From the Fabricator: Roundtable and Great Glazing

Tons of educational and technical topics lead off the blog this week. First off, if you missed the webinar from the National Glass Association and Architectural Record Magazine, you missed an incredible event. “Professional Roundtable: Perspectives on Glass and Glazing in Design” featured five brilliant minds all bringing up great point after great point with regards to energy codes, standards, performances and the glass and glazing products that can be utilized to satisfy all and advance our world. It truly was something to take in and I especially enjoyed seeing the pictures of the projects that the panelists pointed to showing great glass and glazing in action.

The biggest takeaway for me was that we as an industry could do amazing things and reach incredible performances—all we have to do is actually do it. Welcome the change, welcome the new and push forward. There are many people and companies who take this tack, but there are still many that don’t and that includes architects unwilling to try the new as well. In any case, I think panels like this are only scratching the surface, which brings me to…

The final schedule for Express Learning at GlassBuild America is now published and there’s a ton of incredible content but one of the big keys is the “live podcast” that the guys from Edify Studios will be doing which will be focused on disruptive change in the glass industry. Basically, what is going to be our “Uber” or other breakthrough? It’s a huge and important subject and one that will be a “must attend” at the show. The rest of the schedule is fantastic too—lots of very interesting subjects and engaging speakers. 


  • On GlassBuild America: seriously, if you haven’t registered yet, please make a note and do it soon. And even bigger, get your hotel room taken care of: just go to and it’ll take you five minutes. Thank you.
  • The latest NGA Technical and Advocacy bulletin was released this week and it’s astonishing how much work is being done by Urmilla Sowell and the folks at the National Glass Association. Here’s a quick smattering of what was covered, and you’ll see there is a ton going on:
    • Laminated Glazing Reference Manual
    • products for energy applications 
    • coastal glazing and the turtle codes
    • assessing the durability of decorative glass
    • glass properties pertaining to photovoltaic applications 
    • Glossary of Terms for Color and Appearance 
    • proper procedures for cleaning flat glass mirrors
    • proper procedures for receiving, storage and transportation of flat glass mirrors 
    • 70 Glass Information Bulletins available
    • AIA-approved presentations
    • Glass Floors and Stairs Task Group
    • measuring color of decorative material in the field
    • point-supported glazing
    • design considerations for use of sealants/adhesives with coated glass and adhesives compatibility
    • understanding reflected solar energy of glazing systems in buildings
    • Updated Coated Glass AIA presentation
    • Engineering Standards Manual, 2019 edition

This work matters as it advances our industry. If you are interested, join NGA and get involved in the process!

  • Last this week, a fun one: I was way behind the times TV-wise. I just recently finished “Breaking Bad”—awesome TV—and now I’m catching up on “Better Call Saul” which is also fabulous. This week, as I watched an episode in season three, I was excited to see a familiar glass industry product: I am pretty sure that Wood’s Powr-Grip vacuum cups were utilized. It wasn’t for glazing, unfortunately, but still, I still enjoyed seeing a product that we in our industry use quite a bit. You know me, I watch everything for a connection back to the industry. Not sure anyone from Wood’s still reads this blog—I miss Joe Landsverk of Wood’s, who used to read, before he passed on a few years ago; I’m guessing he would’ve loved this story—but if you do, let me know if that was yours.

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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 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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