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NEW YORK STATE ENERGY CODE UPDATE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3, 2016

The New York State Building Standards and Codes office has announced a change to the State Energy Code which applies to commercial building construction and renovation throughout New York State (outside New York City).   The new code replaces the Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS 2014 with:
  -2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  -2013 ASHRAE 90.1
  -2016 Supplement to the NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code (revised. August 2016)

THIS CHANGE IS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3, 2016.

The state code has two methods that can be used.  The International Energy Conservation Code (“prescriptive method”) is intended for small commercial buildings.  The ASHRAE 90.1 Standard is intended for use by design professionals for larger, complex buildings.  The state’s 2016 Supplement contains modifications to IECC and ASHRAE.

There is NO CHANGE to the U-Factor requirements in the 2015 IECC & 2016 Supplement.  The SHGC requirement has been simplified by the elimination of different SHGC requirements on different elevations.

The code establishes minimum U-Factor and SHGC requirements FOR THE COMBINED GLASS AND FRAMING SYSTEM, which is different than Center of Glass Values.

See the News section of our Website, or ask us to send the following:  1) A summary of the new code, 2) a map of NYS counties and their climate zones, 3) Center of Glass U-Factor and SHGC requirements to comply with the code with several Tubelite framing systems, 4) glass performance information, and 5) a sample certification of compliance.  This information is intended to assist the glazier if he is asked to select and combine glass, framing systems and shading devices, and document energy code compliance to a building owner, contractor, architect or code official.

Compliance certificates and lab simulations for Tubelite framing systems, as well as a link to the code division announcement and the actual code language are also available at www.syracuseglass.com.  If you’d like more information or staff training, contact your Syracuse Glass sales representative or a member of our glass or aluminum estimating teams.  

Syracuse Glass and Tubelite have made the investments to provide you the very best in energy efficient glass and glazing products; “Team Syracuse Glass” is ready to help if you need it.

NEW YORK STATE BUILDING CODE UPDATE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3, 2016

New York State has adopted new building codes that become effective October 3, 2016 throughout the State, excluding New York City.

NEW CODE  

2015 International Building Code and 2016 Uniform Code Supplement

2015 International Residential Code and 2016 Uniform Code Supplement

FORMER CODE

Building Code of NYS 2010

Residential Code of NYS 2010

Since 2000, New York State has been publishing codes for the State based substantially on the “model” International Codes.  This revision will be different.  The state will not publish New York State codes, but instead adopt and enforce the model code directly, with modifications in a document called the 2016 Uniform Code Supplement.

The 2015 International Building Code, Chapter 24, contains a change in the glass requirement for railing and guard applications:

Section 2407 Glass in Handrails and Guards

2407.1 Materials

Glass used in a handrail, guardrail or a guard section shall be laminated glass constructed of fully tempered or heat strengthened glass……

Exception:  Single fully tempered glass complying with Category II of CPSC 16 CFR part 1201 or Class A of ANSI Z 97.1 shall be permitted to be used in handrails and guardrails where there is no walking surface beneath them or the walking surface is permanently protected from the risk of falling glass.

This code change is being made due to cases of high-rise building tempered glass railing breakage and fallout.

The section in the Residential Code covering guards and railings, R 308.4.4 has not been changed. Tempered glass is still allowed in the one and two family dwellings of not more than three stories above ground that are governed by the Residential Code.

The Codes can be viewed at no cost at this link http://codes.iccsafe.org

ENERGY CONSERVATION CONSTRUCTION CODE OF NYS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015.

The New York State Building Standards and Codes office has announced a change to the State Energy Code which applies to commercial building construction and renovation throughout New York State. The new code, the Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS 2014 replaces the ECCCNYS 2010 version, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015.

The code establishes minimum combined glass and framing system (“whole system”) U-factors and SHGC value requirements using either a “prescriptive method” based on the IECC 2012 version or a “performance method” based on ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 version. 

