New green building standard will require triple glazing in northern climate zones
March 25, 2010
After a three-year development process, in February, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, approved and published ASHRAE 189.1, the first code-enforceable green building standard in the nation.The new standard covers all commercial buildings, as well as residential buildings four stories and higher. “It is not intended to be the minimum...
February 18, 2010
In February, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission imposed new certification and labeling requirements applicable to architectural glazing materials installed in hazardous locations under the jurisdiction of CPSC. The rules require, for the first time, manufacturer certifications of compliance with CPSC 16 CFR 1201, the federal safety standard for architectural glazing materials, to include...
Retrofits and upgrades to high-performance glazing will be the major share of the market
January 6, 2010
There is stimulus money in the pipeline, opening up big opportunities for glass and window manufacturers.
Experts at Outlook 2010 say economy is on the mend, but recovery will be slow, difficult
November 19, 2009
The recession that gripped the nation since December 2007 is beginning to end, but we are not out of the woods, said the economists at the Outlook 2010 Executive Conference, Oct. 15-16, Washington, D.C.
August 26, 2009
President Obama’s proposed health care legislation--that the House passed in July--has sparked much debate. Business owners, in particular, have been questioning the plan’s pros and cons, trying to figure how it’s going to affect their trade. While the plan proposes exemptions for businesses with payrolls below $250,000, some have labeled it as a “government takeover of...
What the industry can do to cope with GHG regulations
July 10, 2009
Second in a two-part series. See Page 8 of the July/August issue for the first part.On June 26, the House of Representatives narrowly passed its version of a bill to cut carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, according to a July 9 article in The Washington Post. The leading Senate committee responsible for developing the climate change legislation...
Experts share opinions, discuss concerns, fears
June 17, 2009
Like most other energy-intensive industries, the glass and glazing industry is concerned that the measure would increase the cost of its products.
Proposed legislation of the Employee Free Choice Act faces stiff opposition among glass and glazing shop owners
June 1, 2009
The news media has been abuzz with the Employee Free Choice Act, aka, the card check bill, the last few months. As of mid-April, the legislation--that would make it easier for unions to organize workers--lacks the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate. Business groups and unions are at odds regarding the bill.In an article in The Washington Post, the president of AFL-CIO, John J. Sweeney, said...
Must-dos for glaziers to stay on top of the game
March 17, 2009
President Obama’s energy plan to implement zero-energy building codes nationwide for all new buildings by 2030, promises to boost the number of energy-efficient projects in the near future. California has already legislated a zero-energy building requirement, slated to begin by 2020.“Sustainable building design is a growing focus for architects designing commercial, residential and...
AGC, Saint-Gobain, China Southern Glass, Fuyao stop float lines
February 18, 2009
As Chinese exporters cope with plunging sales and want to devalue the yuan, the country's glass industry faces its share of challenges.“There are roughly 160 float lines in China, of which about two dozen produce Western quality glass,” says Russell J. Ebeid, president, Glass Group, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich. “Fifty-one lines are shut down at the moment [as...