IGMA Announces Plans for February Conference

January 3, 2013

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance will feature a variety of technical presentations at its 2013 Annual Conference, scheduled for February 5-8, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Astor in New Orleans. In addition to committee sessions, the event will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a Masquerade Ball.

“The presentations this year keep attendees on the leading edge of our industry,” says Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director. “Especially important is the presentation by Chris Barry of Pilkington North America. Titled "How to Calculate Glass and Sealant Stress in IGUs," his presentation "is an absolute must for anyone looking to understand how to design and test IGUs," she notes.

Steve Selkowitz of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory will offer a presentation on the development and testing of highly insulated, easy-to-install windows that use automated shading that can capture or repel heat depending on the season.  Werner Wagner of Sika Germany will review European methods used to test IG gas loss and how they compare to those used in North America.

Another presentation titled "Use of 4th Surface Coatings in a Cold Climate" will be presented by Tim Clancy of Guardian Industries. “Many companies are beginning to utilize 4th surface coatings to maximize energy efficiency in IGU’s. Guardian undertook an extensive third-party test program to understand the real-word factors that influence in-field performance and energy efficiency,” he notes.

“IGMA will embrace the history and atmosphere of New Orleans in many unique ways,” adds Dave Cooper of Guardian Industries, current IGMA president.  “A big draw for our annual conference is New Orleans itself, naturally. IGMA has always had a signature style at our events to bring out the best networking opportunities for our members, along with a signature event. New Orleans will be no different—you just have to be there to understand.”

Registration information  is available at www.igmaonline.org.