GANA Members Work to Get Ahead of Energy Issues During Glass Week
April 6, 2010
It's perhaps a tribute to the Glass Association of North America's
(GANA) Energy Committee that its first act of business during Glass
Week, in Las Vegas last week, was to create a second tier of membership
called a corresponding member. Because the popular committee could
not always assemble all of its busy voting members for a quorum,
the second tier allows GANA members to participate in the nearly
two-year-old committee as they like, while those dedicated members
participating in every meeting and conference call hold the right
When it came to work items during this year's meeting, at the top
of the list was a discussion of the American Society of Hearting,
Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) updated 2010
standard, and the association's potential appeal of several of the
standard's key issues.
The 2010 revisions to Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings
Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings would change the prescriptive
path to, among other things, limit the window to wall ratio from
40 percent to 30 percent (CLICK
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tirelessly to prevent this and other revisions that would ultimately
limit the types of glass products used in buildings. Due to these
efforts ASHRAE is considering some compromises - but becausethe
timing of such compromises might not be soon enough GANA is looking
to submit an appeal insisting upon changing these new requirements
that could hurt the industry.
As Tom Culp of Birch Point Consulting, and now GANA's Glazing Industry
Code Committee commented, "For now, the 2010 version will have
a 30-percent limit and the 40-percent version will not be ready
in time. That's one reason we should bring forth this appeal. The
40 percent path that they're working on, it's not clear that they'll
finish that - ever," Culp added. "We're back to where
we were, which is just to fight before they pass the 30-percent
window to wall ratio as is."
The committee agreed to create a task group to take on the task
of preparing that appeal to ASHRAE.
Thom Zaremba, who also now represents GICC, said there will be a
number of appeals to the updated standard from other industries
before it is adopted. As Zaremba pointed out, if the codes are driving
to a 30-percent increase in energy efficiency this cycle, where
are they going to go next cycle?
Culp added with an attempt at optimism, saying, "Not everything
is negative on the ASHRAE side. We have opened their eyes to daylighting
and they're starting to make headway there."
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