IGMA Progresses on Insulating
Glass, Life Cycle Assessment Efforts
The industry may just be closer to having a Window Product Category Rule
(PCR) thanks to work of the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance (IGMA),
among other industry groups. IGMA held its 2013 Summer Conference in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada August 7-10. In addition to the PCR, event attendees
discussed a variety of projects during the event. Some of these included:
• A Gas Permeability Task Group discussed a proposed request for proposal
(RFP) to be solicited for developing a test method to measure the ability
of insulating glass edge construction systems to prevent the movement
of argon gas out of an insulating glass unit. The RFP was approved and
will be sent to industry laboratories for quotation;
• The Vacuum Insulated Glazing Task Group reviewed a draft white paper
intended to provide broad scope education on the history, performance
and use of vacuum insulating glass. Work continues in the development
of this document.
• The group reviewed the eleventh draft of the Window Product Category
Rule (PCR) being jointly developed by IGMA, the American Architectural
Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America and
the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. The PCR will be the basis
for performing Life Cycle Assessments of window systems that can lead
to a representative Environmental Product Declaration. The target completion
is this month.
Contractor Faces Penalty for RRP Violation
James J. Welch & Co. Inc., based in Salem, Mass., faces a penalty of $28,125
for allegedly violating a requirement designed to protect children from
exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities.
The alleged violations occurred during a renovation project
at the former Frisbee School in Kittery, Maine, at which JJ Welch was
the primary contractor. The site was, at the time of the renovation, a
child-occupied facility subject to EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting
The violation was brought to EPA’s attention via an anonymous
tip, after which EPA and Maine Department of Environmental Protection
performed an inspection of the site in February 2012. Based on the inspection,
EPA determined that JJ Welch did not ensure that a company hired as a
subcontractor to replace windows at the school complied with the required
work practice requirements of the RRP Rule, including failure to assign
a certified renovator to the work site; failure to cover ground with plastic
sheeting; and failure to contain waste from the renovation activity.
AAMA Streamlines BIM Process
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released AAMA
912-13, Voluntary Specification for Non-Residential Fenestration Building
Information Modeling (BIM), which identifies and outlines minimum requirements
for two model types — design intent (DI) and project execution and coordination
“As the commercial construction industry continues development
and optimization of integrated workflow for the use of such modeling,
the need for standardization and quality assurance in product models for
windows, curtainwall, storefront and skylights has become apparent,” says
Dan Luoma, chair of AAMA’s BIM Task Group.
According to AAMA 912-13, DI models are fenestration BIM
models of “catalog” products of standard size and configuration that are
often made available through manufacturers’ websites or industry warehouses/library
sites. PEC models are project-specific fenestration BIM models that are
provided at pre-defined milestones in the project execution process for
insertion into the overall project BIM model.
In the August 2013 issue, “Best Companies to Work For” article, the city
in which Arlington Glass is based was incorrectly listed. The company
is located in Chicago, Ill. USGlass regrets the error.
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