Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013

GANAPerspectives

All for One
Industry Collaboration is Essential for Success
by Bill Yanek

All associations are dealing with an increasing pace of operations – and volume of work. We are all faced with doing more with the same amount of resources – or less. When faced with such a dilemma, it’s easy to throw your hands up in frustration. But there is a way to survive and prosper during these times – and the answer might just be at your next industry event: industry collaboration. GANA has a significant roster of allies who regularly step up to partner on important efforts.

Alliance Members
GANA created a new membership category for collaborating associations to join GANA and its Glazing Industry Code Committee. Current GANA Alliance Members include the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), the International Window Film Association and the Safety Glazing Certification Council .

Energy Advocacy
GANA’s energy consultant, Dr. Tom Culp, delivers similar consulting services to the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC). Both GANA and the AEC are active at ASHRAE, especially as ASHRAE debates code initiatives that limit the use of glass (and aluminum) in commercial structures. GANA is a member of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) along with dozens of commercial construction stakeholders.

Windows Product Category Rules In 2011, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) retained the Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE) to be the “Program Operator” for developing a Product Category Rule (PCR) for windows. Since that time, a diverse team made up of academia, glass manufacturers, insulating glass fabricators and window manufacturers have been working on this project. GANA has been participating along with AAMA, IGMA and WDMA as industry organizations. Currently this is in the finishing stages and is on track for publication.

Protective Glazing
GANA’s Protective Glazing Committee and the Protective Glazing Council International share resources, joint events and leadership. GANA technical director, Urmilla Sowell, currently holds the office of PGC International president. Additionally, the groups co-drafted the Protective Glazing Manual.

Court Battles
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued its increased regulation of greenhouse gas emissions—with or without the approval of Congress—the National Association of Manufactures continued its legal challenge to the effort. GANA is a proud member of NAM and its Council of Manufacturing Associations and a member of the NAM-led coalition fighting the EPA effort in the courts.

There is an African proverb that states: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Thanks to collaboration with our industry allies, GANA’s impact goes far.

 


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