To say I was thrilled to see Eugene Negrin's recent blog post is an understatement. Go read it when you get a chance, you can find it here. The crux of the post is a call out on the fact that the decorative glass industry has a complete lack of performance standards. Why am I, a glass coating manufacturer, so into this? We have been in the industry for over twenty-five years, with our core company value of creating products that out-perform the applications they go into. Are we special? No, we just firmly believe in creating quality and being part of the community we sell into. We feel it is our responsibility to ensure our customers stay out of trouble. At least die trying.
Eugene is right; we are seeing an extreme change in how suppliers view their customers. People are grasping to stay alive in these unprecedented economic times, not everyone is honest. Combine this with an industry that has a lack of performance standards for decorative glass, and you have big issues.
Key things I want to highlight from Eugene's post that resonated with me:
- Industry standards help specifiers know what is behind the glass they are specifying.
- Safety & Performance standards aid in trust and confidence from the architectural community.
- Manufacturing and product testing conventions helps level the playing field.
Right now, due to a lack of good standards (or any at all), coatings for glass are accepted and used in everything from spandrel to back splashes, that should not be used at all. Sadly, you can't trust everyone you come across in this world. We know that marketing is a powerful thing and in the wrong hands, it can make you buy the wrong stuff. This is why we have standards.
This is what I want you to do:
- Demand your coated glass products pass a safety and/or performance standard.
- Join the Glass Association of North America and contribute to a better industry.
- Demand your coating supplier show you proof that their product will work in your application via an outside standard, don't just take their word for it.