The Enemy: Still Us
Youíve probably heard it said before, but no one has ever
shown it more graphically than Serge Martin of AGC did during his presentation
at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in late March in
There before us was an updated and horrifying look at what everyone says
anecdotally, that is, that glass has shown no real increase in price in
nearly the past 20 years. Using the producer price index for a number
of construction materials, including brick, asphalt, wood and cement,
Martin showed that our industry is the only one pricing itself lower as
time goes on. Take a look below.
Now maybe if there were some great new and wildly more efficient process
to make glass, then perhaps such a curve would make sense. But flat glass
is still made by the float process, which, last time I checked, hasnít
changed all that much since its creation. In fact, every single hypothesis
I could come up for why such trending exists proves false except for one:
our own stupidity. What do you think? Why is the glass industry unable
to propel itself upward as an industry as almost every other building
product sector has? Or are we still just our own worst enemy?
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