From the fabricator: A great resource

This past week, the American Institute of Architects put out a tremendous document (86 pages!) on integrating energy modeling into the design process.  The document exams everything the designer needs to know to push the envelope energy-wise. Quite frankly, that NEEDS to happen. Plus, it benefits our industry, giving higher-end, value-added products a better chance of getting through the specification AND bidding processes without getting value engineered out. "An Architect's Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process" gives designers facts and figures on the building's energy performance. And yes, I know this sort of design process has been happening for years, but this document gives it a chance to be mainstream and somewhat standardized. Kudos to the AIA for an excellent job. If you want a copy (and you should), you can find it here.


  • A happy Thanksgiving to my friends in Canada; I can’t believe it's already here. Blink your eyes, and the U.S. version will be here in a second.
  • Am I the only one bummed out to know that every other industry can cut corners left and right and have no blowback? I have written about bags of dog food that mysteriously get smaller (but sell for the same price), and I just recently experienced it with a kitchen faucet. After 11 years, our faucet needed replacing. We got the same model, and after we installed it, we noticed it was smaller, thinner and just shoddy overall. But it surely wasn’t cheaper.
  • Gotta give credit to Jeff Razwick and the gang at TGP. They have been effectively using social media all year, and this past week Jeff used their blog in probably the best way possible. He wrote an informative, magazine-like piece on code tradeoffs. Good, healthy content. Well done.
  • Congrats to Viracon and all the folks back to work in Statesboro, Ga. A lot of people thought when Viracon suspended operations there to do upgrades that the plant would never re-open. Great to see it has!
  • The Canada Border Service Agency ended its look into alleged Chinese dumping of unitized curtain wall after not finding enough evidence to go forward. I have to admit, I am stunned. I don’t know enough of the ins and outs of the investigation, but this surely was an interesting turn.
  • March 31st, 2012: I picked the Yankees to beat the Nationals in the World Series, right here on this blog. It is stunning that I am even close to a pick being right!! Now that the playoffs are here, I do like that matchup, but will say beware the Tigers and their pitching. It also might be the year “Moneyball” wins with the upstart A’s.
  • Last this week, we had freeze warnings in Michigan, and I believe snow fell in the West. Winter is knocking on the door. Dang.

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