Volume 48, Issue 4 - April 2013
“Impact glazing materials such as hurricane approved (laminated glass) would have helped greatly,” says Lyle Hill, president of Keytech North America. “The problem is, though, in most cases, the glass is only as good as the framing holding it in place. This is why hurricane-approved systems are inclusive of the framing and glazing procedures that are tested and approved.”
Even with proper building codes, such as those in the United States, such a large impact still would have left major damages, Hill notes.
“ … A meteor hit like that one probably would have caused similar damage (although hopefully not quite as bad) in the states in areas not covered by hurricane standards,” he adds.
Valerie Block, senior marketing specialist for Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, also shared her views.
“I don’t have any experience with meteor impacts, but I will say that a lot of the injuries were caused by flying glass,” she says. “So, of course, laminated glass would have been helpful by retaining broken glass after breakage.”
There also has been some discussion about how helpful window film would have been in these circumstances.
“Basically what the film would do is hold the glass together,” says George Emerson, sales representative for Pro-Tection Seattle Inc.
While the film could not have prevented the external building destruction and glass breakage, it could have helped prevent some of the internal damage, as well as injuries, he adds.
“What would have happened is the blast would have just caused the glass to peel back like a banana, but the glass wouldn’t go flying around,” says Emerson.
“From what I understand, a lot of the injury came from glass breakage,” says Glenn Yocca, president of U.S. Film Crew. “Any time you have glass breakage, window film helps contain the glass fragments. Security film would have been a major benefit.”
Meanwhile, The Moscow Times has reported that Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has been monitoring prices for glass and pre-assembled window units in the Chelyabinsk region, along with the price of labor for repairing the damage from the blast.
According to the report, the meteorite shower affected the windows in buildings covering 200,000 square meters, “sending local demand for window glass and pre-manufactured window panes skyrocketing.”
Riou Glass Completes Acquisition of Stake
EC Investigates Dumping of Chinese Solar
In a statement issued shortly before the EC announcement, EU ProSun Glass alleged “nearly 90 percent of imported solar glass comes from China, with European jobs and factories being heavily affected by destructive dumping.”
As part of its decision to investigate, the EC has reviewed
the complaint and agency officials there say they have found that the
According to information from the EC, the investigation
could take up to 15 months, although provisional anti-dumping duties could
be imposed within nine months if deemed necessary. Within nine months
of the start of the investigation, EC officials say they will issue their
provisional findings. The final decision on the case will be made before
May 28, 2014.