HALIFAX, August 8, 2005-The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
(IGMA) summer meeting is currently underway at the Westin Nova
Scotian here. The meeting began yesterday with committee and group
meetings, including technical working group meetings.
During yesterday's glazing guidelines working group meeting there
was a discussion that focused on defining the requirements to
allow thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) setting blocks. It was agreed
upon that additional research would be conducted before a final
decision was made.
The visual quality working group also met yesterday. The group
is working to develop a guideline that covers what's allowable
in the airspace of an IGU. The group will be focusing on things
that happen during the manufacturing process-what's under the
manufacturer's control-such as fingerprints.
The thermal stress working group's efforts are centered on trying
to differentiate stress breaks and what triggers the glass to
stress/fracture. One thing the group discussed was creating "dos
and don'ts" design guidelines that would assist those who
are designing and specifying insulating glass.
The recently-created education committee also met yesterday.
The group discussed ways in which they could provide more education
and information to members.
"We want to always drive education as part of our meetings,"
said Mike Burk of GED who chaired the meeting. Some of the measures
the group discussed included creating an educational seminar on
IG manufacturing quality procedures and also developing an AIA
course that would be on certification and ASTM E 2190. Margaret
Webb, IGMA executive director, said that IGMA exhibited at the
AIA show this year and had an excellent response. In light of
that, she said that IGMA is now looking at other ways to provide
more information to architects and builders.