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Business as “Un-usual”

As I sit in my home office working with Saint-Gobain internationally, Saint-Gobain North America and other Vetrotech manufacturing facilities around the world, “business as usual” is what all of us are trying to achieve. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. The fact is, it’s absolutely “business as un-usual.” As we keep our eyes on our No. […]

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How Glass Can Help Keep Students Safe?

School safety is certainly not a new worry, but the high-profile coverage of school shootings adds an extra layer of concern for students and parents alike. So far in 2019, there have been at least 64 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, including 11 deaths and 41 injuries. But shootings aren’t the only threat at […]

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Why Glaziers Should Know LEED

There’s an issue that not a lot of glazing contractors think about—but maybe they should. When we talk about environmental standards for the building industry, LEED is it. Since it was launched in 2010, commercial projects seeking LEED certification have grown by 107%, with changes and evolutions coming almost as fast as we can get […]

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Balanced Fire Protection

Balanced fire protection is a critical topic for the building industry, especially as we head into 2020 and the revisions to the International Building Code. The importance of the topic—and the levels of nuance we’re dealing with—led me to have a conversation recently with Thom Zaremba, partner at Roetzel and Andress and the fenestration industry’s […]

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Design-Assist Saves Money on Fire-Rated Projects

If there are two words in fire-rated glazing that can save time and money on a project, it’s these: design assist. Specialty glazers like Vetrotech Saint-Gobain and others sit at a unique intersection: we’re often the connection point of what the owner wants to spend, the architect wants to design and what the code officials […]

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On the Safe Side

Early in January, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released a report that many people in our industry are talking about: Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report. The essence of the report was not a surprise. For every dollar invested in mitigation strategies around safety, loss prevention and disruption to everyday life, there’s […]

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