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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.

There’s no question that the deal between Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and C.R. Laurence Co. rocked the glass and glazing industry to the core. In one form or fashion anyone who is involved or associated with the industry has dealt with one or both of the entities involved. So a teaming up surely will grab people’s attention. On the morning of the announcement, I spent a ton of time being in contact with many in the industry as we all tried to compute what happened. First of all, no one saw this coming. I can tell you, I hear some of the most outlandish, crazy rumors all the time. If you can dream the “so and so is selling to so and so” rumor, I have heard it. And yet, never in any form did this one come up. That’s how far out it seemed to be. 

I have been adamant and public with my appreciation and respect for the way C.R. Laurence promotes and supports the industry at large. They are tremendous in that aspect, and my initial fear was that would go away. However, I was relieved when I saw comments from CRL President Lloyd Talbert noting that the CRL approach to the industry will continue. That is good news. Obviously from a “deal” standpoint, many are expecting major maneuvers and restructuring, but if anything like that is to happen, I believe it’s a long way off. This deal was too big and too valuable to try and do anything but let it run the way it has. I may be wrong there, but that’s the way I see it out of the gate. 

In any case, GlassBuild America now just got even more interesting, as the CRL booth was ALWAYS packed, and now I expect it to be even more of an action center with people from all walks of life coming in to catch up, congratulate, and get a feel for the climate. Congrats to Don Friese and his family, along with Lloyd and the rest of the CRL team on an incredible, historic run and mind-blowing deal.

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  • Last week had some moments of volatility thanks to the markets, and some folks were questioning the health of our economy going forward. Once again I am not one of them, and I offer a few pieces of evidence. One is the above deal and comments made surrounding it. One of the quotes I saw from Oldcastle BE’s parent was that they felt this was a solid deal because the U.S. construction economy is at the start of a positive cycle. Year 2 of a 10 year-riser. That’s something to respect when deals of this magnitude take place. They probably get their confidence from headlines and data like “Housing Demand Expected to Surge over Next 10 Years” and “Construction Spending Rising at Fastest Rate since 2004-05.” Add to it the run of construction starts, which is epic right now, and those starts do not typically affect our industry on the nonresidential side for 16-28 months. Obviously things can change and change quickly, but the foundation is there and it is solid.
  • So going to something lighter: a major pet peeve of mine and I wonder if I am alone. Opening a website and immediately a pop ad attacks my screen. These are the 10-second ads, that come mid-screen and you are stuck with them. No clicking off and no relief until the whole thing goes. And it’s a growing trend in the online ad world. I know I am old and crotchety at this point, but man I can’t stand those things. 
  • By the way, a quick note on GlassBuild America. I am hearing amazing things about the keynote breakfast by Cam Marston. His talk on “Attracting and Retaining a New Generation of Employees” should be something every single business owner, big and small, should attend. Plus, I checked out some old speeches of his on YouTube and the guy is dynamic and interesting. Excited to see him and so should all of you.
  • Last this week, College Football gets going big time Thursday and beyond. Ever since Roger Goodell started to systematically ruin the NFL, I have become a bigger fan of the college game. And I think my nephew Josh and his alma mater The Ohio State University is primed for a repeat run to the title. My darkhorse to win it all? Arizona State. Apologies in advance to both fan bases for my jinx on them.

 

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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.

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.

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  • 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.

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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.

As an industry we’ve seen quite a few impactful developments, but it could be argued that unitized glazing may be the most important advancement of them all, especially when it comes to labor and efficiency in the field. The whole unitizing process is a game changer, and the article by Bethany Stough in the latest Glass Magazine really helps bring those who are unaware into the light. With finding qualified workers harder and harder, processes like unitizing take on a larger role for sure. Obviously not every job can use this style of install, but I have a feeling as time goes on, you will see more and more jobs that can be unitized, going that way.

