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The Proof is in the Proof

I can’t imagine anyone who watched the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on TV not being moved by their determination to stop what happened from ever happening again. It was especially moving to see so many of the journalism students there convey their message with poise and grace beyond their years. I think of them, and the parishioners in the South Carolina and Texas churches who forgave their assailant, the first responders in Las Vegas and the parents at Sandy Hook who go forward despite their loss. At the same time, I draw inspiration from them, I am drained from sadness that such inspiration is born from tragedy—over and over again. This… Read More »

Hyalophobia

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 »

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 »

7 Great Gifts of Glass

USGlass magazine publisher Debra Levy is blogging at glass.com today. To read her blog “7 Great Gifts of Glass” from Tuesday, December 20, CLICK HERE.

5 Ways Trump Will Affect the Glass Industry

Photo / Daniel Huizinga

Triumph or Trumped? I suspect the way you answer that question will have a lot to do with how you voted in the election last Tuesday. While it’s NOT my place to comment on who won and who lost, it IS my job to provide what I believe the ramifications of that presidency will be on the glass and glazing industry. So here are my top five: 1 – Transportation construction: The good news is that a lot of money will be allocated for federal projects under an anticipated transportation bill. Trump has indicated he will be asking for $1 trillion dollars to rebuild the U.S. infrastructure. The bad news… Read More »

Day(quil) Tripper

Okay so I got hit with a very bad cold, so I am quasi-working, sometimes sleeping, from home today and it got me thinking about the glass industry’s equivalent of “How can I get the experience if no one will hire me?” The credit for the analogy actually goes to Dr. Helen Sanders of SageGlass, who spoke on a panel about innovation at the GlassCon Global Conference in Boston in July. The overriding theme of the discussion was the North American glass industry as innovators. Designers and architects had gently tried to heap a wad of guilt served on a cattle prod to our industry for not being more innovative…. Read More »

Philadelphia Freedom

Big glass is here to stay.

AIA is always a show of note—and innovation. In addition to the glass and metal products there, visitors also are exposed to building products such as living roofs and custom faucets. Everything from new types of software to bathtubs for bicycles (true) were displayed. Here are some of the top themes from the event: Mood of jubilation! Every industry member with whom I spoke was busy with work. The number of bids and contracts are up, and backlogs are higher than they have been in years. The buoyancy other building material industries had at last year’s AIA show has reached the glass industry. And this makes sense because glass is… Read More »

A Not-So Tempered Response

Broken Glass2

I just watched another story by a TV reporter about glass. This time, the topic was tempered glass breakage. I give the reporter an A for effort, but it’s a tough concept to understand quickly and completely. It seems in this case, the tempered glass in question was in a car sunroof, but it could just as easily have been in a building or on a table. At the conclusion of the report, any rational person would ask why car makers use tempered glass in sunroofs. Heck, they might ask why we use tempered glass at all. It was another attempt to give tempered glass a bad name and yet,… Read More »

Code Led

“You must have it, you must,” he said very authoritatively, though it came across tinged with hostility. “But I don’t want it, we don’t need it,” I fired back just as authoritatively, working to mask my own growing hostility. The “it” in question was a tiny little room in our new offices, and “he” was a general contractor who was going to give me a quote on doing the build-out of our new space. I wanted the little room gone, as it served no purpose and seemed overkill for a non-public building that was going to house 16 people on a regular basis. Then he threw the C word at me…. Read More »

Early Take-aways at BEC

The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractors Conference (BEC) began its educational program this morning with a presentation by Serge Martin of AGC Glass Company. In an informative and fact-filled presentation, Martin took some issue with the infamous Wall Street Journal article of a few months ago that predicted a glass shortage. Here are my top five take-aways from his presentation: Clear is less: Clear glass is now approximately 55 percent of all glass manufactured, down significantly from more than 77 percent just a few years ago. Residential dominates, but only in tonnage. Manufacturers are about 5 percent of the chain. There’s always glass somewhere. Any shortage… Read More »

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