Volume 28, Issue 6 - November/December 2014

Education and Resources

Reflecting on Reflective

A new video from PPG Industries at its online PPG Glass Education Center discusses the benefits of designing with reflective glass.

The video features Paul DiCesare, manager of architectural quality assurance, flat glass, discussing specific applications for which tinted, reflective glass can be an alternative to transparent glass.

The tutorial covers benefits associated with reflective glass and its abilities to harmonize with colors and surrounding building materials and to limit visibility, increase privacy and control glare.

The PPG Glass Education Center is a growing library of glass technical information that serves as a user-focused online resource for glass and building industry professionals.

Blast to Safety

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated version of its Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems. The document, titled AAMA 510-14, provides a guide to architects, specifiers, manufacturers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.

According to AAMA, blast mitigation products are intended for the reduction of injuries and fatalities of occupants under defined blast criteria.

The document, last updated in 2006, was developed in cooperation with several government and industry groups over the course of a few years to incorporate the best practices and accepted test standards.
AAMA 510-14, along with other AAMA documents, can be found at AAMA’s publication store.

What’s Your Fave?
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