Become a Resource for Architects
GANA Offers Presentations, Outlets for Architects
by Ashley M. Charest
The Glass Association of North America (GANA)
has been a registered provider of American Institute of Architect (AIA)
presentations for six years, and in that time has developed several accredited
presentations on glass-focused topics. While constantly looking to provide
new topics and materials, GANA currently has six face-to-face presentations,
one correspondent article and one online presentation.
The first presentation from GANA, Glass in Today’s Architecture, was developed
by members of the association’s 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 process, 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.
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 and coatings for
optical and solar performance. It also is intended to help the architect
understand solar and thermal performance and common terminology, the cost
savings achieved using coated glass, surface modifying coatings and the
different coatings, as well as other uses of coated glass.
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
The GANA Laminating Division also has developed a presentation, 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 detailed features of laminated
glass. It provides the attendee a one-hour AIA learning credit.
The GANA Protective Glazing Council released a presentation titled Protective
Glazing 101. The one-hour presentation focuses on understanding threats
to glazing in buildings (ballistic, forced entry, natural disasters, bomb-blast,
fire), defining test methods and standards, selecting glazing for product
specifications, and defining glazing products and their performance and
characteristics (all-glass laminates, glass-clad polycarbonate, laminated
polycarbonate and acrylics).
The GANA Decorative Division constructed an AIA-presentation titled Introduction
to Decorative Glazing. This two-hour credit course discusses definitions
of different types of decorative glass, various design and application
possibilities using decorative glass, how the different types of decorative
glass are made and tips on specifying the various options.
Currently GANA has one online presentation approved for AIA credit: Glass
in Today’s Architecture. However, the other five face-to-face presentations
currently are in various stages of completion for their online versions.
for the current online presentation and to check on the status of our
“in-process” online presentations.
In addition, GANA transposed the Glass in Today’s Architecture presentation
into a correspondent article for AIA credit. Individuals interested in
completing the one-hour credit article, as opposed to the face-to-face
or online presentation, may download the article at www.glasswebsite.com/aia.
All GANA members who have glazing experience in the respective glass fields
are welcome and encouraged to become AIA-approved facilitators of the
GANA presentations. If you are interested in becoming an AIA-approved
facilitator, contact the GANA office at 785/271-0208.
Ashley M. Charest is the account
executive for GANA. Ms. Charest’s opinions are solely her own and not
necessarily those of this magazine.
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