Glass TEXpo™ day-two began with a hot breakfast and warm thanks and praise as the Texas Glass Association (TGA) held its biennial awards breakfast. TGA president Jerry Wright of Triple AAA Glass in Fort Worth, provided plaques of recognition and thanks to the members of the TGA Board of Directors and to Dallas Flat Glass Distributors for its sponsorship of the breakfast.
The TGA also inaugurated its first ever Glass Professional of the Year Award to honor an individual who has provided outstanding service to the industry and the association. The award was presented to Kyle Lamb of Universal Glass Company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. “We wanted a meaningful education program for TGA members,” said Wright, “and Kyle took it and ran with it. He helped create a wonderful educational program in our Glass Management program.”
The awards breakfast was followed by a presentation by Mic Patterson, vice president of strategic development for the advanced technology studio of Enclos.
“The adoption of new building façade technology is undergoing change,” said Patterson. “For a long time, we have been pushing technology that has been very slowly adopted. We are in the midst of a transformation to more of a “pull” approach — where profession and performance aspects of industry are pulling us toward new technology. Small businesses can set the stage for innovation that can be of benefit,” Patterson said.
“Changes in building design and in glass usage are not yet being driven by performance; they are still driven by aesthetics,” he said. “And we can take advantage of that. We at Enclos have the ability to work and design with a variety of materials beyond glass and that is very helpful,” he said.
Patterson also addressed the trend toward design-assist. “We do a ton of work and spend a lot of money before the job is awarded with no guarantee that we will get the job, he said of design-assist. “We do get some of the jobs, but it’s not an absolute.”
Patterson contends that it’s not all about energy right now. Durability, recyclability, embodied energy (energy usage in a building before and after main hours), resilience, meaning recovery from man-made and natural disasters, health and comfort are also important topics.
Patterson’s well-received presentation was followed by a very practical session led by Paul Bieber, the Five-Minute Consultant and president of Bieber Consulting. Bieber provided pages and pages of information about how to buy from vendors, shippers, fabricators and more. Bieber’s very practical advice kept attendees taking voracious notes.
The morning seminar session was followed by a second day of the Glass TEXpo trade show, which is open today from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.