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Code Q&A

NGA's advocacy and technical team answers your questions about safety glazing.

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3 trends in construction data and analytics that increase efficiency, performance and business.

Begin with the Finish

5 Resilient finishing trends in architectural aluminum products

Code Q&A

During the NGA Glass Conference, held virtually July 28-30, the National Glass Association advocacy and technical team responded to frequently asked questions about glass performance, notable code updates, bird-glass requirements and more. Below are highlights from the sessions. 

The Legal Difference Between Standards, Specifications and Code

The artistic expression and technical precision in glass systems is found in installations regulated by standards, specifications and code requirements. Understanding the differences between these regulations can help identify where artistic and technical expressions cross into the legal realm.

Divided by a Common Language

These key players—architect, owner, general contractor, glazing subcontractor, consultant, manufacturer and academic—operate in silos, often not seeming to speak the same language when communicating with each other. There is frequently confusion when trying to understand each other’s perspectives.

Rethinking Equipment and Technology

We’re in a new era for manufacturing: three considerations for glass fabricators.

Managing Business Metrics During a Pandemic

Even during the economic uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, business owners must continue to track key performance metrics to ensure their companies are operating in a profitable manner. Owners that sit idle are at biggest threat during the pandemic. Here are 4 points to consider.

Ramping Back Up

As the world reopens with new rules, we’re looking at a very different market than we were in January and February. While construction is down across many commercial sectors, there are still some areas of potential optimism, such as health care, industrial and education. Many forecasts also…

Unitized Railing Systems

Saving time, improving installation quality, and reducing field labor costs, unitized curtain walls, window walls and storefronts are innovative solutions that pave the way to more effective project delivery. The latest entry into the prefabrication market is unitized glass railing systems. 

Should You Refinance Your Company’s Debt?

An owner can often get a good idea if their company could benefit from refinancing by asking four targeted questions.

Wired Glass

This article presents information to help companies navigate the regulations governing how, when and where wired glass may properly be used. 

​​​​​​​Blast Glazing

Since 9/11, blast-resistant systems have become a prevalent type of glazing for governmental and institutional facilities. Although this trend has created a new and rapidly growing niche industry within the glazing market, it has also created a multitude of operational complexities for any glazing…

6 Finishing Trends to Watch

From blue-green hues to tactile textures, check out these trends driving advancement in finishing for architectural aluminum products.

All in the Family: Part 1

These topics of conversation may be uncomfortable, but they need resolution before the succession plan materializes. If they are not resolved beforehand, they are guaranteed to surface at the worst possible time.  

Damages Waivers

When faced with negotiating damages waivers, it is critical to recognize the language used and what it tries to capture. That way, if a breach occurs, the parties are not forced to rely on what a judge believes falls within the broad legal definitions of damages.

Glass Industry M&A

Despite notable M&A activity in glass in recent years, the industry remains fragmented, presenting consolidation opportunities to expand infrastructure and achieve synergies through scale. Read on for key market acquisitions from recent years and an outlook for future activity.

Are Your Claims Covered?

Recently there has been a change in the commercial general liability insurance marketplace that upends normal expectations. 

Contractor or Employee?

There is a battle in most states these days regarding how to define when an independent contractor is actually an employee. It is a battle that involves politics, legislatures and voters. And for companies misclassifying workers there are real risks of penalties, fines and even criminal charges.

Working Toward Real, Sustainable Solutions

A skinny triple insulating glass unit, from Quanex Building Products. In today’s industry, sustainability isn’t just about energy efficiency and performance. It’s about delivering solutions that meet those needs, but also stand the test of time.   Any commercial construction project is a major…

Curtain Wall Design Loads

Butler Plaza, a Gold LEED building in Jacksonville, Florida, is an innovative example of a curtain wall used in an energy efficient design. Photo by Keymark. Key Curtain Wall Design Loads to Consider More information AAMA 508-14, Voluntary Test Method and Specification for Pressure Equalized…

3 Financial Strategies for Uncertain Times

The Bottom Line We are in a unique time where there is uncertainty but also access to relatively cheap financing. This environment allows companies to improve their safety net, and potentially profits, by leveraging financing. It also allows them to improve cash flow by leveraging vendor…

Building Safety

From slips and falls to cuts and breaks, accidents and injuries in the glass and glazing industry run the gamut. It’s a common assumption that getting hurt on the job in this industry is inevitable, but that can’t be further from the truth. While dangers will always exist, being aware of those…

Automate Your Business to Stay Ahead

C.R. Laurence Co. developed the Storefronts Online estimating software to enable users to design, quote and order storefronts and entrances. The software is mobile accessible, allowing users to access project information from anywhere. Technological advances are helping glazing contractors…

Product Transparency FAQs

As green building becomes the expectation rather than the exception, building owners are asking for evidence that their facilities are as friendly to occupants and to the environment as planned. While building product manufacturers have responded with more sustainable products, many are also…

Financing Big Orders

Getting a large order can be either a blessing or a source of major problems for a company. It’s an obvious blessing if the company has the resources to fulfill it. However, if the company doesn’t, large orders can create havoc. It must scramble to find the resources to fulfill it. This task is…

Client Bankruptcy

Always avoid clients who are in a shaky financial position. They are prime candidates for bankruptcy. This advice may sound obvious, but few companies do anything about it until it is too late. This article presents strategies to detect and avoid potential client bankruptcies. But before…

Looking Beyond Thermal Efficiency

Project Snapshot: The Siemens corporate headquarters in Munich exemplifies sustainable building. The company, which announced plans to achieve a carbon neutral footprint by 2030, built its head office to consume 90 percent less electricity and about 75 percent less water as a regular building.…

Is Your Glass Company Recession-ready?

There is growing concern that the United States is entering a recession. The decade-long recovery may be losing steam, and the economy may experience a contraction. At least, that is what some experts, and many TV pundits, say. Conversely, many experts are looking at the same or similar data and…