BEC 2007 Begins Yesterday with Technical Committee
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
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
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.