February 25, 2014
From Glass Magazine
Although adoption and enforcement of the 2012 editions of the International Codes has been slower than originally anticipated, in recent months it has started to move forward more significantly. There are several significant changes between the 2009 and 2012 editions of the International Codes that relate to fenestration products.
 
Health Product Declarations on the Horizon
During the Regulatory Affairs Committee Meeting, AAMA’s senior executive coordinator, Maureen Knight, said the architectural community is beginning to request Health Product Declarations from building product suppliers and manufacturers. Some architects are sending letters to manufacturers indicating “if you don’t have [HPDs] by the end of 2014, we won’t use your product,” Knight said.
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I wonder how often glass industry reps receive perhaps the most rudimentary query about glass: Why is glass transparent? A recent TED-Ed talk answers these questions in an animated video.
To me there’s one trend that is dominating our industry, and it's probably not what you think. It’s a product line that fabricators are seeing as a great path to bottom-line success. What is it? Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with energy efficiency.
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The Skyline Digital Glass Portfolio from Skyline Design features a selection of images for digital printing on glass by eight commissioned artists, photographers and designers from across the United States.

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Exterior glazing contractor: Benson Industries
Interior glazing contractor: Progress Glass Co.
Glass fabricator and interior glazing supplier: Hartung Glass Industries
Glass manufacturer: PPG Industries
Fire-rated glass and framing supplier: Safti First

By considering its impact on the environment and human performance, architects of the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters held sustainability and the federal employees who would occupy the building as key considerations during the entire design process. SFPUC, or 525 Golden Gate, features a sophisticated glass and concrete building envelope that is expected to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification and creates a healthy and comfortable work environment. Read more...