A Year in Review: From Shoring Up Your Business to Resilient Designs

This year has been filled with ups, downs and many renewed connections. We resumed some face-to-face get-togethers, travelled to tradeshows and leaned on each other to work our way through business booms, supply chain challenges and a shortage of labor.

So, as we close out 2021, I think it’s important to reflect on where we have been and anticipate where we are headed. We covered a lot of ground together, so I’d like to share the five most-read blogs from the year—and preview some of the trends I believe will be most important to our businesses as we enter 2022.

 

  1. Three Ways to Shore Up Your Business This Winter, posted January 2021

We are ending the year much like it began as we continue to look for ways to refine our businesses, maneuver ups and downs and make the most of what downtime we might have this time of year. This blog covers everything from training and strengthening safety protocols and how to protect your quality, even when tightening your belts.

  1. Addressing Energy Consumption in Older and Historic Buildings, posted March 2021

How can you tell if a commercial building is inefficient? New York City implemented a new rule requiring multifamily, nonresidential and public or government buildings greater than 25,000 square feet to post an A-F letter grade based on the building’s Energy Star score. Read more about where this trend is headed across the U.S. and our industry’s challenge to deliver performance without disrupting the aesthetic integrity of an existing, culturally significant building.

  1. Maintaining Performance Long After Installation, Posted May 2021

This is an evergreen topic for the commercial glass industry as we are always evaluating the initial performance of our products to meet increasingly strict building codes. But what happens to performance during and after installation can be just as important. In this blog, I look at installation, training and the importance of simplified assembly and installation processes, especially amid the ongoing labor shortage.

  1. Focusing on What We Can Control Moving Forward, Posted August 2021

As I mentioned, this year brought back opportunities to meet face to face and even attend tradeshows. But how can you afford time away for networking when there’s so much going on it’s hard just to keep up with demand? Here, I offer four tips to maximize your time, while still finding time to learn about new products and industry trends.

  1. Built for the Future: Resiliency and Efficiency go Hand in Hand, September 2021

The AIA defines resilience as “The ability of a system and its component parts to anticipate, absorb, accommodate, or recover from the effects of a hazardous event in a timely and efficient manner, including through ensuring the preservation, restoration, or improvement of its essential basic structures and functions.” How does commercial glazing affect building resiliency? Read this blog for more information.

 

Looking Forward

The topics we covered this year in Commercial Commentary are still very much relevant today and will be well into the new year. But what else will we be tracking in the coming months?

  • Automation for all sizes. In speaking with my colleagues, smaller to midsized companies will be compelled to look at automation to help offset demands and boost quality.
  • Increased focus on logistics. Ongoing supply issues will force companies to place their focus on adapting to a new reality. This means optimizing inventory, reducing waste wherever possible and assessing production capabilities. I expect to see more time put into creating logistical efficiencies.
  • Continued focus on energy efficiency. We’ll see more new legislation and increasingly stringent building code requirements to reduce emissions and improve performance of commercial structures—and the need to continuously improve our offerings to customers.

Until then, I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Looking forward to seeing you in 2022!