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USGNN Original StoryBEC Speakers Prepare for the February Event

The Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, sponsored by the BEC Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) is gearing up for its annual conference, February 15-17 at the Palms in Las Vegas. On slate for the event are a number of top-notch speakers covering topics ranging from the product specific to industry trends.

For starters, Bill Yanek, executive vice president of GANA, will address the association's new focus on energy with his talk, "A Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity for the Glass Industry." Among other topics, Yanek will address the challenge the glass industry faces from some energy conservation advocates, engineers and architects that support the argument that less glass equals more energy savings and greener buildings. He also will address the ability the glass industry offers to prove that argument wrong including involvement in the solar industry.

Henry Taylor of Kawneer Co. Inc. and the new chair of the BEC Division (CLICK HERE for related story), will educate listeners on "What's New with LEED." Since the U.S. Green Building Council announced the passage of LEED 2009 (CLICK HERE for related story), there will be a number of changes to this green building rating system coming down the pike.

The emerging products panel on "Quiet Windows - Why the Need?" as presented by Julie Schimmelpenningh of Saflex, a unit of Solutia Inc., will briefly review the affects noise has on us, provide an overview of acoustical trends and demonstrate how with the proper product selection a perceived weak-link window can be transformed into a high performance multi-benefit acoustical barrier.

In addition, keynote addresses will be provided by industry leaders Russ Huffer of Apogee Enterprises, who will speak on "How Green Building and Energy will Affect the Contract Glazier," and Russ Ebeid of Guardian Glass, who will discuss the "State of the Glass and Glazing Industry"

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