Insulating Division Discusses Futures Activities and Programs
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) insulating division
met Saturday afternoon as part of Glass Week 2006. The marketing
committee, chaired by Tracy Rogers of Edgetech I.G., met first.
The group is working to help increase industry awareness and involvement
of insulating glass and specific issues related to commercial architectural
One avenue the group is working on is coordinating more with GANA's
building envelope contractors division and a possible presentation
at the group's 2007 annual conference. Presentation topics being
considered include installation details and how they can lead to
seal failures, structural glazing and thermal stress and LEED construction,
particular to insulating glass.
The technical committee, chaired by Greg Carney in the absence
of Tim Moore, discussed the possibility of creating a joint glass
informational bulletin with the laminating and tempering divisions
on design considerations in regards to hurricane glazing.
The group also talked about the possibility of creating bulletins
on sightlines for commercial insulating glass units and terminology
for commercial insulating glass units. The group will also be working
with the flat glass manufacturers division to provide more detailed
information on insulating glass for the group's next edition of
the Specifiers Guide to Architectural Glass.
John Kent of the Insulating Glass certification Council gave a
certification update. Kent said that effective last year they are
now certifying to ASTM E 2190 only. He also said they have begun
offering a voluntary gas fill certification process and accept results
of either the gas chromatograph, oxygen analyzer or the "spark
emission spectrography," which is a recently-coined generic
term for the GasGlass device.
At its last meeting, the IGCC also voted to move forward on the
development of an initial gas-fill certification.
"You need to know how much gas is going in and how much comes
out over time," said Kent. "If you're making claims about
gas fill, you better understand them," he said.
In addition, IGCC has developed an educational document that explains
the differences between ASTM E 2190 and the old CGSB 12.8. It can
be downloaded form the IGCC's website, www.igcc.org.
Photo caption: The insulating glass division met during Glass
Week on Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Brian Pitman.