It’s a milestone post for me this week. But before I get to that, it’s funny that a subject I have written a ton about over the years hit the news again this past week. Once again we talk about the adventures of LEED. It’s been known for a while that Ohio was looking to ban the LEED green building rating system. This past week the Ohio State Senate passed a resolution asserting that LEED should not be used on state buildings. And lately, there’s been a mobilization of groups striking back against LEED's structure and its biases against certain industries. I hate the overall thought of banning, but if it can force some change somewhere down the line, I am all for it. In the end, I will be stunned if the state follows all the way through. If they do, it could truly open the landscape for better systems.
- At the IGMA meeting this week, Julie Schimmelpenningh gave an updated presentation on safety glass that continues to strike a chord. We have the technology and innovation to do more with protective glazing; it’s time we really push that envelope to its furthest point. There are factions in our industry that make too many excuses for why we can’t do things, and it just hurts us more than you realize.
- If you missed this presentation, I believe Julie is giving it, or some resemblance of it, at BEC next week during the technical committee meetings. If you were in any way, shape or form interested in advancing our world, this would be a session to attend. BEC kicks off next Sunday. So my blog for next week will have some of that flavor to it. I'm looking forward to a really strong event.
- Congrats to C.R. Laurence on their latest news of opening up a super center in Denver. No question that company continues to press all of the right buttons as it pertains to some of their hires over the last year, new product development and now expansions.
- Once again it's time for the most significant honor in our industry to be bestowed. The Glass Magazine Awards are now accepting nominations. This is the time where you can throw some recognition towards the people, the projects and the products that truly make our industry great. The fact that I got to work with a few past winners, notably the great John McGee of Binswanger Glass, is something I am really proud of.
- With this post, I hit a pretty mind blowing landmark. This marks the 500th entry on the blog since it started in 2005. I simply can’t believe it. Looking back, so much has changed since I started this adventure. The industry is so different. Some players have changed pretty dramatically since then, and my approach to this blog has evolved as well. The one constant is that it's still great therapy for me, and it’s still an honor to communicate with the industry the way I do. Thank you for continuing to read and comment both publicly and through e-mail. I am sincerely grateful.
The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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