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The National Glass Society Glass Conference was held on July 18 at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel. Hosted by the National Glass Association, the conference lasted until July 20 and brought together about 100 representatives from glass producers, manufacturers, suppliers, glass installers, association groups, and more.

Glass and glass industry technical experts gather here. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss open work projects, new resource development, and trends and issues facing the glass industry. The meeting is held twice a year.

Figure 1 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 1

Figure 1 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 1

Figure 2 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 2

Figure 3 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 3

Figure 3 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 3

Figure 4 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 4

Figure 4 The participating site of the 2022 National Glass Association Glass Conference 4

Frontiers in Glass Manufacturing

The first day's agenda included updates from several groups within the construction committee, including tempered, fire-resistant glazing and mirrors.

The Tempering Conference presents updated standards for glass and glass products from the American Society for Testing and Materials, as well as two glass technical papers, "Methods for Measuring Distortion" and "Best Practices for Heat Immersion," from the National Glass Society.

The agenda for day two included energy and industry collaboration. John Kent chaired the meeting and introduced the activities of the Safety Glass Certification Committee, the Insulating Glass Certification Committee, and ANSIZ97.1. The Safety Glass Certification Council is in the process of certifying coated glass, and new product testing and certification requirements are coming soon, John Kent said. Pictured below is a second-day visit to UL's local test lab facility.

Figure 5 The  second-day visit to UL's local test lab facility 1

Figure 5 The  second-day visit to UL's local test lab facility 1

Figure 6 The  second-day visit to UL's local test lab facility 2

Figure 6 The  second-day visit to UL's local test lab facility 2

The third day of the session focused on the impact of light on human health and the tracking of legislative bills. The committee started with a discussion on the physiological effects of light on human health and an introduction to the effects of glass. A recently formed task force is monitoring research on light and human health and the effects of glass.

A key conclusion is how a lack of light can have a major impact on human health, fueling the need for more glass in buildings. The committee cited a study that found Singaporean children had a 50% reduction in myopia after spending two hours outdoors. What does this mean for the glass community? The committee task force will continue to discuss this study further. The event ended with a discussion on decorative glass.


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