Industry News

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 […]

Architecture Billings Downward Trajectory Moderates

Jun 25th, 2020

Demand for design services in May saw few signs of rebounding following a record drop in billings the month prior, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for May was 32.0 compared to 29.5 in April, but still represents a significant decrease in services […]

A New Virtual Event for the Architectural Glass Industry Announced

Jun 23rd, 2020

GlassCon Global® and USGlass magazine have joined together to produce a new ground-breaking virtual event servicing the architectural glass, metal and fenestration industries, GlassCon Global VE-Glass Virtual-EX. The new event combines the popular GlassCon Global educational program with the very popular Glass Expos—all in one virtual event. September 9-10, 2020 a complete line-up of ground-breaking […]

NGA Cancels GlassBuild America

Jun 23rd, 2020

The National Glass Association (NGA) has canceled GlassBuild America, which was scheduled for September 15-17, 2020 in Las Vegas. “Like many of you, we are deeply disappointed by the COVID-19 impact on our trade show. While this cancellation puts a temporary pause on a dynamic and highly valued in-person event, it also has a significant […]

Construction Starts Post Small Gain in May

Jun 16th, 2020

Total construction starts rose 3% from April to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $595.1 billion, following a 25% decline the previous month. Several large nonresidential building projects broke ground in May resulting in the gain. Removing those large projects from the statistics would have resulted in no change in starts over the […]

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