From the fabricator: The trend is still our friend

It’s hard not to get excited over the latest numbers from the Architecture Billings Index. We are now surely past fluke territory and into a full-blown trend. The ABI has now stayed positive for the fifth straight month, and I am not about to throw cold water on it. Positive, no matter how small, is still a step in the right direction. If there is any worry at all, it’s that the ABI might not be the best or most accurate indicator of success. Because the effect does not hit our industry for 9-plus months--and when it does, it doesn't hit all at once--it really is hard for us to quantify. But in any case, news like this needs to be savored as we move from darker days forward.


  • Bob Leyland of Kawneer announced his retirement last week, and it bummed me out. Another true gentleman and class act leaving our ranks. He will be a tough act to follow, that is for sure, and I wish only the best for Bob in his next phase of life.
  • Lost in my excitement and glee over my alma mater making the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, I never gave proper love to the University of Kentucky. Big Blue did a great job in dominating the tourney, and I had a few of my industry pals gently remind me that I didn't honor them. So, congrats to UK and their fans; enjoy the title!
  • An interesting list via the always-informative twitter feed of Heather West. This one is the top 10 Cities with Energy Star-certified buildings:

10. Boston (161)
9. Riverside, Ca. (164)
8. Dallas-Fort Worth (178)
7. Houston (231)
6. New York (261)
5. San Francisco (270)
4. Chicago (294)
3. Atlanta (359)
2. Washington, D.C. (404)
1. Los Angeles (659 buildings)

The interesting angle for me is seeing Atlanta on there. Obviously, when that area was booming (seems like eons ago right?) they built the buildings right.

  • With some high-rise condos in Toronto going to a “protective mesh” to protect against fallout of broken tempered, how long will it be before we see a push for all balcony glass to be laminated?
  • Last this week: the Glass Management Institute kicks back off June 5. Yours truly is actually teaching one of the courses, but before you dismiss it because of that, please take a look at the rest of the schedule. All joking aside, this is surely a worthwhile piece of education. If you and your company want to get ahead, getting the extra education insights and advancements via GMI will advance the push. Anyway, this is my third stint teaching the marketing course, and I’m humbled and honored to be involved again. Plus, NGA has a tremendous new education facilitator in Lilly Grossman, and her addition will surely be a major positive for all involved.

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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

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I thought new york has more certified buildings.. Ha! :) Thanks for the list..

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I was really shocked to hear about Bob Leyland of Kawneer retirement. He was truly a great person and was really an asset. Hope he has the best and enjoyable time after his retirement. We will truly miss him.

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