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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, […]

ASHRAE, NYSERDA to Establish Post-COVID-19 Building Reopening Framework

Aug 4th, 2020

Glass could have an important part to play in post-COVID-19 design. Its role may be addressed in new guidelines being developed by ASHRAE and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The organizations have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that defines parameters on how they will develop and provide safe […]

Crystal Windows Ramps Up Online Learning for Architects

Jul 23rd, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crystal Window & Door Systems has increased its webinar training on evolving window performance and design standards for architecture and other professionals to meet their continuing education requirements. As part of its outreach to the design community, the online webinars are offered in place of its in-person Lunch and […]

Architecture Billings Remain in Negative Territory, Begin to Stabilize

Jul 23rd, 2020

Demand for design services from architecture firms began to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April, according to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for June was 40.0 compared to 32.0 in May. The May ABI score indicates that a significant share of […]

Construction Starts Show Additional Gains in June

Jul 22nd, 2020

Total construction starts increased 6% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $641.4 billion. This marks the second consecutive monthly gain in construction starts following the COVID-19 induced declines in March and April. In June nonresidential building starts gained 6% and starts in the nonbuilding sector moved 27% higher. Residential starts, by contrast, […]

Vitro Introduces Two New Sample Kit Options

Jul 14th, 2020

Vitro Architectural Glass has introduced two Solarban Acuity glass sample kits, each offering architects and building designers a different way to compare and evaluate these products during the specification process. The “Clarity Comparison Kit” kit contains two 4-by-6-inch samples, enabling side-by-side comparison of any selected Solarban solar control, low-E coating on both clear and Acuity […]

Dodge Momentum Index Loses Ground in June

Jul 13th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 6.6% in June to 121.5 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised May reading of 130.1. The institutional component of the Momentum Index fell 11.7% while the commercial component declined by 3.5%. The Momentum Index has shifted noticeably lower as the fallout from the recession continues to hold its […]

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