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We can debate the merits of programs like LEED until we’re all blue in the face. The bottom line, though, is the performance and sustainability of the building when all is said and done. And while the various green rating systems are pivoting and making efforts to evolve their programs into ensuring long-range success, there’s one process that guarantees it: the Net Zero building.

Slowly but surely Net Zero is taking off. It's important in the glass industry, because the process rewards the glass/glazing performance and basically will force those pesky HVAC guys to size their efforts correctly. Too many times we get blamed (unfairly I must add) for the oversizing of HVAC units because there’s no trust in fenestration. With Net Zero, we’re all working together and the playing field does level. There’s a ton to this process, and it's still pretty raw, but I do believe it will be in the mainstream sooner than many think.

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  • Speaking of sustainability, one of the great champions of the effort in our industry is Mark Silverberg of Technoform. Last week he was named to the AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee. Can’t get a better man than that to be a force in the effort!
  • The energy of the trade show/industry conference is the hottest in years. So far 2014 is showing a major uptick in attendance and excitement. A couple more regional shows are coming up to be aware of. The 27th Annual Mid Atlantic Glass Expo hits April 30th in Greenbelt, Md.  Then in Canada, the Canadian Glass Association's Glass Connections conference in Nova Scotia (would love to go, birthplace of the great Sidney Crosby) comes through on June 4-5. Both events will provide excellent learning and networking potential. And don’t forget about the granddaddy of them all, the biggest show in all of North America: GlassBuild America, in September in Vegas. That floor is filling up nicely, and it will be an incredible event not to be missed.
  • After a hiatus in doing interviews on the blog, we welcome that segment back. One area of the business that I am always fascinated by is switchable glass, specifically  liquid crystal and suspended particle products. These products are growing in usage thanks to the boom on the decorative glass side. It’s surely moving up from the “niche” category. So it was great to catch up with Anthony Branscum, director of architectural sales at Innovative Glass Corp. in New York, and talk with him about the growth of the product, some of misconceptions out there and more.

MP: What do you think is driving this positive direction and usage?

Anthony Branscum: I think it’s mainly because the products have come a long way and are now beyond the “Proof of Concept” stage. Architects around the country, and the world for that matter, are realizing the practical benefits of using these products in their designs. Perhaps more importantly, they have gained confidence that the technology will last when it gets out there. They have become educated consumers. 

MP: Speaking specifically on the liquid crystal product, there’s been talk recently in different circles about uneven performance and products failing. Do you think such talk is legitimate or is it being overblown?
 

AB: I have heard and read some of the same things you are alluding to. There’s a lot of posturing going on within the industry right now. Some suppliers of switchable glass are spending a lot of time bashing their competitors instead of talking about their own virtues. They believe it makes their product appear as if it’s “the best”, but what they’re really doing is hurting the industry at large. They’re creating a perception out there that the product won’t last.  It is simply not true.  When fabricated properly, one can expect many years of service from liquid crystal technology. Of course, there are companies that don’t produce a great product, but they are not the majority, and time will eventually run out on them.

MP: What should buyers do or look for to make sure they are dealing with the right people?

AB: They should make sure whoever they are dealing with can provide them a functioning sample. They should ask for a copy of the warranty. They should definitely ask for references and perhaps ask to see a job local to them where the glass has successfully been installed. If the vendor can’t satisfy these requests in a timely fashion, they should think twice about going too far with them. 

MP: You and your company have been in the switchable space for more than a decade. What are some of the biggest changes you have seen with the product offerings?

AB: The biggest change has been the advancement in the clarity of the LC films when they are in their clear state. The industry has come a long way in achieving better clarity. The second notable advancement would be the film widths. The product is available in wider widths than ever before. This helps satisfy most of the common architectural sizes we come across.

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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. The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

My time at AIA was very limited, so I didn’t come close to seeing everything and everyone I wanted. But I feel like I was there long enough to make some observations. The buzz was positive, exhibitors seemed happy though the inconsistent flow of architects, which is an AIA staple, was still happening. Philadelphia did attract a lot of Northeast architects, and I talked with one from Boston who hadn’t been to an AIA event in years. I have a feeling he was not the exception this year.

