Crystal Pacific Window and Door Systems Welcomes Congressman Takano

Sep 17th, 2013

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D-Ca.) recently visited Crystal Pacific Window and Door Systems as part of his “100 Businesses in 100 Days” tour of manufacturers, exporters, retail stores construction companies, high-tech firms and other businesses throughout his Southern California congressional district. Takano, a former school teacher who represents the state’s 41st District, serves on the [...]

Energy Efficiency: How Much Vision Do You Have?

Jul 30th, 2013

An energy-efficiency explosion is looming on the horizon. Will you be ready? When I visit with presidents, owners, CEOs and engineering directors of various door and window companies, I see three types of philosophies with respect to addressing energy-efficiency standards. There are the first responders, the visionaries and the cleanup crew. The first responders are [...]

Southeastern Glass Industry Slowly Looks to Rebound

Jul 26th, 2013

Brad Holt will tell you there’s something to be said for being situated near North Carolina’s busy Research Triangle area of Durham, Chapel Hill and the state capital of Raleigh. Even in today’s sluggish economy. “It’s rolling pretty good for us,” says Holt, the service coordinator for Carrboro, N.C.-based Rice Glass. “We’re never stuck with [...]

AAMA Releases Document on Recommended Static Water Penetration Resistance Test Pressures

Jun 4th, 2013

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently published a document that recommends static water penetration resistance test pressures for non-hurricane-prone U.S. regions. AAMA TIR A13-13, Recommended Static Water Penetration Resistance Test Pressures in Non-Hurricane-Prone Regions of the United States, was prepared for those who require information on maximum static pressures used during testing of products’ resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, when such tests are conducted as [...]

Code Hearings Continue with IECC Proposals

Apr 26th, 2013

The International Code Council’s (ICC) committee action hearings this week in Dallas continued yesterday with a myriad of proposals related to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). One approved proposal, CE11-13, will adapt section C101.4.3 (the commercial portion of the IECC), “Additions, alterations, renovations or repairs.” The section of the code contains a list of [...]

ICC Disapproves Proposals Regarding Overhangs

Apr 23rd, 2013

The International Code Council’s (ICC) Committee Action Hearings continue this week in Dallas, and today the committee disapproved two proposals related to overhangs. RE66 was proposed by Don Surrena, CBO, representing National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and his proposal would have added the following language to R402.3.3 (IRC N1102.3.3): In Climate Zones 1 through [...]

Sinetar to Lead PPG North American Architectural Coatings Business

Apr 8th, 2013

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PPG Industries has announced that Scott Sinetar, vice president of architectural coatings for North America, will lead the company’s combined architectural coatings business in light of the recent acquisition of AkzoNobel’s architectural coatings business. Sinetar will report to Michael H. McGarry, executive vice president. “Scott’s extensive background in architectural coatings will serve him well in [...]

Rhode Island Aims to Level Playing Field for Products Made in the USA

Apr 4th, 2013

Legislation introduced recently by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the Offshoring Prevention Act, aims to eliminate a special tax break received by companies that ship jobs overseas. According to the seven-page bill, its purpose is “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation of [...]

Construction Employment Increases in 41 States from December to January

Mar 29th, 2013

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 41 states from December 2012 to January 2013. The largest increase was seen in Wyoming, where those employed in construction rose from 21,800 to 22,800—an increase of 4.6 percent. Additionally, New York saw an increase in construction-related employment from 309,500 [...]

Nationwide Housing Production Edges Up in February

Mar 19th, 2013

Nationwide housing production edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This slight upward movement represented gains in both the single-family and multifamily sectors, with single-family housing starts reaching their fastest pace since June of 2008. [...]