Concerned About Failing Railings? Take Time to Understand the New Codes and Requirements at GESE

If you read USGNN™, you are acutely aware that incidents of falling glass from railings and exterior balconies in high-rise condominiums have resulted in new standards and building code requirements that address glass performance.

In January, Glass Expo Southeast™ (GESE) ’22 will cover this critical issue with an AIA-accredited seminar: “Understanding Glass Railing Codes, Specs, and Materials (AIA Credits: 1 HSW CEU).”

Today, many railing specifications call for laminated glass to provide safety from falling glass. Presenter Mark Jacobson, CSI, market manager, North America, for Trosifol® interlayers from Kuraray, will review the safety concerns around the glass in railing systems and the new building code requirements that address the use of these systems. His presentation will cover impact testing and the need to specify the proper glass, verify the compatibility of sealants and grouts, and accurately specify the quality of laminated glass for this application.

“This course provides the background for the changes in building codes for glass guards and demonstrates how critical it is to specify the appropriate construction for laminated glass guards,” says Jacobson, who has extensive experience on the topic and has been involved in the laminated glass industry for over 11 years. “We will conclude the presentation with a hands-on glass breakage demonstration that clearly shows the difference between different glass constructions.”

Jacobson regularly leads training for architects, designers, engineers, and contractors on laminated glass. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and worked for DuPont for over 35 years before joining Kuraray.

This session is one of two AIA-accredited courses at GESE, January 6-7, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Don’t miss this and the other exceptional learning opportunities. The free event for USGNN™, USGlass, and Architect’s Guide to Glass and Metal includes two days of sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, meeting colleagues, and more.

GESE is just around the corner. Register today.

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