On the general contracting side of the construction business there’s an interesting battle happening that is due to come to a head this coming week. The issue at hand is what the Associated Builders and Contractors is calling “Blacklisting,” which is coming from a 2014 executive order from President Obama that is titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.” According to the ABC, the concern is that the proposal possibly could result in quality federal contractors being unfairly left out (or blacklisted) from future federal contracts by newly designated bureaucrats. According to the ABC:
The proposal imposes a sweeping new regulatory scheme on federal contractors that will disrupt the federal procurement process, significantly increase red tape and costs for both government and industry, and serve as a barrier to federal contracting for many businesses.
Comments on this are due this week and it will be interesting to see if the ABC gets anywhere. How this affects our industry is obvious … blowback from GCs that may have previously done the work and now could be booted. And also, more red tape? No thank you. With government work a major piece of many company’s pies, this bears watching. If you want more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- The GlassBuild America app is now out. If you still have the app from last year, just click on it and it will update to the info for this year. If you do not have the 2014 app, go ahead to the App Store or Google Play and download it. You do not want to attend GlassBuild America without it. It’s like having a personal assistant right with you making sure you are seeing and experiencing all you can.
- The Architectural Billings Index hung in there in July. Slightly down from June but still solidly in the plus range. If there’s a worry now it’s the struggles of the stock market. Last week was ugly; I am afraid to see what this week will bring. I guess you can never get too comfortable with our economy…
- For those of you much smarter than me and those into the environmental responsibility angle, the folks at Enclos wrote a fantastic piece on Health Product Declarations for glass. Worth the read, or at worse a bookmark for when this issue comes across your desk.
- A Happy belated 40th Anniversary wish to my pal, TGP’s Chuck Knickerbocker and his wife. Chuck is as smart as they come in our world and passionate about what we all do. Thrilled that he has such a great milestone to celebrate with his bride!
- Normally this would go in my links, but this is too good for that area. Seventeen legendary locales, must visit places: shown as you imagine and then shown in reality. Incredible.
- Last this week, I noted previously my excitement over Hawaii's energy initiative. Now comes news that the city of Boise, Idaho, is presenting a new standard for all buildings in that community to be built following a “voluntary” green building code. While the push is voluntary, the city seems to be going out of its way to make sure that everyone understands the benefits of building sustainably. Hopefully by doing it this way, people will embrace the effort, grow it organically and do right for our universe. Good for Boise, and the best thing to come out of Idaho since the football hall of famer and super glass guy Dave Michaeli.
Max Perilstein 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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