January 5, 2010
International Aluminum Corp., the closely held Monterey Park, Calif., producer of windows, doors, frames and related products for residential and commercial applications, said late on Monday [Jan. 4] that it filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of U.S. bankruptcy law. The "unprecedented downturn in both residential and commercial construction sectors" has caused "a severe decline...
October 13, 2009
Southwall Technologies Inc., the worldwide innovator of energy-saving films and glass products, announced today that it will supply the high-performance insulating glass for Innovision Windows, a new line of residential and commercial-grade fiberglass windows introduced last week by Owens Corning Inc., the world`s leading manufacturer of fiberglass insulation and building materials. Southwall...
August 3, 2009
In its long history, St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore has seen its share of saints, sinners and Baltimore weather.The first two have been easier to accommodate than the third, which has taken its toll on the church. A costly renovation is under way to make amends.A few days ago, workers climbed scaffolding and removed two fragile stained-glass windows from the church's...
July 15, 2009
A new exterior film for glass has been developed which can be seen by birds but not humans. It could be used to help prevent the needless deaths of billions of birds which collide with windows annually.As reported by The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and discovered by researcher Daniel Klem Jr., the best window covering for the job was an exterior film with evenly spaced ultraviolet UV-...
July 6, 2009
A new guide from architectural aluminum systems supplier Kawneer advises window specifiers in the health care sector, particularly using its AA 3110HW horizontal sliding window."Specialist horizontal sliding window solutions for your health care project," is a brochure that reinforces Kawneer's expertise in the sector and eases the specification process with a window product selector...
April 15, 2009
Vitro Cristalglass, an affiliate of Vitro in Europe, is cooperating with the community of Madrid for the promotion of Plan Renove, a plan begun in 2008, for window replacements in single and multifamily homes, according to an April 15 release.The plan, authorized by the Government Council for the community of Madrid and agreed upon between Madrid’s Economic and Housing Council and the...
March 3, 2009
Scientists at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have created a novel window design that is an effective and even eco-friendly way to cool hot property in summer and warm-up chilly rooms in winter. And like most of the very best designs, the "Seasons Window" is terribly simple.It's made of three panes of glass mounted to a single swiveling frame. There's a single clear air-tight...
January 19, 2009
Mediaset (Cologno Monzese, Milan), Italy's foremost private media company, has recently carried out an important face-lift to its headquarters setting a new example of architectural innovation and becoming a communication emblem. The dominating element of the design is its impressive ventilated curved façade with a "double-skin" in laminated safety glass and DuPont SentryGlas...
January 16, 2009
The BrightBuilt Barn, located in Rockwood, Maine, is one of the super energy-efficient prefab designs of the year. A highly covetable structure, this barn/studio is not only a net-zero house — meaning it strives to leave no carbon footprint — it is also seeking LEED Platinum certification. While the current prototype was designed as a studio/workspace, the barn is constructed on 4-...
December 15, 2008
Riots in Greece leave hundreds of businesses cleaning up heavy damage, but, one business remains booming.Glaziers.They're on-call 24 hours a day, barely able to keep up with the demand for replacing windows, according to a Dec. 14 keyc.com report.