Cardinal, Four Seasons Respond to North Carolina Code Council’s Low-E Emergency Rule

Jul 28th, 2014

The North Carolina Building Code Council recently enacted an emergency rule in the state’s residential building code that allows builders to use non-low-E glass in areas where it poses a “safety concern.” In the “Emergency Rule-Making Findings of Need” document submitted by the N.C. Building Code Council, “four documented cases of fires being caused by [...]

Builders FirstSource Reports Second Quarter Gains

Jul 28th, 2014

Builders FirstSource Inc.’s 2014 second-quarter earnings showed the company has made significant gains from the second-quarter of 2013. Some highlights include: Second quarter 2014 sales increased 7.1 percent to $426.5 million, compared to the second quarter of 2013. Gross margin percentage improved to 22.0 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013. [...]

Pleotint Inks Partnership with Solar Innovation

Jul 28th, 2014

Pleotint has reached a distribution partnership with Solar Innovations Inc., enabling Solar Innovations to incorporate Suntuitive glass in its full product line. Solar Innovations, a Pennsylvania-based window manufacturer, operates out of a 300,000-square-foot corporate office and manufacturing facility and is a single-source producer of a variety of residential and commercial windows, doors, curtainwalls and glazed [...]

FlexScreen to Open Manufacturing Facility in Pittsburgh

Jul 25th, 2014

FlexScreen has partnered with Ventana USA to open its first manufacturing facility in the Pittsburgh area. The 44,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will operate under the name FlexScreen Pittsburgh LLC and will supply fabricated window screens to the western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and eastern Michigan markets. The company expects the facility to be operational this fall. [...]

HUD Begins Adoption of 2012 AAMA Standard for Fenestration in Manufactured Housing

Jul 25th, 2014

The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has recommended the adoption of American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) current standards pertaining to fenestration in manufactured housing to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to AAMA. The MHCC is a statutory federal advisory committee body that provides recommendations to the HUD secretary on the [...]

Remodeler Confidence Up in Second Quarter

Jul 25th, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose in the second quarter of 2014 from 52 points to 56, regaining the momentum built in 2013. This is the fifth consecutive quarter for an RMI reading above 50. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared [...]

Four Task Groups Established within Canada’s Committee on Glass

Jul 23rd, 2014

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is in the process of revising the national standards for tempered, laminated and wired safety glass. In doing so, it recently established a Committee on Glass, which held its first meeting in May. The committee has 32 members—20 voting and 12 “information and alternate” members—representing glass and window manufacturers [...]

AGC to Raise Prices of Glass Products in Japan

Jul 23rd, 2014

Asahi Glass Co. (AGC) announced it will raise the selling prices of its architectural glass products marketed in Japan, starting from delivery on September 1. Prices for flat glass products will increase by 15 to 20 percent, prices for mirror products will increase 10 to 15 percent and prices for processed glass products for architectural [...]

New-Home Sales Down 8.1 Percent in June

Jul 23rd, 2014

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 8.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales numbers for May were revised downward to 442,000. “The numbers are a little disappointing, but [...]

Intertek Adds Fire, Structural and Code Evaluation Experts

Jul 23rd, 2014

In the wake of its December acquisition of Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) and the recent introduction of the company’s Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR), Intertek has announced the addition of three engineering veterans to its building products division. Daniel Cheney and Barry Badders have been appointed to program manager positions, while Steven Marquiss was added [...]