See the code section of the technical documents page for a summary of the most important provisions on the prescriptive method. Compliance with the code can be documented with a certification form through the AAMA 507 Standard.  Enforcement is handled by the local code officials who may look for compliance certificates during their permit process.

If you’re installing glass and aluminum framing systems in commercial buildings, particularly if you’re selecting and combining the materials rather than following architectural specifications, I urge you to be mindful of this significant change in minimum requirements of energy performance, and the potential requirement of a building owner to document energy performance to a code official.

Compliance certificates and lab simulations for Tubelite framing systems are located in the code section of the technical documents page, as well as a link to the code division announcement and the actual code language are all available on our web page. If you’d like more information or staff training, contact your Syracuse Glass sales representative or a member of our glass or aluminum estimating teams.  

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TEMPERED GLASS THAT REFLECTS WELL ON YOU!

Our new state-of-the-art Glaston FC-500 tempering furnace makes the flattest, best looking tempered glass available anywhere! We are the second glass fabricator in the nation to install this new technology.
 
In addition to the full convection and precise computer controls engineered into this furnace by industry leader Glaston of Finland, we’ve added a Lite Sentry optical distortion measurement scanner. Each piece we produce is photographed and evaluated for deviation from flatness on line, in real time, and the results are immediately displayed for our furnace operators.
 
As a result, we can fine tune the furnace settings, and produce very flat tempered glass, even glass with high performance solar control low emissivity coatings, which are very challenging to heat evenly because of the way the coatings reflect heat energy.

We’re serious about producing high quality tempered glass. In 2002, Syracuse Glass bought a UNIGLASS full convection tempering furnace, the second in the US, and the first full convection furnace in our market area, and now also featuring a Lite Sentry scanning device. We continue to invest and improve our processes to maintain the quality advantage that we’ve earned over the years.

 


SYRACUSE GLASS' JIM DWYER PASSES AWAY
Jim Dwyer, a longtime leader of Syracuse Glass Co., passed away Aug. 5 after a battle with a chronic lung condition, Jim started at Syracuse Glass Co. in 1960 in a sales position, and went on to run the company. Jim Dwyer and his wife Kathleen bought Syracuse Glass in 1979. Back in the day, they were known as ‘Jim and Mrs. Dwyer,’ when Jim handled the management and sales roles, and Kathleen collected the accounts receivable, Those were tough times, with a recession and high interest rates. But together, they made it work. Jim Dwyer was also a leader in developing energy-efficient products. Energy efficiency is a big deal now, but Jim got Syracuse Glass into the manufacture of energy-efficient insulating glass back in 1972.


GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES NEW ENHANCED ARCHITECTURAL GLASS WEBSITE

Guardian Industries has enhanced its architectural glass website , www.sunguardglass.com

Several new tools have been added, including the glass appearance selector, which allows the user to see how combinations of different glass substrates and coatings appear in the transmitted and reflected light. Project photos are also included.

Go to and book mark www.sunguardglass.com - The most useful technical resource for architectural glass product by global industry leader Guardian Industries.

Guardian Industries offers these world class products to Sunguard Select Fabricator Syracuse Glass Company from its Geneva, NY float glass plant.

SYRACUSE GLASS OFFERS DIAMON-FUSION COATING ON SHOWER DOORS

Syracuse Glass is teaming up with Diamon-Fusion International to offer Diamon-Fusion – a coating that chemically bonds to glass, making it more water repellant and easier to clean.

During an initial roll out period, SGC is offering Diamon-Fusion on shower doors and enclosures containing:

low iron glass
pattern glass
acid etched glass

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE:  SYRACUSE GLASS DOES NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF DIAMON-FUSION ON ANY COMPONENT OF A SHOWER ENCLOSURE THAT USES SILICONE IN A STRUCTURAL ROLE. 

