BEC 2007 Begins Yesterday with Technical Committee Meeting

The Glass Association of North America's (GANA) 2007 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference began yesterday at the Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The conference opened with a meeting of the technical committee, chaired by Henry Taylor of Kawneer Co. Inc. A number of items were discussed, including updates of manuals, documents and standards, as well as future projects and focus areas.

Greg Carney, GANA technical director, discussed two division publications, the Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course and the Project Managers Reference Manual. Both, he said, have been very well received. The division is planning for a 2008 update of the Blueprint document and, potentially, a 2010 update of the Reference Manual. Carney encouraged everyone to use the reference manual resource and to share it with others, especially those who are young or new to the industry.

The committee is also working on a Glass Informational Bulletin on The Key Elements of Fenestration System Shop Drawings. A task group was formed to look at some of the recommended language revisions and to make the changes to keep the document moving forward.

Also in the works are updates to the GANA Glazing Manual and the Sealant Manual. Carney said GANA was looking to members of the BEC division to help update the Glazing Manual, especially with illustrations and other information that would help to enhance it. He added that the 2008 version will be the 50th anniversary edition. He also noted that a task group to work on updating the Sealants Manual has been formed. It is chaired by Ellen Zerucha of Tremco.

Under new business, there was a discussion on boiler plate qualifications for bid documents. The document would give contract glaziers something to stand on when in situations where they are squeezed by the general contractor. The group agreed that having something like this could be helpful. Carney stressed the importance of getting a some contract glazing companies involved and creating a small group to work on this. Everyone agreed to announce the topic during the general sessions that would follow over the next two days in hopes of getting installers involved.

Also during the meeting, Stephen Morse of Standards Design Group gave an update and discussion on his company's Window Glass Design software, which is based on ASTM E1300. Updated features include the option to select a specific type of interlayer; the ability to design with non-rectangular shapes; the availability of calculations for a range of dimensions (height, width or both); the ability to automatically calculate the required lite thickness; a multiple lite input spreadsheet; and a theoretical load share factors option.

BEC general sessions begin today. Garrison Wynn will be the opening speaker. He will be talking on "The Truth About Success: Being the Best vs. Being Constantly Chosen."

Stay tuned to USGNN for more information about the BEC conference as it becomes available.