Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013

A Hidden GEM

Glass Expo Midwest Blows Through the Windy City

Despite some heavy rain and dreary weather, attendees and exhibitors made their way to the 2013 Glass Expo Midwest Show at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, to see some of the latest products and discuss hot topics in the commercial glazing industry. From keynote speakers to innovative doors, there was much to be seen at this year’s show.

Between the trade show floor and educational seminars, attendees took in a lot of information about the industry. Most importantly, they shook hands and met people face-to-face.

“I can get hands-on being able to talk to some people who have other items such as shower doors and commercial openings … I can find other suppliers,” said Jon Davis of J.D. Glass and Mirror.

We’ve always been a part of sponsoring it we’re a big believer in small local shows,” said Mary Hester of JLM Wholesale, sponsor of the event. “I think it’s important for the small shows to be out there because it allows people who don’t get to go to the national shows to come out and they get to meet the people they’re speaking with on a daily basis. So that’s one of the main reasons we sponsor is because we believe in the show.”

If you weren’t able to attend the event, take a look at some of what you missed. If you’re interested in attending any future Glass Expos visit www.glassexpos.com to learn more.

The Glass Detective

The show “Mystery Detectives” has nothing on glass expert Dr. Paul Duffer. “Glass will tell you its secrets if you listen,” said Duffer, technical adjunct for the Glass Committee, International Window Cleaning Association, and noted authority on glass and glass cleaning. Duffer is also retired from PPG Industries after 31 years there.

“And its biggest secret involves water. We see glass stored not only where it is rained upon, but next to machinery that’s cleaned with water from hoses. People think nothing of it because, after all, ‘it’s just water’” he said, “but tap water can stain the glass and render it useless.” Duffer’s presentation included example after example of glass that had been stained, discolored, leached or otherwise aesthetically destroyed along with the conditions that caused the problem.

The Futurist

Richard Voreis likes to look at the future—not in a fortune-teller type of way, but with an eye toward strategic planning. The chief executive officer of Consulting Collaborative and USGlass magazine columnist provided attendees with a look into the future. Among his predictions:

• The U.S is the fastest growing PV user in the world through 2015;
• The amount of glass and metal being used in interiors is now equal and may surpass the amount of glass on the exterior

• Building integrated project delivery will grow;
• Building remodeling, updating building appearances–and function–wise, as well updating for energy considerations will continue to grow;
• 80 percent of the buildings in this country are prime candidates for remodeling. More than 500,000 buildings a year undergo exterior remodeling. The Southern area of the country undergoes the most remodeling;
• Exterior remodeling is most popular on retail storefronts, then educational institutions, office buildings, then lodging and the least popular is the health care arena;
• None of the major architectural manufacturers are active in the interior market;
• Aluminum usage inside the building is growing faster than any other building material;
• The glass industry is lagging behind architects and general contractors in adopting BIM. “BIM is the most significant new building technology to hit the glass industry in my lifetime,” said Voreis; and
• Automatic generation of take-offs through BIM computer estimating software can be done today, although it is not widely adapted yet. —Deb Levy

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