Glass, Tempering and Other Groups Continue Fall Conference Discussions
During a late afternoon meeting yesterday the Glass Association
of North America's (GANA) fire-rated glazing council emphasized
the point that education is it's primary goal. The group, one of
GANA's newest, was holding its second meeting since forming earlier
Thom Zaremba, who represents Pilkington, opened with a discussion
of the International Code Council cycle as it that relates to fire-rated
"We know this will be an active year in codes for fire-rated
materials," said Zaremba, who said a number of the current
proposals for the 2009 edition relate to fire-rated glass. With
so many related proposals, Zaremba said it could also mean greater
pressures on the costs of buildings.
|John Bush of Oldcastle (center) and GANA technical
director Greg Carney (right) participated in the GANA Fall Conference.
Also during the meeting, the group discussed the possibility of
finding ways to work closely with other related groups and organizations.
Jerry Razwick from Technical Glass Products, chair of the council,
said they want to avoid putting out conflicting information. One
suggestion was to tailor the focus areas to meet the specific needs
of different segments, such as the glaziers, architects and code
Razwick noted that their [members of the council] products are
all code-driven so it's possible to educate by the codes. "It's
a common ground," he said.
In addition, the group is looking at a variety of avenues to provide
education and information about fire-rated glazing. Possibilities
include creating a manual, website development and publishing glass
Today's sessions opened with a meeting of the tempering division.
The group is working on several glass informational bulletins and
presentations that are focused on providing education and information
about tempered and heat-treated glass. One of the bulletins is about
post-fabricated heat-treated glass. According to discussions, post
fabrication of certain products, such as shower doors or exterior
applications, can weaken the glass and GANA does not endorse this.
The bulletin was approved and forwarded to the board of directors
Also during the meeting, a task group was formed that will review
changes to an existing GANA bulletin on proper procedures for cleaning
architectural glass. The task group will work to revise the document.
The laminating division, protective glazing committee and mirror
divisions are also holding meetings today.
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