June 17, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 24
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Demand for specialty glass to rise in the U.S.
Specialty glass demand is projected to increase 5 percent annually to $7.2 billion in 2012, according to a recent study, Advanced Flat Glass, by the Freedonia Group, Cleveland. ... read more

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Green penetrates the idiot box
"Green glass, green furniture, green rugs … what’s next? Why, green TV of course! Launching this month, Planet Green is the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network with a robust online presence and community, according to the Web site." ... read more

Product spotlight

Henkel Corp. introduced Terostat 7100 adhesive/sealant and Terostat 7700 adhesive, primerless permanently elastic formulations used to bond and seal a variety of dissimilar substrates and resist vibration. ... read more

Risk tip of the week

Small companies need employment practices liability coverage
“We’re a small, family owned company. We know all of our employees personally; they are like family. We don’t need employment practices liability insurance.” Sounds familiar? ... read more

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Solar industry finds a conduit
in Salem Distributing

Salem Distributing Co. joined Intellectual Property Dynamics to form Salem Solar Solutions. ... read more

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Project news Kansas community arts center sets hopes for green city
“The thing that was really great about the Tintex glass is it helps celebrate and protect the 60-year-old reclaimed Douglas Fir lumber siding from damaging ultraviolet rays, wind-driven rain and other elements. The design provides an interesting contrast between the previously discarded wood and the precision of the glass.”
—Boyd Johnson, graduate student, Studio 804 Inc.

The basics: The 5.4.7. Arts Center’s name comes from the date, May 4, 2007, that an F5 scale tornado devastated Greensburg, Kan., the town where the center is newly built (read a blog on this). Constructed using reclaimed and environmentally responsible materials, the building features a green-tinted glass wall that protects the exterior made of wood from a decommissioned military storage facility destroyed by the tornado. The 3,000 square feet of glass allows visibility of the wood and reduces UV exposure. Studio 804 Inc., Lawrence, Kan., a design/build student program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning, did the design, contracting and installation of the project that recently received a Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.
The players: Architect, general contractor and glazing contractor, Studio 804 Inc., Lawrence, Kan.; glass fabricator, Vitro America, Memphis; glass manufacturer, Vitro S.A. de C.V., Mexico; framing and supports supplier: Fastenal Co., Winona, Minn..
The glass and systems: The building features 3/8-inch-thick Vitro America Tintex green glass for the exterior protective wall and as countertop in the restroom. Designers created a glazing support system that uses stainless steel fasteners to attach each piece of glass, at four points, to a track system attached to the building.

Photos courtesy of Studio 804 Inc.

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