Symposium Focuses on Hurricanes and Windstorms
The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) is holding its Annual Symposium
this week at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va. The two-day
event includes ten sessions, providing information about protective
glazing technologies standards, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Various attendees have agreed that the annual event is a must for
keeping up with the latest standards, testing methods and industry
Wednesday's sessions focused primarily on hurricane and windstorm
issues, and covered everything from current standards, standards
developments and testing procedures to insurance-related issues.
The event was opened by Scott Haddock, president of PGC International,
who welcomed attendees and then turned the podium over to a representative
from The Safe America Foundation in Marietta, Ga.
"We save lives that otherwise might be lost to crashes or disasters
that occur in every aspect of our lives," explained Henry Munford,
executive vice president of Safe America.
Munford's organization is a 501-C-3 nonprofit, licensed by the
state of Georgia. The foundation partners with corporate, governmental,
public and private sector organizations and other nonprofits to
improve safety awareness and preparedness. Munford attributed his
position to a favorable upswing among Americans in gift-giving,
accompanied by an increased focus on safety issues since events
like September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. He said there is a growing
understanding among Americans that federal and state governments
cannot tackle safety concerns on their own and, post-September 11th,
non-profits have rallied to help. Fenestration is just one area
Munford covered in his presentation.
Representatives were on-hand to explain various industry viewpoints,
including those of the insurance and testing industries.
"Anything Mother Nature can throw at you, we can throw at your
product," said Jeffrey E. Gould, P.E., senior engineering specialist
for FM Approvals. A division of FM Global, a commercial and industrial
property insurance provider, Gould's company provides third-party
product testing and certifications. He said the primary concern
for insurance agencies continues to be water intrusion and related
damages. While pointing to a chart illustrating the expected affects
of various category hurricanes, Gould explained that the insurance
industry does provide incentives for protective glazing features,
but he said it's "not always a deal killer."
Following his presentation, several attendees posed questions regarding
how independent companies and organizations achieve acceptance of
third-party certifications and testing methods throughout the industry.
There were also questions relating to acceptance and relevance outside
of the expected Miami-Dade area.
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