Education Program Set for GlassBuild

May 24, 2011
Meetings & Events

The second annual Window & Door Dealers Forum, organized by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, is scheduled once again to be held in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, set for September 12-14, 2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In addition the the WDDA event, scheduled for September 13, the GlassBuild educational program includes the sixth annual NGA Glazing Executives Forum and a new NGA Architects Forum.

Highlighting the WDDA forum will be D.S. Berenson, a noted remodeling industry attorney, who will offer a talk entitled "Protecting Your Business from Legal Risk."  Other presentations will include an update on WDDA, including its lobbying activities related to the Environmental Protection Agency lead paint rules and the Department of Energy's Home Energy Score program, and a look at the current economy and its impact on small business led by Gene Marks, an author and columnist focused on small business management issues.

The National Glass Association Glazing Executive Forum, set for September 12, will feature a keynote address from Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, who will focus on opportunities for the glass and glazing industry in energy efficiency.  Also on the agena will be Jeff Dietrich of Eco Trends offering his economic forecast for the year ahead.

The new NGA Architects Forum, with sessions set for September 13 and 14, is being co-presented by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the George and Atlanta chapters of the Architectural Institute of America.  The event features noted architects, Kai-Uwe Bergmann and Edward Mazria, as well as panel discussions on building integrated photovoltaics and trends in decorative glass.

“Our team is quite excited about the educational programs we have planned for the 2011 trade show,” says David Walker, NGA VP of association services. “Attendees can expect high quality speakers, relevant and timely topics, and engaging and thought provoking discussions.”

In addition to announcing the educational program, GlassBuild America officials note that attendee registration is now open online.  The trade show itself will feature more than 300 exhibitors serving the flat glass and window and door industries.