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March 2012

Dream Catchers

Let’s face it, almost no one dreams of growing up one day and running a glass shop. And almost nobody ever wakes up one morning and says, “you know, I’d like to own a glass business.” It’s a business you usually fall into—through family or maybe a want ad you answered. But I spent the weekend with a bunch of people who made a choice, and when they did, they chose glass. They were a trip and they taught me quite the lesson. I had the privilege of speaking at the biennial Novus Super Session, where owners of Novus franchises come together to learn from each other and from their… Read More »

What Happens in Vegas

Yeah, I’m in Vegas again, my second home this year. And this time it’s for a great reason — the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. Well, that Ted Hathaway of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™  is such a fooler! You won’t believe what he did at the conference and this time, what happens in Vegas isn’t staying here. You see, he opened the conference with a presentation that, at first look, seemed like it was going to focus solely on how a number of innovative glazing projects were done, including London’s famous Gherkin, the new basketball stadium being built in Brooklyn and a number of other ones. Each… Read More »

Three Words

Here are three words that are among the deadliest threats to any U.S. business: class action suits. Most of us think of class action suits as arising from situations like the one by residents of Love Channel in the 1970s or the one against Kerr-McGee chronicled in the movie Silkwood. Today, class action suits have moved from protecting the rights of those egregiously injured to becoming instruments through which attorneys make millions suing for “classes” that were “harmed” yet receive little in the way of compensation. Haven’t we all received some notice of class action suit settlement where we, as part of the class, get a free car wash, or… Read More »

Five Ways the New LEED Will Affect the Glass Industry

Saulo Rozendo, part of the high-performance building solutions team at Dow Corning Corp., gave an excellent presentation about the implications of the coming changes in the LEED certification program during the Glass Association of North America’s annual conference two weeks ago. While Rozendo talked nuts and bolts of the credits, the changes will also have broader effects on our industry. Here are the top five ways I expect the updated LEED green building certification program to affect the way contract glaziers do business: You’ll be doing alternative designs and analysis. LEED has always encouraged building designers to include analysis of alternative designs for energy load reduction. Under LEED 2012, it… Read More »

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