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July 29, 2014
From Glass Magazine
High End, Higher Stakes

For many glass retailers, the days of working simple mirror and bathroom installations are coming to an end, as homeowners seek out more complex and sophisticated glass options for their bathrooms, balconies and other spaces. Glass companies of all sizes increasingly handle custom projects with high-end, premium glass options. Such custom jobs feature numerous challenges and additional considerations for glass companies.

Industry news
Pleotint Partners with Solar Innovations for Suntuitive Distribution
OmniDecor Moves All Production to Giulianova Plant
Gimav Reports Growth for Italian Glass Machinery Industry in 2013
HUD Begins Process of Adopting AAMA Standards for Fenestration in Manufactured Housing
Construction Starts Up 6 Percent in June
People news
Pittco’s Al Shapiro Passes Away
Alumiglass Names Michael Thomas President and COO
GlassBuild America news
Road to GlassBuilld

Each year at GlassBuild America, great minds from all over the world exhibit in the Innovative Product Pavilion with their materials that are truly “innovative.” 2014 will be no different as more cutting-edge technology than ever is slated to be introduced on the show floor. This week, we preview two of those companies and share the details of the other Innovative Product Pavilion exhibitors.

Add Birds to the Green Building Equation
By Katy Devlin
The problem of bird strikes on glass received a rare level of attention last week due to a controversy surrounding the $1 billion, glass-clad Minnesota Vikings stadium, currently under construction.
From the Fabricator: Remembering Active Al
By Max Perilstein

Our industry lost a unique and special person this month, a gentleman who did things his own way and did them extremely well. The passing of Al Shapiro, also known to many as “Active Al,” surprised and saddened me.

Product Spotlight
Durable and Slip-resistant Inks from Dip-Tech

Dip-Tech recently released new innovative functional inks—Dip-Tech Extra Durable S1 inks and Dip-Tech Slip-Resistance inks—specifically to answer the needs of the architectural glass market and enable glass processors to bring more value to their printed glass offering, the manufacturer reports.

Great Glazing
National Academy of Sciences Headquarters, West Court

Glazing contractor: PCC Construction Components Inc.
Glass manufacturer: Glasfabrik Lamberts
Glass fabricator: Bendheim Wall Systems Inc.

Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the West Court of the National Academy of Sciences’ headquarters underwent a renovation project with a mission to create a building using sustainable preservation practices. The building integrates modern systems, materials and infrastructure within the historic fabric of the building. Skylights enclose three courtyards to create new pre-function, display, dining and meeting spaces. Read more...

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