The Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Division technical committee meeting, as well as the Decorative Division’s, wrapped up the Glass Association of North America’s Fall Conference yesterday at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio. Members discussed a number of documents currently being developed, as well as potential future activities and opportunities.
Starting off the BEC meeting, Piergiorgio Mazzetta with Laminam S.p.A spoke about opportunities that large-format porcelain panels can offer building facades. He explained these are closely related to other building envelope products, such as glazing.
He explained the company makes various-sizes of panels and they can handle a lot of abuse before being damaged. The company also offers ink-jet printing capabilities, so anything can be applied to the panels.
The panels, Mazzetta said, can be used in areas of the façade, such as spandrel.
Also during the BEC session, members discussed the possibility of creating a certification program that would be geared toward individual contract glaziers. The idea would be to educate them about GANA materials and other documents in a professional way
Stanley Yee with Dow Corning updated the group on the activities of the Building Envelope Commissioning Task Group, which formed earlier this year during the Annual Conference. They have since formed their scope and purpose and will be working to inform the glazing industry about what building envelope commissioning is, standards that are applicable and what they can expect as it becomes more common. Yee said they have a draft document that’s nearly complete and hope to ballot by the end of the year.
Also yesterday, the Decorative Division met and covered a number of working items. The group is working on a number of projects including American Institute of Architects educational presentations, glass information bulletins, manuals and more.
Cliff Monroe with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® gave a progress report on the Decorative Glazing for Spandrel Applications document. He said they are working to come up with more detail for each type of spandrel application out there. The document will be a resource to help the industry understand how to order/specify these materials.
Work is also underway on the Decorative Glazing Reference Manual, which will cover products, considerations and other related information. For some areas that are general in nature, relating to glass, the group noted that those sections can likely be borrowed from other GANA manuals rather than starting over from scratch.
The group is also working to update its LEED V4 decorative white paper.
Task groups were also formed that will look at perhaps developing a resources on what’s acceptable as far as shifts in color change of material. Another new group will work on viewing quality of decorative glazing products in interior and exterior applications. Both will report back during the Annual Conference, March 2-5, 2016, in Palm Springs.
This week’s meeting in San Antonio kept members busy, but it was not without a bit of fun and entertainment. On Wednesday night attendees enjoyed a Wild West reception at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution.