DOE Sets New Green Standards for Federal Buildings

Oct 13th, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rule aimed at ensuring federal buildings use proper energy certifications. The rule, which goes into effect November 13, ensures that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must select a system that verifies enhanced energy [...]

Masco to Spin Off Installation and Services Division, Restructure Company

Oct 2nd, 2014

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After a two-decade-long investment in its “Installation and Other Services” division, Masco Corp., parent company of Millgard Windows and Doors, announced it will spin 100 percent of the division off to another company. The board of directors approved the decision, recommended by president and CEO Keith Allman. “Today’s transformative actions reflect our continued commitment to [...]

Fenestration Canada Talks Labeling Guidelines

Sep 30th, 2014

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When labeling fenestration, make sure you’re doing it right, particularly when it comes to mullions. This is according to Fenestration Canada (FC) technical consultant Jeff Baker, who reviewed North America Fenestration Standard’s (NAFS) labeling guidelines with mullions during a recent FC webinar. To start off, Baker made clear that air-water-structural performance ratings of products with [...]

GANA Fall Conference Discussions Cover Big Topics

Sep 29th, 2014

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When the Glass Association of North America (GANA) divisions and committees met in Toronto last week for the group’s Fall Conference, members had plenty to discuss. Those in attendance covered topics ranging from ongoing interest in Building Information Modeling (BIM) to codes and standards, energy performance and more. In the Energy Division meeting, Tom Culp [...]

Appellate Court: Yelp’s “Manipulation of User Reviews Not Harmful” to Small Businesses

Sep 26th, 2014

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Several small business owners filed a lawsuit against Yelp claiming the company “extorted or attempted to extort advertising payments from them by manipulating user reviews and penning negative reviews of their businesses in violation of California state law.” After the lower court dismissed the complaint, the business owners appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit [...]

Fenestration Canada Webinar Breaks Down NAFS

Sep 25th, 2014

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Fenestration Canada hosted a series of webinars recently that dive deeper into code changes that came with the 2010 North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). The first in the three-part series was a review of recent Canadian building codes and standards changes. “Typically the code is written every five years” said Jeff Baker, technical consultant for [...]

North Carolina Low-E Building Code Loophole Shot Down by Review Commission

Sep 23rd, 2014

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A temporary rule that allowed North Carolina permit holders to opt-out of using low-E fenestration products in residential construction has been rejected by the North Carolina Rules Review Commission (RRC). The Council recently enacted an emergency rule in the state’s residential building code that allowed builders to use non-low-E glass in areas where it poses [...]

PPI Report Shows 0.7-Percent Increase in Flat Glass Prices in August

Sep 22nd, 2014

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Flat glass prices increased in August, regaining the upward trend they’ve seen for much of the year. According to the latest Producer Price Index Report (PPI) issued this week by the U.S. Labor Department, flat glass prices jumped 0.7 percent from July to August, after seeing their first decrease since January the month before. The [...]

MMPA Holds Event, Plant Tours in Lancaster, Pa.

Sep 19th, 2014

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Moulding and millwork professionals united for a time of networking, tours and a tradeshow last week in Lancaster, Pa. The event, sponsored by the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association, featured two evenings of information exchange receptions with the latest industry technologies and products from suppliers. Craig Young of TLC Moulding sees the event as important [...]

New OSHA Rule Presses Employers on Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Sep 18th, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has beefed up its requirements for employers reporting severe injuries. In updating its “Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements,” OSHA enacted a final rule that will require employers to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, as well as amputations and losses of an [...]