Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sustainable vs. Regenerative

I saw a pretty interesting piece this week with regards to following a sustainability path or a regenerative one.  In all honesty I think this is the first time I have ever seen the word regenerative so digging into this was new to me.  The basic premise is that sustainable building practices can’t go the distance and that a change in thinking is needed.  I am honestly not smart enough to wade anywhere near that argument, I just want to be a part of what is best for our world going forward and I am already a fan of some of the techniques mentioned (like Zero Net) so maybe this needs to be a larger part of the overall environmental discussion?  In any case check out the article and let me know what you think…

Elsewhere…

--  By the way speaking of sustainable and the green building world- anyone care to guess how many standards and rating systems there are out there now?  I recently saw a list that had 12….wild.

--  Monthly Glass Magazine review time…  Are you thinking about going to glasstec?  If so make sure you check out the excellent pieces from Olivia Parker on the event.  In addition Wendy Vardaman did a fabulous job on high-end door and entrance hardware- that is a very hot segment and she covered the story perfectly.  And as always there’s trends pieces that cannot be missed- this month John Wheaton with the Top 10 in the curtain wall world.  Seriously well done- but I am biased with John- I think he could just string random letters together and I’d love it.  All in all make sure you check out the entire issue!

--  After taking last month off with my best ad kudos, I am back this month with 2.  Kawneer is back in the spotlight (I have noted them before) with their inside cover piece focused on education.  Loved the graphic design of it- very eye catching.  The other was a slim, smart ad from Vicone High Performance Rubber.  Just a very simple approach that worked- made me stop and read.  Well done!  

--  Normally I would put this in the link section but its too interesting to not call out here…  It is an article I had saved to read from 2015 (yes I am way behind, my instapaper account is overflowing) and it’s on the first digital camera.  It’s a great read but also comes with a lesson… you may be loaded right now with work but if you are not paying attention to trends and also looking to diversify, you could end up seeing the world pass you by…

--  Follow up from last week… I got great insights from several people on “Cheerwine” including an offer to send me some! (Thank you!)  So now when I head to Virginia or the Carolina’s I am going to take it in and give it a shot.  I appreciate everyone for taking the time to reply to me on it.  I’ll have to post a shot of me drinking it and a review when that happens.

--  Last this week… starting in June I am kicking off a new segment here to the blog…  It’s called the “Big 3” and it will be 3 questions to various people in and around the glass and glazing industry.  Some of the folks interviewed will be old time friends, but also some will be people I don’t know until I get the chance to interview them.  I have a list of folks I am going to approach and it will cover all different areas of our world- from sales reps, to management, to technical and in every channel we have.  I’m excited about it and quite frankly think it will add a fresh coat of paint to this blog.  It won’t be every week but enough to infuse some energy here and also give you different insights.  So stay tuned- and keep an eye on your e-mails as I may be asking you!

LINKS of the WEEK

You usually see movies like this- impersonating a high school student

The Vape trend is just scary to me on a lot of levels, one of which being the dangerous way it’s delivered.


VIDEO of the WEEK

If you can get past the kids on here over-acting- it’s a good piece on them trying favorite kids snacks from the 90’s.  Though Pez was surely not the 90’s! I loved them….


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Growth Areas

Twice a year a very interesting webinar takes place featuring the top analysts from the construction, architecture, and contractor world.  Usually I report on the typical details including the pace of predictions and what the overall expectations will be  from the market.  But this time I wanted to focus in one area of commercial building space that could be a hidden champion moving forward.  Renovation & Remodel.  If I understood the panelist correctly the retail space is ripe for renovation because of the amount of store closings out there and that’s pushing the space into mixed use buildings.  Obviously that needs renovation.  Also office growth is strongest in one area- urban renovation-  as the trend of the suburban office park looks to be a thing of the past.  Last hotels are pretty saturated and now facing stiff competition from outsourcing players like Airbnb, they’ll need to update and remodel to at least stem that tide of defections.  So bottom line?  New construction may still be out there- but don’t sleep on the reno side…

Elsewhere…

--  Speaking of all that- airport construction is poised for serious growth.  The infrastructure of so many airports has been stretched to the limit that finally money is coming through to help.  Good article here breaks it all down…  

--  My twitter feed reminded me that GlassBuild America opens in 4 months...  Get yourself registered and book the hotel.  

