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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.

Elsewhere…

  • 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.

I had a feeling the issue of bird protective glazing was going to be a big one this year, and it surely has been. And now with the latest news from Duke University, our industry has to be even more prepared to deal with some of the blowback. Before I get into the last part, I will admit that I struggled last year with the process and intentions on some of the bird-related issues surrounding the Minnesota football stadium. In the end, I surely misread the situation and the objectives of the people involved who wanted consideration for the bird population that will be affected by the structure. So it’s been a learning experience for sure.

Now fast forward to this past week and to where our industry now has to be prepared. At Duke University, one of the “green” buildings on campus is being blamed for the 85 bird deaths during three migration periods in the last year. There are many ways I can go with this story, but I’ll just say this: There are options for bird-friendly glazing. And it’s time for the focus to go from the glass being an issue to the glass being a solution. The owner/architect needs to be on some of the hooks here. The materials are there, and the designer needs to take into account bird migration paths and design accordingly. While you’ll see in the linked article that glass is listed as the bad guy, I sincerely hope that we as an industry can stand up and note that it simply shouldn’t be all on us.

Elsewhere…

  • By the way, I have to think Julie Schimmelpenningh, who brought the issue of bird protection up years and years ago at a GANA meeting to mostly giggles, has to be shaking her head right now and saying “I told you so…”
  • An interesting new market study was just released about the glass industry. According to a blurb from a study by Grand View Research Inc., the global flat glass market will register a compound annual growth rate of 7.1 percent over the next seven years. It noted “High performance flat glass will drive the market.”  Wow.
  • I am trying to raise my level of organization. I have cleaned my desk with the goal of it looking like Russ Ebeid’s. (His desk, perfectly clear; with me, it will never happen, but I will try.) I am also trying to go “Inbox Zero” with my emails. Slowly but surely I am getting there. I know a few of you are doing the “Inbox Zero” thing, so any other tips are welcomed.
  • Just wrapping up my search for someone in the industry with an Apple Watch. Tom Lee of Lee & Cates hit me up on Twitter to say he has one, so he’s the visionary! I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing him at GlassBuild America to see how it is still going. Meanwhile, I did hear through the grapevine that my good friend Kris Vockler also has one. That does not surprise me as Kris is always on the cutting edge of everything.
  • Last this week, gas prices are going back up. My guess is $4 in most places by mid July. I know that the low prices had some negative effects on the economy, but man I enjoyed it personally.

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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.

A few months ago, I briefly mentioned a glazier certification movement, and this week after fielding some questions from interested parties, I looked into it to see what was new. Everything is still on pace. I communicated with the program managers (John Kent and Jeff Dalaba), and they shared that 14 companies have gone through the process so far, and there is a plan to release the first batch of certified glaziers in July. Find more information here.

This program could surely help companies improve themselves, but more importantly improve the industry as a whole. And as I have noted here many times (like last week on Hale Glass and their internal programs), making the industry better benefits everyone in the end.

Elsewhere….

  • Registration for GlassBuild America opened this week and expectations for the show are strong. The floor is loaded with amazing suppliers, and the amount of innovation on display will be mind blowing. Obviously I am excited, because I believe in the importance of this show (and I do work for the show, too), but this year the level of exhibits is beyond any expectation. Get registered now. If you register before June 25, you will be entered into a contest to win four tickets to the Braves/Blue Jays games at GlassBuild America night at the ballpark. Good stuff. Obviously as the show grows closer, I will have more previews and insight here.
  • Follow up from last week: Scott Surma does NOT have an Apple Watch. I am stunned. My next guesses were Dan Plotnick and Ted Bleecker, but since I did not hear from either guy, I am guessing they don’t have one either. So far, no one I know is fessing up to having one.
  • As an industry we get many bad raps. One of them is that we are not great on retrofits of historic buildings. The excuse is that the glass ruins it, because it will stand out as newer.  That has been disproven many times and now once again. This hotel project featured in “Great Glazing” proves that we can do so much. Congrats to everyone involved on this project.
  • Welcome to one the brightest and best in the industry joining those of us who blog at Glass Magazine and on e-glass weekly. As you surely saw last week, a post from John Wheaton appeared on GlassMagazine.com, and it’s great to have him on the team. I am a huge fan of John’s, and I know his posts will be incredibly popular. John is as dynamic and interesting as they come.
  • I read an article this week on solar paved roads. There are five pilot projects that are slated to happen in Idaho later this year, and it will be interesting to see if the materials used work and are at all user friendly. If this works, it should have a huge effect on society and also our overall energy usage. The only bad news is this process is surely decades away from being mainstream, but I have a feeling that is when we will need it the most.
  • Last this week, I made mention of a person I am a huge fan of during a few meetings recently. Others in the meeting immediately jumped on me for “always complimenting everyone” and asked if I actually have negative words to say about anyone. The main person asking has only known me for about 2 years, so they never saw me in my miserable, rip-on-the-world mode. I did tell them to go look at my blog in 2005 and 2006… and I actually went back and looked. My goodness was I unhinged sometimes. While I know many wish I could unload on things like I used to, I surely never would want to go back to the maniac I was then!

