Americas' Glass Showcase Held in Vegas
and safety were the hot topics at last week's Americas' Glass Showcase,
which was held last week, May 17-19, at the Cashman Center in Las
Vegas. The event, sponsored by the Americas Glass Association, was
co-located with the International Window Film Conference,
Spring Glass Show and the Independent Glass Association's
annual Independents' Days. Ralph Nader, consumer safety advocate
and former presidential candidate, keynoted the event on Friday
morning with a discussion of the industry and its safety concerns.
In addition, Donn Harter, president and technical director for
the association, discussed safety glazing codes, with a focus on
the difference between the 1997 Uniform Building Code (UBC 1997)
and the 2003 International Building Code (IBC 2003). For the most
part, those in the attendance noted that they currently utilize
UBC 1997, though a few use IBC 2003.
Harter focused a bit on wired glass and how each code views the
"Wired glass is not a safety glass and never has been a safety
glass," Harter said. However, Harter said that even though
wired glass use may be permitted, glaziers should still exercise
"Be careful, even though wired glass is permitted in the fire
code, look out," he said.
In an effort to help attendees digest the language used in current
energy codes, Matt Manning of Oldcastle Glass followed up with a
discussion of glass properties affecting the energy usage of buildings,.
Manning provided definitions of a number of terms, including transmittance,
absorptance, reflectance, conduction, convection, radiation, U-values
and U-factors and provided equations for calculating these when
applicable. He also shared a program that assists customers with
determining whether a project meets the requirements of ENV-1, California's
energy code, with attendees, many of whom live and work in California.
The program is available on Oldcastle's website.
In addition to the many seminars offered, which also included a
seminar on frameless shower doors, "Get the Best Insurance,"
"Glass Sales 101" and Computer Systems for Designing Glass
Today," a trade show offered the latest products in the glass
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. introduced its Diamond
Notch and Saw Machine, which it says has a fast-cutting ring blade
with 360-degree diamond coating cuts in all directions. Likewise,
the machine produces notches and free-style pattern edge cuts.
Likewise, Miami-based Taco Metals introduced its new glass sliding
panel system, which it says is ideal for shower doors, as a room
divider or to be used in conference rooms. The system features a
contemporary, full-glass look, smooth operation and durable brushed
stainless steel, according to the company. The system can utilize
heavy glass in standard, frosted etched or a patterned design.