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Glass Education for Architects at NGA Glass Conference

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Don't miss Glass Education for Architects during the NGA Glass Conference, an interactive online event taking place July 28-30, featuring AIA-accredited educational content all about glazing and glass building products.

NGA is pleased to offer 9.5 hours of LU | HSW and LU | Elective credit at a time when architects need to make up for the credits they are not getting at live, in-person events.
Architect attendees are also welcome to attend other sessions of the conference that are not accredited.


Contact Sara Neiswanger for registration assistance if needed. 
*food and drink vouchers not included


Six hours of LU|HSW credit available:

  • All About Glass: Architects' Top Questions Answered
  • The New Normal: Design & Construction
  • Troubleshooting Glass Fabrication Challenges
  • Safety Glazing
  • Glass & Glazing Technical and Codes Update
  • An Introduction to Security Glazing in Buildings (0.25)
  • Benefits to Daylighting in Building Design (0.25)
  • Key Strategies of Bird-Friendly Glazing (0.25)
  • Key Principles for Protective Glazing in Buildings (0.25)

Three and a half hours of LU|Elective credit available:

  • The World of Glass (1.0)
  • The New Normal: Manufacturing (1.0)
  • Smart and Sustainable Cities (0.5)
  • A Digital Industry: Factory to Jobsite (1.0)


AIA-accredited sessions appear in bold with an asterisk (*).

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

  • 10:30 am - Log in to Zoom / Network with fellow attendees
  • 11:00 am - State of the National Glass Association, presented by Nicole Harris, NGA President & CEO
  • 11:15 am - The World of Glass*: get insights on production changes, market trends and the manufacturing outlook of the float glass manufacturing industry in the midst of COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 1:15 pm - Break
  • 1:30 pm - Smart and Sustainable Cities: the Turning Point*: The concept of smart and sustainable cities incorporates the use of technology to improve infrastructure, better response to inhabitant behavior, reduce resource consumption and increase the quality of the environment. Europe is at the forefront of implementing solutions to address such climate, economic and demographic challenges in urban areas using steps from the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI). Hear about the program and what lies ahead for North America.
  • 1:45 pm - Advocacy Committee initiatives review, including Advocacy Ambassadors, building code official education and special COVID-19 education measures.
  • 3:00 pm - Adjourn

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

  • 10:30 am - Log in to Zoom / Network with fellow attendees
  • 11:00 am - The New Normal: Design & Construction*: Hear from a panel of industry players as they discuss the state of building design and construction pre-pandemic versus present day. Participants will discuss leading challenges, market drivers, building segments to watch, trends in building design, jobsite considerations and more.
  • 12:00 pm - Break
  • 12:15 pm - Nano Learning Sessions*: hear mini-sessions on NGA's newest AIA presentations: Security Glazing, Daylighting, Bird-Friendly Glazing and Protective Glazing.
  • 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.
  • 2:00 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm - A Digital Industry: from Factory to Jobsite* - The pandemic has accelerated the glass industry's move to digitize and digitalize. Hear panelists discuss the trends, challenges and opportunities in bringing digital processes to the factory floor, office, jobsite, sales meetings and more.
  • 3:00 pm - Adjourn

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

  • 10:30 am - Log in to Zoom / Network with fellow attendees
  • 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 me more about the safety factor for guards. Learn the answers to top questions from the design community from a panel of experts.
  • 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 - Glass & Glazing Technical and Codes Update*: Hear the latest energy and safety code updates from the NGA advocacy and technical team, as well as the current work items within ASTM, ASHRAE and NGA.
  • 2:00 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm - Macroeconomic Update, presented by Connor Lokar, ITR Economics: A highly-anticipated speaker for NGA's Glazing Executives Forum will present a macroeconomic update on the construction industry and overall 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 ability to plan for the future with confidence.
  • 3:00 pm - Conference Wrap Up & Adjourn