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NGA Glass Conference: Interactive Online Event

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The NGA Glass Conference: Chicago will shift to an interactive online event to take place July 28-30, 2020. Registration will open the week of May 18. Members and non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

Participants can expect a mix of essential NGA Forming, Fabricating and Advocacy Committee updates paired with excellent educational content, including the popular technical and codes update. There will be opportunities for participants to engage in live Q&A with presenters.

Select sessions will also be AIA-accredited with the goal to encourage more architects to learn about glass and to aid in the fulfillment of required learning units that may have been impacted by the recent cancellation of the AIA Conference on Architecture.

Review FAQs for NGA's Glass Conference.
Read the news release regarding the transition of Glass Conference to an online event.

(formerly referred to as Fall Conference)

Contact Josh Lowe or Sara Neiswanger for registration assistance if needed.

Schedule (Subject to Change)

10:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, July 28

10:30 am: Log in to Zoom / Pre-Conference Networking

11:00 am: State of the Association, presented by Nicole Harris, NGA President & CEO

11:15 am: World of Glass
Learn how the COVID-19 health and economic crisis has affected float glass manufacturing around the globe. Get insights on production changes, market trends and the manufacturing outlook. Presentation will also include a deep dive into NGA's World of Glass Map.

12:15 pm: Break

12:30 pm: The New Normal - Manufacturing
COVID-19 has forced glass and glazing suppliers to change the way they operate, from the plant floor to the office. Learn how companies around the world have adapted; and hear best practices about addressing supply chain challenges, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, introducing digital processes and more.

1:30 pm: Break

1:45 pm: Advocacy Committee updates, including Advocacy Ambassador, Building Code Official Education and a review of COVID-19 Education topics.

3:00 pm: Daily Wrap-Up & Adjourn

 

10:30am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 29

10:30 am: Log in to Zoom / Pre-Conference Networking

11:00 am: The New Normal - Design & Construction
What is the current state of building design and construction, and what are the opportunities for glass companies? Hear from a panel of industry representatives as they discuss the pre-pandemic versus current state of design and how the trajectory has changed. Challenges, market drivers, building segments to watch, trends in building design and job site considerations will all be discussed.

11:15 am: World of Glass
Learn how the COVID-19 health and economic crisis has affected float glass manufacturing around the globe. Get insights on production changes, market trends and the manufacturing outlook. Presentation will also include a deep dive into NGA's World of Glass Map.

12:00 pm: Break

12:15 pm: Nano Learning
Hear quick 15-minute updates on NGA-developed AIA presentation content including Daylighting 101, Protective Glazing 101 and Bird-Friendly Design Strategies.

1:00 pm: Break

1:15 pm: Troubleshooting for Glass Fabricators
Learn how to investigate and address glass processing problems from a panel of leading experts. The session will present common challenges in glass tempering, insulating and laminating, and will offer best practices in identifying, addressing and preventing future defects.

This session is also ideal for new professionals to the industry.

2:00 pm: Break

2:15 pm: Working in a Digital World
This session aims to assemble a panel of representatives to address the acceleration of digitization in plants, the concept of selling from home and how new technology has been implemented on job sites.

3:00 pm: Daily Wrap-Up & Adjourn

10:30am - 3:00pm
Thursday, July 30

10:30 am: Log in to Zoom / Pre-Conference Networking

11:00 am: All About Glass: Architects' Top Questions Answered
Does all glass need to be heat soaked? What is anisotropy? Do all railings require laminated glass? Tell us more about safety factors for guards. In this session, a panel of glass industry experts will respond to top questions from the design community.

This session is also ideal for new professionals to the industry.

11:45 am: Break

12:00 pm: Safety Glazing 101
This session will answer common questions about safety glazing, including test standards, labeling, certification, and quality control. Learn where safety glazing is required in buildings according to building codes and how to comply with federal regulations regarding recall procedures.

12:45 pm: Break

1:00 pm: Technical & Codes Update
Hear from NGA's technical and advocacy team on the need-to-know updates to energy and safety codes, as well as updates on what's happening at other standard-setting bodies including ASTM and ASHRAE, plus a summary of the technical work that's been accomplished by NGA's members volunteers over the past six month.

This session is also ideal for new professionals to the industry.

2:00 pm: Break

2:15 pm: Macroeconomic Update, presented by Connor Lokar, ITR Economics
The ever-popular presenter and regular at NGA's Glazing Executives Forum, Connor Lokar, Program Economist at ITR Economics will offer a condense macroeconomic update of the current economy. Connor specializes in the construction industry and his dynamic approach offers business leaders a fresh look on how to make economic intelligence applicable and actionable. He allows attendees to walk away with a better understanding of their employees and the ability to plan for the future with confidence.

3:00 pm: Daily Wrap-Up & Adjourn

REGISTER NOW

Contact Josh Lowe or Sara Neiswanger for registration assistance if needed.

Cancellation Policy

View the full policy and terms to understand the steps to request a refund.

1. Written cancellations received by NGA on or before July 24, 2020, registrants shall receive a full refund minus the $25 processing fee.

2. No refunds will be made after July 24, 2020.

Thank you to our 2020 Event Partners

Cornerstone Partner
Dow
Foundation partner
NSG Pilkington
Quanex Building Products