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  • On Jan. 28, the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., will host a Webinar to explain new certification and labeling requirements imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a Jan. 4 release.On Feb. 9, 2009, the CPSC postponed the date for compliance with the CPSC’s new certification rules, applicable to architectural glazing materials installed in...
  • Construction spending in the U.S. fell for the seventh straight month in November [2009] to the lowest level in more than six years, led by declines in home building and fewer commercial projects.The 0.6 percent drop followed a revised 0.5 percent decrease in October, previously reported as unchanged, Commerce Department figures showed today [Jan. 4] in Washington. Construction spending was...
  • Construction employment declined in 324 out of 337 metropolitan areas over the past year as spending on construction projects dropped by over $137 billion in November to a 6-year low of $900 billion, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of federal figures released today."Private nonresidential construction is in free fall, with every category except...
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released eight documents that have been reviewed and editorially updated. The revised documents have been updated with the 2009 year designator along with a note on the cover stating "editorially revised," according to a Dec. 21, 2009 AAMA release. 
  • Following President Obama's speech detailing the need for nationwide energy-efficient home improvements, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association has high expectations that a newly proposed government program will encourage consumers to invest in energy-efficient windows by applying appropriate criteria for these products.On Dec. 15, President Obama spoke at an Alexandria, Va., Home...
  • Another $6 million in grants may soon be awarded to several solar manufacturers in Ohio, thanks to the state's Third Frontier Photovoltaic Program. The recommendation announcement came last week; the awards are contingent on the approval of the state's Controlling Board. The program supports the R&D that addresses the technical and cost barriers to commercialization of PV components and...
  • Solyndra, a Fremont, Calif., solar-panel maker that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee in March to build a massive new factory, filed Friday [Dec. 18, 2009] for a $300 million initial public stock offering, one of the largest such offerings in the past few years.Officials with the company were not immediately available for comment. But the firm disclosed its plans in a...
  • A 7-year-old boy fell through a skylight at a mall [in Jacksonville, Fla.] this [Dec. 31, 2009] afternoon.The store manager of the Pineapple Post, Gail Tetreault said she went to get her mail and saw a child fall through a skylight this afternoon at the Coste Verde shopping plaza, according to a Dec. 31, 2009, firstcoastnews.com report. 
  • Israel on Tuesday [Dec. 29, 2009] allowed the first shipment of glass into the Gaza Strip in years, a Palestinian official said."Three trucks carrying glass sheets went through Kerem Shalom crossing" in southeast Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, Said Ra'ed Fatouh, a liaison officer at the Palestinian side of the crossing.The three trucks are part of 100 truckloads of glasses Israel...
  • 2009 was a tough year for the construction industry. McGraw Hill Construction estimated the value of new construction starts at $419 billion, a 25 percent decline that followed shortfalls of 13 percent in 2008 and 7 percent in 2007. The earlier retrenchment was led by single-family housing, but in 2009, multifamily housing and commercial buildings showed substantial weakness. Even typically...
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