July 10, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 28
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Advancements cut costs for solar
Developments in photovoltaic technology and in mass production of solar cells are beginning to drive down costs and increase cell efficiencies, according to several solar industry representatives ... read more

Group moves forward on international window energy rating
A working group for the International Standards Organization of Switzerland is nearing completion of ISO 18292: Energy performance of fenestration systems – calculation procedure ... read more

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Maintenance-free skylights
Photo of Solar Innovations' skylightsSolar Innovations of Myerstown, Pa., developed skylights that are maintenance-free aluminum on the exteriors and either solid wood or wood laminate interiors ... read more


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Sales increase forcasted for German machinery

The German construction equipment and building material machinery industry is projected to reach sales of $18.4 billion for 2007, 15 percent more than in 2006 ... read more

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Project news

U-M Opens a New Cardiovascular Center
“One of its most striking features is a cylindrical, glass-enclosed atrium. Balconies on several floors of the building overlook the atrium, thereby using natural light as both a healing element and an energy-saving feature.”—Kara Gavin, lead public relations representative, U-M Health System

Photo of U-M Cardiovascular CenterThe basics: On June 11, the University of Michigan Health System opened its doors to the new Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor. The five-story, 350,000-square-foot building contains 19 operating rooms and 48 inpatient rooms, with sky-bridges connecting to the main University Hospital and C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital.
The players:
Architect, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, Boston; general contractor, Barton Malow Co., Southfield, Mich.; glazier, Contract Glaziers Inc., Windsor, Ontario; fabricator, JE Berkowitz L.P., Pedricktown, N.J., glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.
The glass: Guardian’s SunGuard SN 68 is on a clear substrate with a low-emissivity coating that provides 68 percent visible light transmission with a winter night time U-Value of .29 and a solar heat gain coefficient of .38.

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