Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • As of last week, President Donald Trump’s statement to impose steep tariffs will subject Canada, the European Union and Mexico to a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum Over the past couple of months, I’ve spoken to folks about what these tariffs could mean for our businesses. No one really has a solid answer, outside some certainty around temporary logistical... more »
  • Liability in times of crisis
    In the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, and as we brace for the next hurricane and fire seasons, businesses in areas of devastation not only have to worry about their people and damage to property, but also about whether and when they can fill existing orders. This last worry is why a “force majeure” clause is essential to a contract involving the supply of... more »
  • Part 2
      In the Florida Keys, this newer home suffered extensive windborne debris impacts during the storm due to the widespread structural failure of an adjacent, older home. (Images courtesy of the author.)  Editor’s Note: This article is the second installment based on a presentation Dean Ruark delivered at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 Fall Conference in... more »
  • The increasing role of environmental impact disclosures
    What’s in a Label An EPD “ecolabel” shows some or all of the following impacts, expressed where applicable in terms of equivalent CO2 emissions: Climate change Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer Acidification of land and water sources Eutrophication Formation of photochemical oxidants Depletion of fossil energy resources Depletion of mineral resources Any harmful... more »
  • Capitalize on capital expenditure transactions
    The manufacturing issue provides a chance for manufacturers to think big and, in the manufacturing world, this typically means capital expenditures. As any GlassBuild America attendee can attest, these large purchases tend to be sources of excitement.  Capex transactions themselves, however, remain complicated and detailed. They demand multiple strategic decisions regarding suitability,... more »
  • Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not make any amendments to the controversial Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review of the RRP Rule, which was required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, EPA did recognize some issues with Rule, but ultimately determined that the “economic benefits of the RRP Rule outweigh industry... more »
  • Windows, doors and skylights sometimes fall under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act’s definition of consumer goods, and other times they do not. Magnuson-Moss is a federal statutory scheme that mandates certain requirements for written warranties. It provides, in part, that the “warrantor” (party giving a warranty for a product) may not make conditions in a written or implied... more »
  • Lessons from Irma, Part 1
    Above: All building products on this new construction home on Sugarloaf Key are certified with Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance and tested for multiple large missile impacts to both the glass and framing members. No structural or water damage reported at the home following Irma. Below: Debris lines a heavily damaged street on Little Torch Key. (All images courtesy of the author.) Editor’s... more »
  • Can you market your products as made in the USA?
    While it may seem that “buying American” is being pushed even more these days, research shows that consumers have been keen on buying American-made products for some time. A Consumer Reports article from 2015 reported that eight in 10 American consumers would rather buy an American-made product than a foreign one and many would pay 10 percent more for it.  One easy way to... more »
  • One of our member companies recently reached out to our staff to gain some insight on the lack of building code enforcement in Puerto Rico. The member told us the problem existed before the hurricane but is worse now. He also expressed frustration over competing with other companies that regularly violate code.  Here’s what we found out: The extent and severity of the storm damage has... more »