Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • The green building market, including nonresidential and residential construction, is likely to more than double from today’s $36-$49 billion to $96-$104 billion by 2013, according to a release of green building facts from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., the host of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Nov. 11-13 in Phoenix.

  • The Glass Association of North America named Urmilla Sowell technical director, according to a Nov. 11 release. Sowell joined GANA as assistant technical director in 2007, working with Greg Carney, former technical director, who has since formed an independent consulting firm and will continue to serve the organization through a planned seamless transition. The GANA board of directors...
  • To some extent, sitting in on International Code Council hearings is a bit like watching a professional baseball game. You have to know the rules, and the players involved, to actually understand what is happening. And sometimes, amid long periods of tedium, there are flairs of the dramatic.Such was the case at the code development hearings, which started at the end of October and conclude this...
  • The San Francisco metro area has seen its home values drop by a quarter, and the city still has some pain to work through. The city's median home price is expected fall another 8.3 percent by June 2010.After that, however, the market there may come roaring back: Fiserv predicts a 14.3 percent gain between June 2010 and June 2011. Averaged out, that means a 4.8 percent gain over the...
  • Most states continued to experience rising existing-home sales in the third quarter, with prices moderating in many metro areas, according to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors.Total state existing-home sales, including single-family and condo, increased 11.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.30 million units in the third quarter from 4.76 million units in...
  • Congress passed legislation today [Nov. 6] that will extend and expand the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama on Friday.The vote is attracting praise from the National Association of Home Builders, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and many other groups that see the new legislation providing a much-needed...
  • As the demand for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified buildings continues to increase and the rating system evolves, architects are challenged to identify new ways to improve a project’s overall score. To help architects understand the sustainability benefits of building with glass as well as the latest changes in the LEED for New Construction, Version 3 rating system,...
  • The recent Vitrum show, Oct. 28-31, in Milan, proved to be a great success for Glaston despite difficult times in the glass processing industry, according to a Nov. 11 release. Glaston’s new approach to presenting its technology and solutions, Virtual Factory, was well received by the visitors. In addition, a new customer showroom that shows all the technology in action was...
  • The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., will host its next monthly Webinar Nov. 20, according to a release. The free monthly Webinar series that focuses on various industry topics and runs an hour, is for architects, building owners, specifiers and glazing contractors.The next Webinar will be given by Kelly Farrell DuBois, national marketing manager for Hope...
  • Anyone involved with the design and construction of green buildings can now use the first comprehensive standard contract document that addresses the many challenges associated with these complex projects, according to a Nov. 10 release from the Associated General Contractors of America. The new document, known as the ConsensusDOCSTM 310 Green Building Addendum, was developed by members of the...
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  • 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...
  • 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...