June 10, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 23
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AAMA takes on green at summer meeting
AAMA started work on a new green rating system for fenestration products at its summer conference last week. The group also heard an update on DOE initiatives. ... read more

Skylight Fall Task Group establishes scope
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The Skylight Fall Protection Task Group met for the first time June 2 during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s National Summer Conference in Hershey, Pa., June 1-4. ... read more

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Looking for a few good judges
By Matt Slovick, editor in chief, Glass Magazine

Were you ever in a courtroom facing a judge, wishing you could switch roles and make the decision?

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Impact-resistant doors
Vistawall Architectural Products, Terrell, Texas, developed the StormMax MDS-375 impact-resistant entrance door to meet South Florida and International Building Codes. ... read more

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Insurance fraud has big impact
The Insurance Information Institute, New York, estimates that fraud accounts for 10 percent of the property/casualty insurance industry’s incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses, or about $30 billion a year. ... read more


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Project news Curtain wall, storefront and sunshades provide controlled daylighting
“The unique item about this project is that every other vertical mullion is butt-glazed. There was a concerted effort on the parts of the architect, general contractor, glazing contractor and YKK AP to decide how to achieve the requested projection of the Thermashade products while maintaining the SSG mullions for a ‘cleaner’ look.”
—Oliver Stepe, senior vice president, YKK AP America Inc., Austell, Ga.

The basics: The $6 million Erma Byrd Center for Public Higher Education in Beaver, W.Va., which opened in August 2007, provides classrooms and administrative space for eight universities, colleges, technical institutes and community schools. Architects incorporated daylighting throughout the 33,000-square-foot building and sunshades as part of the exterior detailing. Green-tinted glass reduces glare and heat gain. Glazing for the project cost $325,000.
The players: Architect, ZMM of Charleston, W.Va.; general contractor, Radford and Radford Inc., Beckley, W.Va., 304/252-5240; glazing contractor, Cabell Glass Co., Huntington, W.Va.; glass fabricator, AGC Flat Glass North America, Alpharetta, Ga.; curtain wall and storefront fabricator, YKK AP America Inc., Austell, Ga.
The glass and systems: The project features AGC 1-inch-thick tempered insulating units consisting of ¼-inch Forest Green tinted glass, ½-inch air space, and ¼-inch clear commercial plate glass. YKK AP provided YCW750 OG and YCW750 SSG stick-built aluminum curtain wall; YES45FS storefront system with 1 ¾-inch-by-4 ½-inch framing; and Thermashade thermally broken sun shades with 24-inch projection, 6-inch airfoils and 3 5/8-inch airfoils, and wedged outriggers and square outriggers.

Photos courtesy of YKK AP America Inc.

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