The Power of Protective Glass and Glazing

Designing for enhanced building security
Sponsored by National Glass Association
Presented by Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, Julia Schimmelpenningh, Thomas S. Zaremba, and Darrell Smith
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1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the potential threats faced by public buildings, including active shooter scenarios and forced entry attempts, through real-world case studies, in order to understand the important role of protective glass and glazing systems in building design.
  2. Evaluate the capabilities and benefits of protective glass and glazing solutions, including their effectiveness in mitigating the impact of ballistic attacks, enhancing blast resistance, and discouraging forced entry attempts. Compare and select the most appropriate protective glass and glazing options for specific building types and security needs.
  3. Examine the details of ASTM Standard F3561, including testing methods, criteria, and certification process, to ensure compliance with industry standards when evaluating the performance of security glass and glazing materials.
  4. Assess the key factors involved in incorporating protective glass and glazing systems into building designs, such as striking a balance between security requirements, sustainability goals, and aesthetic considerations, as well as integrating other security measures.

This course is part of the Glass and Glazing Design Academy

This webinar is part of the Glass and Glazing Home Academy

In an era where security is of paramount importance, ensuring the safety and well-being of occupants within public buildings has become a top priority. Join us for an informative and interactive webinar as we delve into the fascinating world of protective glass and glazing in building design.

This webinar will focus on the vital role that advanced glass and glazing systems play in safeguarding schools, hospitals, banks, movie theaters, and other vulnerable establishments against threats like active shooters and forced entry incidents. We will explore the cutting-edge technologies, design strategies, and installation techniques that can fortify the physical security of these environments, offering valuable insights to architects, security professionals, and building owners alike. Additionally, our experts will discuss the critical role of the new ASTM standard F3561, which aims to maximize test and rate forced-entrance resistance of fenestration systems after sustaining an active shooter assault.

Join us and empower yourself with the knowledge to enhance building security, protect lives, and create safer environments for all, while balancing those considerations with a project’s aesthetic and sustainability goals. At the conclusion of the presentations, there will be an opportunity for attendees to engage in an interactive Q&A session with our expert panel.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion focused on how these innovative glass and glazing projects address several key issues.

Boley Elementary School

Photo courtesy of NGA


Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, Vice President, Advocacy& Technical Services National Glass Association has over twenty years of experience in the glass and fenestration industry. She is the Vice President of Advocacy & Technical Services for the for the National Glass Association with duties that include managing all technical activities within NGA’s four Committee, as well as specific roles in ASTM, ASHRAE and ISO. Ms. Sowell earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Julia S

Julia Schimmelpenningh, Industry Techinical Leader-Architectural Eastman is the architectural technical leader in Springfield, Massachusetts, a global specialty material and chemical company. Her work includes new product development, qualification and commercialization of laminated glazing solutions, regulatory development and industry education and association support. Julia also manages the America’s Customer Applications and Support Laboratories in Springfield MA and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Julia has been very active and solid contributor in the glazing industry for 30+ years and continues activities in ANSI, ASTM (currently serving on the Board of Directors), CGSB, ISO, GICC, NGA and other organizations. She served as president of the Glass Association of North America in 2005, and currently serves as NGA’s Laminating technical liaison, and chair of the ASTM committee on performance of buildings (E06) from which she has received several awards, the most recent being the E. George Stern award of excellence. She has also been chair of the committee on security systems and equipment (F12) and given the Award of Merit for her leadership, service, and technical expertise.

Thomas Z

Thomas S. Zaremba, Partner, Roetzel & Andress practice focuses on advising and representing clients in all aspects of the development of building codes and standards, including proceedings before the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International Code Council (ICC), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASHRAE (formerly the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the California Energy Commission, and numerous other forums. His clients include a number of worldwide glass manufacturers and trade associations representing the glass industry.

Darrell S

Darrell Smith, is the Executive Director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA). With over 40 years experience in marketing, sales and distribution and the last 30 years in the window film industry, he has served as organizational and planning consultant with trade associations, Internet related businesses, and investment firms. The IWFA is an industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the window film industry though the use of education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness.

National Glass Association The National Glass Association (NGA) is the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry. A technical and educational resource, NGA envisions a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.


Originally published in July 2023