One has to wonder how the concept of world trading and economics is really working. Economists continue to tout this philosophy as being the future but it is hard to grasp where all the international stability went. We just didn’t see currencies with all this volatility when the countries within the European Union were separate entities. It remains to be seen whether the Euro in its existing form will stay in place over the next five years or will we be seeing a move back to economic seperationism. I think that this link explains it best.
In an effort to reduce prices on glass facades many developers and general contractors have jumped on the BUY CHINESE GLASS bandwagon. It isn’t bad enough that these decisions are made in a vacuum without considering the negative economic impact on our own economy, but this news clipping from ChinaDaily.com sheds an even more distorted light on this topic. If the glass isn’t good enough for their buildings you have to wonder why we would buy it. Although it isn’t stated, it is documented that heat treated glass from China is in many cases susceptible to breakage due to imperfections such as nickel sulfide inclusions. It isn’t the case with all imported glass, but the only way you would know is to process all the glass through a procedure known a heat-soaking once it gets here.
I would hope that stories like these would get a builder to stop and consider the public safety issue in their quest to save a few bucks here in the United States.
I am sick of all this LEED business. Never has a tax code had such a great marketing campaign with so many flaws.
How many glass companies are out there promoting that their products somehow qualify for LEED under the 500 mile radius qualification? There are too many to count and the best part is they are wrong. The 500 mile qualification is not based on where the glass fabricator has there facility, but where the raw materials are harvested that then go to the float glass line. The fabricator would have to qualify that the float they used for a specific job is from that silica supply location. I can assure you that there are only a handful of situations where this actually applies and be wary of any glass supplier who makes these claims for LEED qualification. In most cases they simply do not hold up to scrutiny.
The Green Building Council has done a great job of marketing the concept of green building. It is about time they start taking some responsibility for the enforcement of the smoke and mirrors campaign they have created.
Bernard Lax is the CEO of Pulp Studio, Inc. and a strong advocate of educating glass and design professionals on many different subjects. He speaks regularly at industry events and is now sharing his comments with you online