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Boiling Up in Napa

I get to spend most of my time in a verdant Dionysian garden this week. The occasion of my visit to California’s Napa Valley is the 2018 Annual Conference. For years, it was the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA)’s annual conference, but now that that group has merged with the National Glass Association (NGA), it’s currently the NGA-GANA Annual Conference. Except that it’s not. NGA’s annual meeting has always been around its GlassBuild show in the fall. I am sure they will get it all sorted out pretty soon. I would also expect at least one or two regular meetings to disappear as a usual consequence of two groups… Read More »

It’s Deja Vu on Deja Vu

Henry Taylor of Kawneer deep in architectural conversation at his company

What’s the popular culture definition of insanity? Doing things the same way and expecting different results. Well, glass industry plus annual AIA Convention = insanity because sometimes I just feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog’s Day. Or at least I think so. I have never actually seen the movie all the way through, but I’ve caught enough pieces of it on cable to know it’s about a guy who keeps living the same day over and over, determined to make the outcome different, yet frustrated when he can’t. Yup, I’m Bill. Here’s why. Last year, in discussing the AIA ’13 show in Denver, I raised a familiar flag about… Read More »

Be Afraid, Very Afraid? Maybe.

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An overlooked headline showed up in one of our stories about eight weeks ago. It sent a bit of a chill down my spine, but it’s gotten nary a mention nor attention since that time. And it’s crept along under the proverbial radar ever since. But the story detailed a little-known action that some say will bring challenges to the glass industry; while others predict major problems for it. You decide. The story in question explains how the International Code Council (ICC), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (AHSRAE) have agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the… Read More »

Quiet Victories

It happened on January 22 ever so quietly, with barely a whimper so no one would notice. But we noticed. Yes, the glass industry noticed and reacted with a mixture of joy and relief, proving that quiet victories can be the most satisfying of all. The occasion of that industry-wide sigh-of-relief was the announcement by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers that its working group and then full committee had voted to withdraw the dreaded proposal, the 189.1 Addendum, which would have severely limited the amount of glass that could be put into a building. (For more information, see “The Battle for the Wall,” USGlass, April 2013.)… Read More »

The End of an Anno Domini

Okay, okay, we’ve been talking about it for the past few weeks so I’ll just come out and say it. Here are my picks for the top five glass industry stories of the year. Now when I say “top five” I don’t mean in terms of popularity or shock value. These five are my picks for the stories that will have the most impact and effect on the industry. Here they are in order: ASHRAE’s withdrawal of its addendum to 90.1 that would have reduced the amount of glazing allowable in buildings.  (See the story here). That addendum had the potential to do more damage to the glass industry than any… Read More »

A Triple AAA+ Week

Largest lammy ever: a 46 foot long laminated lite is on the left. It was fabricated by the German company seele.

I admire and appreciate glass on a daily basis. So it’s not often that I get a lump in my throat from anything our industry does. But this past week brought an exception to that.  The glass industry gets an “A” from me this week; in fact, it gets threes As. It was a Triple A (AAA+) week for our industry. The occasion from my totally rational exuberance was in fact a cacophony of three As themselves:  ASHRAE, architects and advancement. Let’s start with the last two. I spent half of last week in Denver at the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects Although the number of attendees… Read More »

Final Fortnight

The deadline for submitting comments about the proposed life-threatening Addendum ‘am’ to ASHRAE 189.1 is two weeks from today. Your help is needed. It won’t take more than 30 minutes and it could end a dangerous threat to your business. There are few actions you can take that are more important than filing comments against the onerous proposal that threatens reduce the amount of glass that can be used in a building by up to 25 percent. There has been a fair amount of commentary about the proposed Addendum over the past few weeks. It is significant to note that those in this industry of varied, diverse and vocal opinion-givers have… Read More »

Got Glass? Maybe Not

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As expected, it’s happened and now that it has, you need to act. You need to act because it’s the right thing to do and besides, if you don’t, it will cost you money–not hypothetical, not theoretical but real and actual money. Please don’t avert your eyes because yes, I am talking to YOU. As anticipated, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed an amendment to its BSR/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Addendum 189.1am-201x, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011) that, according to ASHRAE “tightens the prescriptive requirements for window-to-wall ratios from 40 percent  for all buildings to… Read More »

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