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Are Environmental Product Declarations comparable?

Are Environmental Product Declarations comparable?

Added on 03/20/2019

Authored by Vertima, Greenbuilding and Materials Experts: Is it possible to compare the Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of different suppliers with the goal of selecting the one with the least environmental impact?
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Oversize Glass from Three Different Views

Oversize Glass from Three Different Views

Added on 02/21/2019

Glass that is very large and considered “oversize” has become a significant design trend for architects, impacting the operational activities of both fabricators and glazing contractors.
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The Nest Project- Bird Friendly and Beautiful!

The Nest Project- Bird Friendly and Beautiful!

Added on 01/22/2019

How very appropriate it is to have a project called “The Nest” with a bird-friendly approach as a key element of the design.
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FLAP Collision Count Week 2018

FLAP Collision Count Week 2018

Added on 01/22/2019

This article is courtesy of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada launched our first-ever Global Bird Rescue’s Collision Count Week from September 24 to 30, 2018 with the support of organizations and companies such as Ontario Nature, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Walker Glass.
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What makes a good mirror?

What makes a good mirror?

Added on 12/06/2018

By Sylvain Denis, R&D Manager, Walker Glass Co. Ltd.: Although just in time supply is key for many mirror buyers in the supply chain, I believe it’s safe to say that price is the driving factor as mirrors are generally perceived as a commodity - that mirrors are all made the same way.
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Mirrors and daylighting: An enlightened partnership!

Mirrors and daylighting: An enlightened partnership!

Added on 12/06/2018

Occupant comfort is arguably one of the most important trends in the building community today. Study after study points to the tremendous benefits that come from having the inhabitants of a building in a state of well-being. Daylighting is at the top of the list when it comes to occupant comfort - specifically the use of natural light to fill the space.
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What is the future of EPD?

What is the future of EPD?

Added on 11/16/2018

Authored by Josée Lupien, LEED Fellow, President Vertima: Due to recognition granted to the LEED® v4 certification for the environmental product declarations used in a construction project (EPD), the construction industry’s interest in EPDs is constantly increasing. This raises questions about whether EPDs will become accepted standard in the near future, what is their role, how will it affect the construction industry, and how the environmental declaration should evolve in the construction field.
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Glass Going Oversize- The Glazier’s View

Glass Going Oversize- The Glazier's View

Added on 10/24/2018

Third of three stories on this GROWING design trend. Previous articles in this series on Oversized Glass have covered the views from architects and fabricators regarding the growing trend of oversized or “jumbo” glass. Now it’s time to hear from the folks that install these large spans. The glazing contractor has many responsibilities when it comes to closing the building envelope, not the least important of which is handling of the glass. In the case of oversized glass, the pressure to perform falls squarely on the shoulders of the glazing contractor.
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Glass Going Oversize- The Fabricator’s View

Glass Going Oversize- The Fabricator's View

Added on 09/24/2018

Second of three stories on this design trend. A decade ago when an architect designed a structure with openings that were larger than the standard size parameters that the glass fabrication community was geared to fabricate, very few options were available. Less than a handful of suppliers in North America could produce oversize material, and if you did get it, the glass usually came “as is” with no warranty. Today this is not the case. Thanks to supply chain growth and maturity as well as technology improvements and advanced equipment, fabricators have a different attitude and approach to jumbo-sized glass products.
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Transparent Bird Friendly Glass to the Rescue

Transparent Bird Friendly Glass to the Rescue

Added on 09/24/2018

Admittedly, it can be embarrassing, but we have all done it at least once in our lives; running headfirst into a glass pane that we had not seen. The consequence of our action is normally only wounded self-pride or perhaps a minor injury. However, when bird strikes occur, the outcome can be fatal.
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