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EEOC Addresses Jobsite Harassment with New Guide

The federal agency wants to to help construction leaders prevent and address harassment on the job.

US DOE Sets National Definition for Zero Emissions Building

The U.S. DOE has officially set a definition for a zero emissions building, which encompasses energy efficiency, clean energy and no on-site emissions.

Industry members educate Congressional representatives about the fundamental role of glass and fenestration

Association staff joined industry leaders to advocate for glass and fenestration systems on Capitol Hill during the third annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days. Together, industry members made the case for these systems as sustainable, eco-friendly building products that can provide needed…

New Preliminary Dumping Determinations on Aluminum Extrusion Imports

The U.S. Commerce Department announced affirmative preliminary dumping determinations on imports of aluminum extrusions from 14 countries, including China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

U.S. DOE Sponsoring Building Envelope Innovation Prize

The U.S. DOE is sponsoring a prize in an effort to incentivize high-performance, cost-effective, secondary glazing systems on commercial windows. A webinar with details will be held on June 6, 2024.

Biden-Harris Administration Offers $254 Million Funding Opportunity for Hard-to-Decarbonize Sectors

The U.S. Department of Energy announced another funding opportunity that has implications for the glass industry. Applications are open for an $83 million award for decreasing emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, which would include manufacturing raw glass.

New Product Category Rule for Fenestration Assemblies Now Available

A new product category rule for fenestration systems defines a normalized “declared unit” as one square meter of fenestration assemblies, including framing and glass.

DOE Launches $2 Million Prize to Advance Cost-effective, Energy-efficient Commercial Secondary Glazing Systems

The Building Technologies Office, part of the Department of Energy, announced that they will sponsor a $2 million dollar prize to encourage production of high-performance and cost-effective secondary glazing systems towards improving energy performance in commercial windows. The first phase of the…

Russian Glass Industry Faces Tough Times as Sanctions Take Toll

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has of course had an effect on the domestic glass industry in Russia. New reporting on the state of the industry reveal how producers are struggling with Western sanctions, and turning to new markets and products to makeup for lost export profits.

Biden Administration Unveils $90 Million for Upgraded Building Codes

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $90 million to help update local and state building energy codes across the country for greater energy efficiency, which can cut greenhouse gas emissions and utility bills and provide other benefits.

Sustainability, in All Its Forms, Emphasized at FGIA Conference

FGIA's Summer Conference included specific conversations about the broad topic of sustainability. Industry leaders directed discussions about new and future regulations, and how companies can meet standards for manufacturing and products. 

Aluminum Extruders Council says unfair import rules have lead to massive rise in imported aluminum

Officials for the Aluminum Extruders Council commend Senator Tom Cotton for asking the Department of Commerce to address untarriffed aluminum imports. The AEC says current rules have lead to a significant rise in imported aluminum, a disadvantage to U.S. manufacturers.

GSA Launches Pilot Program to Use IRA Low-embodied Carbon Material Funds for Construction, Renovation Projects

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) announced a six-month pilot program applying interim IRA Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) Material Requirements for eleven GSA construction projects.

The National Glass Association Addresses Industry's Top Priorities During Second Annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days

March 27-28 the National Glass Association hosted its second annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days. Policy priorities included school security, bird-friendly glazing, high-performance glazing, recyclability/sustainability, and workforce development.

Industry Leaders Present a Strong Case for Glass as a Safe, Renewable Building Material

The National Glass Association hosted industry leaders for its second annual Glass and Glazing Advocacy Days, March 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The Association facilitated critical conversations between the industry and U.S. Congressional representatives about glass's future as a sustainable, safe…

EPA Requests Industry Information on Emissions, Launches a Series of Webinars

Industry stakeholders are invited by the EPA to participate in an information gathering process. Stakeholders can submit public comments by May 1 regarding how the EPA should best invest the $350 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce embodied greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA will also…

ICC Releases Energy Codes and Building Performance Standards Resource

A new resource on building performance standards and energy codes by the International Code Council provides code officials and building departments with essential background information and recommendations on greater policy coordination.

Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen Coalition Encouraged to Submit Full Application by U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has officially encouraged The Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen coalition to continue with the development of low-carbon hydrogen via electrolysis based in Ohio at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. The facility proposes to distribute the hydrogen across the Great Lakes…

NFRC Documents Available for Public Review and Comment

Six National Fenestration Rating Council technical documents are now open for public review, comment and the full ANSI consensus process until Feb. 13, 2023.

Three NFRC Standards in Public Review

Three National Fenestration Rating Council documents are currently open for public review and comment according to the American National Standards Institute’s process until Nov. 28.

International Code Council Charts Path to Support Building Decarbonization Efforts

A strategy by the International Code Council recognizes existing initiatives and opportunities to develop additional solutions when it comes to the significant impact of buildings on the environment. The report, Decarbonization of The Built Environment: Solutions from the International Code Council…

EPA Finalizes Energy Star Version 7.0

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Version 7.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Windows, Doors and Skylights on Oct. 20. The new criteria will go into effect on Oct. 23, 2023, with products meeting the new criteria eligible for early certification starting immediately.

US GSA Seeks Industry Input on Clean Construction Materials

The U.S. General Services Administration is currently seeking industry input  to learn more about the availability of domestically manufactured, locally sourced low-carbon construction materials in an effort to prioritize the use of American-made, lower-carbon construction materials for federal…

Inflation Reduction Act May Help Accelerate Use of Electrochromic Glass

Halio announced that the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the Dynamic Glass Act, brings the cost of electrochromic windows to parity with low-e glass.

Tremco Named Approved Provider for RetroFitNY Program

To set the stage for mass energy transformation of cities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aims to upgrade New York's building stock through their RetrofitNY Program, identifying partners to help drive and execute this change, NYSERDA has named Tremco…

CGSB Approves Funding to Update Three Canadian Glass Standards

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has approved funding to update three Canadian glass standards.

U.S. DOL Awards $121 Million to Improve Apprenticeship Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $121 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants to expand, diversify, and modernize registered apprenticeship programs. 

President Biden Authorizes use of Defense Production Act to Accelerate Production of Solar Panel Parts

The White House announced that President Biden will authorize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts, including photovoltaic modules and module components.

White House Announces National Initiative to Advance Building Codes Based on the International Codes

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell announced a National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, a new government-wide effort to boost national resiliency and reduce energy costs.

Proposed Energy Star Standards Further Help Glass Upgrades Pay For Themselves, Says EPA Analyst

EPA analyst Doug Anderson spoke in March to FGIA conference in-person and virtual attendees about the thinking and evidence behind the agency's draft 2 of the proposed Energy Star 7.0 standards for architectural glass and window and door construction. Public comments on draft 2 specifications are…

Apogee Publishes Updated Window Replacement White Paper

There are approximately six million commercial buildings in the U.S., nearly half of which are more than 40 years old, according to a 2019 report from the American Institute of Architects.

WDMA Criticizes Decision to Reinstate Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association strongly criticized President Trump’s announcement that his Administration will reinstate Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil, which had been previously excluded.