Industry News

Dodge Momentum Index Dips in October

Nov 12th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 1.8% in October to 127.5 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised September reading of 129.8. The commercial component of the Momentum Index lost 4.4% over the month, but the institutional component gained 3.3%. The Momentum Index has struggled to make consistent gains since passing its post-pandemic low in […]

FGIA Explains History and Usage of Curtainwall Manual

Nov 12th, 2020

AAMA CWM-19, Curtain Wall Manual, was published in July 2019 and addresses many aspects of curtainwall design, specification, testing and installation. To explain the document’s history, target audience and to give an overview of how it can be used, the Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a webinar titled, “An Introduction to the Curtain […]

Architectural Billings Slowdown Moderated in September

Oct 21st, 2020

A slight improvement in business conditions has led to fewer architecture firms reporting declining billings, according to a new report today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s ABI score for September was 47.0 compared to 40.0 in August (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). Last month’s score indicates overall […]

Solar Innovations Releases Course on Mixed-Mode Ventilation

Oct 20th, 2020

Solar Innovations has released its fourth AIA Continuing Education course with AEC Daily. This course, “Benefiting from Mixed-Mode Ventilation with Operable Skylights, Windows, and Doors,” explores mixed-mode (hybrid) ventilation systems and addresses the issues of building and occupant health by improving the amount of fresh air introduced into buildings. Including design guidance and illustrative case […]

Construction Starts Step Back in September

Oct 19th, 2020

Total construction starts dipped 18% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $667.7 billion, essentially taking back August’s gain. While some of this decline is certainly payback from several large projects entering start in August, the drop in activity brought total construction starts below levels seen in June and July. Nonresidential starts fell […]

Vitro Glass Updates Glass Design Handbook

Oct 2nd, 2020

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has updated its Glass Design Handbook, a pocket-size resource for architects to use when drafting or reviewing glass specifications for building projects. Updates to the architectural resource include recommendations on evaluating color in glass samples and mock-ups, as well as opportunities to earn LEED credit through glass selections. The […]

Architectural Billings in August Still Show Little Sign of Improvement

Sep 23rd, 2020

Business conditions remained stalled at architecture firms during August as demand for design services continued to decline, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The pace of decline during August remained at about the same level as in July and June, posting an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 40.0 […]

Vitro Glass Introduces New Sample Kit for Solarban Low-E Glass

Sep 22nd, 2020

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has introduced a new Solarban solar control, low-emissivity (low-E) glass kit featuring a compact and environmentally friendly design. The streamlined, foam-free package contains 4- by 6-inch samples of Solarban 60, Solarban 70, Solarban 90, Solarban 67 and Solarban R100 glasses on clear and Acuity low-iron glass substrates. Solarban 60 glass also is shown on tinted Optiblue and […]

Construction Starts Post Solid Gain in August

Sep 22nd, 2020

Total construction starts rose 19% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $793.3 billion. Gains were seen in all three major building sectors: nonresidential building starts rose 16% and residential building climbed 12%, while nonbuilding construction jumped 40% over the month. While large projects certainly influenced the August gains, removing those projects would […]

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 […]

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