of the Glazing Industry
—A Special USGlass Supplement—
GANA Glazing Manual (50th Anniversary Edition)
The GANA Glazing Manual is recognized as the definitive source in the
glass and glazing field. This manual includes complete information about
primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards, design considerations,
general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing in hazardous locations.
First published by GANA’s predecessor, the Flat Glass Marketing Association(FGMA),
the Glazing Manual is frequently referred to as the “industry bible.”
GANA Project Managers Reference Manual (2005)
The GANA Project Managers Reference Manual provides procedural
guide references that begin with the estimating and contract processes
and the establishment of the project team. They continue through installation
and project close-out. The GANA Building Envelope Contractors Division
developed this manual based on many years’ experience in the industry.
Emphasis is placed on finishing a quality project that adheres to industry
GANA Sealant Manual (2008)
The new GANA Sealant Manual provides guidelines for the selection and
application of sealants used in exterior and interior glass and glazing
installations. The manual includes sections on the causes of sealant failures,
structural glazing and glazing accessories. Full color graphics are included.
GANA Glass Informational Bulletins Volume One (2008)
This manual is a compilation of the first 20 GANA Glass Informational
Bulletins, from the initial bulletin released in 2000 to the first two
released in 2008. Provided in a single bound edition, this manual
provides the reader a single printed source for thefirst 20 of these documents
written for the industry by the technical experts within GANA.
GANA Fabrication, Erection & Glazing Hours Manual
The GANA Fabrication, Erection & Glazing Hours Manual provides a format
for the estimation of fabrication and labor hours for architectural glass
and glazing storefront and standard wall systems.
GANA Laminated Glazing Reference Manual (2009)
The GANA Laminated Glazing Reference Manual presents useful information,
technical and performance data and the installation guidelines for laminated
glass products. The 2009 edition holds the latest information on laminating
interlayers, as well as in-depth discussions of the applications of laminated
architectural glass including: safety, solar control, ultraviolet radiation,
sound control, security, sloped glazing and skylights, wind storms and
hurricane resistance and earthquake resistance. Updates on laminated glass
strength, cutting, handling and installation are highlighted. It also
features a list of applicable standards.
GANA Engineering Standards Manual (2008)
GANA’s Tempering Division’s Engineering Standards Manual includes current
technology and standards for heat-strengthened and fully tempered glass
products. This manual is designed to assist manufacturers/fabricators
and users of heat-treated glass, engineers, architects, architectural
specifiers and consumers. The documents in the manual have been reviewed
and updated by section task groups, the Standards and Engineering Committee
and members of the Tempering Division.
GANA Fully Tempered Heavy Glass Door and Entrance Systems
Design Guide (1999)
This first edition provides authoritative technical information to designers
and offers suggestions for proper applications of heavy tempered glass
used in doors and entrances. The aim of this guide is to promote good
design practices and adherence to appropriate structural standards in
fully tempered heavy glass storefronts and entrance design. Good design
and adherence to standards serve as a benefit to the architect, glass
fabricator, installing contractor and, most importantly, the end user.
The contents of this manual are for the design professional’s use in review
and final approval.
GANA Blueprint Reading& Labor Estimating Course
This correspondence course is designed for beginning estimators in the
contract glazing business. It provides the beginner with many of the basic
facts about the materials used as well as a basic systematic approach
to estimating metal, glass and labor.
|A Member Resource
GANA Answers Glass-Related Questions in Reference Publications
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is a resource
for members of the glass and glazing industry, providing opportunities
for education and numerous reference publications. From the free glass
informational bulletins covering a variety of topics to the definitive
Glazing Manual that this year marked its 50th anniversary, members can
find answer to most of their glass-related questions here. Many of the
association’s most popular publications are listed aprove.
GANA Members Spotlight Their Most Memorable
Products and Projects
Downtown Glass Completes World-Class Project
Oklahoma City-based Downtown Glass Inc. recently completed the Integris
Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, a comprehensive and world-class cancer treatment
center. The glazing contractor says the variety of glass configurations
specified by HKS Architects contributed to the stunning visual appeal
of the completed project. Vitro America’s facility in Farmers Branch,
Texas, fabricated the glass for the project, which is made up of 1-inch
Energy Glaze™ insulating glass units. The units are comprised of PPG’s
Z50/clear, Z50/OpaciSpan™ black ceramic frit, Vistacool Azuria/Solarban
60 and Z50/Vitro Pavia™ acid-etched glass. Vistawall supplied the metal.
LCG Creates a Flagship Feel for OC Tanner
The OC Tanner Flagship store is a major renovation of the Salt Lake City
old public library. Salt Lake City-based LCG Facades was asked to design,
engineer, facilitate and install the point-supported insulating glass
wall with first surface ceramic frit, the stainless steel surround and
bollards. The stainless steel surround was designed to weep rain water
internally and, the glazing contractor points out, has no exposed caulk
On the interior, LCG furnished and installed custom stainless steel metals,
all-glass doors and decorative elevator mirrors. The curved stairs also
were part of the subcontractor’s scope. LCG reports that it turned to
Soheil Mosun Ltd. to design, engineer and install the stainless steel
handrail, ½-inch tempered curved glass and the structural steel
EFCO Assists in Creating an Educational Landmark
Morgan State University’s new library features a 3-story atrium-style
wall of windows. EFCO System 5600 curtainwall was integral to achieving
the scope of this striking instructional space. Available in a wide range
of mullion and face cover depths, this system features roll-on horizontals
and concealed fasteners for uninterrupted sightlines.
Behind the library’s glass façade, student reading areas are placed
against the glass and connect to the rest of the building via bridges
that penetrate a wood wall punctuated with windows.
