A Class on Glass

Architects’ Forum™ 2019 Brings Continuing Education for Architects to the Northeast

The world of glass and metal is constantly advancing toward increased energy efficiency and achieving more difficult engineering feats. Architects’ Forum™ will provide architects access to continuing education courses focused on the latest glass and glazing technologies. The event, which is sponsored and organized by the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine, will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, N.Y. It is free for architects and includes sessions focused extensively on the changes and developments in architectural glass. Attendees can earn up to four (4) continuing education credits, all in one convenient location, absolutely free.

In addition, the event will include lunch sponsored by Quanex Building Products, and admission into the Glass Expo Northeast™ tradeshow, which takes place concurrently.

Continuing Education

The continuing education courses available at Architects’ Forum™ are accredited with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Participating architects can receive AIA learning units for each of the four courses, which will focus on structural silicone spacers and sustainability, high performance coatings, glass railings with laminated glass and glazing considerations for school safety.

How Structural Silicone Spacers Contribute to Sustainable Window Design

Presenter: Joe Erb, commercial sales specialist, Quanex Building Products, Gold Sponsor

9 – 10 a.m.

This course will focus on achieving optimal/green building design by improving energy efficiency, long-term durability and waste reduction with the latest silicone technologies for commercial glazing. The session will cover insulating glass history and delve into how structural silicone spacers have contributed to energy efficiency and sustainable design in glazing. Course participants will be able to identify at least three characteristics of flexible silicone spacers that promote durable and sustainable glazing design.

The Evolution of Glass and High Performance Coatings

Presenter: Leigh Anne Mays, regional architectural manager east for Guardian Glass, Silver Sponsor

10 – 11 a.m.

The seminar, “The Evolution of Glass and High Performance Coatings,” will give architects an overview of the basics of glass and its manufacturing process. This one-hour, interactive session will provide information about various types of low-E technology available in the market and define relevant energy terms. Architects attending this course will learn about several case studies and project examples that demonstrate current trends in glass usage, application and important design considerations.

Designing Safer Glass Railings with Laminated Glass

Presenter: Valerie Block, architectural marketing consultant, Kuraray America, PVB division, Silver Sponsor

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

“Designing Safer Glass Railings with Laminated Glass” will examine the safety concerns around glass in railing systems. The seminar will discuss new building code requirements that address the use of these railing systems. Participants will learn the results of impact testing and the need to verify the compatibility of sealants and grouts. The course will provide an overview of issues such as the various glass types used in railing systems; laminated glass interlayers and the role they play in glass retention after breakage; building codes and standards directed toward glass railings in buildings; and the difference in post-breakage performance of glass types in minimally supported glass systems.

Fenestration and Glazing Considerations for School Safety

Presenter: Greg Galloway, ProTek brand manager, YKK AP, Silver Sponsor

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Security glazing is becoming an integral part of school designs, and the session titled “Fenestration and Glazing Considerations for School Safety” will address this trend. The course explores design strategies for new schools to create the most effective use of glazing for daylighting, natural surveillance, safety and security. Designing security glazing that meets multiple design objectives is easier and more cost effective in new construction, but improvements can be made to existing school facilities as well. Galloway will provide upgrade priority sequences for glazing and locks.

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