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  • The family of codes published by the International Code Council (ICC) is the most widely enforced set of construction codes in U.S. history. The members of this family are commonly referred to as “the I-codes.” The I-codes most pertinent to fenestration include the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)....
  • Key code changes and provisions from the 2018 codes
    The Bottom Line: The 2018 versions of several codes have now been in effect for more than a year. Relevant changes for the industry include more stringent thermal and solar heat gain requirements, changes to design wind pressure and more. Get up to speed with the critical updates.Read the related article, "I-code Adoption Status and 2018 International Code Requirements for Commercial Glazing...
  • Increased stringency on the horizon; thermal bridge and trade-off proposals on hold
    The glass and glazing industry came away with several positive takeaways following the recent ASHRAE 90.1 committee meeting held in October. During the meeting, the committee addressed three proposals that, if advanced into the 2019 version of ASHRAE 90.1, would have an impact on the glass and glazing industry, according to Tom Culp, technical consultant and co-vice-chair of the ASHRAE 90.1...
  • Fixing the leak
    What happened: ASHRAE continues to push for thermal performance improvements in glass and glazing. The 2019 version of ASHRAE 90.1 specifically looks at the continuity of the thermal barrier.  Why it matters: Achieving thermal performance improvements at the interface of glazing and surrounding construction will require input and effort from designers, suppliers and installers. The...
  • Hurricane damage on an office building in Miami following Hurricane Wilma, which hit the Florida coast in October 2005. What happened: The 6th Edition Florida Building Code went into effect on Dec. 31, 2017, and contains a number of updates relevant to the glass and glazing industry. Why it matters: As industry codes continue to evolve and project timelines seem to speed up, it’s...
  • This article presents the changes to ASHRAE 90.1 that will have the greatest impact on the glass and glazing industry.  Next step in stringency for U-factor and SHGC The industry will see the next step in stringency for U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient requirements for glass and glazing in the 2019 version.What happened: Proposals were advanced for ASHRAE 90.1-2019 at the ASHRAE...
  • The I-codes, the family of codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), consist of several different codes that each address specific applications.
    The I-codes, the family of codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), consist of several different codes that each address specific applications. Commercial buildings in the codes include all buildings except one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and condominiums that are no more than three stories in height. The requirements for fenestration in commercial buildings are set...
  • Summary: The 2018 International Building Codes clarify the deflection criteria to be used in the design of glass wall systems by adding reference to AAMA TIR-11 Maximum Allowable Deflection of Framing Systems for Building Cladding Components at Design Wind Loads. This article concludes Julie Ruth’s discussion of changes to the 2018 International Codes in Glass Magazine. Read all of Ruth’s...
  • Understanding the impact of Miami-Dade requirements
    Photo courtesy of The Wagner Cos.Identifying which building codes to follow requires a host of considerations: safety, liability and cost, among other factors. When determining the correct code as it relates to life-safety products such as railing systems, there is an understandable tendency to build to the highest standard. This is especially true when it comes to high-impact areas including...
  • Summary: The 2018 International Codes altered the requirements for emergency escape and rescue openings for basement sleeping rooms. The overall impact of this new change will be a reduction in the number of required emergency escape and rescue openings in single-family homes and multifamily buildings. The impact is likely to be greater in multifamily buildings, particularly in those parts...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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