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  • uPVC windows from PVC Windows Australia have received top marks for environmental performance in a key international sustainable building rating system.U.K. based Building Research Establishment awarded uPVC (unplasticised PVC) windows an A+ for commercial windows and an A for residential windows in its 2008 update of the Green Guide to Specification tool.The tool is designed to guide...
  • Windows are one of the most significant costs in building projects or home renovations. Next to that are the bills homeowners have to pay for heating and air conditioning. Solving two problems under one roof -- literally -- is an Israeli company Alubin that has developed all-season reversible windows. The solution is also good for the environment. Based on the research of Professors Evyatar Erell...
  • Firefighters have abseiled down a central Wellington [New Zealand] building to clear glass which had been showering the street below. A pedestrian called police about 12.45pm to say glass was falling from the National Bank building on the corner of Featherston and Panama streets, Inspector Paul Jermy told NZPA.It was identified as coming from the 11th floor, and the street below was...
  • I was about to spend my first night in a glass igloo, a jewel-like one-room (plus a tiny bathroom) glass enclosure that allows you to marvel at the aurora borealis from bed. The 20 igloos were built by Jussi Eiramo, the owner of the [Hotel Kakslauttanen, in the tiny Finnish town of Saariselka], for just that purpose and attract people from around the world. This is northern lights country, and Mr...
  • 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...
  • PPG Industries Inc., the world's second-biggest paint maker, said fourth-quarter profit fell 65 percent because the weak global economy hurt sales of industrial coatings and glass.Net income dropped to $71 million, or 43 cents a share, from $200 million, or $1.21, a year earlier, Pittsburgh-based PPG said Friday in a statement. Sales rose 2.7 percent to $3.19 billion.Chief Executive Officer...
  • An international team of researchers has found another form of light pollution that could have an adverse effect on wildlife.The scientists showed that as well as direct light sources, polarized light also triggered potentially dangerous changes in many species' behavior.They added that road surfaces and glass buildings were among the main sources of this form of light pollution.The findings...
  • What can you do to avoid birds hitting your windows? Windows are invisible to birds. Lethal strikes have been documented by birds taking off from a perched position more than three feet from a window. Half of bird strikes are fatal, with the birds dying from head trauma. Window strikes occur year around and conservative estimates place the number of bird strikes in the U.S. alone at 100 million...
  • Directors have purchased assets of Liverpool [U.K.] glass firm Greenberg, which collapsed late last year owing £16 million [$23,675,040].Beryl Greenberg has set up Dakota Glass, a business registered in Liverpool, which has bought the assets of Greenberg Glass Emergency’s depot in Salford. It has also occupied the Salford premises in Dakota Avenue.Dakota Glass paid £70,000 [$103...
  • The Protective Glazing Council  International, Topeka, Kan., will host a monthly Webinar series for architects, building owners, specifiers, glazing contractors and others in the architectural community, according to a Jan. 16 release. The free series will focus on various industry topics and will run for an hour. Scheduled for the last Friday of each month, the first Webinar will...
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  • Officials from Saint-Gobain announced it acquired a controlling interest in Sika for $2.8 billion. Saint-Gobain purchased the controlling share—16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights— in a confidential auction process from the Burkard-Schenker family, which owns the majority stake in Sika, according to a Dec. 8 Reuters report.“Given the proximity of Sika’s activities...
  • Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC has finalized its acquisition of Houston-based Texas Tempered Glass Inc., a producer of high performance glass products for architectural, industrial, commercial and custom applications, as of Nov. 19, 2014. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.With the completion of this transaction, Trulite will expand its presence in the Texas...
  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....