Glazing Under Discussion as GANA's Fall Conference Begins
September 1, 2009
Protective glazing was the focus as the Glass Association of North
America (GANA) opened its Fall Conference yesterday afternoon at
the Embassy Suites in Kansas City, Mo., with a meeting of the
Protective Glazing Manual task group held concurrently with
The task group is making strides on completing the manual with
most chapters more than 85 percent done. Among the documents to
be sent out to the group for balloting was a relatively new inclusion
on tornados. Valerie Block of DuPont had drafted a two-page document
detailing information about tornados, including the standards that
exist on building for tornado-prone areas. Much of the information
was general as the group is still determining whether or not protective
glazing has a place in tornado preparation.
Minimizing flying glass is always important, Block
said. The idea is get out of the way, but protective
glazing offers your building a certain amount of protection.
However, as Block pointed out, Well need to take a
position on what is the value of protective glazing when you know
the result of a direct hit is total destruction.
The focus on protective glazing continued today with a meeting
of GANAs Fire Rated Glazing Council (FRGC). The council began
by resolving the last of its edits to the chapter its Education
Committee has produced for the Protective Glazing Manual and
approving the document.
During the Protective Glazing Committees meeting this afternoon,
the group heard more evidence for the need for tornado protection.
Rachel Stroer with BNIM Architects spoke on Master Planning
for Greensburg, Kan. Two years ago the town was destroyed
by an EF5 tornado; in the process of rebuilding the town, the community
has emphasized sustainability. (CLICK
HERE to learn more about Greensburg.)
Among the goals for the town is a focus on energy: to promote
a high level of efficiency in new construction and look to renewable
options for generation. As part of that goal, the city council
adopted a resolution that all city building would be built to LEED
Platinum standards and would exceed the baseline code for energy
efficiency by 42 percent. Ashley Charest, account executive for
GANA, pointed out that one of the associations members had
donated the glass for the 547 Arts Building, which is the first
building in the town to be completed and certified.
The GANA Fall Conference continues through Thursday. Stay tuned
to USGNN.com for further updates.
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