Volume 27, Issue 1 - January/February 2013

One Day, Six Credits,
an Abundance of Knowledge
Architects’ Forum 2013 to Offer Glass and Glazing Education
by Ellen Rogers

Economists predict that commercial construction is on its way back up, and that’s good news for architects. It’s also good news for the glass industry, as more buildings built will also mean more glass usage. With more opportunities to incorporate glass in architectural designs and specifications, keeping yourself up-to-date on the latest glass and glazing technologies and trends is imperative. Many of these developments will be covered in March when the Architects’ Forum takes place on Long Island.

Sponsored by the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine, the Architects’ Forum is free for architects and provides a day-long program of educational sessions. The event, which offers architects with up to six AIA continuing education units, will take place March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Hotel & Golf Club in Hauppauge (Long Island), N.Y.

In its third year, the Architects’ Forum brings education and resources to the architectural community, and has seen tremendous growth since the first event was held in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Mich. In fact, the program has doubled in terms of the number of presentations and learning opportunities. This year’s Forum will also feature a table top display of glazing industry products, coffee breaks, lunch and free admission into the Glass Expo Northeast ’13 trade show and cocktail party, which will take place concurrently.

The Program
From glass to curtainwall, the event program is packed with informative sessions, all designed specifically for architects. Scheduled presentations include:

Glass Fabrication and Design Issues, presented and sponsored by J.E. Berkowitz L.P. This program is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of architectural glass fabrication and how it relates to efficient design, offering strategies for LEED and energy considerations and addressing safety codes. 1 Learning unit

Ensuring Compliance of Fenestration with Today’s Energy Codes and Green Standards, presented and sponsored by YKK AP. Participants will learn about the energy code changes as they relate to performance of aluminum commercial fenestration systems, specifically thermal characteristics of an elevation and code compliance avenues as well as maximizing the use of fenestration in green strategies. 1 Learning unit

The Evolution of Architectural Glass and High Performance Coatings, presented and sponsored by Guardian Industries. New technologies and fabrication techniques focus on energy issues to either keep heat in or deflect it out of conditioned spaces. Further, advances in coating glass in a variety of ways have produced high performance glass that takes energy control to a new level. This presentation will review some of the history and current trends in glass commonly available and will look at the features, attributes and characteristics of these choices from both a visual and performance standpoint. 1 Learning unit

Selecting Fenestration Products to Facilitate LEED Certification/-EP2000/2009, presented and sponsored by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. This course provides a basic understanding of commercial glass and aluminum applications that facilitate LEED certification. Participants will explore the advantages of various glass applications and their benefits for designing a LEED building. In addition, the course will explore the industry's offering for aluminum products that can help provide LEED design. 1 Learning unit

Selecting Insulating Glass Sealants for Durability and Energy Efficiency, presented and sponsored by Fenzi North America. This course provides an overview of the characteristics insulating glass sealants must provide to ensure long-term thermal performance, structural durability and longevity of insulating glass units. 1 Learning unit

Code Considerations in Fire-Rated Glass, presented and sponsored by SAFTIFIRST. With the advent of new and better performing fire-rated glazing products in the market today, there is much confusion on which products are appropriate for certain applications based on current code requirements. This program aims to review updated IBC and fire test requirements when designing for life safety; help architects understand the relationship of fire safety and human impact safety; clarify the difference between fire protective vs. fire resistive glazing products as it relates to protecting people and property; and provide the latest fire-rated glazing product information. 1 Learning unit

Register Today!
The Architects’ Forum provides an ideal setting to learn about the continually advancing glass and glazing industry. Network with your peers and find new developments to apply to your future projects. To learn more about the event or to register visit

Ellen Rogers is the editor of the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AGGmagazine and like AGG magazine on Facebook to receive updates.

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