Summary

“The GlassCon Global conference was conducted to disseminate new technologies, advancements, and to help develop tomorrow’s innovations today,” said Ed Zaucha, CEO of APG International and President of GlassCon Global. The inaugural event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was attended by over 330 leaders in the architectural glass and glazing industry.  

Speakers came from across the globe to discuss the latest innovations and research and to help develop tomorrow’s innovations today. Technical presentations were separated into a dozen different tracks covering all aspects of the architectural glass and glazing industry.

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A summary of GlassCon Global 2014 Educational Tracks is below.

 


 

SUMMARY OF EDUCATIONAL TRACKS

GlassCon Global - Architectural Glass Applications & Case Studies, Part 1

Attendees took a look at new technologies recently introduced into the market and the upcoming designs and concepts not yet in the markets. Specifically, they learned: how innovative use of digital design tools helps formulate a solution for a combination of design drivers; four key steps in realizing complex building enclosure; the functional achievements of printable interlayers and direct to glass fabrication methods; and they learned about the functional achievements of lamination.

GlassCon Global - Architectural Glass Applications & Case Studies, Part 2

Attendees took a look at new technologies recently introduced into the market and the upcoming designs and concepts not yet in the markets. Specifically, they learned about: specular light being reflected off of building facades; how a new structurally curved glass marquee entrance of a landmark structure was designed; achieving architectural expression with innovative, detail-engineered glass elements in the building façade; and they learned how to combine rain-screen applications with integrated windows.

GlassCon Global - Cooperative Research

Attendees took in presentations that discussed cooperation in research and technology by examining the European model and U.S. examples. Specifically, they learned about: the lifespan of insulated glass units and the consequences of secondary processes such as coatings, laminates and insulation; how the concept of an insulating glass assembly that poses no compromise to the recyclability and durability of float glass; the challenges of achieving the net-zero 2030 goals (along with a review of how high-performance design portal captures and expresses information); and how cooperative research led to the European COST program, establishing a strong scientific network on a European level and addressing current needs in the field. 

GlassCon Global - Design with Curved Glass

Attendees learned about the concept to design process of structural glass applications, utilizing curved glass. Specifically, they learned about: design options utilizing curved glass (including monolithic glass, laminated safety glass and insulated glass); the short and long-term springback/recovery results of cold-bent glass laminates; design consideration and limitations of thermally-curved glass; and the stiffness and deflection properties of curved glass in mullion-less glazing systems.

GlassCon Global - Energy Performance of Buildings Influenced by Glass Part 1

Attendees learned about the performance, opportunities and installations glass can provide that make buildings more energy efficient. Specifically, the learned about: how the building envelope can be thermally analyzed with increasing details as the design of the project evolves; the recent changes in U.S. building energy codes; how dynamic glazing solves acute solar control problems through retrofits; and a bio-responsive façade’s technical and energy performance, as well as user acceptance. It was at GlassCon Global, for the first time in North America, a technical presentation about bio-reactive facades was presented.

GlassCon Global - Energy Performance of Buildings Influenced by Glass Part 2

Attendees learned about the performance, opportunities and installations glass can provide that make buildings more energy efficient. Specifically, the learned about: four, key steps in the design of top complex enclosures (form, analyze, optimize and document); the technical details and structural engineering concepts from an engineering point of view that binds technical requirements with aesthetic expression; how to implement passive-building energy strategies based on the thermodynamic properties of organic-based change materials; and how the architectural integration of innovative components into facades of sustainable buildings. 

GlassCon Global - Engineering with Structural Glass

Attendees learned about the concept to design process of structural glass applications. Specifically, they learned about: modern façade systems (including photovoltaic facades, glued systems and double skin facades); the design options for glass enclosures, including the function and performance metrics; the lateral and vertical loads of structural glass systems; and a method to determine temperature differences and temperature changes in glass. 

