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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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Discussions on Energy-Efficient Fenestration Highlight IGMA

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) held an open-panel seminar Wednesday called “Glass Performance for Energy-Efficient Fenestration.” The panel was moderated by Bill Lingnell, technical consultant for IGMA. Chris Barry, director of technical services for Pilkington NA, and Jeff Haberer, mechanical engineer for Cardinal IG, served as lead members in the discussion. The panel was held as part of IGMA’s Educational Seminar, held over the last two days at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino … CONTINUE READING

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Helen Sanders Discusses the Benefits of Dynamic Glazing

Helen Sanders, vice president of technical business development for Sage Electrochromics Inc., provided a presentation titled “Dynamic Glazing Case Studies,” during which she explained not only the science behind electrochromic and thermochromic glazing, but also the practicality of the products. The presentation was given in Las Vegas as part of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Educational Seminar. Sanders described dynamic glazings as “glazings that change their transmission properties in response to an external stimulus … CONTINUE READING

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Experts Discuss Risks Versus Rewards of ‘Surface 4 Low-E Coatings’

Window technology experts Jim Larsen, director of technology marketing for Cardinal Glass Industries, and Tracy Rogers, the director of industry relations and advanced technology for Quanex, provided commentary and perspective on “Surface 4 Low-E coatings,” pinpointing benefits and risks that might be associated with the technological advancement for window systems, during a recent industry meeting. According to Larsen, there is a thermal “performance gap” with double- and triple-pane window systems despite technological advancements, which he … CONTINUE READING

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Revamped IG Product Testing to be Discussed During IGMA Summer Conference

The insulating glass industry can expect a streamlined approach to certification product testing in the coming months. According to Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) executive director Margaret Webb, the organization’s annual Summer Technical Conference will focus on developing more stringent but shorter standardized testing for existing certification program participants to introduce new product lines to the market in a shorter time frame than current testing provides. “This group is addressing the backlog we have on … CONTINUE READING

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VIG Technology Could Allow for Greater Window-to-Wall Ratio

While vacuum insulating glazing (VIG) is relatively new in the United States, what’s driving the technology is the increased performance requirements in the building codes, says Dave Cooper, advanced insulating glass (IG) program leader at Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., and president of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) of Ottawa, Ontario. Use of VIG would allow for greater window-to-wall ratio, so it’s in the best interest of the glass industry to develop and … CONTINUE READING

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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 … CONTINUE READING

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New Research Committee, VIG Share Limelight at IGMA General Meeting

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is holding its annual general meeting in Tempe, Ariz., all this week, January 31 to February 4. “We have four ballots, three of which have passed already,” said Marg Webb, executive director of IGMA. “We’ll have two published this year, if not three.” Eighty people are attending the meeting, and Webb said the number is encouraging as it represents a growth in attendance. The newly created Emerging Technology and … CONTINUE READING

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