Chicago Energy Conservation Code for Dummies

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glazing and building exteriors. Reading code books is arguably one of the more arduous and boring parts of the construction process. One reason is that the building codes are legal documents, and so they carry a certain ponderous barrier of legalese which can repel the uninitiated. Another reason is that they are documents of governments,…

Does Chicago Code Require Low-E Glass?

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building exteriors. Mike Marsiglio writes… I was hoping you can help me with this as the Chicago Conservation code book is very confusing to me. I am in process of purchasing a new condo that was built in 2008. During the home inspection, it was found that the sliding glass doors contain Low…

The Dynamic Water Test

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building facades, including laboratory and field testing. Laboratory and field testing are an important – some would say integral – part of the window business, both in the realms of product certification for individual window units and also for the prove-out of full assemblies. For product certification such as AAMA and NFRC, specific-sized…

An Interview with Guardian

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for architectural glass and glazing. Chris Dolan is director of commercial glass markets at Guardian Industries. Guardian is one of the top players in the manufacture of float architectural and fabricated glass. Q: What can you tell us that will help put the array of Low-E glass choices into an understandable framework? Guardian: We organize our products into…

An Interview with Viracon

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for low-e glass and architectural glass.   Bob Carlson is a Field Sales Representative for Viracon a premium producer of fabricated and coated architectural glass. He is known in our market as a valuable informational resource. He’s a very nice guy, too. Bob’s territory is Illinois and Wisconsin Q: What can you tell us that will help…

Fine Tuning Low-E Glass

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, low-e glass and building exteriors. I feel sorry for anyone charged for the responsibility for choosing or specifying Low-E glass. The choices are nothing short of overwhelming. See for yourself: Guardian Glass PPG Glass-Residential PPG Glass-Architectural Viracon Glass Although I have been “doing windows” since 1981, I am still staggered by the volume of information…

Annealed Glass, Heat Strengthened Glass, Tempered Glass and Insulated Glass

Annealed, Heat Strengthened, Tempered and Insulated Glass Annealed glass, heat strengthened glass, tempered glass and insulated glass are the main types of glass used on buildings. Each has unique properties and applications. Strength, breakage pattern and thermal properties are key variables. This article will focus on: Annealed glass Heat strengthened glass Tempered glass Insulated glass Annealed glass Annealed glass refers to glass which comes from…

Window Glazing Leaks

Mark Meshulam’s inside scoop on window glazing and window glazing leaks. The word “glazing” has multiple meanings where windows are concerned. Glazing can be a verb, meaning the act of installing glass into a frame. Glazing can refer to the portion of the assembly which contains the glass or other glazed-in panels. Glazing can also refer more specifically to the means by which the glass…

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