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  • Also in the latest issue of Glass Magazine, I had to pick my favorite ad of the month and it was a tough one with many great choices, especially with excellent new ads from past “winners” of mine Cardinal, Kawneer, and GGI. However this month, tip of the hat goes to marketing genius Rob Struble of PPG for their “trust” ad. Smart and eye catching for sure. Well done Rob and team!
  • Good for the state of Hawaii in passing a mandate that says the state’s utilities must reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The law, effective July 1, sets 30 percent by 2020, 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2040 interim targets. You will now see more Net Zero work there featuring higher performing products including dynamics and solar. I love it.
  • Speaking of solar, it was good to hear from several people that the stats I posted last week, specifically that BIPV was a 3 billion dollar industry, were off. I thought so; nice to get some confirmation.
  • I have really gotten into using the excellent database at www.Esourcebook.net. I suggest you click that link and “favorite” it as you’ll want to have it when looking for products and services in the industry.
  • Gas prices. You know I always have to hit it. So while oil prices are at a historic low, those of us in Michigan and in other parts of the Midwest are paying 50-75 cents per gallon more this week than last. Why? Evidently some sort of a refinery issue at ONE of the gas manufacturers. It’s amazing how that industry gets away with volatile price swings with never a whiff of collusion or really anyone at the ambulance-chasing-lawyer level caring.  
  • Last this week, happy/sad news from the industry. A great one has moved to a different company outside our typical product lines. The always sharp dressed, never sweating Jay Phillips has left Guardian Industries to take a new gig as VP of Sales within the Masonite organization. So while Jay will be dealing in windows and doors, we probably won’t see much of him on our side of the tracks anymore, and that is too bad. Jay did a ton for our industry, worked hard, volunteered and cared a ton. I am thrilled for him as I believe he’s still on the fast track to continued greatness, but bummed I won’t see him like I used to. In addition, our industry is down another extremely talented person. Good luck Jay; we’ll miss ya!

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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.

We are now about one month from GlassBuild America, and there’s one event that deserves your strongest consideration. The 10th annual Glazing Executive Forum will be held Sept. 16, and it has the subject matter that truly is crucial to you, both personally and professionally.

The keynote is “Building a Stronger Bench,” and I think every single one of us in this business knows how crucial the development of the modern workforce is. In addition, the forum includes a panel on managing lead-times--so incredibly important in the world of tighter supplies. Mix in several breakout session options, and of course the always must-attend economic outlook by Jeff Dietrich, and you have an event that you simply cannot miss. I know everyone is busy right now, but this time investment is surely worth it given the subjects to be covered.

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  • This past week a report came out that said BIPV technologies would reach the 9 billion dollar mark in 2019. Now I love BIPV technology. I have been a fan for a long time and still believe that some day it will disrupt our world. That said, I couldn’t even come close to believing this report. Heck, the report states that industry is at 3 billion right now. Can that be right? If it is, that’s one amazing sleeping giant out there. Anyway, I call on my pals on that side of the industry for their insight because if that 2019 potential is true, the world is surely going to be disrupted.
  • Quick catch up: thank you to all who sent in Civil War recommendations. I am loading up the various queues. I appreciate it! Now I have to find the time to take it all in.
  • Some of the June construction data results are in and it’s pretty interesting. As you know if you’ve been following along here, the Architectural Billings Index has been doing well for a while. Only a few blips here and there. But the Dodge Momentum index has been flagging some. And in June, it suffered some more. However, looking deeper at the numbers shows that 2015 is still pacing well ahead of 2014, and we’ve just had our best 1st half since 2006. Add in the positive spending and put in place reports, and confidence remains high despite the downward trend of the DMI. Obviously it will still bear watching to see if there’s any weak points, and I know in some pockets of the United States things did slow up a bit in June. But I am looking at that as more fluke than fact at this point.
  • Last this week, 24 million people watched a debate for an election that is more than 15 months away. Either the Donald really has drawing powers or this election really has people engaged already. Here’s hoping for a competitive set of primaries on both sides with lots of choices and more debates.

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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.

Some interesting news broke this week initially via the Twitter feed of John Wheaton. John linked to a press release that was posted a couple weeks previous about Underwriters Laboratory (UL) getting involved in testing and certifying the building envelope. This is pretty significant news because UL is simply a giant in the world (they’re everywhere really), and having them now a part of this industry will surely make some waves. At this point, it’s obviously too early to tell if the addition of UL to the landscape will be positive or negative. However, those of us who worked with UL on the solar side of things know they are tough and challenging to say the least. This one bears watching, folks…

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And a few more notes on certification or testing and the like…

  • Since the NFRC announcement of a commercial program reboot and my blog, I’ve heard from a few people about their frustrations with the current program and its software bugs. The folks at NFRC surely have a hill to climb on this one as it sounds like more than just collaboration is needed to fix the program.
  • A few weeks ago I wrote about the glazier certification movement, NACC, and noted that the first certified companies were due in July. Well the first four to make it through the process have been certified, and from what I understand several others sit in the queue awaiting final approvals. This is a big movement for the industry; it has the potential to at least give credit to those organizations that are doing business the right way. I believe you will see more on this in the coming weeks and months.