--  It was super to see Sam Hill of Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass be honored by the Texas Glass Association (TGA) this week.  Sam is one of the good guys in our world (as is Felix Munson who is the current President of the TGA) so it’s awesome to see his work and efforts appreciated!

--  As I do from time to time here I review new website launches and I love to do so.  Technology allows us to do so much more these days.  So that said kudos to Intermac on their new site. Strong, smart site that checks the two major boxes- it looks fabulous and it’s easy to get around.  I can’t tell you how many sites I run into where the design is breathtaking but trying to navigate it is miserable.  Nice work here by the team at Intermac for making it user friendly and memorable.

--  So California will now require solar panels on all new homes.  Which makes me wonder when there will be moves to do more with regards to renewable energy or Net Zero on commercial structures.  Keeping in mind one of the main issues with energy loss in this country still remains with the old inventory.  Until those buildings can be addressed and then improved, all we are doing is treading water.

--  I have been in the southern part of the US twice over the last few weeks and I keep seeing this soft drink (assuming that it is a soft drink its with the Cokes and Pepsi in the store fridge) called “Cheerwine”  - anyone know what it is?  I am curious what the taste is?  I almost grabbed one thinking it was my all time favorite Diet Dr. Pepper…

--  Last this week… Like many of you I am a road warrior… and I always like to see different hotels, their layouts and approaches etc.  Well this list of the top 5 “green” hotels is very cool but I doubt my travels will ever take me to any of them.

LINKS of the WEEK

When I first saw this video I seriously thought it was a clip from Titanic.

This takes the cake for bizarre divorce story.

Nice work by Ken Jeong- actor, comedian and life saver!

VIDEO of the WEEK

Funny video of the Cleveland Cavaliers and all LeBron… I think LeBron is so good he could carry 4 people off the street into the NBA playoffs.


Saturday, May 05, 2018

High Performance is High Priority

A lot of news came out of the Annual Conference recently held in California.  Glass Magazine will have in-depth breakdowns of everything, but just a quick take from me on one of the happenings.  Dr. Tom Culp (best in the business) reiterated what he covered at BEC with regards to more stringent energy codes coming down the path.  If you are in the IGU business and not paying attention to these moves you are doing yourself a massive disservice… Get up to speed.  Because of this  movement I also think products like dynamics and VIG will start to really become enticing on the commercial side to work within that world.  Also I mentioned last week on the California GWP but still don’t have my information settled- I will post on that as soon as I do!

Elsewhere….

--  I have noted here a few times that there’s been some soft spots in the marketplace to start 2018 and interestingly enough some of the latest data out backs that up.  And this report does also note that the other metrics we all follow are still tracking positive but the issue is in the current time period.  I think the weather had a different effect this year vs. the past (more severe and compacted time frames) and that is a big player in the process.  There is nothing worrisome overall- the softness is minor even with the numbers listed and there’s still a very positive foundation and backlog out there.  Still some who thought they were losing their minds because business was a bit off now at least have something to point to.

--  I was really excited to see the Houston Area Glass Association announcements on their scholarship program for a few reasons.  One I love these active local associations like HAGA, The Texas Glass Association, Colorado Contract Glaziers Association, Washington Glass Association and many others… they work hard for their local glass and glazing community and they deserve your support!  I also loved seeing that my old friend David Ozment from Binswanger Glass mentioned with his son winning one of the awards.  Obviously the good guy genes run deep in that family!

--  As I have written here before I love the “Flip or Flop” shows but I continue to be driven crazy on the estimates on the repairs.  Just watched an episode on the Vegas edition where they re-did a bathroom completely- and put in a massive, oversized heavy shower enclosure.  They also put in new sinks, hardware, tiles everywhere- and the estimate was laughably low.  I must be missing something… anyone with insight please let me know- and I’ll even keep it private if need be.  Plus my wife will love you because she’ll enjoy the show more without me yelling at the TV every time the ultra low estimate comes on the screen…

--  Speaking of those shows- I am starting to see more advertisements from glass related players- the latest being a very cool commercial from Pella.  I know they don’t play in the commercial realm but slickly produced ads are always nice to show our industry off.

