Event reports
Oct. 16, 2019 - IGMA's IG Fabricators Workshops have revolutionized the hands-on approach to association education and training, with each session in the past selling out. Space is limited in each session to approximately 40 attendees to enhance and protect the "we are really doing this hands-on" nature of the event.
Oct. 10, 2019 - Glass was a large focus among the topics addressed during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference, which incorporated speakers from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). During the summer, the memberships of AAMA and IGMA both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The IGMA speakers took center stage to inform those at the conference about the effect hurricanes have on insulating glass unit performance, as well as how to wash and cut glass and how to conduct a frost point test.
Oct. 10, 2019 - In a session hosted by Intertek, participants of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2019 National Fall Conference in Austin, Texas, learned techniques for managing risk. A focus was placed on effective pre-construction laboratory mock-ups (PMUs), as well as quality control field testing in a presentation by Intertek Regional Sales Director, Jose Colon.
Sept. 25, 2019 - The glass and fenestration industries convened in Atlanta last week for the largest GlassBuild America in Atlanta in recent years. The essential industry trade show drew 8,200 enthusiastic attendees to a 187,000-net-square-foot exhibit floor with more than 420 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in industry innovations.
With its ever-changing landscape and excess, cities like Las Vegas capture the world’s imagination. Our industry’s work is influenced by their trends. As an incubator of transformation, Vegas was a fitting venue for A’19 AIA Conference on Architecture 2019.
Sept. 19, 2019 - Kicking off the Glazing Executives Forum, NGA's content director Jenni Chase shared the exciting announcement of an incredible new partnership with the Friese Foundation and their generous support of MyGlassClass.com.
Sept. 12, 2019 -  The Architect's Newspaper is bringing Facades+ to Toronto for the very first time on October 11th. This popular conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership.
Sept. 4, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar entitled “ICC 500 – Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelters” on September 10, open to all interested parties. Leading the webinar is Dave Stammen, Principal Engineer for the Building Science Group at ULRegister nowfor this complimentary session, part of AAMA’s regular webinar series.
Aug. 29, 2019 - Several optional events will be taking place at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 3), including a reception at which suppliers can display their products, a World Vision-partnered philanthropic event at a local Title I school and more. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin, Texas. Please note, separate registration is required for most optional events.
July 15, 2019 - This year’s Glass Performance Days (GPD) set a new benchmark of high-quality presentations, information sharing and personal networking for the entire glass industry value chain. Held from June 26–28 in Tampere, Finland, this is the 27th year since the world-class conference was established. According to the founding father and mastermind of the event Jorma Vitkala, “knowledge grows when knowledge is shared.” This is the spirit of GPD that will live on for generations to come.
June 27, 2019 - The Opening Ceremony of the Glass Performance Days 2019 conference (GPD) took place in Tampere, Finland, on June 26. The event got off to a great start with an impressive number of 750 international glass specialists gathered together in the TähtiAreena exhibition and sports center, which combined music and lights, and above all, a place to share knowledge. With the theme of “All eyes on smarter glass,” a truly global lineup of speakers gave their views on the glass business – and the importance of embracing and implementing new technologies.
Attendees at the joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conference in Victoria got a dose of adrenaline from the Day 1 keynote speaker, Patrick Moore. Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization over its opposition to plastics and now works with the Vinyl Institute, delivered a provocative talk challenging a swath of environmentalist shibboleths, including dismissal of climate change as an urgent problem.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Emerging Technologies Committee was chaired by David Cooper of Guardian. Co-chair Helen Sanders of Technoform was unable to attend. The committee was meeting at its Summer Conference in Victoria, held this year as a joint event with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Jeff Haberer from Trulite and Paul Bush from Vitro chaired a joint meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Technical Services Committee and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Glass Council at their Summer Conference in Victoria. The room of over 50 delegates heard about progress on PIB migration, expansion of structural standards to address jumbo and thin glass, acoustical ratings, vacuum insulating glass guidelines and more. Bush noted that the IGMA's technical task forces have often done most of the heavy lifting to research and write AAMA standards for some time.
Margaret Webb and Janice Yglesias, executive directors of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the American Architectual Manufacturers Association, respectively, opened the first day of official business at the joint AAMA/IGMA Summer Conference with a report to membership. Most of the discussion addressed progress and plans for the merger of the two association, which members will vote on in July. If approved, the new merged organization will be called the Fenestration Glazing Industry Alliance.
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