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Case Study: Seattle Space Needle's Renovated Observation Decks Achieve High Thermal Performance with Technoform Spacers

Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 605 feet above Seattle and welcomes more than 1.3 million guests from around the world each year. In June 2018, the historic landmark revealed its newly renovated observation decks and celebrated a milestone in its "Century Project," a multi-year, privately funded, $100 million effort to preserve and enhance the visitor experience for the next 50 years.In reimagining the building, Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle's conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by...

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AAMA Updates Requirements for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document describing minimum requirements for various factors pertaining to rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. AAMA 303-18, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles, was first released in 2000 and was last updated in 2012.This voluntary specification establishes the minimum requirements for dimensional stability, impact resistance, weatherability, heat resistance, weight tolerance, heat build-up and lead compound content of rigid PVC exterior profiles including:Ones used as frames, sash and all...

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AAMA and IGMA Release Consumer Resource for Understanding Glass Standards

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) jointly released a series of web pages providing a general overview of the standards, specifications and test methods used in the window, door and skylight industry related to glass and glazing systems. A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding Glass Standards Used in Windows, Doors and Skylights is now available as a complimentary resource on both AAMA and IGMA’s websites for the industry to share with consumers.“These web pages were a collaborative effort, and...

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Case Study: Air-Tight Commercial Windows Aid in Energy Efficiency at Green-Minded Georgia Spa

A Southern spa sought to revamp their look while also maintaining a commitment to green technology and energy efficiency. The sustainable features of the Forsyth, GA, space include VEKA windows made from recyclable PVC that are air tight, which helps cut down on energy usage.Reclaimed barnyard wood flooring is used in the retail area, and eco-friendly panels in retail cabinetry are made with stalks of sorghum, a type of grass. High-energy efficiencies were also used, such as LED lighting, energy rated HVAC system, ENERGY STAR®...

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Case Study: An Abundant use of Aluminum Windows in a Pre-Fab Home

Aluminum windows provide homeowners with a modern look and feel, due to their thin frames and clean lines that direct your eye to the interior space and exterior views. The Munday family, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, wanted their home to embrace their beautiful view and an indoor/outdoor living lifestyle. Photo credit: Leila Seppa

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Case Study: After Fallen Tree Damages Cabin, New Fiberglass-Exterior Windows Withstand Elements

When a cabin suffered damage from a fallen tree along the Merced River Yosemite National Park area in California, the owners decided to rebuild it as a guest home for visiting friends and family. They identified their desired look as an English cottage style and brought in designer Jeanie Bartholomew to help with this vision. A civil engineer was also added to ensure the style could support the design.

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Case Study: Vinyl Windows at Mixed-Use Space Withstand Humidity, Maintain Visual Charm

City Place is a mixed-use development on a five acre site near the Brookhaven MARTA Station, outside metropolitan Atlanta. This Dekalb County development serves as the nucleus for the surrounding Brookhaven neighborhood, with pedestrian friendly sidewalks and a ground floor retail commercial focus.

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Case Study: Sweetwater Spectrum Community Enjoys Natural Light, Fresh Air

Created in 2009, Sweetwater Spectrum is a not-for-profit with a mission to provide adults with autism innovative, community-based, long-term housing that challenges each individual to reach his or her highest potential. With help from Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the Sweetwater Spectrum Community was built in Sonoma, CA.

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Case Study: Holy Trinity Elementary School Windows and Doors Offer Safety and Convenience

Holy Trinity Elementary in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada was designed with both beauty and functionality in mind. When selecting windows for this project, the option to have windows tilt for ventilation and swing open inward for egress and ease of cleaning met the project's requirements of safety and versatility.

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Case Study: Peabody Hotel Undergoes Noise-Reducing Renovation Thanks to Aluminum

The Peabody Hotel has been the center of the Memphis business and social scene since opening in 1869. After moving to its current location in 1925, the grand hotel withstood wars and economic crises to become a cornerstone of downtown revitalization after a 1981 renovation. Through it all, traditions such as the March of the Peabody Ducks have continued to draw travelers from around the world.

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Case Study: New PNC Bank Tower One of World's Greenest

A 33-story skyscraper made of nearly one million square feet of glass opened October 1 in Pittsburgh and is designed to be one of the world's greenest office buildings. It's also unusual as a high rise tower with a powder coated finish.<br><small><i>Photo credit: Tom Cwenar</i></small>

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Case Study: New Vinyl Windows Reduce Energy and Improve Aesthetics of Pennsylvania Office Building

Window replacement can be a significant expense, but it can also provide an opportunity for dramatic energy savings. Westover Companies, owner of more than 10,000 apartments and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of commercial office space in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, recently experienced these benefits first-hand by installing 514 replacement windows in its office building located at 475 Allendale Road in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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Case Study: Vinyl Windows Help Historical Site Improve Energy Efficiency While Preserving Character

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation site, one also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, it is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel.

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Case Study: Commercial Vinyl Used in Southern Florida's CWS Esmeralda Bay Project

According to John Cwik, owner and CEO of Custom Window Systems, Quanex provided engineered materials and coatings that could remove previous concerns the building products industry had about vinyl.

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Case Study: Buffalo Public School #69 - Houghton Academy

Houghton Academy's new windows match historic aesthetic with different color finishes on interior/exterior using a thermal barrier system.

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