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AAMA Releases New Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design. The document is intended to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with this information and knowledge in order to help them understand the value and effective application of these features, as well as the benefits of different plastic glazing materials.“Based...

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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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Skylight Council Hears Updates on New and Updated Documents, 2018 Code Changes, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, those involved in the Skylight Council heard from various committees on matters like a revised skylight selection and design guide, some upcoming 2018 code changes, a new document on plastic glazing and more. Work on these matters and more will continue in mid-February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix.

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SSGC Dives into Working on Safety Initiative, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference held in Savannah, GA in September, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council heard from several task groups with project updates on matters like updates to the committee’s Skylight Selection and Design Guide, a fall protection campaign and code developments. Work will continue at the AAMA Annual Conference in February to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

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Public Comments on ICC Group B Codes Discussed

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee received an update on skylight-related code activity, specifically with regards to the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle.

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Case Study: Natural Interior Delight Brings Light to Berkeley West Library

The West Branch Library in Berkeley, CA is a completely new building, designed to comply with the city's 2009 Climate Action Plan, in which every new building Berkeley constructs needs to be a Zero Net Energy building. The city's plan sets the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and envisions a city where new and existing buildings achieve Zero Net Energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Focuses on Modernization

The Skylight/Sloped Glazing Document Management Committee (Chair: Roger LeBrun [VELUX]) is coordinating the work of several task groups aimed at modernizing and improving the utility of its many reference documents.

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Coalition Looks to Establish Code Defense for Plastic Glazing

There is an ongoing interest among plastic transparent sheet manufacturers and system integrators supplying the architectural market to improve their advocacy position and influence codes regarding the use of their products, primarily in skylights.

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Case Study: Commercial Skylighting in Educational Setting Gives Students Fresh Air, Light

The Cornell University East Sibley Hall project on the Ithaca, NY campus illustrated the application of commercial skylights in an educational setting for the purposes of daylighting, energy efficiency and making fresh air more available to those enjoying the space.

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Case Study: Giving an Inviting Feel to a Modern Design

<b>The Project</b> Broadwater II, in Arnold, MD, was part of a larger compound of cottage-style houses on the neck of the Magothy River.

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Fine Tuning Daylighting

Daylighting, well-established as a bona fide green building technique and quantifiable energy saver, is attracting the attention of not just codes and standards groups but also fenestration manufacturers, researchers, designers and green building consultants.

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Do You Really Want to Save Energy?

Facts about saving energy with the use of skylights.

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Glass or Plastic: The Question for Skylights

Architects have increasingly placed more emphasis on daylighting in commercial buildings. One reason stems from the results of 3 different studies recently conducted which have shown that natural daylight enhances student productivity.

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Why Install Skylights in a Working Environment

Benefits of installing skylights and considerations when installing skylights.

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