Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

Top Building Glass Installer Harmon Rolls out PDF Editor Bluebeam PDF Revu

PASADENA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Harmon, Inc., one of the nation’s largest full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, is digitizing project workflows with BluebeamSoftware. The company is rolling out Bluebeam PDF Revu, the leading PDF editor for the design and construction industry, to 200 users and plans to make Revu its primary … Read more »

General Contractors Work to Move More Liability to Glazing Contractors

The implementation of design-assist in the project delivery process has brought the glazing contractor on the design team early in the game; however, it also has him paying for professional liability insurance for contractors. Read more at USGlass on page 16.

U.S. Solar Group Says Analysis Confirms China’s ‘Battering’ of Industry

A solar photovoltaics industry group is citing a market analysis of the industry as evidence that China is heavily subsidizing the development of solar-manufacturing capacity and using low-priced exports to topple the U.S. solar-manufacturing sector.Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.

CPSC Decision to Defer Action on Mandatory Testing Programs Beneficial to Industry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is postponing its plan to specify and regulate the required content of “reasonable testing programs” of manufacturers of non-children’s consumer products, including architectural glass, and this will save manufacturers of architectural  safety glazing materials time and money, industry members say. Read more at The USGlass News Network.

Greenbuild Presenters Encourage Energy Efficiency in Much-Demanded Glass Buildings

“Everyone wants to be in a daylit space these days. When tenants are looking for a new space, it’s all about how much light comes in,” said Eric Duchon of Cushman and Wakefield during his presentation on “Transparency in the Service of Sustainability: Addressing the Market Demand for Glass Buildings.” Duchon made his presentation on … Read more »

A City of Glass Towers, and a Hazard for Migratory Birds

As glass office and condominium towers have proliferated in the last decade, so, too, have calls to make them less deadly to birds. The San Francisco Planning Commission adopted bird-safety standards for new buildings in July, and this month that city’s Board of Supervisors will vote on making it law. Legislation is pending in Washington that would … Read more »