Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008
15th Year Celebration
Some of you may already know that for a 15th anniversary, the “traditional” gift is crystal, while the “modern” gift is (you guessed it) glass. In its 15th year, Glass Expo Midwest ™ will be giving the gift of glass education— December 8-10, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. This regional educational event is sponsored by USGlass magazine and the Illinois Glazing Association and the Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin Glass Associations, the Detroit Glass Dealers Association and the Association of Glazing Contractors.
A Full Seminar Schedule
To start with, it’s rare to find a conference today that isn’t touching on the topic of “green,” and at Glass Expo Midwest a discussion on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System and how architectural aluminum, glass and sunshades can contribute to LEED credits will be included. Steve Fronek, vice president of Wausau Windows & Wall Systems in Wausau, Wis., will take green to the next level in his discussion on how many glass companies are expanding their facilities to produce technology for solar cells (for more information on solar energy, see July 2008 USGlass, page 42). This presentation will explain what some companies are already doing and how others can benefit from these new opportunities.
Michael Collins of Jordan, Knauff & Co., a well-known investment banking firm based in Chicago, will make a presentation about building information modeling (BIM), another big new trend for the contract glazing industry. As more architects begin to use 3D modeling software, planners, designers, manufacturers, contractors, glazing subcontractors and owners are able to work from the same object-related database. Learn about where BIM is headed and exactly what it means for the glass industry (for more information on BIM, see April 2008 USGlass, page 28).
In addition, a seminar on the “Proper Application of Shower Doors” will be provided. Paul Duffer, a retired senior research associate of PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, will provide background on the damage that concrete run-off can do to glass, with insight in what you can do to prevent it and educate your customers about this problem before they find themselves dealing with it firsthand. USGlass columnist Paul Bieber (see page 16) will present his highly successful program on “How to Buy Glass and Other Goods—Better, Cheaper, Faster.”
During his keynote speech, Jerry Wright, owner of AAA Glass & Mirror in Fort Worth, Texas, will explain “Why Leadership Matters Today!” Wright knows a thing or two about leadership. He has served as the president of the Texas Glass Association and of the National Glass Association, and is currently a Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis International, serving as a volunteer for sponsored youth work in local high schools. In his presentation for Glass Expo Midwest, he will help his audience identify leadership in their businesses and encourage others to lead.
Scene of Festivities
Or leave the shopping behind and mix your entertainment with business by attending the cocktail reception and holiday party on the show floor. The event on December 9, sponsored by Gunther Mirror Mastics, will provide an opportunity for networking with other attendees. Even this part of the expo will remain festive, though, as attendees will be asked to guess the identity of the “Celebrity Santas” ...
According to the company, the ThermaShade sunshades optimize the use of natural daylight, reducing energy costs and improving the comfort level for building occupants. ❙❙➤ www.ykkap.com
F. Barkow Has a New Design
Anecdotal evidence from the company suggests that the Aerostop may also improve fuel efficiency on vehicles that are operated on major highways, rather than those primarily engaged in city driving. ❙❙➤ www.barkow.com
According to the company, glass railing installers can reduce installation time by 50 percent or more using the Taper-Loc system. The system uses a horizontal taper lock design, rather than a vertical wedge system. ❙❙➤ www.crlaurence.com
Drift with the New U.S. Aluminum Curtainwall
United States Aluminum in Waxahachie, Texas, will offer information
on its new Series 5250 unitized curtainwall. The system
is available as either a fully captured or vertically butt-glazed
system with a 2 ½-inch sightline and 7 ½-inch overall depth. It
is designed to be flexible with up to 2.5 percent inter-story drift
to absorb building movement. The curtainwall utilizes a threeway
adjustable anchor designed for easy adjustment during
erection. A non-conductive injection-molded thermoplastic connector
DORMA Stays in the Loop
YKK AP Sees Green
C2C certification evaluates the eco-effectiveness of a product by assessing the materials used in its production as well as the production process itself. In its evaluation of building projects for LEED® certification, the U.S. Green Building Council offers credits specifically for C2C certified products.