The overall design of the exhibits was fantastic. There is no doubt that budgets really swelled this year, as there were some excellent booths. Which ones really caught my eye? Viracon had a massive display showing their future oversize capabilities. The way they positioned it in their space, just drew people to it. Pleotint with a great video wall in a bright and open display was strong, and kudos to Guardian who made subtle but very smart and effective upgrades to their standard show booth. I also really liked GGI’s as well; they had so much glass showing, and there seemingly was a decorative style for any taste.

Other trends at play were the Division 10 offerings and traditional residential window people pushing new products for the commercial space. There was a lot to see but unfortunately my time just did not allow it. And speaking of time, why the AIA chose to close the show at four o'clock instead of five is baffling to me. I know I could’ve used the extra hour. 
I assume that the keynote of Julia Louis Dreyfus was fine, but no one spoke of it to me. It surely did not have an impact like past speakers. Still a head-scratching call.

So once the show ended and the lights were quickly shut off, I had a little time before heading out to the airport. So being in Philly, I looked up where “Rocky’s Steps” were. I am a huge Rocky guy. My son is as well. So I had to make the pilgrimage. Luckily I was joined by the best-dressed guy in North America, Danik Dancause of Walker Glass (outfit: Amazing blue suit & bow tie). So Danik and I walked the almost two miles, through the maze of Philly road and sidewalk construction and roundabouts to make it to the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was surely something to see, and yes I did make sure to get a picture next to the classic Rocky statue. No time to run the steps though, plus in my current crummy shape that was a heart attack waiting to happen.

Elsewhere…

  • The latest Architectural Billings Index was released this week and it is still in positive territory. The interesting nugget from this report was that the “New Design Contracts” category jumped to its highest rating since last summer. There were other pieces I want to get to on this and I’ll hit on them on my next post.
  • Last this week, just a heads up for a great website for technical and educational resources. Check out www.Glassdocs.com and see that it is a treasure trove of information. The latest addition “All About Glass and Metal” is geared towards Architects and Specifiers, and it’s a strong piece that I am sure many will find helpful.

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This week many from the commercial side of our industry will be together in Philadelphia for the AIA show. This show always fascinates me because it’s like a modified version of speed dating. The architects only have limited time to hit the floor because of the education courses, so when they do start visiting exhibits, the urgency to pull them in is strong. That setup makes it a challenging show for exhibitors and anyone else who is working it. Regardless, many go because of the potential overall networking (suppliers, customers, consultants, etc.), which is as big as getting lucky finding an architect legitimately interested in you or your product. It will be interesting to see how busy it is. With a good location population wise, and better dates than in the past, it could be a good one. We’ll see.

Some other AIA related nuggets… 

  • The keynote speaker was supposed to be actor Kevin Spacey. He then had to postpone and they grabbed actress Julie Louis Dreyfus to replace him. And while I am a fan of their work, I’m still baffled on how either person makes sense as a keynote at an architectural conference. That whole setup smacks of the desire to just bring in a fun big name instead of something actually meaningful to the industry. Maybe GlassBuild can get Louis CK?  Or Chris Rock? And yes, I know BEC each year has a celebrity athlete as a speaker, but it’s never the main keynote and for the most part their messages are inspirational, so there is value there.
  • The email blast game with regards to AIA is the most prominent I have ever seen. I have gotten more emails from exhibitors at the show, promoting their exhibit and products than ever before. That is where the medium is truly effective, having a purpose to match to. Now I will be curious on what the post-show flow will look like.

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  • Speaking of shows, GlassBuild America registration is now open. You can take care of that here. Early-bird rates end at the end of this month. You know you are going, and you know you have to be at the Glazing Executives Forum, so sign up now and save a few bucks.
  • Got depressing news this week that Spectrum Glass is closing its doors. It will wrap up business in the next few months and they’ll be a pretty large hole in the specialty art glass side of the industry. The push from the EPA with regards to air regulations is something that is a big factor for this industry segment and it obviously played a role here. I met the team at Spectrum once years ago. Tremendously nice people and I feel for them, their employees, and customers.
  • Excellent article here on why the need for retrofit is so crucial for energy efficiency performance in North America. I have always been on this train--that we are doing a solid job with new construction, but it’s the older buildings that need the push to upgrade. This story helps push that point.
  • And last this week, a very well put together article on the fact our world is certainly changing. It brings up a lot of the issues in one place such as China, Data Streaming, Artificial Intelligence, Logistics, OPEC and Sustainability. A lot of main issues all pulled together in one place for a serious thought piece.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Registration for the 11th Annual Glazing Executives Forum opens this week and a quick look at the agenda has me very excited about this must-attend event. The biggest draw for me will be the keynote talk from Ken Simonson, the chief economist with the Associated General Contractors organization. Simonson is one of the most respected voices in the construction forecasting arena and I have been lucky enough to sit in on several webinars featuring him. His insight to the economy and the effect on our industry will be extremely insightful. Also on tap at GEF is George Hedley, also known as the “Construction Business Builder.” I saw him several years ago and he was excellent as well. Obviously as the months go by, I’ll have more insight into GEF, but mark October 19 on your calendar and register to be there. You’re already probably going to GlassBuild America, so make GEF a part of the plan.

