GANA Insulating Division Reviews Subcommittee Edits; Re-Elects Thibault as Chair

newsinsulating2013231The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Insulating Glass (IG) Division, responsible for the identification development, approval and implementation of technical IG projects, met yesterday afternoon during the organization’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort and Spa. GANA’s IG division gathered to tighten the contents of five subcommittees by clarifying key sections.

One of the subcommittees that met was the Benefits of Using Low Thermally Conductive Gas in IGUs task group chaired by Aaron Thompson of Viracon. The group decided to change the language of this document to encompass more multi-cavity text as well as remove the human-comfort paragraph aspect in the piece, which states: “As more person-to-window heat is transferred by radiation than by convection/conduction, the net effect is an improved ‘perceived comfort.’ This can be calculated using ASHRAE [American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineer] methods.”

The other four subcommittee groups that met during the technical committee session were the Use of Capillary Tubes task group chaired by Tracy Rogers of Quanex Building Products; the Describing Architectural Glass Constructions Glass Informational Bulleting (GIB) task group chaired by Rick Wright of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®; Secondary-Sealant Bite in IGUs task group chaired by Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning; and the Edge Seals GIB task group chaired by Thompson.

Also during the division meeting, members discussed the progress of its entry-level Insulating Glass 101 presentation, which has the potential to not only be used as a tool for American Institute of Architects (AIA) members but act as reference to those new to GANA.

“The education committee met before the holidays and discussed the need for graphics in the GANA [IG] 101 presentation,” said Joe Erb of Quanex.

The committee hopes to complete the project before the 2013 Fall Conference in Charlotte, N.C., September 18-22.

In other committee news, the current IG division chair, Nathalie Thibault of Prelco Inc., was re-elected for another term.

“We appreciate her leadership and look forward to having her here again as the division chair,” said Bill Yanek GANA executive vice president.

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