Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 5.1 percent per year through 2012 to 6.5 billion square meters. Maintaining the trend seen over the 2002-2007 period, demand will outpace real (i.e., inflationadjusted) gains in the global economy. The market value of fabricated glass (basic flat glass as well as value-added products such as laminated, tempered, insulating and mirrored glass) is...
  • During a breakout session of the third annual Glazing Executives Forum Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, a group of about 50 glazing professionals discussed some of the common issues they face with general contractors and construction managers.

  • The third Glazing Executives Forum took place on the first day of GlassBuild America, Oct. 6, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. About 200 industry professionals participated in the forum, up from 143 last year and 101 the year before, said Phil James, president and CEO, National Glass Association, McLean, Va., in his welcome address. “Houston, we have a problem,” said Jeff...
  • The House today passed its version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 by a vote of 263 to 171, welcome news to the Associated General Contractors of America . The bill now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it promptly.The package, which the Senate passed on Wednesday, 74-25, includes the financial-market rescue provisions that the House rejected on Monday, plus an...
  • 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...
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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...