From the Fabricator: glasstec Time

Glasstec week is here, and it should be an interesting event yet again on several levels.

  1. First and foremost, this a great opportunity to take the temperature of the industry from an international standpoint. I know I sometimes lock myself into a North American bubble; getting takes from all over the world will be helpful.
  2. Next up is the technology. I will admit that I was not very impressed in 2016, so I am very hopeful to see some advancements on this end. I have gone down the entire exhibitor list and there are companies that I am expecting to have products and services that will make a difference.
  3. In addition, the opportunity to network is a big piece for me. GlassBuild America was an absolute blur, so the opportunity to hopefully catch up with people I either missed in Vegas or only spent a few seconds with is huge. In any case, it’s going to be a good week.

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  • Note: I was going to originally post this from Düsseldorf but decided to upload before I left the states. If I have one irrational fear, it’s having bad or no WiFi. Such a first-world problem person I am! In 2016, after the show, I would go to the Apple Store in town to use WiFi so I could catch up on work and email. I hope that is not the case this year.
  • Good news from Dr. Tom Culp and Urmilla Sowell via the National Glass Association, as they attended and participated in the ASHRAE 90.1 meetings. Usually those events could have some consequences for our industry. This time around, though, in the three main areas of discussion—Window Criteria, Thermal Bridging and Envelope Backstops—our industry was in a positive position going forward. I cannot stress enough how lucky we are to have people like Dr. Culp, Urmilla and Thom Zaremba working on our behalf at these functions. They do incredible work in some very challenging areas. I am sure you will be seeing more on these efforts in the pages of Glass Magazine.
  • Interesting article on green building and architects taking the process to a new level. The article also mentions five new(er) rating systems, most of which I have never heard of. But if they are better and more legit than LEED, sign me up!
  • Funny on this one: some people say the lodging and hotel side is slowing down, then you get this report that says the opposite.
  • This proposed new soccer stadium in Cincinnati looks wild.  It also doesn’t look like it would be a fit in the style of Cincy or the Northern Kentucky area.
  • Last this week, as I noted last post, there was an industry bet on the Red Sox vs. the Astros and Dan Pompeo’s team came through. So somewhere in the social media realm I am expecting to see a picture of Javier Sanchez Gil donning some Boston gear. Congrats, Dan. Happy for you as it is about time teams from Boston win something. Good luck in the Series!

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

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