From the Fabricator: Technical Topics

Some very good technical information hitting the streets over the last few weeks, and with holidays and vacations, you may not have seen them all so I figured I would do a quick roundup for you. Surely worthwhile information to be had. 

  • Trex Commercial Products had a fantastic release,  “Three Glazing Myths Debunked,” which was very impressive. The team there did a nice job addressing some big issues on the railing side and they did it in a sharp and concise way. Well done! 

  • Meanwhile the National Glass Association released three new Glazing Informational Bulletins (GIBS) that are all complimentary! These GIB’s were developed by your peers in the industry, an incredible list of talent that is for sure, and was led by my reigning Industry MVP Nathalie Thibault of Prelco Inc. The subjects were systematic updates to the “Recommended Applications for Heat-Treated Glass” and “Approximate Weight of Interlayer Used in Laminated Architectural Flat Glass” along with a new release, “Thermal Stress in Heat Treated Spandrel Glass.” The last one has gained notoriety thanks to some incidents in the field, so having a GIB at the ready is only making us better as an industry. Kudos to everyone involved and thank you for volunteering your time and knowledge. To get these docs along with tons of other technical pieces, click here.  

  • NGA also announced the launch of its new Glass & Glazing Academy, an online portal that will be working in combo with the fine folks from Architectural Record. This is a huge addition for our industry and credit to Andrew Haring and his team at NGA for spearheading it. More info can be found here

  • Obviously things are happening all the time in our world and keeping up with them can be a challenge. So do yourself a favor and make plans now to get to events like Fall Conference in Toledo (Register before 6/15 and save $150!) or GlassBuild America in Atlanta. Don’t get left behind! 


  • The annual AIA show was last week in Vegas and I was not there. I’m looking forward to hearing feedback on it and anything relevant I’ll share here next week. 


Big 3 Interview: Joanne Funyak, Vitro Architectural Glass 

So now it’s time for the kick off my summer interview season. I am very excited about the folks I have lined up and I’m still chasing a few. If you get an e-mail from me asking, please give it a consideration!  

The format is this: I ask three questions to folks I have chosen who I think have some interesting backgrounds and approaches. Also, I try to choose people that may not get the regular publicity that others get.  

To kick things off I interviewed Joanne Funyak of Vitro Architectural Glass. I have been a fan of Joanne’s for a long time but I had absolutely no idea of her incredible background and I am glad she escaped the chemical side to be in the glass world. Our industry is better for it! 

Max: In reading your LinkedIn page I was fascinated by some of the positions you held at PPG (and then Vitro) before you ended up on the glass side of things. You spent a ton of time in chemicals and coatings before you landed in the glass world. What have been the biggest differences in working with glass and glazing vs. your previous roles? 

Joanne: They are quite similar, especially the metal coatings and glass side for building products. The value/supply chain starts with the project architect looking at performance and aesthetics. Then it goes down the chain to general contractors to fabricators/metal coaters to the material supplier. Due to those similarities, my experience in metal coatings and glass made my role as ppg’s construction market team manager a little easier.  

When it comes to the products, it’s the same; performance and aesthetics. When I made the transition from coatings to glass though I thought to myself “How difficult can glass be?” It’s just melted sand. In coatings we had thousands of formulas for different applications. We made coatings for what we called cradle to grave. We made coatings for baby swings to caskets and everything in between (golf balls, washers & dryers, Harley Davidson, etc). So glass had to be so simple, right? Boy was I surprised! 

What are the some of the biggest glass and glazing trends going right now in your opinion?  

Right now, jumbo [over-sized] glass is a major trend. The addition of our jumbo coater in Wichita Falls which can produce our Solarban [low-emissivity] coated glass has positioned Vitro well to serve this market. One of the main purposes of this jumbo coater is to provide more efficient yields to our Vitro Certified Network Members. Architects are also designing with larger vision glass units which this will service. However, caution must be taken when designing on things such as wind load, thermal stress and cost to handle the weight and size of such large units. 

Other areas that are trending include decorative, or printing on, glass and bird avoidance to name a few.  

If you could have dinner with 3 other people, whether they are currently dead or alive, who would they be and why? 

Well of course my dad, He passed away 5 years ago, and I miss him dearly. 

Someone from the pioneer days. I often wonder as I watch old movies of how they survived, how they determined which terrain to travel, land to homestead, etc. How did they survive the heat during those hot, dry summer months, and cold during those freezing winter months? I think to myself if I had to go back to those days, could I do it?  

And I think Mario Lemieux would be one. I have been a Penguin season ticket holder for 30 years. I met him once in an airport but only to say thank you. I respect what he has done as a player, owner and community leader.  

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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