Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel

600 Highway 7, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2

6:00 pm: Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Seminar including Post Seminar Discussion

BSS Holder (OBEC Member)/OAA Members:
[Includes certificate of attendance]
$70.00 + $9.10 HST = $79.10 

Non Members: $90.00 + $11.70 HST = $101.70
Student Members: $35.00 + $4.55 HST = $39.55

Live Webinar

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Webinar including Post Seminar Discussion

BSS Holder (OBEC Member)/OAA Members: $28.00 + $3.64 HST = $31.64
[Includes certificate of attendance]

Non Members: $45.00 + $5.85 HST = $50.85
Student Members: $10.00 + $1.30 HST = $11.30

Attendees will be eligible for 1 BSS credit | one OAA Core Learning Hour for the webinar, and 1 BSS credit for attending the post-webinar discussion

There will be limited space available to accommodate the physical distancing guidelines provided by the Sheraton. In-person attendees should comply with the indoor space related and updated effective government reopening rules and acts.

This course will help designers understand how to avoid trading off service life of insulating glass for incremental improvements in thermal performance. It takes a deep dive into the edge of glass performance focusing on durability first by exploring insulating glass unit service life, the key factors in careful edge seal design to manage durability and climate loads, the importance of sealant adhesion and a comparison of spacer types. It describes a framework for assessing performance “margin” in IGU weathering tests and the key components of ensuring IGU serviceability. It then addresses thermal performance of the insulating glass unit, and the impact of the edge of glass thermal performance on the overall fenestration assembly U-factor. It analyzes the difference between European and North American fenestration U-factor standards, especially in relation to the application of the European based Passive House standard in North America. It identifies the pitfalls and recommendations in the application of Passive House certified spacer components with North American edge seal systems.

Learning objectives:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:


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Helen Sanders, PhD.

Helen has over 25 years’ experience in the glass industry and in architectural glass coatings, insulating glass fabrication, fenestration thermal zone technology, and dynamic glazing.  She has a M.A. in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) and Ph.D. in Surface Science from the University of Cambridge, England.   

Currently, she is a general manager, responsible for strategic business development, at Technoform North America, the leader in thermal break for fenestration systems and durable insulating glass edge bond solutions. Her role involves driving market development, new product development, developing strategic relationships and influencing the regulatory environment with the goal of moving the market towards higher performing façades.

Previously, she played a significant role in creating and growing the market for dynamic glazing.  Throughout her career, she has held several diverse leadership positions, including business development, technical and customer services, sales, operations including manufacturing, engineering and solution delivery, codes and standards development, product development, process development and project management.  She has also been involved in the implementation of safety and environmental programs, quality systems and lean manufacturing tools. 

She is an active member of several industry organizations, serving as president of the Façade Tectonics Institute and board member of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA).  She is also active in energy and façade related codes and standards development.

Recently, she was named one of USGlass Magazine’s Top 100 Influencers as one of the individuals “who are leading their peers in new directions” and “changing the whole equation of how we look at the industry.”  In October 2017, she was recognized by US Glass Magazine as one of the top women leaders in the glass industry.

Helen has previously spoken at the AIA National Convention, LightFair International, Illuminating Engineering Society, BuildingsNY, West Coast Energy Management Conference, Façade Tectonics Institute’s World Congresses, Glass Performance Days, BEST Conferences, GlassBuild America, Ecobuild UK, Façades Plus, GlassCon Global


Register for either the In person dinner OR zoom meeting. 

the speaker will broadcast out of the United States through Zoom

In person information
BSS/OBEC Members:
$70.00 + $9.10 HST = $79.10
OAA Members: $70.00 + $9.10 HST = $79.10
Non-Members : $90.00 + $11.70 HST = $101.70
Student Members: $35.00 + $4.55 HST = $39.55
Only 35 tickets left for in-person attendance.  Extended Registration Date October 5, 2021.

Virtual information
BSS/OBEC Member:
$28.00 + HST + $3.64 HST = $31.64
OAA Member: $28.00 + $3.64 HST = $31.64

Non-Member: $45.00 + $5.85 HST = $50.85
Student: $10.00 + $1.30 HST = $11.30
Group rate available, please contact OBEC for more information


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Webinar Sponsors: $250.00 + HST 
[Includes company logo on all eblasts, logo and web banner on event webpage, social media recognition and ability to provide a video message for social media.]


Table Top Sponsor: $250.00 + $32.50 HST = $282.50
Limited space available
[includes one (1) 6’ table, and one (1) dinner registration]

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Event qualifies for 1 BSS Credit | 1 OAA Core Learning Hour