GlassCon Global - Facade Performance and Trends

Attendees examined the façade performance trends, and opportunities in the 21st century and focused on the up-front work in the design process that is critical to align the expectations of the owner, architect, cladding, consultant and contractors for a successful outcome. Specifically, they learned about: the institutional multi-disciplinary water intrusion task force, an example of how to use a comprehensive approach to diagnose and eliminate all water intrusions; how collaboration between various facets in the industry can save time, money and result in innovative and high-quality structures; the burgeoning glass market and the innovations that came out of the GPD Finland 2013 conference; and how to achieve environmentally friendly aesthetics through acid-etched glass.

GlassCon Global - Glass Coatings

Attendees gained an understanding of new technologies and the advancement of glass coatings. Specifically, they learned about: passive energy strategies based on the thermodynamic properties of organic phase change materials (PCMs); the properties of diffusion barrier coatings’ design options related to custom glass compositions (including acid-etched surface treatments); and the processing efficiency and quality of glass coatings.

GlassCon Global - Glass Testing

Attendees learned about testing glazing assemblies. Specifically, they learned about: the glass failure prediction model that was developed at Texas Tech University; the design consideration to mitigate premature degradation of the glazing appearance due to weathering conditions on inaccessible surfaces; the development of a testing method for the sealant compatibility of laminated glass; and how water vapor physics occurs at the boundary of the building enclosure.

GlassCon Global - Laminated Glass and Adhesives

Attendees learned about recent activities with laminated glass. Specifically, the learned about: the relationship between the behavior of glass beams with different laminate compositions; the mechanical behavior of laminated thin glass; the performance characters of polymer inomer interlayers; the design options that utilize laminated fins in facades. 

GlassCon Global - Recent Trends in Insulating Glass, Part 1

Attendees learned about common applications and new opportunities where insulating glass provides the most value. Specifically, the learned about: the additional feature of 3IGUs including achievable U-values in various installation angles and coating positions; the thermal performance of triple-glazed IGUs; how to resolve incompatibility of 3IGUs and cable support systems; recent advances in envelope and daylighting technology, building standards and codes.

GlassCon Global - Recent Trends in Insulating Glass, Part 2

Attendees learned about common applications and new opportunities where insulating glass provides the most value. Specifically, the learned about: the differences in the thermal stress behavior of monolithic and insulating glass; the complications in the formulation of a thermal stress analysis procedure for insulating glass; the ASTM E 773 Test Method and the E 774 Specification; the circumstances and results of examining IG units over a 25-year period.

GlassCon Global - Safety of Glass, Part 1

Attendees learned about advanced glazing applications that provide a safe environment for the occupant in dangerous conditions. Specifically, they learned about: the differences in performing dynamic analysis or static equivalent analysis in relation to curtain wall systems; how laminated glass can enhance security for building inhabitants; the fire impact duration of horizontal glazing (i.e., Skylights and flooring); the role of protective glazing in mitigating hazards of an “Active Shooter.”

GlassCon Global - Safety of Glass, Part 2

Attendees learned about advanced glazing applications that provide a safe environment for the occupant in dangerous conditions. Specifically, they learned about: lightweight, ductile design approaches in building facades; how glass can be used as a fully-incorporated structural element; the hail testing of glass; and glazing solutions for vulnerable points of entry in public buildings, as well as applicable standards and specifications.

GlassCon Global - Specialties in Structural Glass

Attendees learned about structural glass applications that are ready for use today. Specifically, they learned about: the design and engineering options available to increase transparency and reduce the overall structure; how glass can reduce the size of steel columns; the “reinforced” and “pot-tensioned” glass beam safety concepts currently being studied; various glass failure conditions and applicable code requirements, design, material selection, engineering, installation and testing available to help avoid them. 

GlassCon Global - Young Researchers

Young researchers presented to attendees on the development of the growing architectural glass and glazing industry. Attendees learned about: the need to build innovative and sustainable buildings using glass to steel (instead of the traditional stone to steal); the various adhesives, such as silicone polyurethane, epoxy, 2P-acrylic and U-V acrylic, for load-bearing CFS-glass connections; the improvement of the structural efficiency of structures based on a numerical value; and the rotational stiffness of adhesive connections of cold-formed steel C-sections and monolithic glass panels. Additionally, these young researchers from across the globe gave their presentations as part of the GlassCon Global young researchers competition; a competition to promote and encourage more research and study in the glazing industry by the young academic community.