IGMA General Meeting Offers More LCA Discussion, Safety Presentations

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) of Ottawa, Ontario, wrapped up its annual general meeting in Tempe, Ariz., on February 4.

In addition to the newly created Emerging Technology and Innovation Committee (ETIC) and the new Vacuum Insulated Glazing task group making news at the meeting , the Life Cycle Assessment group met again under the ETIC.

“The four industry associations [the Glass Association of North America (GANA) in Topeka, Kan., IGMA, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in Schaumburg, Ill., and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) in Washington, D.C.] got together to participate in this to create product category rules,” says Helen Sanders, head of the ETIC and vice president of technical business development for Sage Electrochromic in Faribault, Minn. “We’ve been meeting with the other stakeholders such as UL Environment and University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Design. We’ve had two face-to-face meetings and many conference call meetings. We’re continuing to work on the draft, with another conference call coming up as well as more in person meetings.”

It’s a work in progress, Sanders says. “The associations are working really well together to represent the fenestration industry,” she says. “It is of strategic importance to the window industry. It’s going to be like a nutrition label for your window. It’s going to be like the next NFRC [National Fenestration Rating Council] kind of label, not performance based, but based on the environmental impact of your product through its lifetime.”

Product category rules will lay a level play field for the industry, because everybody’s environmental declaration will be based on the same rules, Sanders says. For example, the draft states how to calculate energy usage of the fenestration during the time it is installed in a building using energy building models. “It says you’d use a certain energy calculation program with a certain building design with a specified window area, so you get an apples-to-apples comparison from window to window,” Sanders says.

The completion date for the LCA document is not known yet, Sanders says.

In other IGMA meeting news, the Certification and Education Committee of IGMA met on the last day. Representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did a presentation on the organization’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and talked about how to reduce work place hazards through a formal program, says Margaret Webb, executive director of IGMA. “Successful implementation of the program leads to [fewer] OSHA audits and lower workers compensation rates for companies,” she says. “They also reviewed workplace incidences. We will be having another webinar specifically on the SHARP program, and it will be complimentary to all industry companies.”

The Certification and Education Committee is looking at component equivalency based on performance attributes, Webb says. “Preventing IG failures will be available online in the second quarter of this year,” she says. “We’re looking to schedule another classroom session in Las Vegas to coincide with GlassBuild.”

IGMA’s summer meeting is scheduled for June 4-7 in Ottawa.

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