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  • As Barack Obama prepares for Tuesday’s inauguration, so is American Defense System Inc. [Hicksville, N.Y.] They created the bulletproof glass that will shield Obama. Armen Keteyian took a look at this high grade glass and its designers.When Barack Obama first stepped out on the stage as president-elect, a new transparent shield made its own debut, according to a Jan. 16 CBS report.
  • The deadline for submitting abstracts for GPD China 2009, May 11-12, Shanghai, is Jan. 23. See Call for Papers brochure for information about content. Organizers encourage proposals or abstracts for both theoretical and practical presentations to be submitted online.Important dates:Abstract submission deadline: Jan. 23Notification of paper acceptance: January Release of final program:...
  • Solarcentury [U.K.] has welcomed news that the Department for Energy [U.K.] is boosting funding for solar PV under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme by GBP7 million.This decision follows the release of the government's zero carbon homes consultation last week, which confirmed that a combination of solar PV and energy efficiency measures is the cheapest way to build low carbon homes at the lower...
  • 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...
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