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Get Ready for the Year of Glass

How cool would it be if our industry, our little world, had the honor of having a year named for it? Well, if we all can come together and push, maybe 2022 will be known as the International Year of Glass by the U.N. I mean to me that would awesome as you know I love our core product and to have that distinction applied to our industry would really be something. So how does this happen? Well the National Glass Association along with many other glass related organizations are applying to the U.N. in the coming week with a push noting that the glass world is truly a positive force when it comes to technology, science and the world economy. It will be interesting to see how this progresses, and I am excited to see people getting behind it and supporting it. I would definitely love the opportunity to stand out from all of those other trades with this recognition. 2022: The Year of Glass. I like the sound of that!


  • The latest Architectural Billings Index was released, and it was a blockbuster. The total came in at a winning 52.5 (remember over 50 is positive) with a crazy good 58.7 number on project inquiries and an even more exciting 53.4 on design contracts. Inquiries are great and all, but contracts are surely a very positive approach. The good momentum continues ...
  • On the flip side, I know many folks have had some January blues to start the year, so they probably get mad at me when I am professing all sunshine and butterflies. There are some soft pockets out there, and we knew going into this year it was going to have some odd bumps in the road. I am still confident on the whole, but surely there are parts that are frustrated out there.
  • The International Builders Show was this week. I was not there, but heard from a few that were; seems like some interesting products and services were in play. Once again, a big one was residential windows with extremely high performance. I do think between New York’s local ordinances and some other municipalities pushing there will be some disruption on residential. I will be watching to see when that comes more of our way on commercial.
  • I know I write it every week, but the Building Envelope Contractors Conference is coming and the guest list is growing. Will you be there? I have been honored to be involved with this event for probably 20 of its 24 years, and the subject matter this year may be the best yet. I was pumped that we added Jake Gaddis of United Architectural Metals this week to a panel on Delegated Design. Jake is an expert actually in design assist, and the insight he is going to share in that realm will be amazing. If you have not signed up yet-, go here and do it today.
  • Last this week: love this job that is profiled here, but I must say I am bummed as my sister Marcie is a bigwig at the company that is housed in this amazing structure and she never turned me on to it early at all. Just kept this great design to herself. Once again proving the smartest Perilstein on the glass side of things is the one not currently in the business! Really awesome work here by all.

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Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. Contact him at