DFI provides a limited lifetime warranty provided that their maintenance recommendations are followed.  A document with the DFI warranty and the maintenance recommendations is available on our website or on request.  Our website contains a link to DFI’s website which has more information, flyers, and descriptions of other DFI products and sales aids.

SGC is stocking the following additional items from Diamon-Fusion:

DFI EXPRESS CARE KIT – an all-in-one kit for the homeowner to make the routine maintenance easy, including Restoration Powder, Revitalizer, a Cleanig Puff, a Scrubber Pad, and a Micorfiber Towel.

DFI GLASS RESCUE – a 4 oz. bottle that helps remove stains on glass.

Contact Tiffany Humphrey in our office for more information.

Typical Header-Free Design


FRAMELESS HEADER-FREE SHOWER ENCLOSURE SYSTEM

Use the new CR Laurence design criteria for totally frameless shower enclosures – without headers! 

Call Tiffany Humphrey in our office for the design criteria, or download it from our website – go to technical information, shower enclosures section.

As long as these criteria are followed, a header-free enclosure is permitted based on engineering performed by CR Laurence.

As with any other shower enclosure, the CRL Showers Online software manages the glass dimensions, hardware cutouts and locations, and clearances.  And our CNC fabrication and convection tempering furnace produce glass that meets or exceeds industry standards.

Click on the Frameless Shower Enclosures tab on the left side of this page for more information about Syracuse Glass’s custom heavy glass shower door offerings.

 

Typical Header-Free Design


SCHOTT PYRAN PLATINUM CERTIFIED “CRADLE TO CRADLE” BY MDBC

Schott’s Pyran Platinum fire rated glass ceramics, available from Syracuse Glass have been certified as the world’s most environmentally friendly fire rated ceramic product, made without heavy metals used in competing products.

This “cradle to cradle” silver level certification is another reason to use Schott Pyran Platinum products – in addition of course to the superior surface quality and clear appearance.

For more information, select the fire rated glass tab on the left, and see the technical document covering this achievement.

NEW YORK STATE BUILDING CODE AND ENERGY CODE UPDATE


The State of New York Codes Division has announced that the State will be revising codes this year.

The effective date of the new codes is December 28, 2010.

The Building Code of NYS 2010, Residential Code of NYS 2010 and Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS 2010 will replace the 2007 versions that are currently in force.

ENERGY CODE:  Syracuse Glass can supply glass and aluminum products that will meet the energy code requirements. 

We can provide center-of-glass performance values (u-factor, SHGC) or, if we’re providing the Tubelite framing material, whole system performance (combined glass and framing) using AAMA 507 Standard Practice for Determining the Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration Systems Installed in Commercial Buildings, based on  the NFRC Standard Glazed Wall System glass size. 

Combined glass and framing u-factors and SHGC values (not center of glass) are required for code compliance.

The AAMA 507 standard contains a certificate of compliance that the installer signs, certifying the listed materials have been installed.  SGC has the independent lab energy performance simulations for the Tubelite T14000 series which are required for this compliance method. 

Click here for a spreadsheet containing code requirements for Upstate New York counties, and center of glass and glass and framing energy performance for readily available glass options glazed in Tubelite T 14000 framing material.

Click the following links for Compliance Certificates

BUILDING CODE:  The new building code removes the polished wired glass exemption from safety glazing requirements in fire rated hazardous locations ENTIRELY.   

AFTER DECEMBER 28, 2010, WIRED GLASS WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO BE GLAZED IN CODE SECTION 2406 HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS (DOORS, SIDELITES, ETC.) IN ANY COMMERCIAL BUILDING, IN ADDITION TO THE K-12 SCHOOLS AND GYMNASIUMS WHERE WIRED GLASS IS NOT ALLOWED BY THE 2007 VERSION OF THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

Syracuse Glass has two fire rated glass products that have the CPSC 16 CFR 1201 impact safety ratings that comply with the code -   Schott Pyran Platinum F (surface applied film) or Schott Pyran Platinum L (laminated).  Both products are cut and labeled for fire rating and for safety glazing under a UL supervised labeling program.  Schott Pyran Platinum (no film or lamination) is also available for locations where human impact is not a concern.

