May 20, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 20
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AIA convention hits Boston

According to officials from the American Institute of Architects, more than 20,000 attendees gathered at the Boston Convention Center for the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition. The tradeshow ran May 15-17 with more than 800 exhibiting companies, according to AIA literature. Convention seminars—more than 100 in all—started May 13 and ran through May 17.

Read news from the show at through the links below. See industry products introduced at the show in the next issue of Glass Magazine.

Next year’s convention is scheduled for April 30-May 2 in San Francisco.

‘We the People’ rings out on first day
The opening seminar addressed the convention’s theme—true to the revolutionary history of the hosting city— “We the People.” AIA President Marshall E. Purnell told a packed ballroom during his opening speech that the design community should ensure it reaches out to all population groups … read more

McGraw-Hill economist issues mixed construction forecast
The nonresidential construction slowdown has started, but the tougher environment shouldn’t be as severe as the one the industry faced at the start of the decade,” said Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, during a May 15 seminar at the American Institute of Architects convention in Boston … read more

Companies offer continuing education seminars
In addition to the continuing education seminars, architects could earn additional continuing educational credits from more than 70 expo education programs on the AIA trade show floor. Several industry companies, all CES certified providers, offered courses throughout the show.

Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., offered three courses: Achieving Your LEED Strategy through Division 8 Glass and Glazing, Strategies for Labor Optimization in Division 8 and Strategies for Energy Optimization in Division 8.

YKK America Inc., Austell, Ga., also offered three courses: Anti-Terrorism and Blast Mitigation Aluminum Glazing Systems, Proper Applications of Storefronts, Windows and Curtain Walls and Understanding Building Codes and Wind-borne Debris Mitigation.

Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., offered the course Designing and Testing Glazing Systems for Blast Loads. Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa, parent company of Efco Corp., Monnet, Mo., offered two courses, including one about water management in commercial window systems.

Schott North America Inc., Elmsford, N.Y., offered the course Evaluating Performance of Fire-Rated Glass. United Solar Ovonic/Uni-Solar, Auburn Hills, Mich., offered two courses, including one addressing photovoltaics for commercial buildings. Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc., Medford, Wis., offered two courses, one about high-performance glazing systems and another addressing the psychology of daylighting.

The 15-minute sessions ended with a four-question review. Architects were required to take a minimum of four programs and pass the review to earn a learning unit.

Companies outline glass and glazing possibilities in LEED
Several companies used the AIA Convention to display tools to architects that explain how glass and glazing fit into the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program.

Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., introduced its Build with Light campaign during the show and issued a detailed brochure showing architects how they can earn LEED points using glass and glazing.

Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., showed its LEED planning tool to architects at the show. The tool offers product recommendations and updated requirements in line with LEED for New Construction Version 2.2.

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