Volume 44, Issue 10 - October 2009

GANAPerspectives

 

GANA Takes on a New Role
GANA: Advocacy Gears Up
by Bill Yanek


Over the past year or so, you have been reading in our columns of the coming need to insure that the glass and glazing industry’s voice is heard in a variety of arenas, including energy code hearings, discussions regarding the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and emissions regulations. As the Glass Association of North America (GANA) has progressed through this exciting and troubling period of code development, the need for a more proactive approach has become apparent. Furthermore, the glass and glazing industry’s primary vehicle for code advocacy, the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC), will cease operations at the end of this year. For our industry, the timing could not be worse.

In the past six months, several code and energy events have occurred that require further (and even immediate) action to prevent possible punitive outcomes for glass and glazing manufacturers, fabricators and installers. ASHRAE is currently working on the new version of its 90.1 standard. In the process of updating the standard, there are members of the construction industry who are working to decrease the amount of glass in commercial construction under the guise of making the structure more “energy efficient.”

The GANA: Energy Committee has taken that flag and devised a position and presentation that was given at a recent ASHRAE meeting in Atlanta. The committee will continue to persevere in making sure that our office and building environments don’t close off the benefits of daylighting and energy-efficient glazing design.



A New Mission
The ASHRAE issue is only the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. Each building code cycle brings an equal amount of opportunity and peril. The International Code Council is beginning work on its international green building code. Various governments around the globe are becoming more adamant about sustainability in construction. Throughout these efforts we find individuals who believe the easiest, least expensive option for efficiency is to decrease the amount of glass used in the construction industry.

In this current climate of change, GANA surveyed its membership about assuming the mission of GICC. The overwhelming majority of respondents felt these issues and potential pitfalls were too important to let slip away. Therefore, GANA: Advocacy was created as the primary vehicle for preserving the glass and glazing industry’s vision and market for future generations. Glass must always be an integral part of the building industry, and GANA will be the leading organization to insure this happens.

To learn more about GANA and our role as the voice of the glazing industry, please visit our website at
www.glasswebsite.com. Plus, if your company doesn’t have someone fighting to keep your business prosperous through these perilous times, you may consider joining us. We will support you.

 

Bill Yanek is the executive vice president of the Glass Association of North America. Mr. Yanek’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.



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