Gil DiMaio shares his insight
February 7, 2011
Last April, the Environmental Protection Agency enacted the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requiring contractors that perform renovations and repairs—including window replacements— to pre-1978 homes, childcare facilities and schools be conducted using lead-safe work practices. Now, the EPA is looking to extend the LRRP program to public and commercial buildings as well.Gil DiMaio,...
Industry fights incorrect assumption that less glass is more effectual in energy-efficient building design
December 7, 2010
The green building movement presents an incredible opportunity for the glass industry, but only if code bodies recognize the energy-saving potential of glazing.
December 6, 2010
Over the past five years, green building has grown to represent 35 percent of all new nonresidential building construction, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. By 2015, that number is expected to increase to 48 percent, with the green building market valued at $145 billion, MHC officials predict. That's a big number, especially in a construction market hit hard by the recent...
An explanation of this new rating and certification tool for the commercial fenestration industry
April 30, 2010
Earlier this year, the National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., launched its Component Modeling Approach program for rating and certifying nonresidential fenestration products. It is a new approach, based on pre-approved frame, glazing and spacer components. The CMA Product Certification Program is based on the existing NFRC 100/200 standards, and it is a more efficient method for...
Third-party inspections for building envelopes
April 15, 2009
In many parts of the country, development of commercial projects remains strong. However, while the climate is good for business, it also can strain certain aspects of the development for developers, architect and general contractors. If you haven’t encountered a special inspector yet, or haven’t heard the term, chances are you will soon.
March 23, 2009
Architects, a demanding bunch, push for performance, innovative design and aesthetics. Read about the trends in larger lite sizes, custom curtain wall, green glazing, aluminum panels, steel curtain wall and energy rating education in articles authored by representatives from leading companies in the industry.
February 19, 2009
Daylighting has been proven to help students’ test scores, patients’ recovery time, retailers’ sales, and workers’ and manufacturers’ productivity, in addition to providing other benefits. However, disturbing accounts of individuals falling through roof openings, typically reported as skylights, have increased the urgency in developing fall protection standards and...
Glazing faces road blocks in 2007-2008 cycle
February 1, 2009
The 2007-2008 code development cycle was one of the busiest, and certainly one of the strangest, I’ve ever experienced.
December 4, 2008
The environment of rapidly evolving antiterrorism codes has left estimators and manufacturers in a whirlwind of confusion asking themselves, “Why do blast resistant requirements seem to be a moving target?”
October 4, 2008
Sahely Mukerji, managing editor and news editor, Glass Magazine, talks to the executive director of the National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md.