Glass Vacations

Since it’s August, here’s two fun blogs I did recently for our consumer info site,, about glass vacations and glass museums. Glass Vacations and Glass Museums

What I Learned from Mr. Ebeid

Russ Ebeid was a force of nature in the glass industry. In fact, he was the embodiment of the industry in which he spent his whole adult life—and the industry he shaped. I respected him so much that I could never call him Russ, despite his admonitions to do so. There will be many recitations of his life over the next few weeks, including some in our own publications and platforms. It was a large life with deep roots and huge branches that embraced thousands in his philanthropy and good works. In fact, if I tried to capture all the worthy causes he supported, the list would be hundreds long…. Read More »

Hard Facts about Codes

In the beginning, there were a few different code groups, and what code you followed depended on where the project was located. Three groups, BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI, administered codes in different geographic regions around the country. Over time, these code groups, and the codes they produced, merged into one organization—the International Code Council—that administers the International Building Code (IBC). Such consolidation was welcome but short-lived as energy, hurricane, green and other codes were created. Glazing contractors went from being compliant with one code to complying with many. The “how” and “why” of codes change underwent an evolution as well. Long gone are the days in which a particular product… Read More »

Please Stop by in Irvine Next Week

Just wanted to invite you to Glass Expo West in Irvine CA next week. I am looking forward to seeing you there. Here’s a free pass that glass shops (non suppliers) can use. Or download it from Hope to see you there.


Do you know what Hyalophobia is? It’s also known as Hyelophobia or Nelophobia. In all my years in this business I never heard of it, until a Jeopardy answer (or question depending on your point) of “What is Nelophobia?” clued me a few weeks ago. Hyalophobia is an insidious disease and can be deadly, especially when it affects architects. And based on what I’m seeing we could be on the cusp of a pandemic if the glass industry doesn’t come to attention quickly. Hyalophobia is a fear of glass. (Nelophobia is more akin to fear of glass breakage and injury from glass, by the way.) It is synonymous with Hyelophobia… Read More »

Strategic Move

Spend a bit of time with Joe Puishys, and it’s quickly apparent he is quite a strategist. And, while the latest move by the 58-year-old president of Apogee Enterprises may leave some asking why, the acquisition of EFCO from Pella Corp. makes sense to me on a number of levels. First, it expands Apogee’s offerings to include some markets it underserves. Even where the products from EFCO and Apogee companies Tubelite and Wausau overlap, they do so in different corners of the market, if you will. Apogee’s companies have been known more for higher-end, more highly customized products, while EFCO has been known for more standardized ones. The sales in… Read More »

Heart Songs

Next week is the annual AIA Conference in Orlando, Fla., so for the April issue of USGlass magazine, we’ve focused it on the intersection of glass and architecture—sometimes it results in a chaotic collision and, other times, a cacophony of innovative design. The glass and glazing community loves to grouse about architects—heck, we’ve even written articles about all their faults and foibles—but here’s a secret about architects we never share. I am breaking the glass industry code to tell you, but here goes: the glass industry secretly loves architects. Here are the top five reasons why: 1- For what they create with glass. We love architects for their ability to… Read More »

Shhh Blog

This is going to be the shortest blog ever written. There’s a reason for that.

5 Bad Things about More Work

The contract glazing business is very busy right now; both projects and backlogs are up. But, as with most things, for every upside, there is a downside. Here’s a short list of five not-so-good things that usually come when contract glazing companies’ business is up and contract glaziers are busy. They are the five “Bad Ls” of a healthy contract glazing market: Lengthy Leads: When business is good, lead times get longer. And, as the glass used in such projects is more performance-driven and less commodity-based, the number of manufacturers that supply it dwindles. So we are faced with an increased demand but no ability to provide increased supply. While… Read More »

Liability Creep

I admit it right up front: liability creep is my own shorthand for a phenomenon that afflicts the glass industry with frequency like no other. It’s expensive, ever-expanding and dangerous. Liability creep is downright creepy. Let me explain. Over the years, I’ve reported on a never-ending series of lawsuits and settlements that slowly but consistently expanded the liability of contract glaziers into areas you would never expect. Contract glaziers work for general contractors (GCs). And years ago, when agreements were signed they detailed what the contract glazier would do and what the general contractor would pay. The move to more detailed performance specifications has led to increased liability for the… Read More »

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