Elsewhere…

  • Just a heads up, the growth of company websites being hacked is heading towards an epidemic range. So get with your IT and web developers and make sure your security is up to speed. I’ve said it before; it makes me crazy that the brightest people in the world use their intelligence for evil. Incredibly frustrating.  
  • We just completed Construction Safety Week and I think the focus by so many was helpful in pushing the message. However, the obvious note is that safety has to be first in line all the time. It’s a mindset, and that needs to be constantly reinforced for the good of all.
  • Just received the latest Glass Magazine and the May issue is strong once again, especially with incredible educational resources and a look into the world of the architect. The highlight for me on that was a tremendous article by Joe Erb of Quanex on building a long-lasting relationship with the design team. Joe is one of the most talented guys in our world and when he’s sharing insight, I am there. Great stuff!
  • The ad of the month was a very tough call. People have raised their game dramatically over the last several months. So unable to pick one, I am giving the nod to my two favorites for May. At the front of the magazine, a very eye-catching ad from Petersen with their PAC-CLAD brand. When you can open a magazine and the ad stops you immediately, you know you did it right. Also props to Guardian for the ad on the back of the issue. It was a very simple and effective ad. Picture and testimonial were placed nicely and I liked the bold tag at top. Good job, though, to all the advertisers this month; really enjoyable approaches.
  • Last this week, Mothers Day is here, and I’d like to pass a Happy one to my Mom. She actually reads this blog every week, even though most of the stuff I write about she has no idea what I am talking about. But that is the motherly thing to do, right? So happy Mothers Day Mom from your eighth favorite kid. I love you. And to all of the other Moms out there, hope you had a great day!

 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Every year, one or two of the most important events in our industry are held in Las Vegas. (Remember: GlassBuild America-October-Vegas). It’s important because so much of our product is used there, and in a lot of cases, its higher end using more sophisticated materials. With that in mind, I keep tabs on that city and this week I ran into news about discussions happening there to get a light rail system and expand the monorail. If either happens, it could make getting around the area easier and more efficient. Especially the long-promised light rail from the airport to the strip. As someone who has waited in crazy cab lines at the airport, the ability to possibly cut that out would be very welcomed. All of this is still in planning stages, but it bears watching. These changes don’t have a direct effect on our industry, but the more work that happens in Vegas, no matter the style, usually the better for us.

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Lots of links with education and insight this week…

 

  • For those of you who have to use Google to advertise, the changes they recently made are a new challenge to getting the word out. Good rundown over at Window and Door by Welton Hong here. Also check out the poll. I am stunned at the results where half of the respondents do not use Google for advertising. Why stunned? Because the audience of that blog is made up of window folks and while many are manufacturers, many also are dealers. And if you are selling to the public and not in Google, you are missing out. 
  • While you are out reading different links, I suggest checking out the latest from John Wheaton. Really good piece on the back and forth that goes on in getting a customer. All of us have been there--on one side or another--I enjoyed the way John wrote it, made me feel like a fly on the wall in the room as the conversations took place. 
  • Speaking of blogs, when I first read this one from Ron Crowl, I e-mailed to tell him how much I liked it. The takeaway is excellent and I am sure to share this with my kids as well; good life lesson. 
  • I do enjoy PPG’s Glass Education Center. Tremendous resource. I was on the “Top Design Considerations” page and it was a great primer. I especially love that they listed “Safety” first. That is so huge and something we all as an industry have to keep pounding on, in every aspect of the business. Safety has to come first! Anyway, great info overall throughout that site. 
  • Last this week, fantastic read on the architectural design of Prince’s home and headquarters in Minnesota. So not only was Prince a legend from an entertainment standpoint, he also did some cutting edge things from an architectural angle. Also, I have to guess with so many great industry players in the state of Minnesota, someone reading this blog had to have worked on this project. If you did, let me know. I would love to hear your experience. 