--  Last this week… and lets end with absolutely wonderful news about George Sultage of Vitro.  I had noted on here several months ago that George was in a heck of a battle and I am thrilled to report he is doing great AND now back to work (from home to start)  This is awesome and I look forward to seeing George at GlassBuild hopefully or somewhere else down the line!  

LINKS of the WEEK

Interesting story on the battle for www.france.com  - worth watching on what happens.

Its prom season so lots of looks to comment on… this one is interesting- not traditional but I’m not freaked out by it


VIDEO of the WEEK

A guy like Bill Maher can be polarizing but I have to say he’s been pretty interesting lately on the common sense takes… this is one hits that tone for me.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Now on the Radar

A couple of very important stories not getting enough coverage are now hitting my radar.  They are the shortage of aluminum and CAL GWP measures in California.  I will cover CAL GWP next week as I am still learning more about it and I want to get feedback from the presentation at the NGA-GANA Annual Conference that covered it.  As for the aluminum situation, that one is real, very real.  This release from the AEC explains it in more detail… Bottom line is this thing is real and it is scary.  The shortage is already starting to affect the aluminum folks who manufacture storefront and curtain wall and obviously will trickle down to the installer community as well as this proceeds.  It certainly bears watching and as I get more information, I’ll surely pass it on.

Elsewhere…

--  It truly is now award season in the glass industry.  I mentioned a couple last week but the big one to get your nominations in on is the annual Glass Magazine awards. 
These honors are the best in the industry and I love the mix of categories for this year.  Innovation takes the lead role, as it should, in what the judges will be reviewing.  So I advise all of you to click the link and see what you have in your world that may fit.  And remember you can’t win if you don’t apply!

--  Time for the monthly Glass Magazine review… Interior glass focus this issue…Nice cover hot with material from CR Laurence.  Inside the Glass and Metals 301 guide to interiors was excellent.  Once again that approach provides such a tremendous resource.   I also really liked the approach Joe Bazzano took in his column on the tax cuts and jobs bill- again same theme of excellent resource.  Last and most important the coverage of the merge of GANA and NGA is well defined in an excellent piece by Bethany Stough.  This section that included some great pictures and timelines, clearly lays out what is going on in our world with such a monumental move.

--  Ad of the month…. Yet another challenging one to choose… but after going cover to cover several times to break down the candidates, I just couldn’t deliver a clear cut winner this month.  There were a lot of solid pieces but none to stand out… So I’ll save this choice and use it for a month when I want to name 2 winners…

--  AIA show is coming up in June and they are promoting it pretty extensively.  Recently they sent an e-mail blast out of the “Top 6” reasons to attend the show… #3 was “tour iconic architecture” which for sure in NYC is going to be good and AIA noted more 200 tours would be available.  So that said I can only imagine the effect that will have on a show floor that already struggles to get architects to the exhibits…

--  Great blog last week by Pete de Gorter.  If you did not see it- please check it out…

--  Last this week… One of my favorite subjects over the years has been the volatility of gas prices.  Well we are on the upswing again with the prices gaining on pretty much a daily basis.  Not good, personally or professionally with summer driving season and the busy summer deliveries for fabricators and glaziers.  Maybe we were spoiled by a few solid years of lower prices… but all I know is I am feeling the pain at the pump and its getting worse.

LINKS of the WEEK

--  Can’t get service?  Grab the PA system!

--  I love Amazon- but no way do I want them delivering to mycar.  So odd.

--  I do love these stories of texts that end up working out. 

VIDEO of the WEEK

So I saw the Avengers-Infinity War and it was solid- it was probably the best of the Marvel releases to date since the original Iron Man.  Anyway speaking of those characters… this video from the Jimmy Fallon show was brilliant… a take off of the Brady Bunch… loved it