Event reports
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.
June 12, 2019 - Glass Performance Days (GPD) 2019 promises to be an event that will make history! With over 700 registered participants, the conference, exhibition and workshops in Tampere, Finland, from June 25–28 are breaking records this year with 242 presentations offered by a world-class lineup of 220 speakers.
From the minute one lands in Las Vegas for BEC, you are on. Presented by the National Glass Association now with GANA, it is an intense whirlwind of networking, seminars, meetings, and events until you fly back out. This past March, over 550 attendees attended the biggest BEC in a decade.
May 6, 2019 - With GPD 2019 fast approaching, the GPD organizing committee is pleased to share an interview with opening speaker Stefan Blach, partner of Studio Libeskind, conducted by professor Matti Rautiola in April 2019.
May 1, 2019 - Registration is now open for the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, to be held June 17-20, 2019, in Victoria, British Columbia. The early bird rate is guaranteed through May 17, and attendees are encouraged to register before this date. Because this is a combined AAMA and IGMA conference, only one registration fee per attendee is required. All registrations will be processed through AAMA.
Top Glass 2019 surpassed all previous attendance records with over 300 glazing contractors, architectural glass fabricators, architects and other construction design professionals walking through the doors. They came to see 62 of Canada's top suppliers of products for the commerical glass construction industry and to take in a sparkling education program addressing green building standards, bent IGU seal testing, contractor certification and anisotropy measurement science.
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