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The 2019 BEC drew nearly 600 attendees, making it the largest in a decade. 

BEC Conference Looks to ‘The Next Level’ of Glass Industry Evolution

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Nearly 600 glass and glazing industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas, March 3-5, for the National Glass Association’s BEC Conference, where presentations and discussions addressed the theme, The Next Level. 

“The theme for this year’s conference reflects where the industry is headed,” said NGA Installing Committee Chair Matt Kamper, contract sales and estimating, Woodbridge Glass. “We’re pushing locally, globally to the next level. … It will affect the industry, the workforce, the built environment.”

The conference agenda tackled a range of “next-level” issues, with a particular focus on performance requirements.

High-performance requirements will continue to push the industry to develop new façade products and systems. “We’ve seen a steady increase in building performance requirements,” says Tom Culp, technical code consultant for the NGA and owner of Birch Point Consulting LLC. 

During the panel, Cutting-Edge Facades: Thermally Efficient Fenestration Systems, glass and glazing supplier representatives discussed the product and system solutions capable of meeting those next-level building code requirements. 

“Utilizing higher-performing products on buildings allows you to be more relevant with the ever-changing codes. It allows building costs to be lower … and [offers] lower up-front costs for HVAC,” said panelist Cameron Scripture, Western regional sales manager, Viracon. Using higher-performing products “improves occupant comfort. It creates more sustainable, longer-lasting buildings. It creates value for businesses. ... When it comes to higher-performing products, it just makes sense.” 

Registration Now Open for GlassBuild America

Registration is now open for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, taking place September 17-19, 2019, in Atlanta. As North America’s largest event for the glass and glazing industry, GlassBuild America is expected to host more than 450 exhibitors showcasing the latest and most innovative machinery, equipment, products, technologies and services for the glass and fenestration industries. Opening day will feature a Happy Hour on the trade show floor for attendees to network and learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Additional networking and learning opportunities will continue throughout the three-day event, including the Express Learning program and 2019 Glazing Executives Forum, both designed to provide attendees business-building knowledge and tools. To register, visit