Wheaton & Sprague Chosen for Case’s Complex Curtainwall
Wheaton & Sprague Engineering (WSE) in Stow, Ohio, is completing the
system design, structural engineering, detailing, thermal analysis and
fabrication drawing process for the custom cladding systems for Case Medical
Center at the University Hospital in Cleveland, currently under construction.
The 375,000-square-foot facility by Cannon Design features 92,000 square
feet of custom unitized high-performance curtainwall, custom slope-wall,
custom windows and standard storefront. It also includes 44,000 square
feet of composite panels and 4,000 square feet of louvers. Unitwall and
slopewall are both custom systems designed by WSE to meet the project’s
rigid requirements. The panel system is a rain-screen system supported
by a light gage stud wall anchored to the building. Dominant features
include a transition to a slope wall on one elevation; members curved
in elevation on another; a “bowed” wall feature on another; and transitions
between curtainwall and panel systems.
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) released the
50th anniversary edition of its Glazing Manual this year, a momentous
landmark for an association that has changed and grown significantly in
that time. As the association has changed, so too have its members, which
includes glass retailers, distributors and manufacturers as well as glazing
contractors, consultants and others related to the field. These diverse
groups have each submitted to USGlass information on some of their landmarks.
Some of these “most memorable” products and projects are new, some are
industry standbys, but all are worth a second, or third, glance. The results
SCHOTT PYRAN® Platinum Provides Transparent Safety
PYRAN® Platinum glass-ceramics are environmentally friendly fire-rated
glass-ceramics, according to SCHOTT of Elmsford, N.Y. These products are
produced without the use of hazardous heavy metals and are fire-rated
up to 90 minutes (180 minutes in doors), pass the hose stream test and
are UL-classified. The glass-ceramic products are transparent, wireless
and able to withstand thermal shock. The company reports that they are
suitable for use with standard fire-rated frames with the same rating.
For fire-rated and impact-safety locations, SCHOTT offers PYRAN® Platinum
F, which has surface applied film, and PYRAN® Platinum L, which is
a laminated glass-ceramic.
Solarban Lets in Light, Keeps Out Heat
Pittsburgh-based PPG’s transparent Solarban 70XL glass offers a strong
combination of visible light transmittance and solar control. With a SHGC
of 0.27 and VLT of 64 percent in a 1-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban
70XL glass produces an LSG ratio of 2.37.
The manufacturer says that independent energy analysis has shown that
substituting Solarban 70XL glass for dual-pane tinted glass reduces initial
HVAC equipment costs by as much as $125,000 in a prototypical window-walled,
eight-story office building and cuts annual cooling costs by as much as
HPP™ Coating Protects Warm-Light®
Warm-Light® warm edge spacer by AZON USA INC. in Kalamazoo, Mich.,
is now available in a high-performance polymer (HPP) coating. Three new
HPP™ colors are now offered; Silver Matte, Stone and Monumental Bronze.
The coating inhibits oxidation on the aluminum surface. The aluminum in
Warm-Light is comprised of 78-percent recycled content with the material
advantage of complete recyclability at the end-of-use.
DORMOTION Cushions Sliding Glass Door Movement
The new DORMOTION system from DORMA Glas in Millersville, Md., provides
assisted closing and cushioning of interior glass doors. When integrated
into the AGILE 150 sliding door system, the DORMOTION hardware smoothly
draws the sliding panel to its end position as it travels on the roller
assembly, much like the spring-aided action of kitchen drawers. DORMOTION
system also prevents harsh end-stops that could damage doors or hardware.
An end-stop function eliminates uncontrolled fallback and incomplete closure.
The hardware is suitable for single or double doors.
Tem-Pace Molds Its Art
Sculpturlite, the Tem-Pace Inc. brand for the Niles, Mich.-based company’s
formed glass product, is proving to be popular in the decorative glass
entry door market, the company says. Fashioned with distinctive characteristics,
the molded glass allows the consumer to touch and feel the images created.
Among the product’s most popular designs are that of a lighthouse, followed
by the image of a leafless oak tree, while numerous other designs also
SteelBuilt Stands Strong
Utilizing the strength of steel, the SteelBuilt Curtainwall Infinity™
System from Technical Glass Products in Snoqualmie, Wash., allows architects
and designers to use larger areas of glass, smaller frame profiles and
wider free-spans than is possible with traditional curtainwall assemblies.
The Infinity Series opens up a new realm of design possibilities by offering
back mullions of virtually any profile, including I-, T-, U- and L-shapes,
and can use as a back mullion almost any type of framing member, including
stainless steel and glulam beams. This flexibility allows the system to
be used in a variety of designs, from high-end urban storefronts to facilities
that incorporate wood throughout.
ISOPORT Enhances Views and Efficiency
Norcross, Ga.-based Kawneer’s AA®3350 ISOPORT® Window was designed
to enhance the views and energy efficiency of any application. Available
in fixed, single- or double-hung with a polyamide thermal break design
and factory glazing, the company says its versatile window achieves thermal
performance at a competitive price. The uniquely shaped polyamide thermal
break maintains continuity of the thermal break throughout the window
frame and sash, enhancing the window’s performance. AA®3350 ISOPORT®
Window is factory assembled and glazed.
Vesuvius Unveils New
Vesuvius has launched an environmentally—and ergonomically—friendly Smartly
Driven® all-mechanical end cap attachment system.
This product eliminates the need for resin bond adhesives for end cap
attachment. It is capable of withstanding demanding torque operating conditions.
The Smartly Driven® end cap can withstand operating temperatures up
to a maximum of 350° C, compared to 150° C with the resin bonded
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