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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.

On the heels of last week's note about the down ABI, an opposite and very positive trend emerged this week. For the month of April, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending topped the $1 trillion mark for the first time since November 2008. Any time you see a stat that refers to the “first time” since pre-Great Recession, it is surely something to note. Combine this with a very positive trend on the put-in-place investment numbers, and right now things are surely moving in the right direction.

Elsewhere…

  • At the end of June, Jan Rogan of PPG is retiring, which is a huge loss. She is one of the greatest and nicest people in the industry. Anyone who has ever had the honor of dealing with Jan will miss her. I’ve been lucky enough to know Jan for most of my professional glass life and will always be grateful for her help and assistance along the way, not to mention seeing her smiling face at various trade shows. We will miss you, Jan. Enjoy retirement; you deserve it!
  • Props to the folks at IGMA on their latest bulletin on Vacuum Insulating Glass. There’s no question that VIG is something that intrigues many. The potential has been staring people in the face a long time, but getting it into a mass production scenario has always seemed to be the bugaboo. IGMA putting out this document will surely help educate the masses about this product line and give decision makers the proper insight on where and why this technology may work.
  • I’m a month behind with my normal “best ad of the month in Glass Magazine” thoughts. But actually for this month I am skipping the ad and giving kudos to the Here's an Idea... article on the very last page. The folks at Hale Glass have their own internal training program, and the article there breaks down what and why they do what they do. It’s an excellent read, and congrats to Brian Hale and everyone at Hale Glass for making themselves—and in effect the industry—better!
  • Anyone have an Apple Watch? Curious if you like/use it. Why do I have a feeling former glass industry star Scott Surma will be the one to tell me he has one…?
  • Another question while I am at it: does anyone really believe that driverless cars will make it in our world? I know several major players are experimenting with this, but I just can’t see it working at any sort of level in our society. Too many moving parts and pieces, but the big thing is liability. Especially in the United States. The liability issue curbs tons of enthusiastic and entrepreneurial approaches on a daily basis; this one would get trampled by it.
  • Last this week, a great link that anyone in the glass industry will enjoy—Hollywood making the crash through a window look “safe and easy.” All of us surely know how it really is! The link lists four other things that Hollywood makes different than reality as well. Good stuff.

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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.

Is there cause for concern after the latest Architectural Billings Index fell again this past month? The headlines surely give you pause, but when you dig into the report, it does not look as negative as you may think. The “New Projects” rating was positive again as was the “Design Contracts” index. Plus the winter weather may have left a bit of hangover when it comes to the overall performance. I not only see, but also continue to hear, too much positivity and confidence in the economic future of our industry to raise the red flag yet. Obviously this and the other indexes bear watching. But for now, I wouldn’t consider this last report anything but a blip on the radar.

