New Products, Technology, Learning Opportunities
To Debut At 2012 GlassBuild America

Jenni Chase - July 8, 2012


Building on the success of last year’s event (pictured), 2012 GlassBuild America:
The Glass, Window & Door Expo is expected to host more than 330 exhibitors representing 13 countries.
Photos by Robb D. Cohen Photography and Design,

"GlassBuild America has always been the launching point for companies to introduce their advancements to the industry,” says Denise Sheehan, Vice President of Industry Events for the National Glass Association. “However, in the last few years, our Innovative Product exhibitors have helped us stay ahead of the curve with solar, dynamic, and many other sustainable and energy efficient products. 2012 will be no different,” she says.

Set for Sept. 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is expected to host more than 330 exhibitors representing 13 countries. At press time, exhibitors had reserved 922 booths occupying 92,200 net square feet of exhibit space.

Organized by the NGA, the show is cosponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America, the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance, and the Bath Enclosures Manufacturers Association.

“[We’re] glad to be back!” says Dennis Lane, president of exhibitor Thermal Windows Inc. “As much as I am amazed at the latest improvements in communication technology, we still believe a sincere, personal greeting and hands-on demonstration of our products give the consumer the confidence they need to invest with Thermal in their next project,” he says.

This year's event once again will feature Innovative Product exhibitors showcasing high performing, energy efficient products; solar products; new technology; and advancements in sustainable design. Attendees can visit these exhibitors in the Innovative Product Pavilion or elsewhere on the show floor where they will have designated "Innovative Product" signage.

"In the program's first three years, the number of Innovative Product exhibitors grew more than 200 percent, and it is going strong for 2012," says Susan Jacob, director, NGA Industry Events. "Continued growth of this program shows that companies in our industry are continuously working to introduce fresh ideas and technologies, while creating improved products and services for their customers."

Enhanced attendee experience

This year, GlassBuild America organizers introduced “My Expo Plan,” a new feature of the interactive floor plan on that allows attendees to view exhibitor profiles and map their route on the show floor. After creating a personal account on the site, users can view the floor plan in real time, search for companies using a variety of parameters and create a list of favorite exhibitors. When they print the floor plan, their favorite exhibitors will be highlighted.

Also new for 2012 is bar code technology that will store attendee information on the GlassBuild America badges. According to show organizers, this new format speeds up the check-in/badge pick-up process. It enables pre-registered attendees, for example, to print badges and receive badge holders on site, using the “Scan & Go” counters.

Attendees also will be able to take advantage of a new registration rate structure this year that includes NGA or Window and Door Dealer Alliance member rates. More information is available at

AIA Learning Unit opportunities

There will be much to do off the trade show floor as well, with GlassBuild America attendees able to earn American Institute of Architects Learning Units by attending select educational seminars.

Among the educational seminars that qualify for AIA LUs is the Solar Power Symposium, worth four credits. Designed for architects, glass and glazing subcontractors, and building product and solar component manufacturers, it will take place Sept. 14. The four-hour symposium will feature different speakers from the photovoltaics and building construction industries, whose goal is to further the development of solar power in the glass and glazing industry.

Also eligible for AIA Learning Units will be a decorative glass seminar, Sept. 14, worth one LU. In addition to presentations of well-known glass artists’ work, seminar attendees will get a comprehensive overview of the decorative glass market, including the business benefits, newest materials and products, color and design trends, and advances in hardware and engineering.

Michael Collins, an investment banker with Chicago-based Jordan, Knauff & Co., will give a presentation Sept. 14, as well, that is worth one AIA LU. His presentation will include an overview of the residential and commercial glazing industry, a discussion of the ongoing recovery of the residential industry, and an examination of the long-term future of both the commercial and residential segments. Designed for commercial and residential glass and glazing contractors, as well as building product manufacturers, the seminar also will address the implications of recent transaction and expansion activity within the industry.

Glazing Executives Forum

The 7th Annual Glazing Executives Forum, Sept. 13, will feature discussions on the economy, green building, project management and other key issues facing the glass industry. Attendees will be able to earn 8 AIA LUs by participating.

Highlights of this year’s forum include Jeff Dietrich’s annual economic forecast. The senior analyst for the Institute for Trend Research,, will provide insight into the glass industry, including financial and operating trends.

The event also will include a panel discussion on the current state of the glass industry, examining the latest technology, building codes, products and energy issues. The panel will include Garrett Henson, vice president of sales, Viracon; Oliver Stepe, senior vice president, YKK AP America; David Balik, president and owner, GGI; and Scott Clymire, vice president, United Architectural Metals.

Project management will be the focus of the forum's final session of the day, with an interactive discussion on trends in project management and how industry leaders approach this important discipline. The project management panel will consist of several project managers from NGA member firms that will offer their insight on how they approach project management, and will be moderated by Frank Ryle, author of “Keeping Score: Project Management for the Pros.”

Additional sessions will address green building and LEED 2012, and marketing efforts focused on the architectural community.

"The forum is absolutely unmatched in creating opportunities for networking and information sharing in the glass and glazing community," says David Walker, vice president, Association Services, for the National Glass Association. "We know that participants will find significant value in our top-notch slate of discussions and workshops."

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