Extended Ancillary Program at glasstec 2010
April 12, 2010

The ancillary program at glasstec 2010, International Trade Fair for Glass Production - Processing - Products, will feature several new events. In addition to the established "glass technology live" special show, the Architects' Conference and the "glass art" exhibition, the upcoming trade fair for the glass industry will feature the "FaçadesCentre," the "engineered transparency" Congress and a diverse program for craftsmen. The trade fair will take place at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, from September 28-October 1, 2010.

The topic of the new "FaçadesCentre" will be energy-efficient building façades. The event is geared towards façade planners, civil engineers and the processing skilled trades. It will be a platform for the associations, scientific institutions and companies in this sector to offer a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and trends in façade technology. The focus will be on multifunctional glass façades that generate electricity with building integrated thin film photovoltaics (PV). The "FaçadesCentre" will be located adjacent to the "glass technology live" special show in Hall 11, where innovative façade parts with integrated PV systems will be featured.

The "glass technology live" special show and symposium will again be organized by the team of Professor Stefan Behling, Senior Partner at Foster and Partners architects' office, and Professor at the Institute of Building Construction at the University of Stuttgart. With the motto "Energy Efficiency with Glass," the special show will provide insights into the future of creative and sustainable glass applications.

The new technically orientated "engineered transparency" conference will deal with the themes of glass, façades and solar energy and specifically address research and development staff, engineers, civil engineers, planners and architects as well as civil engineering experts and personnel from construction authorities. It will be organized in cooperation with the following universities of applied science: TU (Technical University) Delft, TU Dresden and TU Darmstadt. The Conference will be overseen by Professor Weller (TU Dresden) and Professor Schneider (TU Darmstadt), both internationally renowned for their research on the material glass. The "Engineering Session" will be held in the afternoon of September 29 through September 30 at the Congress Center East at the fairgrounds.

For the third time, architects, structural designers, air-conditioning engineers and façade planners will come together at glasstec 2010 for the Architects' Conference. With the motto "Glass is Energy," the conference will be organized by the North Rhine-Westphalian Chamber of Architects along with Prof. Knaack from the Delft University of Technology and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. Themes covered by top international speakers will include "Transparency and Sustainability," "Glass and Climate Design," "Organically-inspired Architecture" and "Simplicity and Quality of Architecture."

In addition to these seminars, glass professionals can take part in several special events. On the evening of September 30, the "Glazier of the Year" will be chosen and the "Glass Finishers' Award" presented. The official craftsmen's day at glasstec 2010 will be October 1 and the Federal Association of Glazier Trades (BIV) will offer seminars and advance training courses in co-operation with exhibitors.

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