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  • September 17, 2008 ASTM International This organization creates standards and testing procedures for a multitude of products and materials.  Related to green building, it has developed: ASTM E2129-05 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products ASTM E1991-05 Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Materials/... more »
  •   September 17, 2008 Arizona Green Building Program I-Built California Alameda County Waste Management Program Built It Green California Green Builder Program California Living & Energy's Green Green Building Alliance San Jose Green Building Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Colorado Green Points Program Built Green Colorado District of Columbia GreenHOME, Inc. Florida... more »
  • A number of safety and security issues need to be considered with regards to windows and doors. Safety Glazing While ordinary glass can break and present a safety hazard, the industry and government have worked together to significantly reduce any potential danger. For example, safety glazing is required by law in many applications. In the home, such requirements cover any glass in doors, as well... more »
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    Photos and drawings detailing common window shapes
    Bell-Top Ellipse Eyebrow Eyebrow with Extended Legs—Also referred to as a segment head. Gothic—Also referred to as a cathedral window Gothic with Extended Legs Photo courtesy of Hurd Windows & Doors Half Eyebrow with Extended Legs—Left and right Half-Round—Also commonly called an arch-top, circle-head, circle-top, radius-top or round-top. Half-Round with... more »
  • September 17, 2008 The following section features standards, specifications, test methods and other pertinent documents related to windows, doors and skylights used in the residential and light commercial markets. Documents are listed within three major categories: Finished Products Installation, Building Practices & Field Tests and Components The major focus of each document is... more »
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    Patio and entry door manufacturers need to focus on the critical demands of their targeted market
    Given the current market weakness, many window and door manufacturers are preparing themselves for a slow and competitive recovery cycle. Many are turning to hardware manufacturers for help. Component suppliers can offer a variety of solutions, of course, but the best answer for each manufacturer will depend greatly on the market it serves. A common response to a weak window and door market is... more »
  • Fantastic fabricated glass highlights high-end condos in New York
    Art, design, money and glass combine in New York City to create the interiors and exteriors of some of most expensive pieces of real estate in the world. While the rest of the United States has suffered a steady decline in the residential market, the 23-square-mile city that never sleeps has continued to prosper, with a luxury, high-end resident building boom. “Domestically, economic indicators... more »
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    Some replacement companies logging growth and preparing for upturn
    Even a cactus can grow in a desert. The national headlines are trumpeting the existence of a recessionary period and industry headlines are more frequently announcing scale backs and plant closures, but there are also plenty of companies-particularly in the replacement market-that are bucking the trend. These cacti in the business are expanding their manufacturing facilities, growing their... more »
  • Fire officials and others intensify their efforts to protect homes in boundary areas. Be prepared with sound recommendations for fenestration products.
    If the danger posed by wildfires to populated areas wasn’t on the minds of fire protection officials before, it certainly was after the summer of 2002. This last “fire season” was one of the worst in the nation’s history, with nearly 6 million acres scorched. Some particularly large fires gained headlines: the Biscuit fire in Oregon that consumed nearly 500,000 acres, the... more »
  • An introduction to basic window operating types
    Double-Hung—Top and bottom sash slide up and down within the window frame. With most current window models, the sash not only vertically, but tilt in for cleaning. Single-hung windows look similar, but only the lower sash moves up and down. Other variations of hung windows include cottage windows, which feature a bottom sash that is greater in height than the upper sash. Triple-hung windows... more »