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Canadian Committee Approves IGMA Request to Reference ASTM E1300

The Part 9 Committee for Houses and Small Buildings of the National Building Code of Canada met yesterday in Ottawa, Canada, and approved a request by the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) to reference ASTM E 1300 in the next edition of the Canadian Building Code, according to an announcement from IGMA. “IGMA submitted a code request in September 2007 to both the Part 4 (Structural Design) and Part 9 (Houses and Small Buildings) Standing … CONTINUE READING

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IGMA Wraps up Annual Conference

The 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Annual Conference came to a close today in New Orleans’ French Quarter. One of the many highlights from this year’s conference was a presentation yesterday by Chris Barry of Pilkington North America titled “How to Calculate Glass and Sealant Stress in Insulating Glass Units (IGUs).” Barry, who recently retired from Pilkington after 45 years in the industry, offered attendees several methods and observations for evaluating the stress loads … CONTINUE READING

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IGMA Members Recognize Both Safety and Service

Day three of the 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Annual Conference opened today with member recognition as well as a workplace safety presentation. Chris Barry of Pilkington, Roger Skluzacek of Viracon Inc. and Ray Wakefield of Trulite Industries were acknowledged for their many years of service to IGMA as the three retiring members attended their final IGMA conference. The morning also saw the recognition of David Cooper of Guardian Industries as he ends his … CONTINUE READING

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Address Change for Sika’s FFI Business Group

Sika Industry has announced a new web address for its Fenestration, Facades and Insulating Glass (FFI) Business Unit at www.sikausa.com/FFI. The new web address offers customers quicker access to the FFI web page, which the company says provides a comprehensive view of its full range portfolio of structural glazing, insulating glass, weather sealing and other adhesives, sealants and solutions for the FFI industry. www.sikausa.com/FFI

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Southwall Hits R20

Southwall Technologies Inc. recently launched a new insulating glass line, the Heat Mirror “Quad-Cavity” R20 insulating glass unit (IGU). Company officials say this achieves a 0.05 center of glass U-factor (R20 insulating value) at the same weight as standard dual-pane IGU. The Quad-Cavity R20 product suspends three lightweight Heat Mirror films within the IGU, creating four independent and super-insulating airspaces. The IGU is configured in an 1-3/4-inch overall thickness with Krypton gas filling and low-E … CONTINUE READING

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Verify IG Gas Content Instantly

The new ThermalCheck system from Integrated Automation Systems is designed to measure the gas content in insulating glass (IG) air spaces. To use the system, an operator inserts the testing wand into the airspace and presses the test button. ThermalCheck displays the percent of argon or krypton gas in the airspace and prints a label with reading. If the gas content fails below the specified setting, the system displays an alert. www.optigasig.com

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Surface-Four Findings Discussed at IGMA Meeting

“Use of Fourth-Surface Coatings in a Cold Climate,” presented by Tim Clancy and Lisa Green of Guardian Industries, was one of the main topics of discussion today at the 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans. The presentation, which was based on a study Guardian conducted, noted that the main goal of the study was the investigation of “real-world implications of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) 500 condensation resistance (CR) number … CONTINUE READING

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2013 IGMA Annual Conference Kicks Off in New Orleans

While much of the world’s collective sights were set on New Orleans Sunday for the Super Bowl, insulating glass manufacturers and their suppliers looked toward the Big Easy a day later, as the 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance’s (IGMA) annual conference began there today. The five-day event is being held at the Crown Plaza Astor in the French Quarter. Throughout the week, attendees will see multiple presentations on various aspects of the industry, as well … CONTINUE READING

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Wagner Presents Potential Solution for Global IG Standards

Dr. Werner Wagner of Sika Services AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland, presented his findings on “European Gas Loss Testing and Related Benefits” at today’s sessions for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. Most notably in his presentation, Wagner posed the question of how to reach an international standard for insulating glass units (IGUs) as well as a potential, theoretical solution for a global standard. “By the end of the day … CONTINUE READING

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

The 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 … CONTINUE READING

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