Now for the non-certification pieces of the week…

  • Can those of you who live in the states with full service gas stations (New Jersey, Oregon) explain to me why? It is just so bizarre for me to pull up to a station and have someone swipe my card and pump my gas. I’m amazed that some states still even have it.
  • I really enjoyed this article by Bryan Bush about the value of GlassBuild America. Bryan is currently the chairman of the board of the NGA and a very successful businessman in his role at City Glass in Omaha, Nebraska. He knows what value is and I think gets the message across nicely here.
  • Last this week, can you believe it is August? This year seems to be flying at a record pace. Fall is now so close you can see it, especially with football starting up within the next 30 days or so. I know many parts of the country are going through serious heat waves, but I for one am not ready to return to the subarctic temps that we get in winter. So world… time… slow down some, eh?

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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 once in a while a bunch of subjects come up that interest me, and I think would interest all of you. So in no particular order, here’s a batch from this week that may get you going.

  • I noted last week to watch the Architectural Billings Index, and if you follow me on Twitter you would know its incredible number: a 55.7! That is the highest rating since 2007. I know we all sometimes doubt these numbers, but my goodness that’s an exciting one to see.
  • I saw a great article via the Twitter feed of Kawneer’s Donnie Hunter. It’s about how architects are not overly enthusiastic about specifying new products. I like the insight it shows and quite frankly presents a heck of a challenge to product manufacturers in trying to get their materials out there. Good, quick, and interesting read. Thank you Donnie.
  • So two big mergers in the healthcare world, and rates are also going up for 2016. I think no matter what system or plan is out there (Old way vs. Affordable Care Act), and what side of the political aisle you are on, this will continue to be a nightmare for everyone involved.
  • Do you have 200 million dollars laying around? If so, you too can build an experimental “ghost city” to test new technologies. This is fascinating. I guess if the real world won’t incorporate it first, this is the next best idea.
  • How in the world “The Americans” does not get an Emmy nomination for best drama is beyond me. That show is beyond excellent.
  • I often note industry websites that impress me, and this week I point to Galaxy Glass and Stone. Eugene Negrin and company have a fantastic site. Love the use of pictures and creative layout. Well done!
  • There is now research that it “pays to be green” when it comes to building. Obviously this study will be used by many in this business, and probably by the folks at USGBC who potentially hurt the process, but that’s another story for another time.
  • Because of all of the controversy on the Confederate flag, I find myself looking for more info and insight on the Civil War. Anyone have a good documentary or book to recommend?
  • Last this week, the buzz I am hearing about GlassBuild America is really blowing me away. More and more people are planning to attend and in my research of the show floor, I’m thoroughly impressed by some of the products and services that will be on display. For the innovation/diversification angle, this event will surely provide tons of it.


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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.

When the news dropped that Jim Benney was leaving NFRC, I was curious if there would be another part to the puzzle. Sure enough there was, with news that the NFRC was renewing their commitment to the commercial fenestration industry with a certified rating system. There’s a ton I can go into, especially since I have been banging this drum for 10 years or so. But I’ll just say a few main things…

First and foremost, the industry needs a quality rating system. We’ve never been against a system, just past proposals. We need a logical system that makes sense and provides the results and details that everyone involved depends on. It’s a part of the commercial landscape more and more. And, we need a program that is not what’s best or easiest (or biggest money maker) for the test labs or councils, but one that’s best for the products involved and industry at large. (For some time, the commercial and residential industries were included in the same category.) In any case, ease of use and logic was something we hammered on for years during the process. So it’s going to be interesting to see what this new collaboration will be.  Will it be a true collaboration? I have my doubts. Regardless, I will have an open mind, because it is something that is needed.

Second, when did the “partners” listed become actual partners in the process? Three major organizations in our industry are now back in the process. I have to assume it was news to them. All will do what is right for the industry I believe, but I also found it odd that NFRC did not mention a few other players that had involvement back in the day, including the National Glass Association. I bring this up because how do you get true collaboration without all of the main players?

Finally, personally I feel vindicated in the fact that I warned (along with many others, of course) that the current program would not work, and it sure looks like we were right. I took (and still take in some areas) a ton of abuse over my role in this effort, but in the end my goal has and will always be to look out for the best interests of our industry.

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  • OK from one worry to another. To my friends in the Pacific Northwest, I sure as heck hope this article on an earthquake hitting your part of the world is wrong. Really frightening read…
  • Interesting news via the Dodge Momentum Index. It trended down in June and has been relatively flat all year. This has been flying in the face of other indexes and also just the overall business climate. Especially the current put-in-place spending, which has been tremendous and has a future-facing component to it. The new ABI is due out this coming Wednesday the 22nd, so we’ll see what they say on the process.
  • Last this week, which of you awesome glaziers, fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers will be working on the world's largest “NetZero Plus” retrofit building in Los Angeles? The Electrical Training Institute in LA will be 142,000 square feet and is being promoted as the largest NetZero Plus building in the United States. They’re calling it the “intelligent building of the future” so I surely can’t wait to see what glass and glazing products are involved here.

