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USGNN Original StoryIGMA Working Groups Remains at Work

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) summer meeting continued yesterday in Whistler, B.C., with a meeting of the Visual Quality Working Group.

At the January meeting the group had resolved to keep the visual quality guidelines document as one document that would address differences in commercial and residential visual obstructions, rather than separating it into two separate documents addressing these variations. (CLICK HERE to read about those discussions.) The document had been distributed for further review and at this meeting, one negative and several "approved with comments" were reviewed.

Among other items, there was discussion on an appropriate definition of a "sightline," and, specifically, whether the document's definition referred to an installed insulating glass (IG) unit's sightline or that of a standalone unit. Ultimately the question was resolved by adding a definition for "daylight opening" to refer to installed units. The language for the definition was drafted quickly during the meeting to help move the document along; this language and other editorial changes will be re-balloted.

This morning, the Technical Services Committee met, in part to review yesterday's activities and hear reports from associated organizations. In addition, the committee members voted to form a task group addressing a proposal that had been resubmitted to evaluate the GasGlass device. According to IGMA executive director Margaret Webb, Bodycote Testing Group had submitted a proposal "that is on the dollar amount a lot more palpable."

Webb reported that some initial data has been collected and has shown that "if you couldn't control the light you couldn't get a reading," indicating that there would be some benefit to members in evaluating the tool and how best to use it. While the committee approved a task group to review this more closely, it was also noted that the proposal should be adapted in some part to tighten the research and better reflect IGMA's needs.

The next IGMA meeting will be held February 2-6, 2009, in San Diego.

CLICK HERE to read about yesterday's IGMA working group activities. Stay tuned to™ for further updates.

The Technical Services committee met this morning to review much of yesterday's activities. Michael Collins (left) and James Jackson of BIMWorld spoke to a room of IG manufacturers at yesterday's IGMA meeting. CLICK HERE to read about Collins' recent presentation at AAMA.

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