Click the links below to view excerpts from the new codes

 

 

INTRODUCING SCHOTT PYRAN PLATINUM FIRE RATED GLASS5

Syracuse Glass is pleased to announce Underwriters Laboratories approval for on-site cutting and labeling of Schott Pyran Fire Rated glass ceramics!

Click on the Fire Rated Glass link on
the left side of this page for more information

 


INTRODUCING GUARDIAN SUPERNEUTRAL 54

Syracuse Glass and Guardian Industries are pleased to announce another addition to the popular SunGuard Series of high performance architectural glass products.

SN-54 improves glass energy performance 30% compared to current commercial building energy standards, (ANSI/ASHRAE  90.1-2004), enabling LEED credits in multiple categories, including energy savings and daylighting.
With an excellent SHGC of .28, 72 percent of solar energy is blocked.

Yet with a visible light transmission of 54%, a high degree of natural light is allowed into the building interior, but SN-54 lowers interior glare – a great feature for applications where occupants need to see computer monitors.

SN-54 is also a great value, since it is applied to less costly regular clear glass as well as premium low-iron ultra-clear glass substrates, unlike competing offerings. 

Unlike SN-68 which is always a standard inventory item, SN-54 will be brought in for larger commercial projects.  But if long lead times are a concern, Syracuse Glass and Guardian Industries are frequently the fastest source for high performance glass.

For more information, go to www.sunguardglass.com, or contact us.

TUBELITE THERMAL-BLOCK DOORS AND FRAMES AVAILABLE

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Syracuse Glass and Tubelite are pleased to announce our newest “green” building product – the ThermlBlock thermally improved door and frame.

Thermally improved entrances are available in a medium stile profile with 4” stiles and top rails, and a 10” bottom rail for accessibility requirements.

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Improved insulating performance is now available in an easy to specify, cost effective manner SINCE THE DOOR THICKNESS REMAINS A STANDARD 1 ¾’ – ENABLING THE USE OF STANDARD HARDWARE.

For more information, click on www.tubeliteinc.com/product_types/ent_therml/ent_therml.html , or phone Mike York in our office.

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TubeliteThermal Door_Details PDF Document

NEW CNC GLASS WORKING CENTER

Syracuse Glass has acquired Bavelloni’s innovative new CNC Glass Working Center, the NRG, capable of performing many fabrication operations on glass in 1/8”- 3/4” thickness including:

 

          1. hole drilling
          2. milling
          3. notching
          4. edge polishing
          5. engraving

This amazing machine makes fast work of:

          1. shower doors
          2. all glass doors
          3. non-rectangular shapes
          4. internal cut-outs

Highly precise tolerances and polished edges on notches and internal cutouts allow for  even more uses for fabricated glass products.  And since the CAD based software that runs the machine even accepts your .dxf files, complex fabricated orders have never been easier.

LOW PROFILE DOOR RAILS FOR ALL GLASS DOORS AVAILABLE

Syracuse Glass is pleased to announce the availability of commercial all glass doors with 2 5/16” door rails!   C R Laurence’s new Low Profile Door Rails make this possible.  At 2 5/16” in height, these new rails are almost half the size of the traditional 4” rails, making the Low Profile all glass door a great choice for designs that call for the minimum amount of metal framing.

The new low profile rails also incorporate the popular wedge lock feature which allows for field adjustment!  Another unique feature – the rail can accommodate a floor lock.  An 8” patch fitting, matching sidelite bases, and a complete hardware color selection make for a complete system, using ½” tempered glass.

For more information, call Ryan Friedman or Daryl Bertollini, or refer to the CRL Architectural Hardware Catalog  AH07, available on request from Syracuse Glass.

