Shared Learnings: It’s That Time of Year

by Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, Eastern Region Sales Manager for Tubelite Inc.

Summer sets as the autumn tradeshow season dawns. GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12 in Atlanta, and CSI Construct, Sept. 25-27 in Nashville, bring that bittersweet reminder that we have entered the third quarter. This year’s expos are expected to showcase new fenestration products to meet commercial buildings’ increasingly stringent performance and code requirements.

Last October, Hurricane Sandy proved to be the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history with damages estimated at $68 billion. The 2013 hurricane season already has produced four named storms. Entering into the peak of the season, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an update in August predicting a 70% chance of seeing above-average activity in the Atlantic with potentially 13-19 named storms, six to nine hurricanes, and three to five of those hurricanes becoming major events.

Hurricane impact-resistant fenestration products help address commercial building owners’ concerns for mitigating damage to their property and protecting occupants from shattered glass and wind-borne debris. A breadth of storefront and entrance systems are available to comply with High-Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) wind zones, as well as Miami-Dade and Florida Building Codes.

DOE_EnergyCodes_map_imgAs Model Energy Codes become a reality, more building owners will seek fenestration systems offering high thermal performance. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program maps current and projected commercial building energy code adoption activity. For example, in Georgia where GlassBuild is held, ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2012 IECC or equivalent is projected for adoption by the end of 2015. In California, this already has been adopted.

Energy efficiency, recycled content and daylighting remain key criteria in LEED® v.4, recently approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In Tennessee where Construct is held, the USGBC reports that four “municipal governments have made policy commitments that advance better building practices by rewarding leadership with LEED… Tennessee state ranks 22nd in the nation with 529 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified, totaling more than 63 million square feet.”

This November, Pennsylvania will host USGBC members and allied professionals in Philadelphia for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The state ranks fifth in the nation with 1,816 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified. Detailed market reports are available for download online at under the Resources page.

USGBC enjoys membership crossover with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While AIA champions green building goals, it no longer requires its members to specifically earn continuing education credits for sustainable design. Although there are differences by state, AIA members now are required to complete 12 hours of health, safety and welfare (HSW) education, where eight hours previously were needed.

Thousands of AIA members earn these credits at their local chapters’ annual conferences and conventions, many of which are held during the autumn. A list of AIA’s 300 component organizations, contacts and events can be found at under the AIA Chapters page. For example, AIA Illinois annual conference is scheduled for Nov 7-9.

Also is hosted in Illinois, Glass Expo Midwest takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Now in its 18th year, the event is conveniently co-located to welcome Fenestration Day attendees.

Whichever tradeshows and conferences you attend this autumn, remember to do more than just attend – participate! If you’re in a seminar, ask the speaker a question. If you’re in the expo hall, make time to see the newest products. If you’re at lunch, strike up a conversation with a colleague. These events are among the few industry forums for face-to-face interaction. Be sure to take advantage of them.


Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, is the eastern region sales manager for Tubelite Inc., serving clients from Maine to Georgia. With nearly four decades of industry experience and many professional accreditations, he regularly provides educational and consultative support to architects, buildings owners and glazing contractors regarding storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.


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AIA North Dakota, Sept. 16-18, Fargo

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) North Dakota Design Conference and Trade Show, Sept. 16-18, at the Fargo Radisson Hotel and Fargo Civic Center.

The AIA is the largest and most influential professional association for architects, interns, and those directly involved with the practice of Architecture in the world. Based in Washington, DC. the AIA has almost 300 state and local chapters representing almost 80,000 members, including a majority of licensed architects in the United States. AIA North Dakota, a state chapter of AIA, is based in Bismarck, North Dakota and represents almost 200 members.

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GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12, Atlanta

Tubelite returns to GlassBuild America, where it will be exhibiting in booth #1607.

GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the Glass Association of North America, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association.
GlassBuild America 2013 will be held Sept. 10-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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American Institute of Architects Conference & Tradeshow

Mary Olivier, Terry Robinholt, Mike Kwasny, John Priebe and Walt Lutzke represented Tubelite at this year’s American Institute of Architects conference and exposition in Denver, June 20-22.  Early reports estimate the number of attendees at 16,000 during the there-day event.

They met with a variety of designers, students, industry magazine editors and other construction professionals introducing Tubelite’s TU24000 High Performance Storefront and answering questions about the company’s full line of aluminum swing doors, storefronts and curtainwall systems.

Among those visiting Tubelite’s booth were customers Chuck Dwiggins and Keith Holle of Architectural Concepts in Sheridan, Colorado; and Loren Gingerich, of Pikes Peak Glass in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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AIA Expo, June 20-22, Denver

Tubelite Inc. will be at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo 2013 in booth #3139. It is one of more than 700 exhibitors at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver.

AIA Expo 2013 Hours
Thurs., June 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fri., June 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sat., June 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

For more than 150 years, members of AIA have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.

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