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GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE Keynote Addresses Glass’ Place in a Sustainable Future

Sep 11th, 2020

Dr. Franz Prettenthaler, director of the Life Institute for Climate, Energy and Society at Joanneum Research, presented his keynote speech, “Climate Impact and Paris Lifestyle,” during GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE. He spoke about the causes and impacts of climate change as well as the role of glass in a sustainable future. His presentation began […]

Accredited Standards Committee Z97 Releases 2020 Version of ANSI Z97.1 Standard

Sep 11th, 2020

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z97 has announced the reaffirmation of ANSI Z97.1-2015, Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings – Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test. This standard establishes the specifications and methods of test for the safety properties of safety glazing materials (glazing materials designed to promote safety and reduce the likelihood of cutting […]

Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up in August

Sep 11th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.8% in August to 126.5 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised July reading of 124.2. In August, the commercial component rose 3.3%, while the institutional component moved 1.2% lower. The August increase in the overall Momentum Index is the second consecutive rise and a further sign that the […]

Vitro Announces Integration of Construct Tool with FenestraPro

Aug 20th, 2020

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that its Construct tool now functionally integrates with façade design platform FenestraPro. The Vitro Construct tool simplifies the process of configuring, comparing and specifying Vitro Glass and even competitive glass products, according to the company. The new functionality allows design professionals to export custom Vitro Glass glazing configuration […]

July Architectural Billings Remained Stalled

Aug 20th, 2020

Architectural billings failed to show any progress during July, and business conditions continued to be soft at firms, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The pace of decline during July remained at about the same level as in June, with both months posting an ABI score of 40.0 (any […]

Construction Starts Lose Ground in July

Aug 18th, 2020

Total construction starts fell 7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $631.6 billion. The decline was due to a significant pullback in the nonbuilding segment, which fell 31% from June to July. Nonresidential building starts rose 3% while residential building starts increased 2%. Year-to-date through seven months, starts were down 15% from […]

glasstec 2020 Rescheduled for 2021

Aug 10th, 2020

The 2020 staging of glasstec, which was set to take place October 20-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial event is now scheduled for June 15-18, 2021. According to the statement from the organizers, given “the continued uncertainties in terms of travel restrictions and quarantine provisions in the core […]

Bold Visuals

Aug 10th, 2020

PAC-CLAD Precision Series architectural wall panels are available in four new box rib profiles. These panels combine bold visual effects with easy, cost-effective installation, according to the company. The Precision Series Wall Panel System includes a total of 12 profiles that can be installed either horizontally or vertically and intermixed to add visual interest. Panels […]

Keep it Clear

Aug 10th, 2020

The Solarban Acuity glass series by Vitro Architectural Glass combines Acuity low-iron glass with any Solarban low-E coating to provide what the company calls a “truly clear look with outstanding energy and code performance.” With up to 60% less green than ordinary clear glass, Acuity glass is designed for vision glazings, both as a substrate […]

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in July

Aug 10th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 3.4% higher in July to 124.7 (the year 2000 = 1000) from the revised June reading of 120.5. During the month, the commercial component increased 5.3% while the institutional component was unchanged. This month’s increase in the Dodge Momentum Index was the first in all of 2020. Since December 2019, […]

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