Three Glass Expos Events Slated for 2021

Glass Expos has a packed schedule for the first half of 2021 with three events planned in different regions of the U.S. Whether in the Southeast, Northeast or Texas, Glass Expos has educational and networking opportunities for everyone in the industry, close to home and just an easy drive away.

Glass Expo Southeast™ ’21

Glass Expo Southeast ’21 will head to the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla., January 7-8, 2021. The trade show floor will feature dozens of exhibitors and will be open from 2-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 7 and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, January 8. The educational program will feature several informative seminars about relevant industry topics. It will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday and from 8-10 a.m. on Friday.

A welcoming cocktail party will take place on the show floor from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to network over food and drinks.

A group rate of $165 per night will be available at the Rosen Plaza Hotel for those who book by Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Glass Expo Southeast ’21 is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, USGNN™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.

Glass Expo Northeast™ ’21

Glass Expo Northeast ’21 will return to Uniondale, N.Y., March 24-25, 2021. The biennial event will be held at the Long Island Marriott.

Attendees can network with exhibitors and learn about new products on the trade show floor from 3-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. A welcoming cocktail party will be held on the show floor from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The educational program will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, and from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday.

Room block reservations will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis at the Long Island Marriott at a rate of $189 per night starting May 30, 2020 through March 5, 2021.

Glass Expo Northeast ’21 is co-sponsored by the Long Island Glass Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.

Glass TEXpo™ ’21

While Glass TEXpo ’20 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Glass TEXpo ’21 is scheduled to take place May 20-21, 2021 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio.

Updates about registration, hotel booking information and the agenda will be provided on the Glass TEXpo website as they become available.

Glass TEXpo is co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.

BEC Conference Includes Technical Focus

Technical activities and code updates were big topics at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, which took place in Nashville, Tenn., in early March.

During the Installing Committee meeting, the group addressed the issue of edge grinding laminated glass, and whether this should be done after heat treating. Urmilla Sowell, NGA technical and advocacy director, explained that the Fabricating Committee is addressing this issue in an effort to put some science behind it, to learn more about how much can be grinded/how much of a strength reduction occurs.

Energy codes consultant Tom Culp provided an update on codes geared specifically toward glaziers. He explained the continued advancement in energy efficiency in the codes as well as new thermal bridging requirements, and increasing focus on renewable energy.

With regard to ASHRAE 90.1-2022, Culp said there is a thermal bridging proposal to reduce bypassing on insulation through areas such as balconies where there can be a tremendous amount of heat loss. This change, he said, affects the installation details at the wall/window interface and at sunshade attachments.

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