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WASHINGTON, DC (August 9, 2011) – Less than three months after its official unveiling, the inaugural NGA Architects Forum has secured a major new partner.  The U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter (USGBC-GA) announced today that it has aligned with the first-annual event, to be held in conjunction with GlassBuild America 2011: The Glass, Window & Door Expo®.

Members of the USGBC-GA are invited to attend the day-long educational program at a 50% discount.  Participating members will also be eligible for Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) credits for LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

“Since we first started setting the stage for the Architects Forum, we have been committed to developing the strongest and most relevant program possible,” said Phil James, NGA President and CEO.  “The addition of the USGBC-GA to our team, which already includes the Georgia and Atlanta chapters of the AIA, helps ensure that we will deliver outstanding value to architects right out of the gates.”

“We are very excited to join the team for the inaugural Architects Forum,” said Leesa Carter, Executive Director of the USGBC-GA.  “This is a great opportunity for our members and we’re pleased to support the educational aspects of the event with CMP credits.”

Presented by the National Architects Committee, the NGA Architects Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The event will feature dynamic and informative speakers and breakout sessions, peer-to-peer sharing and fresh updates on challenging topics affecting the industry.

Other highlights of the 2011 GlassBuild America include interactive seminars on solar energy and decorative solar technologies.

The Architects Forum, presented by the NGA and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, is sponsored by Petersen Aluminum and Guardian.  For more information, visit

About the NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including – a state-of-the-art online training resource. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites:,,,, and NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. For more information on NGA, visit

About GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo
GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the Glass Association of North America, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association. Since 2003, it has been listed as one of the Top 200 largest U.S. tradeshows in the annual listing compiled by Tradeshow Week magazine. GlassBuild America 2011 will be held September 12–14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For more information on GlassBuild America, contact 866/342-5642, ext. 300 or visit

About AAMA
Since 1936, AAMA has been dedicated to the promotion of quality window, door, curtain wall, storefront and skylight  products. AAMA began offering the original third-party product certification program over 40 years ago to provide manufacturers with the means to independently demonstrate product performance to their customers via the AAMA Certification Label. Our membership includes almost 300 fenestration product manufacturers and their material and component suppliers and over 100 professional and technical consultant members. As the leading trade association representing both the residential and commercial sectors and all framing materials, AAMA continues to lead efforts to improve product, material and component performance through standards development and third-party validation. For more information about AAMA, visit

About USGBC-Georgia Chapter
The U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia Chapter was formed in November 2008 to advance and promote sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of Georgia's buildings, landscapes, cities and communities. USGBC-GA members also work to influence public policy and educate business leaders on the economics of green buildings. For more information, visit