GANA Members Get Fired Up About Glass Week
Week 2007, sponsored by the Glass Association of North America (GANA),
continues at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla.
On Monday, the Fire Protection Glass Committee held its first
meeting-and, in a sense, its only meeting, as one of the first orders
of business was to approve as the new committee name the Fire-Rated
Glazing Council. Jerry Razwick of Technical Glass Products was approved
as the committee chair.
During its inaugural meeting the group worked to loosely identify
its scope and objectives. The group agreed upon a goal of promoting
fire safety glazing materials in buildings to an audience that would
include the construction industry, the architectural community,
code officials, fire fighters and other life safety professionals
and the glass industry at large. During the discussion of the scope
the group also touched on its intention of developing educational
and general promotional materials to provide on the use of fire-rated
glazing products and enhance awareness of the benefits of these
products. The new committee also aims to provide a forum for the
discussion and development of industry standards. Due to time constraints,
the group touched on its objectives with the goal of clarifying
these over email-as well as concretely defining the scope--to present
to committee members for approval at the GANA fall meeting September
12-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
This morning the decorative division met to discuss its goals
and objectives. Learning more about architects' use of decorative
glass was the first question of the division's marketing committee;
the committee has developed a survey aimed at gauging the architectural
industry's awareness of and interest in decorative glass products.
The committee hopes to have the survey fine-tuned for the BEC Conference,
March 4-6 in Las Vegas, and to further disseminate at the AIA Conference
May 3-5 in San Antonio. Another result of the survey-since the committee
anticipated that not every architect would be familiar with all
of the choices of decorative glass listed in the survey-was the
decision to begin work on a glossary of terms related to decorative
glass. The glossary would likely evolve into a project for the decorative
glass technical committee, members noted, and someday a reference
manual. GANA technical director Greg Carney added that since the
association's Glazing Manual was due to be updated for its 50th
anniversary in 2008, and presently has no mention of decorative
glass, the potential glossary could be used to develop such a section.
The decorative glass marketing committee also expressed its interest
in following the lead of GANA's mirror division by initiating a
decorative glass design award. A list of further initiatives for
the division to look into-from the creation of new glass information
bulletins to requests for standards-promise to keep the division
members busy until its fall meeting.
Stay tuned to USGNN for daily updates from Glass Week, which finishes