SYRACUSE GLASS BECOMES A GUARDIAN SUNGUARD SELECT FABRICATOR

Syracuse Glass is teaming up with Guardian Industries to produce high quality, high performance coated insulating glass as a Sunguard Select Fabricator.  This alliance represents a CLEAR NEW ALTERNATIVE for Glazing Contractors, Design Professionals and Building Owners looking for insulating glass with best-in-class APPEARANCE and PERFORMANCE with reasonable LEAD TIMES.

Guardian Industries is a global glass industry leader with a particularly strong expertise in advanced glass coatings.  Guardian has five large-scale glass coaters in the U.S., including one at their GENEVA, NY FLOAT GLASS PLANT, just one hour by truck from our location!  This tremendous local resource enables us to offer some of the industry’s fastest service, even with traditionally difficult and expensive to obtain “soft coated” solar control tempered insulating glass.  Guardian’s TECHNICAL SUPPORT is also readily available.

Syracuse Glass has been manufacturing insulating glass since 1972, and dual seal insulating glass with LISEC vertical equipment since 1989.  In 2002, Syracuse Glass acquired a UNIGLASS convection tempering furnace, the second such furnace in North America.  Convection furnaces are required to temper these challenging post-temperable “soft-coated” glass products without excessive distortion.

Since 2003, Syracuse Glass has produced insulating glass with Guardian’s SN-68 solar control low emissivity glass for applications where high light transmission and high control of solar heat gain are called for.  This product is an equal performer to PPG’s Solarban 60 or Viracon’s VE1-2M.  We can also provide SN-68 as an inboard lite with a tinted or reflective outboard lite where a colored appearance is desired.

Under the Sunguard Select Fabricator Program, we can now offer SN-54, the second option in Guardian’s Super Neutral Series, as well as seven additional coating options in their High Performance Series.

For more information or a personal visit, call us, or visit www.SunGuardGlass.com, or our website’s insulating glass technical area, which contains a product catalog and competitor comparison chart.

 SunGuard Glass

GUARDIAN SHOWERGUARD AVAILABLE FROM SYRACUSE GLASS

Syracuse Glass is pleased to be among an elite group of glass fabricators to offer Guardian ShowerGuard – an innovative coated glass product designed especially for frameless shower applications.

ShowerGuard glass contains a PERMANENT surface coating that is easy to clean, chemically durable, and optically transparent.  Guardian’s patented ion beam process uses diamond-like carbon to produce a temperable coating that keeps minerals, scale, and soap scum from adhering to the glass surface.

ShowerGuard is a great choice for residential as well as commercial hospitality applications where glass appearance and cleaning effort are of concern.

Syracuse Glass is offering ShowerGuard in 3/8” and ½” thickness, with the flatness and quality made possible by our Uniglass convection tempering furnace.

For more information, contact us, or go to www.showerguardglass.com
SN-68 SOLAR CONTROL LOW E AVAILABLE FROM SYRACUSE GLASS

Syracuse Glass has been certified by Guardian Industries as a fabricator of Guardian's high performance solar control low e product - Super Neutral 68.

Super Neutral 68, or SN-68, is a state-of-the-art "soft" coated product, produced at Guardian's Geneva, NY  plant. It has the performance that today's architects and building owners are looking for:

CLEAR  APPEARANCE -  When insulated with ¼" clear glass, SN-68 allows 68% light transmission compared to 73% for regular 1" clear insulating units!

SOLAR CONTROL - SN-68 has a shading coefficient of .43 when insulated with ¼" clear glass.  That's about equal to the performance of a bronze Solarcool reflective I.G. unit, and that's pretty remarkable for glass that looks clear.  When combined with a tinted outboard lite, the solar control properties can be further enhanced. Building owners love this feature - it means lower air conditioning bills and greater occupant comfort.

THERMAL PERFORMANCE -  This product has a nighttime U value of .29 with an air filled airspace, compared to .33 for our traditional "hard coat" low e, about a 14% increase in thermal value. 