Elsewhere…

  • Congrats to Tubelite on celebrating their 70th year in business. Really an incredible and impressive run through some volatile territory and times.
  • Excellent article in the new Glass Magazine on ergonomics in the workplace. It is a must read, especially when you are talking health and welfare of your plant personnel. Kudos to Lisec, AGNORA, and all others engaged in this excellent process.
  • Minnesota is home to some of the best minds in our industry. And now that state has a city that is going to really do something fascinating. Rochester, Minnesota, is working to transform itself and doing so with an ambitious 20 year, $6.5 billion renewal that will surely need a lot of glass. Fast Company magazine has the insight and it’s a great read.
  • As many know, I am a big fan of solar, and I still believe in it. But even though solar performance is growing and products are improving there’s still a massive reluctance to use it. The big utilities still stand in the way of solar growth and there are a few states that are letting that happen. It’s an unfortunate battle that is not good in the end for our environment or energy needs. It also does affect many in our industry that supply to it, though I do know much of it does come from off shore. Still a tough one in any form.
  • For those of you in my generation, a fun documentary to watch: “Atari-Game Over”  is a good one chronicling the rise and fall of Atari with regards to one game and its burial in a landfill. Technology on gaming has come so far in such a short time, and this documentary was a pretty neat walk through the 80s and the initial gaming explosion.
  • Last this week, just downloaded a new book I am looking forward to reading.  “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry” is now in my queue and while I will never go back to a Blackberry (I love my iPhone), I have a feeling this insider tale may be one to immerse myself in and enjoy. Once done I’ll provide a review. Still finishing the current book “Becoming Steve Jobs,” which has been a solid read for sure.

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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.

A lot of quick hitting items for me this week, so I’m going to eschew the normal format and just get into them…

Great Tweet of a link from John Wheaton (who is a must-follow on Twitter, @JohnLWheaton1) about the decision in California to grant land to LinkedIn over Google. I don’t think Google loses many battles, so this is truly an interesting one. Google was planning an intense new global headquarters (which I wonder now if they will redesign to try and match or top Apple), and now without the land they’ll be going to plan B.

  • Tremendous feedback from my piece last week on the renovation needs by 2030. Thank you to all. It will be an issue to continue to monitor and we as an industry need to support any and all efforts to be involved in the process.
  • Hiring is always a crucial need. With the shortage of skilled employees some companies are just hiring any warm body they can. That is a dangerous approach as sometimes it’s really better to let the job go unfilled than to hire someone who could cause major harm. And in an industry where the primary product is pretty dangerous when not handled correctly, that’s even a bigger reason why it’s better to be focused on the hires you make.
  • I made the extremely quick visit to AIA. Did not get to all I wanted to, but still good to see who I did. Reaction on the floor traffic was mixed; some folks were thrilled, some not so much.
  • One thing at AIA that I caught wind of via social media was View’s announcement of their new “Intelligence” product. It’s a predictive glass that will do many things including react to the environment. It’s no secret I love the dynamic glass space, and this is yet another reason why.
  • Kudos to Jeff Razwick for a tremendous blog on GlassMagazine.com last week. I believe the blog “format” has many uses, but pieces like Jeff’s that in 500 words or so provide such great and important information is crucial to our world.
  • I ran into a computer magazine from 1977 that had a great story on how computerized statements will be a key to getting paid faster. I have to laugh since I don’t think that ever made a dent in the pay process. Even now, with electronic statements, those who want to pay quick do; and those who don’t or can’t… won’t.
  • The NFL was in hot water yet again, but this story did not get the same amount of attention as “Deflategate” did. The story is how the NFL takes millions of dollars from the armed forces for advertising, but they try and play it off with “honoring the troops” during pre-game and halftime. It’s very disingenuous. If you want to take money to promote signing up for the National Guard or Army, etc., that’s fine. But honoring of any troop should be free and done with respect, not because of a sponsorship.
  • Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. (And a Happy Victoria Day this week for my friends in Canada.) And please, those in the U.S., take some time to pay respect to the men and women of the armed forces, both alive and passed, for their commitment and dedication to the country they served. Thank you.

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From the Fabricator will be back on Tuesday, June 2.

 

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.