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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.

Good economic news keeps coming our way. Construction spending in May broke the trillion-dollar mark, giving us the third straight trillion-dollar spend and the sixth month in a row that there’s been growth. May was very strong, as the last month with a better mark was way back in the glory days of October 2008. That of course was pretty much the last good month we had before the slide came. As we sit now, however, the “slide” doesn’t look apparent. Though concerns about the dollar, world unrest, and the financial health of Puerto Rico and Greece surely sit as a reminder that things can change quickly.

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  • Saw an interesting study on the fact that larger office buildings are taking more advantage of green building practices than smaller. So I am curious. Why do you think that is? Scale? Cost? Ego? I just find it surprising because the study shows that less than 5 percent of US office buildings smaller than 100,000 square feet are qualified as green. I guess I can also question the study because smaller offices may be green or even more "green" than any standard, but choose to save money and not be certified. But I just find the big vs. small angle interesting.
  • I pretty much prop the great work from Glass Magazine every month, but this latest issue is different. This content is off-the-charts incredible. Great columns, great insights and amazing projects to look at with the Glass Magazine Awards section. And once again, in what is becoming my favorite section, the “Here’s an Idea…” piece was stellar with a look at AGNORA’s health and fitness efforts. Great work.
  • And while I’m being biased towards this excellent magazine, I should add that my ad of the month is the one for GlassBuild America. Loved the format and layout of it featuring a question/answer set up. Go check it out; it gets you thinking, and those who “get it” will be on the floor at the show ensuring they don’t end up like companies in the Question.
  • How cool was the US Women’s Soccer team winning the World Cup? I loved it. I don’t watch sports like I used to, so this was a really enjoyable one to take in. And a 5-2 soccer game? That just never happens in that sport.
  • I just started to watch the new mini-series on CNN called “The Seventies” and it’s tremendous. The first episode was about TV and they spent quite a bit of time on the shows of that era. Most notably “All in the Family.” After watching clips of that, it dawned on me that show, which was so groundbreaking, could never happen today. It’s pretty mind boggling if you think about it. Anyway, if you want excellent one-hour looks back at that decade, check it out.

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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 bit of an odd week as a couple of emotional things occurred. First the news of the passing of long-time industry rep Pat McIntosh really threw me for a loop. Pat was an excellent man, always friendly and dedicated, and always smiling when I saw him. He will truly be missed. My condolences to Pat’s family and friends.

Also, right before the holiday, the NFRC announced that CEO Jim Benney left the organization. As many of you know, I’ve battled the NFRC for more than 10 years and many times drove Jim up the wall--even debated him once in Boston at a trade show. Despite me being a true pain in the rear, Jim always treated me well and always kept a cool and calm composure. I am not sure where Jim will end up next, but I wish him only the best. It's interesting that in the same week the USGBC had their CEO resign as well. Could Jim be headed there?! Crazier things have happened…

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  • My last post on the issue of birds and glass was one of my most popular posts ever. Obviously this is an issue that is more intense than I realized. I heard from so many diverse people, both in and out of the industry, and got tremendous leads and insights on the process. The best part was people really wanting to be a part of a solution, and that was nice. In the meantime I plan on staying on this and learning more (and sharing here of course) from some of the new friends I just made.
  • Congrats to my friends at GGI on the launch of their new website. What a fantastic piece of work there.
  • Also congrats go out to my old co-worker and friend Scott Goodman on his new gig with AGC. Good to see him land there and probably get to work with another old friend Matt Ferguson. That would be a fun road trip to be on if those two make calls together.
  • I have to stress that if you are on Twitter and you are not following Glass Magazine, you need to stop what you are doing right now and do so. For every big event the live tweeting is so great and so informative. This week was the AAMA conference and once again I felt like I was there. Great to get the flavor and no other feed comes close to the live content that Glass Magazine’s provides.
  • Last this week, if you watched and liked the show “The Men Who Built America” then you will probably like the new one out called “American Genius.” Same sort of historical look at the men and women who made their marks on many facets of our lives. Some episodes better than others (the Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates one was not great), but still worth the watch if you enjoy history and the analysis of it.

Read on for links and video of the week...

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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