Decorative Discussions Take Place as Part of
Glass Week 2010
March 26, 2010
Glass Week continued yesterday with a number of groups meeting,
including the decorative division, which has been busy preparing
a number of information documents, presentations and even a new
website. The meeting was chaired by Kris Vockler of ICD High Performance
Coatings and took place yesterday morning at the Paris Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas. The event is sponsored by the Glass Association
of North America.
The Glazing Material and Compatibility task group, chaired by Michelle
Burns of Ferro Corp., met first and is working on completing a glass
informational bulletin (GIB) titled Assessing the Compatibility
of Glazing Materials. The task group passed a motion to approve
the document, which will now move on to the technical committee
for review and ballot.
The group also discussed putting together a list of tests that
are done on decorative glass. Prior to the meeting the division
had approached one testing agency about the types of test as well
as companies that test to these different tests. One concern the
agency had about this is that because there is so much information
they did not feel the document would be all encompassing and would
never be inclusive.
Greg Saroka of Goldray Industries suggested that members could
submit information on their own issues or problem areas to create
a list of things to be aware of [as potential concerns].
The group agreed that building awareness is the goal.
One member suggested that member companies could submit their most
common issues that come up in everyones businessthose
things everyone has seen in the past--and create a generalized GIB
about the [concerns] regarding decorative glass.
The Product Color and Durability Subcommittee meeting, chaired
by Jeff Nixon of Glass Coatings & Concepts LLC, met next and
is working on a properties glossary that will focus
on color and appearance terminology. The document is moving on to
the technical committee for review.
In addition, the group discussed a document on durability characteristics.
Nixon said this has been hard to formulate as these terms are more
involved than color terminology.
The goal is to create a benchmark way for fabricators to
assure that durability is being addressed properly given where the
product will end up, said Vockler.
Nixon added, We want to provide definitions and test methods
to allows us to communicate effectively about these properties.
During the division meeting Cathie Saroka of Golray, who serves
as the chair of the divisions membership and website committees,
discussed an American Institute of Architects presentation based
on the terminology in the decorative glossary that the Education
Committee has put together. The presentation is currently being
reviewed by the committee and once approved it will go to the board
for review. She said once approved they would also like to make
it into a web-based presentation format.
She explained that they took all of the items in the glossary and
then broke them into categories. The presentation also covers applications
where decorative glass can be used, general information on how glass
is made as well as considerations for architects when they are specifying
In addition, the decorative division is also working on creating
a new website that they expect will be live by mid-May.
Glass Week meetings continue through Saturday morning and will
be followed by the annual BEC Conference. Stay tuned to USGNN.com
for news updates from Las Vegas.
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