This product offering has benefits for you, our valued customer too, in that WE CAN CUSTOM TEMPER THE PRODUCT ON SITE .  This eliminates the long lead times, boxing costs, and freight costs many times associated with high performance architectural insulating glass product orders.

These temperable soft coated products are really amazing, the result of a lot of research and development efforts by many in our industry.  SN-68 is an equal product to Viracon's VE1-2M or PPG's Solarban 60.  These products are challenging to work with as a fabricator because of their delicate nature, and the way they resist heating during the tempering process.  But our people and our high tech UNIGLASS convection tempering furnace are up to the task. 

Count on us at Syracuse Glass to provide a product that meets or exceeds Guardian's standards that you can feel confident in using on your architectural projects.

ALL GLASS ENTRANCES FROM SYRACUSE GLASS

Syracuse Glass has teamed up with hardware powerhouse CR Laurence to offer ALL GLASS COMMERCIAL ENTRANCES. This alliance builds on the strengths of both organizations to produce a complete, coordinated, user- friendly solution for the Upstate New York construction community.

Syracuse Glass provides the high quality convection tempered glass with many different glass types and fabrication options, with fast lead times and low freight costs. CR Laurence provides their industry leading software product, and an extensive selection of hardware designed to suit any design professional or building owner. As an additional bonus for the glazing industry, the CRL Wedge-Lock system enables field adjustment, just one feature that makes this system the easiest all glass entrance product to install on the market today. Call for our brochure, our complete catalog, or a personal visit to discuss these increasingly popular entrance products.


LATEST NEWS

NYS ANNOUNCES REVISIONS TO NYS ENERGY CODE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015

Link to Announcement

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SYRACUSE GLASS IN THE NEWS
Syracuse Glass was featured by the Syracuse Post Standard in an article about the redevelopment of the former General Motors Plant in Syracuse. 

We’re proud to be part of the Salina Industrial Power Park, a reuse of one of Upstate New York’s great industrial facilities.

click the links below to see the articles

Web Article link

PDF Article Version

 

IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION ON GLASS PRODUCTS !

Check out our Tempered Glass Logos or our Insulating Glass Spacers. 

Many of our products have three numbers – the order number, line number, and piece number.  This permanent label is applied by a laser, with unique identification information from our powerful FENEVISION software. 

With this information, one can determine the exact size, exact glass make-up, the delivery date, or pricing - either by contacting our office, or from our website directly – even at a job site using a smart phone!

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TEMPERED GLASS THAT REFLECTS WELL ON YOU!

Our new state-of-the-art Glaston FC-500 tempering furnace makes the flattest, best looking tempered glass available anywhere! We are the second glass fabricator in the nation to install this new technology.

In addition to the full convection and precise computer controls engineered into this furnace by industry leader Glaston of Finland, we’ve added a Lite Sentry optical distortion measurement scanner. Each piece we produce is photographed and evaluated for deviation from flatness on line, in real time, and the results are immediately displayed for our furnace operators.

As a result, we can fine tune the furnace settings, and produce very flat tempered glass, even glass with high performance solar control low emissivity coatings, which are very challenging to heat evenly because of the way the coatings reflect heat energy.

We’re serious about producing high quality tempered glass. In 2002, Syracuse Glass bought a UNIGLASS full convection tempering furnace, the second in the US, and the first full convection furnace in our market area, and now also featuring a Lite Sentry scanning device. We continue to invest and improve our processes to maintain the quality advantage that we’ve earned over the years.

 

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ADVANCE SHIPPING NOTICES AVAILABLE

Advance Shipping Notices are available, by email or by fax, to notify you immediately after our truck is loaded the night prior to delivery, of all the materials to expect on the truck.

Phone or email Rick Pulver in our office at extension 52 or rpulver@syracuseglass.com if you’d like to be enrolled in this program.

 

 

 

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