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Register Now for the 2022 BEC Conference

| Grand Hyatt Nashville - Nashville, TN
BEC Conference is March 27-29 in Nashville. 24 Years of Tradition

Get ready for the 24th annual BEC Conference!

24 years of tradition begins again this March. Head to Nashville to join hundreds of glazing contractors, fabricators and suppliers for education, tabletop displays and plenty of networking—face time is the name of the game at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. 

View the BEC Conference pre-registration list as of Feb 18, 2022. Check back for updates.

Bridging the Supply Chain at BEC Conference & GPAD 2022


New for 2022! Included with your BEC Conference registration, 'Bridging the Supply Chain' features a half-day of solution sharing programming that bridges the BEC Conference and GPAD (Glass Processing Automation Days) on Mar. 29, providing a unique and timely opportunity to bring together glazing contractors, glass fabricators, and suppliers to tackle common pain points in our supply chain.

Event Information

Grand Hyatt Nashville
1000 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37023


  • Member Installing Company - $500
  • Non-Member Installing Company - $900
  • Member Non-Installing Company - $800
  • Non-Member Non-Installing Company - $1,400

Installing Company: Glazing Contractor or Full-Service Glass Company
Non-Installing Company: Fabricator, Manufacturer, Supplier, Other 

Early-bird pricing ended Jan. 26

Schedule (Subject to Change)

3:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Open + Tabletop Setup
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Welcome Reception at the Grand Hyatt

sponsored by Vitro Architectural Glass

7:30am - 8:15am
Continental Breakfast + Installing Committee Meeting (open to all)
8:15am - 9:15am
Installing Committee Breakout Sessions (open to all)
9:30am - 9:45am
Greetings + Introductions
9:45am - 10:45am
Performance Criteria for Next-Generation Facade Technologies

Presented by Brandon Andow, senior building performance analyst and associate principal, EYP 

Next-generation façade technologies must contend with dynamically changing and often conflicting requirements to mitigate daylight, control heat flow, manage glare, etc., all while meeting air, water, acoustic, fire, security and structural requirements. In this session, explore current leading-edge façade technologies and their performance achievements, and define comprehensive criteria for next generation facades.

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Brandon Andow
10:45am - 10:50am
Reduce Field Labor Required in Spandrel Areas

Take 5 Presentation by Mapes Architectural Panels

11:00am - 11:50pm
Navigating the Hybrid Workplace

The last 18 months have changed the way we work and collaborate. In this panel discussion, learn how contractors are using technology in the virtual design-assist process, for virtual walkthroughs of jobsites, and to manage remote employees.   

Presented by Kip Larison, director of Engineering at Pioneer Cladding and Glazing Systems, Inc.; Chris Wright EVP of Operations Support, Nabholz; and Nicole Harris, president & CEO, National Glass Association

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch + Tabletop Displays Open
1:05pm - 1:10pm
Innovations on the Rise

Take 5 Presentation by Guardian Glass, LLC

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Nashville Skyline Broadwest Towers Project Case Study

The Nashville skyline is one of the most changing views in the country. Get a look behind the scenes at one of the newest projects, Broadwest Towers, and learn the elements from design to completion.

Sponsored by Guardian Glass, LLC

2:05pm - 2:10pm
Lowering Your Carbon Footprint Through Proper Protection

Take 5 Presentation by ArmorGuard Protective Coatings

2:15pm - 2:45pm
Go-To Codes for the Glazier

This session will address evolving issues related to U-factors, air leakage and thermal bridging; offer a fresh take on the decarbonization/renewable energy initiatives that are pushing new legislation and potential tax credits; and provide an update on bird-friendly glass requirements.

Presented by Tom Culp, Birch Point Consulting and NGA code consultant; Urmilla Sowell, technical director, National Glass Association

2:45pm - 3:15pm
Beer Break

Sponsored by Vitro Architectural Glass

3:30pm - 3:35pm
Education, Training & Hiring Within the Construction Industry

Take 5 Presentation by Global Construction Industries

3:40pm - 4:30pm
Manage Risks with Mockups

Take this deep dive into performance mockups and the important factors glazing companies should take into consideration. Explore field vs laboratory performance mockups. Learn about scheduling best practices, the risks of delay, and any liabilities related to performance mockups. Discuss how the industry can get mockup testing done earlier in the process and what is preventing us from doing so now in this panel discussion.

