Volume 28, Issue 4 - July/August 2014

Education and Resources


Look in the Book
PPG’s new Architectural Metal Coatings Binder features fully updated catalogs, product brochures and data sheets for its entire roster of liquid coil, powder extrusion and polyester coatings.

The binder also contains PPG color guides, technical documents, white papers and case studies, along with sourcing information for PPG Cap Certified Applicator Program group participants and PPG-approved extrusion applicators and coil coaters.

According to the company, the new digital binder is in line with its commitment to green building and design and will complement PPG’s growing array of online tools, which include a newly enhanced searchable project gallery.

Color Me Educated
“Color Matters: the Relationship Between Color and Pigments in Architectural Coatings,” a new continuing education course offered by the Valspar Corporation, helps architects select the correct pigments for optimal form and function in a project.

AAMA specifications and ASTM performance test methods are also described to foster a deeper understanding of the effect that exposure has on pigments and color retention.

Registered members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who successfully complete the online course can earn 1.0 Learning Unit.


The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) new whiteboard is designed to demonstrate the ease of achieving fenestration energy code compliance.

Intended to serve commercial building architects, building owners, builders and code officials, the whiteboard introduces “Joe,” an animated commercial window manufacturer who uses NFRC’s commercial ratings program to overcome the challenge of proving his products meet code, according to the association.

The whiteboard also demonstrates the benefits of NFRC’s label certificate and a webinar, also available, provides a one-hour AIA Learning Unit.

Pick with a Click
With Linetec’s new Select and Spec online tool, architects and design professionals seeking finishes for architectural aluminum products may choose from a palette of more than 30,000 colors and order their painted aluminum samples with just a click.

In the tool are eight color families with interactive “chips,” and by clicking on a chip, the user can see a larger image and immediately order up to five 3.5-by-2-inch samples. Each sample is labeled with an LT paint code for reference when specifying the finish for future architectural projects.

What’s Your Fave?
Got a favorite resource for glass information? Is there a tool you use frequently for specifications and technical information? What websites do you turn to again and again? We’d like to know! Let the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal know what glass-related tools and resources you find most helpful. Just email about the resources you need when it comes to glazing and we’ll share the information right here in this section. We look forward to hearing from you!

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