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GlassBuild America 2018
Crowds at the 2018 GlassBuild America 

GlassBuild? GlassBuild. 

What is GlassBuild America? Is it a products show? Is it an educational conference? Is it a networking event? Is it a tourism ploy from the Atlanta Visitor Bureau? Perceptions are many in terms of what the event is and who it’s for. My answer: It’s all that...and more (maybe minus the tourism ploy).

I’ve seen it as an exhibitor, as an attendee, and now as a show organizer, and I can tell you this: GlassBuild America is where the conversation happens. It’s the largest trade show in North America for our industry, and it’s where best practices are shared, new product technologies and solutions are launched, old relationships are reinforced, and new business is generated. It is where the glass, window and door industries come to learn, network, improve and build.  GlassBuild America is where we get better and the industry gets stronger.  

I invite you to Atlanta to see what GlassBuild America is to you, and what it can do for your business. Registration is now open at

NGA Glazier Training Approved for Use in Connecticut Apprenticeship Program

The National Glass Association’s glazier training curriculum—featuring 33 online courses and six instructional manuals—has been approved for use in the Registered Apprenticeship Program for glaziers available through the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association. Upon completion of the three-year program, glaziers are eligible to receive their required license from the states’ Department of Consumer Protection. 

The NGA glazier training curriculum offers 436 hours of coursework necessary to meet the classroom requirements of most three-year state and federal apprenticeship programs. For additional information on how to incorporate the curriculum—or courses—into your training program, contact Jenni Chase at For information on the CGDA apprenticeship program, specifically, contact Jessica Olander at

NGA and IGMA Release Joint Guidelines on Use of PIB Primary Sealant 

The National Glass Association, in cooperation with the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance (IGMA), has published a new jointly-produced technical bulletin discussing the function of Polyisobutylene (PIB) Primary Sealant in insulating glass units, with a specific focus on the performance and aesthetic attributes of PIB.

“This important joint industry technical bulletin provides details, photographs and guidelines that will be beneficial to building owners, architects, consultants, glazing contractors and IGU fabricators for understanding the difference, as well as establishing acceptable limits, for PIB squeeze out and PIB migration,” explains Urmilla Sowell, NGA advocacy & technical director. 

The PIB Primary Sealant guideline is the third resource produced by the two organizations, and is available on NGA’s partner site, Techstreet, or via the publications page on IGMA Online at