Top Glass offers four one-hour sessions that qualify for structured learning credits with the Ontario Association of Architects. Admission is free, and all attendees will be issued a certificate confirming attendance and presentation details. Stay tuned for updates on our 2018 speaker lineup!
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Scratching the surface: Using nanotechnology to make glass non-reflective, water-repellent, and fog-resistant
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Black of Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States will present his team’s research using nanomaterials to render glass and some plastics virtually invisible by eliminating nearly all surface reflections. The nanotechnology-based approach uses self-assembly of block copolymers to design surface textures that endow materials with improved properties, such as full-color antireflection across the visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Similarly-designed surface nanotextures further impart water and fog-repellency to the glass, making it able to resist water droplet impacts even in excess of 10 meters per second. In this presentation, Dr. Black will discuss the physics behind light reflection and water repellency, as well as the process his team uses to create these surface textures. Attendees will get a look at technology that may change the future approach to glass treatment with implications for common problems with glare, coating durability, solar heat reflection, building energy efficiency and aesthetics.

Dr. Black is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a national scientific user facility operated at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. Each year, the CFN supports the science of more than 550 researchers from universities, industry, and national laboratories worldwide. The CFN mission is advancing nanoscience to impact society, by being an essential resource for the worldwide scientific community and by carrying out transformative basic nanomaterials research. Dr. Black earned the Ph.D. degree in Physics from Harvard University in 1996, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1991. Dr. Black is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Lunch Break
Lunch is available for purchase at the Craft Eatery or retail concession located on the premise.
Glass restoration: Providing clarity without distortion
Scratched glass is a major issue, especially on high value, heavy fabricated or hard-to-acquire materials. Jobsite damage from other trades can also be a major issue for the glazier. The thought of being able to salvage the glass is one that has been worked on for several years but understanding has been limited. Major advancements have been made in this field to repair glass and return it to a form that does not leave any optical evidence of rework. In this presentation, Cody Thomas, president of GlassRenu, a California glass restoration company, will go over the challenges and historical approaches to glass damage restoration and take a look at some new methods and technology impacting the industry.

Cody Thomas has been involved in the glass industry for over a decade as president of GlassRenu, a California-based manufacturing firm focused on developing and delivering comprehensive glass surface restoration tools. With a background in the sciences, Thomas has brought his experience in solving technically difficult problems to the glazing and glass fabrication industries
NAFS: What’s in, what’s out and what to do about it
With the title “North American Fenestration Standard”, it is tempting to think that NAFS applies equally to all fenestration products. This is not the case: while NAFS applies to a great many fenestration products, it excludes many products used in larger buildings from its scope. Fortunately, the code recognizes this, and provides complementary compliance paths for products within and outside the scope of the standard.

This presentation will examine NAFS and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS from the perspective of the National and Ontario Building Codes. It will explain why Performance Class is so central to NAFS, yet peripheral to the code. And why in Canada we dismantle the Performance Grade, the “American ABC rating” to specify air-water-structural properties independently of one another.

This session will also address the matter of products outside the scope of NAFS, and how the methods provided in CSA A440S1, the Canadian Supplement to NAFS, can be used to determine suitable design pressure and water penetration resistance test pressure values for products within, as well as outside the scope of the standard.

Bonus: this presentation is supplemented with a free e-book for participants titled “An Architect’s Guide to NAFS: Using with the North American Fenestration Standard in Canada”.

Al Jaugelis is a senior fenestration specialist with RDH Building Science Inc., and contributes to research, new construction and renewals projects, as well as assisting fenestration manufacturers with product performance and regulatory compliance issues. Al brings to this role practical experience in the fenestration manufacturing industry, and a clear understanding of Canadian code requirements applicable to fenestration. 
OGMA Awards for Excellence Presentation
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association will once again recognize outstanding achievement in commercial glazing, presenting awards for excellence in glass facade design and excellence in project execution to two Ontario companies.

To nominate an award winner, contact Angelo Cairo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Silicone coatings: An alternative to ceramic frit for spandrel glass
In this AIA-accredited presentation, Chris Fronsoe of ICD High Performance Coatings will discuss the use of silicone opacifiers in spandrel applications, educating attendees about the technological concept, application process and implications for surface performance, durability and esthetics. The presentation will address strengths in a variety of applications including monolithic, insulating glass and IG with low-E. Attendees will also learn about relevant techniques for fabricating and assessing spandrel glass performance, and look at comparisons with other opacifier technologies.

Chris Fronsoe is the Global Sales Manager of ICD High Performance Coatings and has held that role since early 2016. Fronsoe joined ICD in February of 2015 in a sales and marketing position. Fronsoe sits on several task groups within the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and is very active in the industry at large. Fronsoe has a BA in Business Management and Organizational leadership from George Fox University. Chris also holds many certifications in wine and spirits, and is a nationally recognized sommelier.
Exhibits Close
AcoustiGuard: Alcurv Canada: Alumicor: Ameri-can: Artistic Skylight Domes Ltd.: ClearStream: CMS: Commdoor: CRL: Dow Corning: Elton Manufacturing: Erdman: Ergo Robotics: Everlast: Exova: Exterior technologies group: Fenzi: Fine Openings: Glasscan: Glassopolis: GLG: Gridline Design Drafting: HPG: Inline Fiberglass Ltd.: INT Machinery Inc.: JSA: Kawneer: Kear Fabrication Inc.: Klaes: Kuraray: Litezone: Lothars Industrial Sales Ltd.: Mainstreet: McGill: OldCastle: Omni Glass: Q-Railings: Rimac Metal Curving: RPM: Salem: Security Mirror Industires Limited: Sika: Sunview Patio Doors: Swaving: TAG Hardware: Technoform Group: Technoglass: Tenplus: Tremco: Tri-Temp: Trulite: VEKA: VELUX Skylights: Ventex: Vetrotech: Vicone: Windowmaker Software: Windspec Inc.:
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