 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

This past week we had two major construction-related indexes release reports that featured some interesting takeaways. First from the general contractor level, the results were not very rosy and somewhat surprising. The Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index is a study/survey that takes six months into account and looks at the business in a few different areas: Sales, Profit Margin and Staffing. In the latest CCI, tracking the last six months of 2015, all three indicators were down. I can see staffing as a challenge, but I have to admit that Sales and Profit being off is a shock. And those of you dealing with GCs each day probably agree. Now the numbers are obviously much better than they were in 2012, but still interesting to see that the end of 2015 was not a major success for this side of the world, at least according to the index.  

Meanwhile the monthly Architectural Billings Index was released and it ticked up again coming in at 51.9. New project inquiries were down slightly, but they are still in a very healthy territory and regionally only the Midwest did not crack the break-even mark of 50, finishing slightly under at 49.8. So overall the ABI continues to be a source of positivity as we keep our eyes glued to 2017. Second quarter usually sees a boost in new project inquiries, so we’ll see if that indicator starts moving that way or not.

Elsewhere…

  • Environmental Product Declarations is an area I am admittedly weak on. So I have been trying to educate myself and I came across this excellent article that provided solid insight. 
  • If you somehow missed the great blog post by Kris Iverson on last week’s e-glass weekly, here’s the link. Hiring is so incredibly hard; so any additional help is always appreciated.
  • Via Facebook I saw the news on changes at Vos Glass in Western Michigan. Vos is one of those very respected brands and I am a big fan of Linda Vos-Graham who ran the company until now with a new team taking over. I hope Linda is able to stay involved (if she wants) in the industry. Her smarts and perspective were huge parts of events like the Glazing Executives Forum.
  • We are about a month from the next event that many in the industry will participate in one way or another. The 2016 AIA show is in Philadelphia this year and given its location and timing (better in May than in June), I have a feeling it could be very busy. The fact it’s busy is not usually a guarantee for the exhibitors of a good show though since the event is so vast and education is still the priority, but the potential is there. 
  • Last this week, Prince passed away. I’m a fan, have listened to his music for years.  What I did not expect was how many people were HUGE fans and the outpouring of love and respect for him. It was Michael Jackson-like, including wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news channels. Tough run for music superstars with David Bowie and now Prince passing away in such a short time.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

From time to time I hit some personal items on this blog. The start of this post will be one of them, so if you are here for the industry-related scuttlebutt, please skip down to the next section. Otherwise, thank you for hearing me out. Fifteen years ago this past week, my father passed away. He was a great and patient man. An inspiration in that he decided to “bet on himself” and start anew, by breaking away and starting his own glass business in the 70s. Not exactly the greatest economy to do so, but he did and did it well. He recognized the talent of people around him and put them in a position to succeed. Efforts by my brother, sister and many others who were there at the start were huge and the company grew. That team he built, led to more and more over the years as people connected to that original network branched out and now the impact from that foundation is felt throughout the industry today. That makes me proud. I was too young to be in that business at the start, but I consider myself one of the branches of that tree though. I wish he could still be here to see how we all are doing, but that was not meant to be. In any case, I do think about him all the time and miss him dearly. He may be gone, but never forgotten.

