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A Conversation with Ron Crowl, NGA Board Chair

In an interview with Sara Neiswanger, NGA’s associate director of industry engagement, Ron Crowl, board chair of the NGA, discusses technology and its impact on the industry, opportunities he sees for suppliers within NGA, and the importance of strategic partnerships.

NGA Economic Update: Metrics to Watch

Inflation continues its descent as supply chain woes threaten to reemerge, according to the lastest Thirsty Thursday webinar. Presented by Katy Devlin, Content Director for the National Glass Association, the webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the market factors shaping the glass and…

NGA Plans Third Annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days

On Capitol Hill, member companies will directly engage with government officials on industry priorities.

Newt Little, Founder Of Ace Glass And Former NGA Bod Member, Passes Away

Founder Of Ace Glass and former NGA Bod Member Newt Little passed away on Feb. 9 after a long battle with several health issues. 

NGA Presents Volunteer Of The Year Award

The volunteer celebration dinner during NGA Glass Conference honored volunteerism and industry commitment.

NGA and ASTM Co-Publish Glass and Glazing Standards Compilation

Get 96 key standards that span several book of standards volumes and ASTM International committees.

Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell Begins Term on ASTM International Board of Directors

Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, NGA's vice president of advocacy and technical services, has started her three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors.

New Task Groups and Ideas from the NGA Installing Committee

Committee Chair Matt Kamper of Woodbridge Glass launched a new task group to create educational resources on Design Build vs Design Assist vs Delegated Design.

NGA Introduces MyGlassFab For Glass Fabricators

Core training for production personnel combines online and skills-based instruction.

NGA Welcomes California Glass Association As Affiliated Chapter

NGA supports and encourages participation in regional glass industry associations.

Stephen Selkowitz Presents at Glass Conference: Tacoma, Named Honorary Member

Stephen Selkowitz presented on glass and facades at the recent NGA Glass Conference: Tacoma. The National Glass Association also named Selkowitz an honorary member.

5 Takeaways from NGA Glass Conference: Tacoma

Glass and glazing industry technical leaders gathered July 25-27 for the National Glass Association’s NGA Glass Conference: Tacoma, where high-performance glazing, industry code updates, workforce development challenges and more took center stage. Here are five top takeaways from the meeting.

NGA Glass Conference: Tacoma Kicks Off with an Eye toward Future Market Trends

NGA's Glass Conference kicks off July 25 with a keynote session from Steve Selkowitz, recently retired as Senior Advisor for Building Science at LBNL, on glass and glazing for the future.

NGA’s Newest Manual Announced at NGA Glass Conference in Tacoma

At the NGA Glass Conference: Tacoma, taking place July 25-July 27, NGA announced the addition of a new technical manual, the Frameless Shower Enclosure Design and Installation Manual, to its library of resources.

FHC Makes Education Grant to Support Glaziers via NGA’s

Frameless Hardware Company, manufacturer and supplier to the glass and glazing industry, renews its commitment to support glazier and fabricator education and apprenticeship programs for all through an education grant for

NGA's Urmilla Sowell and Tom Culp at Glass Performance Days

NGA's Urmilla Sowell and Tom Culp participated in this year's Glass Performance Days in Finland in June. 

NGA Participates in Camp NAWIC

More than 70 students learned how to cut and seam glass during Camp NAWIC, an effort to mentor girls in grades 8-12 interested in learning more about the construction industry.

NGA Launches New Course on Glass and Glazing Requirements

Leading online glazier training platform,, now covers codes and standards.   

NGA's Urmilla Sowell at Glass Performance Days

Glass Performance Days (GPD) will be held June 14-16 in Tampere, Finland,  and will feature a presentation “North American Glass and Glazing Market Trends” presented by Urmilla Sowell, National Glass Association.

NGA's Tom Culp Addresses ASHRAE's 2031 Net-Zero Goal

At the ASHRAE Region VI conference in Wisconsin, on May 5, NGA’s Energy Code Consultant, Dr. Tom Culp gave the breakfast address which consisted of ASHRAE's new goal to reach  both net-zero energy and net-zero carbon emissions by 2031.

NGA Committees Update Glass Technical Papers

The NGA Fabricating Committee and the NGA Installing Committee recently updated multiple Glass Technical Papers, which are available for download now at 

NGA Named 2023 Best Nonprofit to Work For

The National Glass Association was selected as one of the “2023 Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The Nonprofit Times for its excellent leadership and creation of a quality workplace.  

