November 13, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 46
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Last week's poll results: 
Of the following, which has had the toughest price hikes so far this year?

77.05%: Fuel

11.48%: Metals

6.56%: Glass

4.92%: Natural gas

Special coverage: NFRC in Tempe

Frame grouping rules, board policies questioned at NFRC meeting

NFRC Meeting Survival Guide: Don’t leave home without it.

Manufacturers and several test laboratory representatives butted heads over the use of default values in the nonresidential rating program under development by the National Fenestration Rating Council of Greenbelt, Md... read more

NGA weighs in on nonresidential rating program
For years, representatives from several industry associations have worked to guide the development of a nonresidential fenestration energy rating program by the National Fenestration Rating Council of Greenbelt, Md. At NFRC’s fall meeting, Nov. 5-8 in Tempe, Ariz., the National Glass Association, McLean, Va., joined the associations involved in the CMA process, hoping to protect its contract glazing members and the commercial building industry as a whole from possible road blocks created in the program ... read more

Canada and United States consider Energy Star for commercial windows
The U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada have tentative plans to expand the Energy Star Windows Rating to commercial systems ... read more

News to know

Greenbuild demonstrates explosive growth in energy-efficient and sustainable building

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More than 22,000 green building professionals from across the United States attended Greenbuild this past week in Chicago, an increase in attendance of 10,000 compared to last year in Denver, according to officials from the U.S. Green Building Council, the show’s sponsor... read more

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Product spotlight

Solar control glass
Pilkington Building Products, United Kingdom, added Suncool Brilliant 40/22 to its high performance solar control glass line. It features a subtle blue tint in reflection, natural light transmittance of 40 percent ... read more


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Project news:

Green glazing lights up WYEP
“WYEP is a listener supported radio station located in a historic district of Pittsburgh. The design addresses the relationship between the historic market square, solar orientation, and a desire for a public face by varying exterior materials and tuning the fenestration in an appropriate manner.” --Matthew Lundgren, dggp Architecture

The basics: The home of WYEP radio station in Pittsburgh uses low-emissivity glass to allow daylighting to fill 90 percent of the interior. The 19,000-square-foot building completed in September 2006 received a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. It includes environmentally friendly features such as carpeting made from recycled milk jugs, a recycled blue jean ceiling, and wheat board in place of lumber in furniture and wall baffling.
The players:
Architect, dggp Architects, Pittsburgh; glass fabricator, Pdc Glass & Metal Services, Cheswick, Pa.; contract glazier, ASP Glass, Aliquippa, Pa.; storefront system supplier, US Aluminum, Waxahachie, Texas; window system supplier, Keystone Industries, New Castle, Pa.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; acoustic glazing supplier, Rex Glass, Pittsburgh

The glass and systems:
Storefront, 1-inch insulated glass with low-E coating in a thermally broken framing system. PPG's Solarban 80 is used for the west side of the building and Solarban 60 for the rest. The interior glazing lining sound booths and performance spaces is laminated and angled to reduce sound transmission and control sound reflection.

WYEP: Yes, we know the music matters, but what about the glass?

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