Glass Week Meetings Come to a Close
There was plenty of discussion at the Glass Association of North
America’s (GANA) insulating glass division meeting yesterday, the
last day of the GANA-sponsored Glass Week 2007.
During the division’s technical committee meeting GANA technical
director Greg Carney discussed a concern raised by Joseph Smith
of Applied Research Associates Inc. During his presentation on hurricane-
and blast-resistance earlier in the week, Smith had talked about:
mislabeling (for more information CLICK
HERE). Carney asked if this was a topic that needed to be
addressed by the association by establishing a procedure for proper
“I think it’s worth letting everyone know the problem,” said Rick
Wright of Oldcastle Glass. “If you have it labeled incorrectly …
that’s a huge liability,” added John Davis of Applied Materials.
Carney said a document produced by the group could provide a uniform
way of labeling the glass.
Tracy Rogers of Edgetech IG Inc. added, “You have to assume they
have a practice for doing it [labeling] right, they’re just not
Without consensus, and with limited time, the issue was added to
a list of concerns to discuss at the next meeting, September 12-14
at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Rogers brought up another concern
in the area of new business for the division.
“Something that came up with our company is … the use of capillary
tubes in insulating glass units,” he said. “No association has put
together a standard practice for using capillary tubes.”
The division members discussed the usefulness of drafting such
“[It should address] when to use them and how to close them,”
noted Wright. “If we can have an industry position we’re all better
Rogers’ motion to have the technical committee address this topic
was approved, and a task group under that committee was formed for
this purpose. The insulating glass division promotional committee,
meanwhile, has continued to fine-tune an educational presentation
on thermal performance factors in insulating glass, to be presented
at the BEC Conference, March 4-6 in Las Vegas.
The group also discussed the task of creating a white paper on
green building initiatives and the creation of a video on insulating
glass, two initiatives that will be pursued down the road.