The National Glass Association Addresses Industry's Top Priorities During Second Annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days

March 27-28 the National Glass Association hosted its second annual Glass & Glazing Advocacy Days. Policy priorities included school security, bird-friendly glazing, high-performance glazing, recyclability/sustainability, and workforce development.

Industry Leaders Present a Strong Case for Glass as a Safe, Renewable Building Material

The National Glass Association hosted industry leaders for its second annual Glass and Glazing Advocacy Days, March 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The Association facilitated critical conversations between the industry and U.S. Congressional representatives about glass's future as a sustainable, safe…

BEC Conference 2023: Reflection on the Industry with a Focus on the Future

The 25th anniversary edition of BEC Conference kicked off this week, featuring educational panels on take-home strategies for glass businesses, updates on new facade trends, explanation of code changes and much more.

NGA Publishes GANA Glazing Manual, International Year of Glass Edition

Recognized as the definitive source of information in the glass and glazing industry, the manual describes primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards, design considerations, general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing in hazardous locations.

An Unbelievable 25 Years

At the 25th anniversary of the BEC Conference in Las Vegas this month, we celebrate the remarkable advancements in glass during the previous 25 years, and we look ahead at what the next 25 might hold.

NGA Congratulates Award Winners

At the NGA Glass Conference: Miramar Beach, NGA recognized Tim Moore of W.A. Wilson with the C. Gregory Carney Award and five other industry members with Volunteer Appreciation Awards during the Volunteer Celebration Dinner. 

What's the Word on Thin Triples?

At the NGA Glass Conference: Miramar Beach January 24-26, Selkowitz will present considerations for the practical application of thin triples in commercial and residential construction. 

NGA Publishes New Technical Paper on Energy Conservation Codes

Alignment in U.S. Energy Conservation Codes: ASHRAE 90.1 and the IECC provides information on the codes’ use as national model codes, and their compliance paths for both new and existing commercial and residential buildings.

Closing Out the International Year of Glass

As IYOG comes to a close, I'm looking back at the year’s activities. NGA helped to promote glass this year by demonstrating the essential role of glass in the built environment's sustainability goals, and by raising awareness of the industry as a rewarding career path.

As IYOG Closes, the Glass Industry Looks to the Future

The international glass industry honored the achievements of the UN International Year of Glass. Recognizing all that glass can do, expert industry panelists helped provide a framework for how glass can continue to innovate in the next decades.

FHC and Friese Foundation Invest in Glazier Education Through NGA

Both the Frameless Hardware Co. and the Friese Foundation have doubled down on their commitment to the industry, granting major funds to support to deliver online glass and glazing education and apprenticeship programs to the masses.

National Glass Association Announces New Board Terms

The National Glass Association has some new board members for the 2022-23 term, as well as returning members and some departing members.

New Research Aims to Close Standards Gap for Spandrel

Assessing spandrel assemblies thermal efficiency is important to understanding energy efficiency, but currently little guidance exists. Reseachers, with funding from the Charles Pankow Foundation, are attempting to create that guidance, with the long-term goal of creating codes and standards.

An Industry of “First Responders”

The glass industry has an opportunity to become a new type of “first responder” by providing security products that protect children, teachers and staff against school shooters.

NGA Announces New Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After Simulated Active Shooter Attack

The National Glass Association (NGA) announced today at the NGA Glass Conference taking place this week in Northbrook, Illinois, a new ASTM International document created through the F12 Security Committee entitled "Standard Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems After…

California Adopts 2022 Energy Code

Overall, the new version of Title 24 will make significant advancement towards the state’s energy efficiency and climate change goals, while also meeting their cost effectiveness requirements.

Updated Guide to the Glass & Glazing Requirements

NGA has released an updated version of its long-standing resource, the Guide to the Glass & Glazing Requirements of the Model Building Codes.

National Glass Association Welcomes New Board Members

The National Glass Association is pleased to announce the following three new board members:  Jim Stathopoulos, Ajay Glass Co., Canandaigua, New York; Mark Chapman, Chapman Windows, Doors and Siding, West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Ron Crowl, FeneTech, Inc., Aurora, Ohio.