Glass and Energy

Sponsored by Pilkington North America

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the float glass manufacturing process and the components used to produce glass.
  2. Identify key terminology and concepts related to glass; light, heat, UV and thermal stress.
  3. Balance aesthetics and performance when selecting architectural glass.
  4. Understand the characteristics of heat treated, laminated, insulated, and spandrel glass.
  5. Identify the differences between clear, tinted, and coated glass (e.g., reflective, low-e).
  6. Describe specialty products, including profiled, anti-reflective, patterned, fire-resistant, and self-cleaning glass.


1 GBCI CE Hour
To address each learning objective, this course will explain the terminology and concepts of glass and energy, how float glass is made and the history behind it, how to select architectural glass based on the needs of the project, the properties of clear and tinted glass, as well as coated glass products, the benefits of architectural specialty glass, and the advantages of photovoltaic glass. Then we will discuss how sustainability plays a role in the glass industry.


Pilkington North America – NSG Group The flat glass business of the NSG Group, operating under the Pilkington brand, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building and automotive markets, with manufacturing operations in 29 countries on four continents and sales in 130 countries.