Volume 27, Issue 4 - JulyAugust 2013

Education and Resources

PPG Updates Starphire Glass Edge Color Guide
PPG Industries has updated the Starphire® Glass Edge Color Guide, designed to highlight the jewel-like, blue-edge appearance of Starphire ultra-clear glass in a variety of lengths.

According to the company, traditional clear glass displays a light green cast that gets darker as the glass gets thicker and longer. The differences between Starphire glass and other traditional clear glass products are demonstrated in the brochure using three-dimensional renderings. A chart illustrates their color edge appearances in thicknesses of 6, 12 and 19 millimeters, and in lengths of up to 130 feet.

Kolbe Expands Architectural Resources
Kolbe announced that its online resources now include expanded, on-demand content within its architect library.

The company’s main website,, addresses the architectural community and other building professionals. The architect library contains:
• A database of products’ sizes, architectural drawings, 3-D Revit® building information models and specifications;
• Energy and product performance data;
• Interactive and calculation tools;
• Green and sustainability attributes; |
• Tutorials and webinars; and
• Continuing education courses approved by the American Institute of Architects.

The library also highlights commercial building project support tools, project profiles and an online photo gallery.

AEC Releases Educational Course for Architects
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has released an online learning course available on The course, Aluminum Extrusions, is approved for continuing education units by the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Certification Institute and more than ten other construction-based organizations. The new course provides an overview of the characteristics, technical information and benefits of aluminum extrusions used as a building material with a focus on whole building design, sustainability and application possibilities.

The course was developed by the AEC building and construction industry promotion team.




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