IGMA to Focus on Emerging Technology,
Innovation in New Committee
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) formed a new committee
at its Summer Technical Conference in August: the Emerging Technology
& Innovation (ETI) Committee. The board of directors approved the
creation of the committee to develop guidelines, specifications and testing
standards for future technologies of the insulating glass industry. Newly
formed task groups will partner with key government organizations and
industry to advance the understanding, guidelines, testing, certification
and proper use of innovative insulating glass technology.
The ETI committee, chaired by Helen Sanders of SAGE Electrochromics and
co-chaired by Dave Cooper of Guardian Industries Corp., president of IGMA,
will be the steering committee for IGMA’s new research projects.
Among its activities, the new committee is rewriting the request for proposal
(RFP) for gas permeability, says Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director.
It also will serve as a liaison with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
on advanced fenestration testing that the lab is conducting. Also on the
association’s radar: the lab Mocon’s Optech research project to validate
gas retention and measure krypton and argon gases; vacuum insulating glazing;
and setting parameters for gas-filled units for field correlation and
gas life cycle analysis.
IGMA currently is soliciting suggestions for additional task groups and
membership in its new committee.
Also during the technical conference, the Glass Safety Awareness Council
met for the first time. IGMA’s next meeting is scheduled for February
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