According to the Build America Initiative, approximately 75 percent of the infrastructure in the United States will need to be either renovated or replaced by the year 2030. At first glance I see the year 2030 and think, that’s a long way off. Then it hits me: time is flying, that is not really that far away anymore. As for the actual stat, I can truly believe it. Massive building growth in the 70s and 80s already is seeing signs of decay, and in our little world of glass and glazing, the amount of structures with old and poorly performing materials is mind blowing. So what’s the plan? Well that’s another problem; there doesn’t seem to be any cohesive or leading plan out there to address the issue.

The Build America group is surely a start and it has the backing of the Rockefeller Foundation and the White House, but that is not going to be enough. Not even close. To truly get in front of this situation and do what needs done, this needs massive buy in from trade groups across the spectrum (not just glass, but builder and development bodies), code organizations and the government. Will it happen? My guess: not any time soon. But the issue is out there and hopefully will spur some action. 

Elsewhere…

  • Maybe I shouldn’t be too hopeful to get government involved after all, especially after this past week and a special election in Michigan. The very off-season election, at a cost of 10 million dollars, featured a complex and confusing proposal that would increase one tax, reduce another and spread money around to several needs including roads and schools. The proposal was so poorly written and communicated that it went down to defeat 80 to 20! Think about that for a second. In this day and age of strict lines of right and left, this was something that a mass majority agreed on. Not sure you will ever see anything like that anywhere any time soon.
  • The AIA show is this week in Atlanta. I am only hopping in and out for bit, so probably no big recap from me. Looking forward to seeing the floor, though, and getting a feel for the attitude of the attendees and exhibitors I do get to run into.
  • Congrats to the gang at Guardian on the expansion of their Science and Technology Center. I have gotten the opportunity to visit and tour the original structure and it was amazing. Now this new addition sounds even more intense. I love that they went with Bagatelos Façade System and look forward to seeing it in action some day. Practicing what they preach is a great concept.
  • Last this week, our industry had a cool connection to the first round of the recent NFL Draft. The first round pick of the Cleveland Browns, Danny Shelton, is the first cousin of Jimmy Hanczor of Binswanger Glass. I’ve gotten to work with Jimmy over the years and he’s an incredibly good guy, so I’m obviously thrilled for him and his family on one of their own making the big time. Oh and our video of the week features Mr. Shelton and his reaction after he was picked. Good stuff!

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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.

Education and communication: both crucial needs in our industry, and both among the major themes at the annual Garibaldi Glass Day I attended last week. It was very apparent to me from the questions I heard throughout the event that there’s a serious need to educate the masses about what we do and how we do it. Read more about the event. 

 

Elsewhere…

  • The design of the Garibaldi facility was surely something to see, as well. Exterior and interior usage of glass and glazing ran the gamut. Really a smart way to promote what our industry does in real life applications.
  • I gotta say I do love Canada. Have never had a bad experience anywhere or with anyone in that country.
  • Glass Magazine broke two pretty big stories last week--the closing of Southwall Insulating and personnel changes at HMI Cardinal. Both stories will have major repercussions in the industry, one of which is that there’s now some serious talent available for hire.
  • Last this week, a movie to recommend. On the plane ride home I caught “Now You See Me.” It came out a couple of years ago, but I never heard of it. Glad I got to watch it--pretty cool and creative movie. And evidently a sequel is coming out soon too. Hope it lives up to the first one.

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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.

Basically April is now in the books and 2015 is just screaming along; I can’t believe we are four months in already. Of the stories I have been monitoring, the capacity tightening of glass continues to be the most interesting. Some pockets of North America have been affected more than others, and with this cold, bizarre spring about to morph into a hot summer, we’ll see how things hold up. I know my contacts are telling me it’s going to be rough, so we will see.

The one cool thing? The fact that so many fabricators and glaziers have increased their communication game. I am seeing an unprecedented level of dialogue on leadtimes and planning. That is great at so many levels and a good business practice no matter what.