Presented by Jose Colon, regional sales director, Intertek; Szymon Zienkiewicz, president, Larsen Zienkiewicz; and, Vic McConnell, Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC

4:35pm - 4:40pm
VacuMax Vacuum Insulating Glass

Take 5 Presentation by Vitro Architectural Glass

4:45pm - 6:30pm
Tabletop Networking Reception + Bourbon Bar

Reception Co-Sponsored by Dow.

7:30am - 5:00pm
Registration Desk Open
8:30am - 9:30am
Breakfast + Bloody Mary Bar

Networking breakfast near tabletop display.

9:50am - 9:55am
What to Expect at glasstec 2022

Take 5 Presentation by Messe Dusseldorf NA

10:00am - 10:30am
Bridging the Supply Chain: Future-Ready Facades

Take in these fast-paced, information-packed mini sessions as part of the special 'Bridging the Supply Chain' programming showcasing the latest glass technology. 

Featuring InoVues, Ubiquitous Energy and Stealthcase Oy

10:30am - 11:30am
Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical - Bridging the Supply Chain KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Now more than ever, communication is key when it comes to delivering products and projects on time and on budget. As part of the special 'Bridging the Supply Chain' programming, this session will explore how to ethically influence and persuade people to develop and sustain trusted relationships across the supply chain.  

Presented by Brian Ahearn, author, consultant, corporate trainer with over 30 years' experience

Brian Ahearn
Brian Ahearn
11:30am - 12:00pm
Bridging the Supply Chain: Key Pain Points for Glaziers and Fabricators

Take in these fast-paced, information-packed mini sessions as part of the special 'Bridging the Supply Chain' programming with discussions surrounding solutions to common pain points.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bridging the Supply Chain: Solutions Share Lunch

Networking lunch

Book Your Stay in Downtown Nashville

$279/night + tax
Group Rate guaranteed until March 4.
Book your room.

The Grand Hyatt has limited rooms left. If you are unable to obtain a room, please click the link below for the Cambria Hotel - a five minute walk from the Grand Hyatt. 

Cambria Hotel
118 8th Ave S
$279/night + tax
Book your room.

Room block dates are Sat, March 26 – Wed, March 30. If you are arriving or departing outside these dates, please contact Kelly Peterson at


Sponsorship Opportunities

Let NGA help you find and create a package that make your brand "pop" at the BEC Conference in 2022!

View the sponsorship brochure. Contact Kathy Swaak - - to discuss. 


Tabletop Display

The BEC Conference Tabletop Display will be set up in the foyer hall immediately outside the meal and general session ballrooms.

Tabletop Displays are open to NGA members only and are sold and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are currently sold out; interested companies will be placed on a waitlist.

View the final Tabletop Display floor plan as of Feb 9, 2022.


NGA Pandemic Policy

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Download the NGA Pandemic Policy  |  Download Nashville COVID Testing Sites

Commitment to Your Health & Safety

Your health and safety are always a priority for us. As NGA maintains its best efforts to host in-person events, we continue to closely monitor the guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local governments to comply with current guidelines and ensure we provide an environment that is as safe as possible for our participants and staff. 

At the BEC Conference/GPAD

In light of the heightened transmission potential of the latest Omicron variant of COVID-19, masks will be required by all attendees and staff participating in the BEC Conference and/or GPAD.

Masks may be removed while eating or drinking. Otherwise, please wear a mask while seated as a courtesy to those around you.

Attendee Registration Acknowledgement

BEC Conference and/or GPAD attendee assumes all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the BEC Conference and/or GPAD. Attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless ASSOCIATION, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

Specifically relating to the global COVID‐19 pandemic, attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID‐19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending the BEC Conference and/or GPAD, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID‐19 at the EVENT may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of ASSOCIATION, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID‐19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the BEC Conference and/or GPAD.

In addition to all other rules and regulations relating to the attendee’s attendance at the BEC Conference and/or GPAD, attendee agrees to comply with all COVID‐related procedures that may be implemented by National Glass Association and by the Grand Hyatt Nashville Hotel, including, but not limited to, mask‐wearing and social distancing requirements and restrictions on certain activities that carry higher COVID‐related risk, in order to protect as much as possible the health and safety of all attendees.

Thank you to our Sponsors!