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It’s Not Unusual

Hard to believe that July is happening while I am still waiting for April, May and June to occur. The only thing usual during this time is the unusual, and the only thing ordinary is the extraordinary. I will explain. The ordinary things we usually do—the haircuts, the beverage sipped from the coffee shop table, sending the kids off to summer camp—they are all quite unusual now due to the world’s microscopic guest star—and I don’t mean guest star in a good way. Just about everything we do has been disrupted. And like any good open, laissez-faire ecosystem, disruptors are ripe to take advantage of the change. The report I first… 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 »

Wow Wow Wow

You know how it is when you studied something, got ready for it, knew what to expect and believed you could handle the challenge? You know how it is when you move from being intellectually prepared to actually going through it? You think you can handle it, and you’ve trained for it. And then you have got to do it. Or try to anyway. Well that’s me this month. Let me explain. Our Keycomm offices are scheduled to move over Christmas week. We’ve been here a long time and I would not say we’ve outgrown our space but we’ve outgrown its configuration. And we’re at the limit of what re-configuring… Read More »

The News Today, Oh Boy

Dynamic water testing often is included as part of the BECx process to ensure the building does not leak. (Photo: Intertek-ATI)

The future is a totally oxymoronic concept. It’s anticipated happily, yet at the same time, it’s dreaded. Parts of it are so certain they seem pre-ordained; other parts are completely unknown. The future is for sure, though exactly what it contains never is. It is feared and beloved at the same time. Well, the July issue of USGlass gives us quite a glimpse into the future. Whether you find what it says exciting or unsettling is up to you. I think it’s a bit of both. You’ll want to read the story by Ellen Rogers called “The X Factor.” The “X” in the headline comes from BECx, the designation letting… Read More »

New Year’s Predictions

Welcome to 2015! It didn’t seem that long ago that we were all hoarding water and paying software consultants to get ready for Y2K. And now, here we are, a very quick 15 years later. It’s hard to predict what the future will bring, but I am going to try. Predictions are based on perspective. What is even more amazing than how fast the last 15 years went is that a full 20 percent of the current U.S. population wasn’t even born by the year 2000—and that there are many parts of the world where that number is much higher. Nearly half (a full 46 percent) of Afghanistan’s population is… Read More »

A Worldwide War

I have seen lots of differing opinions, some disagreements and a few heated arguments in my 32 years in the glass industry. But I have to say the 90.1 brawl, the battle for the wall, and even the repair vs. replacement feud, pale in comparison to this one. This one is a full blitzkrieg with all the hallmarks—ideology, politics, money and some personal attacks—of a great war. The subject of this great quarrel is the fight surrounding the importation of foreign curtainwall into this country.  To briefly recap, the Commerce Department ruled affirmatively when asked last summer by a group of domestic glazing contractors if its ruling on anti-dumping and… Read More »

Has a Spring Sprung?

The residential homebuilding market has also been the bellwether of the entire construction industry. This miner’s canary, which has lain barely breathing for more than three years, has started to chirp again. I thought of this a few weeks ago, while watching a presentation at the HSG Summit in Florida by Alan Beaulieu, an economist with ITR Economics. Alan and his brother, Brian, are both economists and many years ago, Brian came up with an algorithm that he used to predict changes in the economy.  He proceeded to show a series of graphs with his modeling followed by what actually happened. By golly, he was right. Alan said that in… Read More »

Mama Said

One of my mother’s favorite sayings, often said with a crisply cryptic voice, is one you have no doubt heard before. “You know, Debbie,” she would say knowingly to me when I was in college, “the farmer won’t buy the cow if he can get the milk for free.” This was usually accompanied by raised eyebrows and emphatic shaking of the head up and down that let me know Mom was absolutely, 100 percent sure she was correct. Being the naïve sort of girl that I was, I pondered this saying often and wondered why she repeated it with regularity. “Why would the farmer want milk for free anyway?” I… 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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