Energizing the Industry
Energy Finds New Meaning at GANA
by Ashley Charest
Air-conditioning and heating, automobiles and refrigerators,
light bulbs and coated glass … the single attribute that these items most
have in common are their new-found focus on energy efficiency. In 2008,
the term “energy” took a much more prominent position within the Glass
Association of North America (GANA) as the association’s Energy Committee
was formed to provide an outlet for members to discuss important industry
topics surrounding the subject. The Committee’s scope is: To advocate
the expanded use of glass and glazing in the energy conservation and energy
However, with the advancements in glazing technologies and expanded focus
on energy, energy efficiency and energy consumption, GANA found the need
to place a larger emphasis on this subset of the glazing industry and,
in March 2011, the GANA Energy Division was created (see May 2011 USGlass,
The foundation for the Division’s work already has been laid by action
on three important energy pillars: window-to-wall ratio, life-cycle analysis
and BuildingStar. That work, combined with the development of a comprehensive
energy glossary, LEED white papers focusing on mirrored products and decorative
glazing, as well as the beginning of a solar products and applications
matrix, gives insight to the great work that will continue to come from
GANA’s new Energy Division.
The Division’s initial focus will have two pillars: advocacy and technical.
Both of these aspects lend themselves to a host of energy-focused projects,
whether that is advocating to legislators about the need for energy tax
credits, supporting research projects on life-cycle analysis of glazing
products or providing basic educa tion about why glass is an enormously
beneficial energy-saving product to incorporate into a new or reconstructed
Energy Division Structure
Much like all of GANA’s other seven divisions, the Energy Division will
be structured with an established membership base, a Division Chair, Committee
Chairs and Subcommittees and Task Groups already established underneath
the former Energy Committee. However, the new Division structure opens
up membership opportunities for companies that typically were not seen
as perfect fits within the other Divisions. If your company currently
is a member of GANA and you wish to add the Energy Division to your membership,
just contact the GANA office for that addition. However, if your company
is interested in joining GANA as a new member, you can apply online at
and select the Energy Division as one of your participating groups in
From the former Energy Committee, the Division has established working
groups functioning on behalf of GANA members. |
Those groups are:
• ASHRAE Subcommittee: Focuses on the window-to-wall ratio issue and how
to best handle efforts moving forward.
• Energy Manual Task Group: Collating currently available materials within
the industry to better define information to incorporate into an Energy
• LEED Subcommittee: Houses the implementation and review of all GANA
materials that work in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® program.
• Life-Cycle Analysis Task Group: Reviewing how a life-cycle analysis
could be put together for the benefit of the industry; also working with
the National Institute of Standards and Technology on its life-cycle analysis
• Publications Subcommittee: Clearinghouse for ideas on documents GANA
will produce within the energy arena.
• Solar Products and Applications Subcommittee: Provides technical support
and influence to the solar and glazing industry for the use of glass and
glazing products. Currently this subcommittee is working on the creation
of a solar products and applications matrix, which will be a web-based
interactive module to “find” solar product and applications combinations.
Ashley Charest is the account executive for GANA.
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