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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 […]

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 […]

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