Elsewhere…

  • Nice pub for the industry and SageGlass with a quick Q&A in the New York Times in the Vocations section. 
  • Very interesting article here on a 1,600-year-old glass kiln discovered in Israel. The best part of it for me was that they mention how even back in ancient times there were cost differences for glass based on supplier. The price lists were on stone tablets… amazing. 
  • A great Twitter follow is Glassworks Inc. (@Glassworks_Inc) as there’s usually an excellent article or picture to take in. This past week was no exception with a super link to an article on “Architectural Embellishment,” and that story was spot on. For the architect the question is: you have the freedom to design whatever you want, but should you? 
  • I got the new Glass Magazine this week and kudos again to Katy Devlin and company for a fantastic issue. Tremendous reads cover to cover and the list of top fabricators never disappoints. In addition, the piece on interiors was very informative. A lot more to think about with that application than I think many expect.   And the continuation on “Exit Planning & Succession” series was strong. Good stuff.
  • And in that issue, my “ad of the month” award goes to Dorma. I liked the layout of their piece, very sharp and eye catching. Right amount of text and thumbnails of product really worked here.
  • Last this week, the NHL playoffs kicked off, as did the NBA. So here are my picks in both. Again, apologies to the fan bases I choose, as I am rarely right…  In the NHL I am taking the San Jose Sharks to beat the New York Rangers. Yes, I know picking the Rangers means I am picking against my Penguins…. In the NBA, this year will be amazing to watch. I am excited that my Detroit Pistons are back in the post-season for the first time in years, but they have no chance, unless they convince Guardian’s Chris Dolan to come out of retirement and rain down lots of three pointers on the Cavs. I don't  think LeBron can guard Megatron Dolan. I would love to see the Spurs win because of my friends in San Antonio, the awesome Luna family. But I think it’s the Warriors world and while they will be tested, in the end, I think they pull it off in a finals rematch vs. the Cavs.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

If you read my blog with any regularity you know one of my favorite things to do is recognize the quality people in our industry. So when a company makes a move to promote super people like what happened this week, it’s even better to talk about. YKK announced promotions to Oliver Stepe and Mike Turner and I am thrilled for them. Both are excellent guys, talented to the core, and have a commitment to the industry. That last part means a lot to me personally. This industry is made better thanks to efforts of people like Oliver and Mike and they represent us very well. Congrats guys, the recognition is truly much deserved!

Elsewhere…

  • I am thrilled that I will be attending glasstec in Germany this fall.  Especially now that I have done the show once, I feel like I have a better appreciation for the enormity of it.  To make it even better, glasstec announced its focus this week, “Glass Industry 4.0,” with a heavy emphasis on technology. I simply can’t wait to see what that is all about, learn, and grow. The 3+ weeks that feature glasstec and GlassBuild America surely will be exhilarating and exhausting, but oh, so good! 
  • The architectural community is in mourning after the loss of Zaha Hadid. She was an absolute legend in that world and her passing have hit many hard. Her designs will surely be her legacy. There was an excellent remembrance in the New York Times by one of her employees Tegan Bukowski, capturing the qualities that made Ms. Hadid the incredible architect she was. 
  • Looking at the initial designs of the redevelopment of the Inglewood, California site where the St. Louis Rams are re-locating looks very ambitious. If this concept can become reality it surely will be a place to see. I am guessing that a lot will change before ground gets moved, but if it comes off the way this article shows, sign me up for a visit! 
  • Twitter reminder: if you are a on the service and not following John Wheaton (@JohnLWheaton1) you need to do so. He always provides interesting insight and on occasion good project questions and quizzes including one this past week. The last one he did I had no clue on, so it was fun to sit back and watch him converse with another excellent Twitter follow (Garett Henson @Viracon_Garret) on the details. In the end I learned, which is a benefit of good follows on social media.
  • Do you ever wonder what will happen to your online profile when you pass away? Right now, it looks like nothing. Long, but semi-interesting article here on the situation, specifically on Facebook. Personally I see it on LinkedIn and Twitter a lot and no doubt it throws you when someone who has passed comes up in your feed or as a recommended follow. 
  • Programming note: no blog post next week. I will be back in this space the week of April 18th unless news breaks ahead that. 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Last week I wrote about a window job in Hawaii that I had significant concerns about. I was thrilled to hear from many people with additional thoughts on the project and I wanted to cover a few of them this week as a follow up. 

First off, I was told that the windows were not floor to ceiling. They are floor level but only go up 30 inches. So that obviously makes a difference in the scenario of an adult walking through it. Even with that I am still not a fan of the design and still don’t believe it’s logical. The opening still can be very dangerous for a child or a pet. How that’s not a bigger issue is surprising to me. Plus, as I mentioned last week, not having a safety screen makes it an opening for debris to fall and cause damage on the street below. I guess this make up is common, though it really makes no sense to me. If you want fresh air, it seems to me that there’s got to be other ways. The other avenue that a few brought up was energy loss. That’s a healthy opening to allow air in: how does this effect the energy usage? I am not sure. I’d assume the climate in Hawaii may be OK for this as the AC may not need to run at night if you can get air flow from the window openings. Anyway, it’s been a fascinating ride and I’ll continue to monitor.

