Wednesday, November 22, 2006


A happy and healthy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in Blog-Land!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Great News... possibly... maybe....

Well keeping up with the Blog will become much easier now. No I did not hire a blog assistant, but coming soon, I will be updating the Blog weekly in conjunction with some other (soon to be announced) goings on.

So this should be a good thing to keep the debates going and information flowing....

Except I will surely have to spell and grammar check!


Hope everyone is well...

Happy Thanksgiving too!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Two Posts in one day

Amazing as it is, but I had to post again...

Please if you don't get USGNN, go there now and read Penny Stacey's fantastic coverage of the NFRC meetings.

Read todays entry and you will see why I get so mad. See the quotes from Rich Biscoe of lab powerhouse ATI (ATI is a gigantic company worth more than many of us fabricators and glaziers... yet they pay $400 to NFRC and get in return, tons of business, and tons of grant money!)

See when you read it, and you see that every logical argument that comes up gets shot down.. you can clearly see what I am talking about.

But it will never change. The DOE doesn't want to see it and until a legal process can blow this thing up, their deals will continue.

By the way, at least according to the story, Marg Webb of IGMA went at the baord with a big issue- so I must apologize about the note in the previous post about IGMA and Keystone. It still smells funny- but I am at least glad iGMA is not sitting back.

Please go to that site- read today's story and try and tell me that ATI and Rich Biscoe are looking out for the stakeholders... and try tell me how NFRC is as well....

Yep its HAS been awhile

Sorry folks.. I have been off on the blog updates. I know I am behind when my own Mother tells me she checks my Blog from time to time and its not updated. Heck maybe I should have her write some stuff!

Anyway... my apologies.

As for goings on....

Well China is making more and more inroads to the industry here in the states. It has scary potential.... recently a Chinese company sent glass and aluminum already assembled direct to the jobsite. I have been hammering away on this for a while, and while some take heed, others ignore.

And I am not talking about the commerce side. I am talking about the fact that the goal is tooeventually cut out the fabricator and glazier. People always sit back and say "this won't happen to me" well guess what... its coming.

As for my other favorite subject- NFRC. I am still gagged. Though it doesn't matter at this point- they are moving full steam ahead and really there's nothing that can be done to stop it. I used to think that it could be contained, but thats not the case. They have too much power and too many people in their pocket. And while things are being prepared behind the scenes on this effort, for me, I am done.

Yes I have said it before, but things like the IECC allowing blatant conflict of interest to interfere in their process when it regards the NFRC, just blow me away. Note though that some very good people are still fighting this process, but unfortunately, we as an industry, and like the small to medium residential guys before us, just do not have the organization to make a difference.

By the way, did you see IGMA hired Keystone Certifications to help them with some processes. Keystone is owned by Marcia Falke, Chair of the NFRC. The NFRC is going to get into IG Certificatons... gee I wonder who they'll hire to oversee that?

Well thats it for now- I will make a better effort to keep this up and when people send me e-mails, I should be able to turn that into material here- instead of debating there.

Hope everyone is well...