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NGA Glass Conference: Miramar Beach 2023

| Hotel Effie Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
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Event Information

Hotel Effie Sandestin
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Presentation Spotlight

Enameled Glass and Spandrel Strength

Featuring industry expert and consultant Chris Barry


Spandrel glass is opaque coated glass used in non-vision areas of a building envelope to conceal columns, floors and other building elements from outside view. Although rare, spandrel glass breakage has led to some controversy in the glazing industry. Is the breakage a result of weakened glass strength caused by mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of particular enamel compositions and glass? Could the transition from stronger fully tempered glass to heat-strengthened glass play a role? Or is it due to thermal stress, an unintentional consequence of more stringent energy conservation standards?


The use of opaque paints and enamels, low-e coatings, thick insulation and other elements designed for energy efficiency can allow heat to build up as they absorb sunlight, especially when insulating glass
 units (IGUs) are installed as spandrel glass. With no ambient air circulating behind the spandrel glass to remove the absorbed heat, the glass temperature will increase much more than in adjacent vision glass where air is freely moving on the room-side.


Chris Barry will discuss the ASTM studies on thermal stress resistance of spandrel, as well as glass and coating specification considerations during NGA Glass Conference: Miramar Beach. Join the conversation by registering today.

  Regular Rate
NGA Member $875
Non-Member $1,575
Spouse** complimentary!

*Available for spouses of registered individuals only


Schedule (Subject to Change)

11:00am - 4:00pm
Optional Golf Scramble
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Optional Task Group Meeting Time
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception
8:30am - 9:45am
Breakfast & Presentation

NGA's International Year of Glass in Review

10:00am - 12:00pm
Fabricating Committee Meeting

Featuring the following committee segments and updates:

  • Organization-wide initiatives
  • Installing committee updates
  • Fire-Rated Glazing technical segment
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Networking Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely lunch, and come and go at your own pace. Formal programming is not planned.

1:15pm - 4:30pm
Fabricating Committee Meeting, continued

Featuring the following committee segments and updates:

  • Laminating technical segment
  • Protective Glazing technical segment
  • plus a presentation on Implementation of the new ASTM F3561 test method - the Test Lab perspective

This session will end with a brief presentation geared towards the new professionals in attendance - those who are relatively new to the industry and/or new to NGA events! Stick around to get up to speed on what you can expect from the remainder of the conference, and gain some insight from some of our more regular participants.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
New Professionals Networking Break

Planned specifically to welcome the newest members of our industry and to NGA into the fold!

7:00am - 8:00am
8th Annual Fun Run/Walk
8:00am - 9:00am
Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and come and go at your own pace. Formal programming is not planned while the optional Fun Run/Walk is taking place.

9:00am - 10:45am
Advocacy Committee Meeting

Agenda items include:

  • Legislative bill tracking / Build Back Better program update
  • the EPA and architectural glass recycling
  • School Safety Legislation update
  • NEW Logistics of Architectural Glass Recycling initiative
11:00am - 12:00pm
Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days - Planning & Goals

Taking place March 27-28, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Discussion will include:

  • 2022 event recap
  • Goals and potential initiatives
  • Legislator & speaker outreach
  • Development of any new resources to support potential initiatives
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Lunch & Presentation

Glass & Glazing Codes and Standards Update

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fabricating Committee Meeting, continued

Featuring the following committee segments and updates:

  • Tempering
    • plus a presentation on Enameled Glass and Spandrel Strength featuring industry expert and consultant Chris Barry
  • Decorative
  • Mirror
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Interactive Industry Scenario: Walls or Guards?

Participate in this live debate-style scenario as we consider the question… “Should floor-to-ceiling glass, as in office space or hotel rooms, be considered a wall or guard?” Attendees will be divided into two groups representing either wall or guard to formulate a rationale for a mock debate. It’s about to get interesting!

6:00pm - 8:30pm
Volunteer Celebration Dinner
8:00am - 9:15am
Breakfast & Presentation

What's the Word on Thin Triples? featuring Steve Selkowitz

sponsored by Pilkington|NSG

9:30am - 10:30am
Industry Collaboration Updates

Featuring reports from the following industry organizations and stakeholders:

  • IGCC
  • FGIA
  • NFRC
10:45am - 11:45am
Forming Committee

Agenda items include:

  • Buy Clean California Act update
  • Health Product Declarations
  • Coated Glass AIA presentation update
  • Resources eligible for 2023 systematic review
12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lunch & Download

This lunch will feature an informal wrap-up of what we've addressed and accomplished during the NGA Glass Conference this week. Consider it a quick way to 'download' key conference take-aways!

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fabricating Committee Meeting, continued

Featuring the following committee segments and updates:

  • Insulating
  • Energy
  • Conference conclusion

Hotel Information

Rooftop view from Hotel Effie Sandestin

Hotel Effie Sandestin
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

$179/night + $10/night resort fee* guaranteed until Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Contact for assistance.


*resort fee includes complimentary resort transportation; usage of two bicycles daily; fitness center; one hour of tennis court time daily; one hour use of canoe, kayak or boogie board daily; WiFi throughout resort properties.

Parking at Hotel Effie is valet only. The current rate is $25 per vehicle, per day (plus tax).


Plan Your Travel

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Things to do in Miramar Beach

The Hotel Effie Sandestin is located in the middle of a host of fun things to fill your downtime, whether you're looking for something within walking distance, on the water, or want to explore a bit further up the coast.

At the Hotel Effie Sandestin

  • Bike rentals: two four-hour complimentary rentals are included with your stay!
  • Golf: four courses to choose from, including one to be featured as the Conference Golf Scramble course
  • Tennis: one complimentary hour of play for guests on hard or clay surfaces
  • Kayaking & Boogie: one complimentary hour of equipment rental for guests
  • Spa Lilliana: view the services menu
  • Rooftop Yoga - Rooftop F45 Destin HIIT workout
  • Sound and meditation healing experience
  • Rooftop movies
  • Live acoustic music in lobby and live DJ on the rooftop
  • Cocktail mixology and wine tasting classes

Miramar Beach / Sandestin Activities

  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
    • Less than five minutes from the Effie Sandesting hotel, Baytowne Wharf offers a diverse collection of specialty stores, restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife.
    • Baytowne Marina
      • Watersports: paddle board rentals and waverunner rentals await
      • Freshwater fishing excursions
  • Sailing Moby Adventures: Crab Island, snorkeling, dolphin tours for up to 6 people
  • SunQuest Cruises: take a dinner cruise aboard the Solaris yacht featuring three decks of indoor/outdoor space
  • Crab Island Adventure Cruise
    • Book your own cruise over to Crab Island! Floats, snorkel equipment, coolers, speakers are included, along with your own captain and deckhand.
  • Gulf Coast Axe House (axe throwing)
  • Miramar Beach Parasailing: boat tours, dolphin and whale watching

Nearby Destin

  • Harbor Lights Tiki Cruise through Destin Harbor
  • Henderson Beach State Park – a mile of sugar white sand beach
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: sail-like dunes overlooking the emerald waters
  • Destin Harbor Boardwalk – shops and dining
  • HarborWalk Village and Marina – overlooking Destin Harbor
  • Grand Boulevard at Sandestin shopping mall
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets shopping mall
  • Destin History & Fishing Museum

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