. 3 release. His comment followed a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed construction lost 35,000 jobs last month. “State governments from California to...
  • Argentina exported glass and glassware worth $22.6 million in the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 21.9 percent, according to a Sept. 30 report from Argentina’s National Institute of Statistics and Censuses. Exports of these commodities in 2007 were worth $40.6 million. Argentina imported glass and glassware worth $128 million in the January to June period this year, a...
  • Madison architect Kenton Peters has nominated the iconic US Bank Plaza building on Capitol Square as a landmark, which could complicate or block the building owner's plans to update the structure.The bank building, completed before the energy crisis of the 1970s, has glass walls with no solar shading, and sloped atriums sheathed with simple polished plate glass. 
  • Pedestrians had a lucky escape after glass fell from a window onto a busy street.Strong winds blew the glass from a third-floor window into Church Road, Hove, [Brighton, U.K.] at 9 a.m. today, according to an Oct. 3 report in The Argus.
  • Two specialists will examine a window at a Springfield [Mass.] hospital that some people say contains an image of the Virgin Mary, hospital officials said yesterday, according to an Oct. 3 report in The Boston Globe.The specialists include an engineer whose specialty is the structure and properties of glass, and a restoration professional with expertise in working with churches, said officials at...
  • The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., added two sessions to the first day of its annual symposium, slated for Nov.11-13 in Arlington, Va., according to an association release Oct. 2. The day begins with a joint strategic planning session for members of both PGC and the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, to discuss possible collaboration between the two...
  • Officials at a Springfield [Mass.] hospital say they have no immediate plans to replace a window at a doctor's office building where some people say they have seen the image of the Virgin Mary, according to an Oct. 2 article in The Boston Globe.Thousands of people have flocked to Mercy Medical Center to see the image, since a patient reported seeing it at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, said Mark...
  • DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions has licensed its DuPont SentryGlas Expressions digital safety glass interlayer technology to Alaa International for Trading Services Company (abbreviated as AFI or Alaa For Industry), located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
  • Key financial, tax and spending legislation affecting construction remains hung up. Today the House rejected a financial rescue package, although the chamber is expected to reconvene on Wednesday. The House and Senate have been unable to agree on a bill to extend tax credits, due to expire at yearend, that have fueled construction of wind and solar power projects. Congress did pass a bill that...
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  • 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...
  • Officials from Eastman Chemical Co. announced its subsidiary Southwall Insulating Glass will exit the insulating glass business in Chicago later this year. The site primarily produces Heat Mirror Insulating Glass, which provides performance beyond triple-pane IG, but with the same weight as dual-pane IG, according to officials. Company officials said the business is expected to close "in the...
  • The 2015 Glazing Executives Forum will center on the state of the architectural glass and metals industry, addressing the overall economic climate, labor and supply challenges, project management and succession planning for contract glazing companies, and more.“The goal of this year’s event is to provide attendees with strategies to successfully navigate today’s industry, which is rapidly...