Elsewhere…

  • The Architectural Billings Index continues to provide good news for the commercial industry. The main rating was up a point and the new project index up 2. The worrisome news is that multi-family residential has had two negative months in a row. That bears watching for sure.
  • Major kudos to the folks at Giroux Glass. Their social media and website effort (with really strong blog takes) are absolutely fantastic. Overall well-thought-out and strong content. Very impressive stuff and worth checking out for sure.
  • Congrats to a few companies on the recently announced expansions. Onyx Solar is opening a location in Avila, Spain. Plus they are hiring 60 more people. That is great news for a very cool and needed technology. Great credit to Alvaro Beltran, and my pal Diego Cuevas on the positive moves!

Meanwhile, Dip-Tech is opening up a service center in Shanghai, which is a smart move to handle that side of the world for sure. No question that this is a company that just continues to press all the right buttons.

Last, the team from Alliance Glass is moving into a new facility and I loved how they promoted on Twitter with everyone in matching Ric Flair “Wooooo” T-shirts. All good news and “Wooooo” to all!

  • Also this week is my trip out west to the Garibaldi Glass Day. I am so excited to experience it and be involved on a panel while there. I’ll surely provide some thoughts next week.
  • I wish I had more time when I head to Vancouver; regrettably it’s an “in and out” for me. So getting to see the sites or visit with good friends like the awesome Chris Ketchum (who will be out doing a super job pushing RavenWindow, so he told me he wouldn’t see me anyway!) won’t happen this time.Then again with the Canucks eliminated in round 1, not sure anyone will be in the mood to visit!
  • This coming Saturday is as loaded as a sports day can be. NFL Draft (which I used to live for, not so much anymore), NBA and NHL Playoffs, Major League Baseball games all day, the Kentucky Derby (major bucket list item for me...some day I’ll visit the Louisville legend Tony Kamber and attend), and ending with the long-awaited Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. If you are a sports fanatic I am not sure it can't get much better than that. (By the way, my heart wants a Pac-man win, but the head says unfortunately Mayweather will take it.)

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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.

The “green” building process is a favorite subject of mine. That effort still has tons of growing still to do, especially in North America. But when I saw a recent report on the world’s twelve “greenest” buildings, it was exciting to see our continent well represented. Five of the twelve were in North America, including:

 

  •     Arizona State Health Services
  •     Manitoba Hydro
  •     Bud Clark Commons
  •     SUNY-ESF Gateway Center
  •     Packard Foundation Headquarters

If you supplied the glass and metal on any of these I’d love to know and learn more of what you provided and any challenges you faced. And congrats for being involved in something both incredibly cool and important.

Elsewhere…

  • Another aspect of the “green” side of things is solar, and I have said that product line is still in line to make an impact. And now thanks to a link from the always excellent Twitter feed of Ted Bleecker, there’s some evidence of growth on the residential side. While the business is not in the greatest shape yet, and this story surely leaves a lot to wonder about, the positive undertone is there.
  • Got tremendous news this week that the extremely talented Dan Plotnick of Guardian Industries was promoted to Architectural Sales and Marketing director for the Asia Pacific region. I am thrilled for him. Plus he’s at least one person on that side of the world that doesn’t hate me. It’s a great thing to see when good things happen to good people. Congrats Dan.
  • I started my research into the AIA show and the immediate thing that jumped out at me? Birds. Or more specifically bird protection. There will be several non-industry companies there with different options to protect the birds from the building envelope, as well as industry folks like Walker Glass showing their option for the architectural community to consider. This trend may actually grow faster than I expected.
  • I’ve written a few times on how I love the glass usage at Dulles Airport, so when I was there this week, I snapped a picture. Doesn’t do it justice, but believe me it's amazing. Glass everywhere and on everything. And I noticed several different logos this time, so the supply was surely spread around too. Overall just fantastic for a glass geek.

  • The great news from Apogee Enterprises on their strong year is also a good indicator for the industry at large. It’s surely a positive that one of the big signature players is experiencing significant success. And as for the Viracon segment and their great run, it’s no surprise given how dialed in Garret Henson and the sales team is there.
  • Last this week, a personal note. My teenage son has had his own blog focused on the world of professional wresting for a year or so. This week, he started to write for a big publication in that industry and got his first piece published. So incredibly cool, and I am beyond proud.

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.

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