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OKC Oculus Provides Center of Multifamily Home

Oklahoma City is getting its own moon—or, rather, a moon-shaped oculus that will be front and center for a new multifamily housing unit in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.


Air Barrier Technology Refines Protective Coatings

The architectural division of Polyguard Products Inc. announced that it has introduced a new line of Airlok STPE fluid-applied air barriers.


ALED Technology Shines New Light on Glass

LightGlass Technology wasted little time making bold strides into the architectural glass products market.


Sliding Doors Designed for High-Rise Balconies

Wisconsin-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems has unveiled its CrossTrak Sliding Doors product line.


3M, EPD Tout Window Film

A new window film technology helps to regulate building temperature, reducing heat loss by up to 38 percent, reports product manufacturer 3M and distributor Energy Products Distribution.


Paint, Waterproofing Revive the Octagon

If the walls of the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., could talk, they might tell tales of safekeeping the first lady’s pet parrot while the city was set ablaze by British troops, or perha...


Nanotint Gets First Federal Specification

Boasting strong infrared and ultraviolet blocking capabilities, a recently launched thermal insulation coating for glass has been selected and installed by contractors performing energy effi...


Major Renovation Sees Lead Fines

Two contractors who worked on a major development project in downtown Kansas City, MO, will pay federal fines for violating lead safety rules, according to authorities.


Coatings Block Heat, Permit Light

Scientists in Singapore report that they have developed “a smart window coating” that would allow most of the sun’s light in, while blocking most near-infrared radiation.


New Window Coating Darkens in an Instant

Forget about pulling the shades when the sun starts to pour in—scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed windows that will darken themselves with the flip of a s...


Industry Group Updates Sealant Standard

A fenestration industry group has released a new document detailing best practices with regard to sealants.


Lab Developing Efficient New Window Coating

Liquid crystals are responsible for many flat-screen TVs and other displays, but researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way for the same technology to make win...


Team Studies Glass Coating Process

Researchers in Germany are developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Advancing Anti-Reflective Coatings

A European research institute has put its efforts behind developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Construction, Fenestration Numbers Rise

Residential construction was on the uptick in the U.S. in 2015, bringing numbers in the windows and doors industry up with it, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manuf...


Top Builder to Pay for Condo Defects

A Florida jury has ordered America’s largest homebuilder to pony up $9.6 million to remove and replace defective stucco, roofs and windows in a 240-unit complex in Jacksonville.


Century-Old MIT Building Gets Reno

A recent major building renovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology centered around new window technology and repairs to mortar work that went wrong after a previous renovation.


DOE Funds Window Coatings

The federal government is investing $31 million in 14 window coating and windowpane research and development projects.


See-Through Wood to Brighten Buildings

Buildings of the future may utilize a material capable of providing interior spaces with ample amounts of daylighting. Hint: It’s not glass.


Engineers Develop Tunable Windows

A new technology could make window blinds and drapes obsolete. Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science


In the Lab: Low-Cost Window Coating

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks to “disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity” with a newly developed coat...


Engineers Boast Glass Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that coating small pieces of glass with extremely thin layers of metal, like silver, makes it possible to enhance the amount of l...


Flashing Standards Get Code Expansion

Two standards addressing flashing systems, both self-adhered and liquid applied, are now integral to the commercially oriented International Building Code.


Duct, Building Envelope Sealer Debut

An Ohio-based company recently introduced two new building envelope sealing systems.


Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


DOE Awards Window Installation Concept

A novel approach to installing building envelope components is among the innovations recently recognized by the Department of Energy.


AAMA Compares Condensation Ratings

In a new guidance document, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association compares three common rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products.


AAMA Offers Updated Coatings Specs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced the publication of AAMA 907 “Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coatings on Carbon Steel Components Used in Wi...


New Building Envelope Testing Offered

An independent, third-party safety testing and certification provider has launched new testing services for the building envelope.


Tunable Windows Dial in Light, Opacity

CINCINNATI--Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and private industry are reporting a first in the smart-window market.


Ex-PPG Worker Charged in Secrets Case

WASHINGTON, DC—A retired project leader for PPG Industries faces years in prison for allegedly selling extensive manufacturing specifications worth millions of dollars to a Chinese company.


More Fire Danger Seen with New Homes

Modern building materials, designs and furnishings have their advantages, but they also stoke a faster, deadlier house fire than their older counterparts, new research finds.


Aluminum Finishing Guide Gets Revamp

Specifiers and other building professionals have a newly updated resource on paint and anodized finishes for aluminum building components.


New Polyurethane Millwork Bows

Architectural millwork maker Fypon has introduced some 200 new polyurethane building products for both exterior and interior residential and commercial applications.


Building Efficiency to Boom in Europe

Energy efficiency will sweep across Europe’s buildings to the tune of nearly $800 billion in the years ahead, a new report forecasts.


Builders: Material Shortages Easing

Lots and labor may remain in short supply, but building materials have become easier to obtain in 2014, U.S. homebuilders report in a new survey.


Judge OKs Suit over Architects’ Plans

Major architectural firms may be held legally responsible to future occupants of their designs, even if the firm does not build the project or control the construction decisions, the Califor...


Building Glass Maker Gets Record Fine

A leading architectural glass manufacturer will pay a record $495,500 fine to settle state claims involving uncorrected violations after the death of a worker at one of its plants.


Window Maker Settles RRP Case

A Pennsylvania window manufacturer and installer will pay a $25,690 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


DOE Seeks Building-Envelope Innovations

Uncle Sam is ready to spend up to $14 million to advance innovative, energy-efficient technologies and design tools for commercial and/or residential buildings.


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


Building Products Maker Settles EPA Case

A California construction products manufacturer will pay a $43,000 fine and spend $23,350 to upgrade its finishing facility to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

Forecasters are expecting a “staggering” and sustained across-the-board growth spurt for the global smart coatings industry.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Liquid Flashing Joins Air Barrier Line

W.R. Meadows has expanded its line of air-barrier line of products with a new polyether liquid-applied flashing and detailing membrane.


‘Superman Building’ Damage Spurs Suit

Crumbling façades and other issues marring the so-called “Superman Building” in Providence, RI, have led to a $23.7 million dispute between the building owner and a former tenant.


Windows Get ‘Smarter’ with Coatings

A new window coating that allows users to control both visible and near-infrared light has emerged from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


MA Contractor Cited for Sub’s Lapses

A Massachusetts contractor faces a $28,125 federal fine for alleged lead hazards created by a window subcontractor on a historic renovation project in Maine.


Wausau Offers System for Sleek Facades

Wausau Window and Wall Systems Inc. has expanded its SuperWall Series to include a four-side silicone-glazed system to create dramatic facades and entrances.


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


Smart Window Coatings Get $3M Boost

Researchers are one step closer to developing a smart window coating that can respond to changing weather conditions by regulating the amount of visible light and heat permitted to enter a b...


Renovator Faces $90K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a New Hampshire-based renovator with a $90,750 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work at a child-occupied facility in Ma...


New Coating Helps Blastproof Trains

Haunted by catastrophic terrorist bombings of their transit systems, European researchers have developed a window coating that helps keep glass intact when shattered by a blast.


Nebraska Renovator Settles Lead Case

A Nebraska window and siding contractor will pay a $6,188 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal lead-paint disclosure rules, under a new settlement agreement.


 
 
   

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