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  • John Lewis, senior manager of business and outreach for National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., provided a progress report on the Component Modeling Approach on the first day of NFRC Summer Meeting, July 20-23, Baltimore.Two of the key improvements CMA offers over the Site Built Program are that 1.) Approved components do not require re-certification, and 2.) A single label...
  • Greenbelt, Md.-based National Fenestration Rating Council's 2009 Summer Membership Meeting kicked off at 7:30 [Monday] morning with a series of task group meetings.Attendance for the meeting is the highest it's been in the last five years. There are 125 attendees, including 25 first-timers, according to a July 20 post on NFRC News Now.
  • After Hurricane Wilma raked Miami four years ago, developer Alan Ojeda picked his way down Brickell Avenue to survey his new apartment project, One Broadway.Now, with Wilma's lesson in mind, Ojeda is putting the finishing touches on another new building, 1450 Brickell. His company bills it as the most wind-resistant glass-sided office tower in the nation. In a marketing release, its exterior wall...
  • Construction glass importers must provide [Vietnam] customs officials with a certificate of quality proving that the glass meets the Ministry of Construction’s technical standards before the goods may enter the country.Under Circular No 11/2009/TT-BXD, all types of glass products upon initial import are listed as hazardous goods and must comply strictly with quality regulations, said the...
  • Emergency glazing specialist, Solaglas Windowcare, expanded its 24/7 U.K.-wide operation to cover Southern Ireland, according to a July 20 company release.The Saint-Gobain owned company--currently targeting high-street retail clients with emergency boarding-up and reglazing services--has responded to requests from U.K.-based clients to provide an efficient and cost-effective service in the...
  • A new $15 million expansion of Saint-Gobain’s R&D Center in Northboro, Mass., will be declared officially open July 30, according to a July 17 company release.Saint-Gobain’s worldwide CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar and the Gov. of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will attend the opening ceremony, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 30, at the site on Goddard Road in Northboro. ...
  • Construction workers continued to bear the pain of steep job losses almost everywhere in June, as construction employment rose only in North Dakota (by 5 percent) and Louisiana (4 percent), compared to June 2008, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs disappeared in the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia, with losses as great as 26 percent in Arizona...
  • PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today reported sales for the second quarter of $3.1 billion, a decline of 30 percent versus the prior year’s second quarter including a 6 percent decline resulting from a business divestiture in 2008. The company reported net income of $146 million, or 89 cents per share. Adjusted net income was $148 million, or 91 cents per share. Second quarter 2008 sales were $4...
  • Inert gases in insulating glass units help make windows more energy efficient. A new ASTM International standard provides a long-needed method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering the edge seal. The new standard, ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy,...
  • Graham Architectural Products, York, Pa., completed the acquisition of FM Enterprises, a Merrill, Wis., based manufacturer of curtain wall windows, storefront windows and doors, and sunshades, according to a July 17 release. This strategic acquisition brings together acomplement of operating windows and curtain wall products, giving GAP a complete architectural and commercial fenestration product...
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