PGC Holds D.C. Legislative Retreat
The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International held its PGC Legislative
Retreat May 10-11 at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The meeting involved key officials from the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NIBS.
Included on the program was a presentation by Richard Paradis of NIBS
who discussed the NIBS Security Information & Technologies Exchange
(SITE) database. Paradis previewed the product database, explaining that
it allows visitors to www.sitexchange.org
to view product listings, which also include the standards that each product
According to Paradis, the database, which is currently still in the building
phase, “helps users find the most appropriate technology that best fits
the potential security threats of a specific facility.” A target date
for the website to go live has not yet been set (manufacturers may submit
products via the SITE website).
Philip Mattson, vice chair of ASTM International and program manager for
the DHS S&T Standards Branch, discussed the importance of having an
integrated standard, rather than a number of different government standards.
“The benefit of having an integrated standard is that is can enhance interoperability.
Having metrics on how to measure a product allows you to develop a product
that people can use and will buy,” Mattson said.
Dr. Christopher White from NIST closed out the event with his presentation
on the durability of protective glazing products. Plans for a protective
glazing study with NIST are underway and the logistics of that study are
to be discussed in later meetings.
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