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  • The glass industry should be thankful for the green movement, said Russ Huffer, chairman and CEO, Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis. “The glass industry is more valued today than ever before,” he said, Feb. 17, during the closing session of the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Las Vegas. Commercial buildings are the largest users of electricity, consuming 20 percent of...
  • The updated rating system for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., awards energy performance over daylighting, said Henry Taylor, Architectural Services Team manager, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga. The change could present challenges to industry manufacturers hoping to present glass as a green building material, he said...
  • Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest producers of glass for the construction and automobile industries, Friday said it would sell around €1.5 billion ($1.91 billion) in new shares to bolster its capital amid the deepening global economic crisis.Saint-Gobain stock plunged on the news and and in midmorning trading in Paris was down 15.7 percent at €23.59, it's lowest...
  • Tribeca has no shortage of zany architecture ideas ideas floating around—see the metal warehouse and the "stone cloud" penthouse—but the latest proposal from architect Joseph Pell Lombardi takes the cake: a traditional Tribeca building—six floors of brick arches, tall windows, etc.—made entirely out of glass.
  • A number of children have been treated for minor cuts after glass shattered above a swimming pool in Swansea.
  • The International Automotive Glass Federation has chosen Philip J. James as its new chairman, according to a Feb. 19 release. The election took place during IAGF's general meeting Feb. 18.The new chairman replaces Freddy Grumstrup Sørensen who left his position because of changes in his professional career.James, president/CEO, National Glass Association, McLean, Va., is a...
  • The GPD Conference has released the final program for the top glass summit to be held on June 12-15, according to a Feb. 19 GPD release. As before, the versatile, modular agenda offers the latest information and visions of the glass world in a condensed executive format. Top political, solar and glass industry executives will present in the opening ceremony June 12.The contents of the program...
  • On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR 1). The Act includes a total of $787.2 billion in spending and tax cuts, including $308 billion in appropriated spending, $269 million in direct spending (refundable portion of tax credits, Unemployment assistance, Medicaid reimbursement to states, etc) and $211 billion in tax cuts.
  • PGT Inc. today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended Jan. 3, 2009."The tightening of credit from the mortgage crisis was one of several factors that took a firm grip on the economy in the fourth quarter causing substantial downward pressure on the home building industry. New home construction slowed to a pace not seen in two decades. Housing starts were down 38...
  •  The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, and the Insulating Glass Certification Council, Sackets Harbor, N.Y., combined their certification programs into a single program, according to a Feb. 18 IGMA release.The process started in June 2004 with the two organizations working closely to harmonize their respective program requirements, and cumulated into a formal...
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