Tuesday, September 1, 2009

IGMA Document Offers Guidlines on Achieving Long-Term Performance of IGU's

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has announced the publication of its technical document, TM-3100-09.

The publication is entitled, "Voluntary Guidelines for the Identification of Visual Obstructions in the Air Space of Insulating Glass Units," (IGU's). The document's purpose is to help achieve long-term performance of sealed insulating glass units.

These guidelines are intended for those who design, specify, manufacture, and install insulating glass units.

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GlassBuild Poised for Dynamic Show

GlassBuild 2009, slated for September 20 - October 2, 2009 in Atlanta will provide some first-time events.

The show will provide a Glass Innovation Pavilion to showcase new technologies and other advances in the glass industry. These include advancements in energy conservation, design innovations, and green technologies.

Another separate session will focus solely on energy efficiency, and it will include a comprehensive discussion on windows. Expert panelists representing the fenestration industry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be on hand.

Additionally, economist Jeff Dietrich of EcoTrends will provide an economic forecast for the nation as a whole and offer his thoughts for the North American glass industry. He will also provide insight on the window and door retail market.

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Incentives Help Finance Energy-Efficient Window Replacements

Various states and utility companies are providing incentives to help finance energy-efficient window replacements. These incentives include loans and low-income assistance.

The Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC), along with the Department of Energy (DOE), have assembled a list of the incentive aimed at helping residents, owners, and contractors weigh their options.

The incentives are listed by state and by the specific energy supply companies that administer the programs.

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