Elsewhere…

  • The Architectural Billings Index popped back into positive territory for February. I had a feeling that was going to be the case. The real positive takeaway was that the AIA feels March and April will be strong, so here’s the thing to watch: most expect 2016 to be a good year. The put-in-place spend is already there. 2017 is something we just don’t know. This forecast (because it hits our industry a year out) is one of those indicators that could give us a clue, so the next few months are important in relation to the start of the 2017 cycle. 
  • If you have not seen the incredible video from Guardian Industries on how float glass is made, do yourself a favor and check it out. Well done, and a great tool for showing those in the industry who have never been to a float how it works. Kudos to the team at Guardian responsible for this one! 
  • Time is running out for you to get your nominations in for the prestigious Glass Magazine Awards. April 8 is the cutoff. So many great projects and products in our industry; I love this stuff! 
  • Time for another list. Forbes did a rundown of the Top 10 most traffic-clogged cities, so I know I have had this subject before because it always intrigues me. This one is missing a doozy location in my opinion... Here’s the countdown.

10. Honolulu: Wow I may move HQ of this blog to Hawaii since that area keeps coming up! You know, to be closer to the news and action, of course!

9. Atlanta: It’s bad, but not top 10 bad for me. Those who live there may disagree

8. Chicago: Absolutely brutal.

7. Boston: When it rains, this is top 3.

6. Seattle: Traffic is a mess because of the layout of the city.

5. New York City: Is this true or reputation?

4. Houston: Been there, taken side streets to avoid the backups, only to be more miserable.

3. San Francisco: All of the public transport doesn’t help?

2. Washington, D.C.: No question, deserved.

1. Los Angeles: Is this like NYC? Reputation over reality?

Who’s missing? Dallas/Ft. Worth. That is a top 5 traffic nightmare city for me. Between construction and rush hour and those crazy GPS-destroying on and off ramps, how this is not in the top 10 is amazing to me.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Hawaii is experiencing a building boom and with it comes adventures. One such issue popped on my radar this week with an almost-completed residential skyscraper using a window in an application that, to me, is downright scary. At the Ritz Carlton Residences on Waikiki Beach, the windows go floor to ceiling, but they project out (window opens out, not up) at the bottom (floor level) at least 4 inches. That may seem harmless in print, but looking at it in reality makes no sense at all (just check out the picture). The opening is surely large enough for almost anything to fall through and be a dangerous projectile for those on the ground. In fact, at least one cell phone has already fallen through. 

But the bigger safety issue to me is the human factor. While a child or an adult can’t fall through a 4-inch opening, the fact that the window opens outward momentum from a human can potentially push them right through. It's amazingm but this design meets code because there is a 3-inch lip at the floor in front of the window. Because it meets code, the city planners say their hands are tied. Thankfully there’s now a push locally from home inspectors (props to Wayne Blackburn of Inspect Homes for leading the charge) and others to get this issue addressed. For me it’s a common sense thing: I just can’t grasp why a designer would choose this style of window for this application and why no one is thinking of the liability that will certainly come. I am not a big window guy; maybe this design is common, but I’ve never seen it in an application like this. I’ll keep following the process, as this structure is due to officially open in April. 

Elsewhere…

  • Great news on an honor being bestowed on one of the best our industry has. Julie Schimmelpenningh of Eastman is receiving the Award of Merit from ASTM International. This is the highest award an individual can get, and it so deserved. The time, effort and care Julie puts into representing her company and our industry is incredible. It is awesome she is being recognized for those efforts. Congrats, Julie!
  • One of the commercials during March Madness basketball was for a business insurance company called CinFin, also known as Cincinnati Financial. The commercial featured a glass facility--looked like a fabricator actually. So who was it? Which company got featured? If it’s you, don’t be shy and let me know. And way to go on getting featured in the commercial; hopefully you got a break on rates.
  • Really excited about the news on the expansion of GlassBuild America. I really love that things are progressing in our industry so well that the show can grow. The event this year is later than normal, October 19-21 in Las Vegas, and it will be the perfect place and time to wind down 2016 and budget, prep, and plan for 2017. Can’t wait. 
  • Last this week, would you hire a photographer for your vacation as noted in this story? It’s becoming a bit of trend where people are hiring professionals to document everything on their trips. The reason I find this at all interesting is in the digital and smart phone era, picture taking has taken off, and everyone thinks they’re a pro now. I guess not “everyone” is after all.

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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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