GANA Offers Multiple
Presentations for Architects
by Brian Pitman
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has long offered information
and technical resources to the architectural community in a variety of
ways with Glass Informational Bulletins (GIB), several manuals and web
tools being the most commonly utilized by architects around the world.
In recent years, though, the association began developing presentations
on many glass-focused topics with the goal of offering these presentations
for learning unit credit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
GANA achieved this goal with the release of its first AIA-accredited presentation
in 2005. In the five years since, however, the number of presentations
has grown with even more submitted for approval from AIA.
The first presentation from GANA, Glass in Today’s Architecture, was developed
by members of the GANA Flat Glass Manufacturing Division. This presentation
is a study of the manufacturing process for float glass, various types
and applications for the product, along with a list of benefits for architectural
use. Over the period of an hour, the presentation educates the architect
about the flat glass manufacturing, glass substrates (types) and common
sizes available, the primary glass fabrication processes (such as tempering,
laminating, etc.), glass performance terminology, the many applications
and uses of architectural flat glass, benefits of use and an outline of
the many industry resources available to the architect. In the five years
since the release of this presentation, it has been presented by a GANA
member to architectural firms more than 350 times. Furthermore, a condensed
article version of this presentation is available on the GANA website
as a free download for AIA credit.
on decorative glazing, tempered glass, insulating glass technologies and
more are in the latter stages of development from the association."
The GANA Flat Glass Manufacturing Division next developed and released
a presentation titled Coated Glass. This presentation is a study of the
manufacturing process for coatings on glass, the performance values and
a case study on cost savings. It educates the architect on why glass is
coated in the first place, glass surface terminology, coatings for optical
and solar performance; helps the architect understand solar and thermal
performance and common terminology, the cost savings achieved using coated
glass, surface modifying coatings and the different coating processes;
and reviews other uses of coated glass. This presentation was released
in 2008 and offers one AIA learning unit.
GANA’s Fire-Rated Glazing Council released its first AIA-accredited presentation,
Fire-Rated Glazing Today, in 2009. This one-hour presentation is a study
of the manufacturing process for fire-rated glazing. It offers the architect
an overview of fire-rated glazing products and technologies, fire protection
requirements, common terminology used, the primary product types, key
considerations for specifying a product and future developments in the
industry. This presentation offers one AIA learning unit.
The final current presentation is from the GANA Laminating Division and
is titled Laminated Glass 101. This presentation is a study of the manufacturing
process for laminated glass. It offers the architect answers as to what
laminated glass is and how it is made. It also discusses in detail the
features of laminated glass. The presentation also offers one AIA learning
unit and is the newest approved GANA presentation.
In addition to these four presentations, GANA is awaiting approval from
AIA on a new presentation focused on protective glazing technologies.
Furthermore, other presentations on decorative glazing, tempered glass,
insulating glass technologies and more are in the latter stages of development
from the association.
Each of these presentations is available to architectural firms at no
charge. If you are interested in having a glass industry expert visit
your firm to give one of these presentations, visit our website at www.glasswebsite.com/AIA
to fill out a short form and we will contact you to schedule the session.
Furthermore, GANA members are encouraged to contact GANA to learn how
to become an approved facilitator of these presentations.
Brian Pitman is GANA’s director of marketing and communications.
Mr. Pitman’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of
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