A draft of the new national standard for wired glass in Canada may finally be available for public review later this month. Maybe.

According to Pierre-Alain Bujold of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Glass is scheduled to meet in mid-May 2015 to review the draft standard and determine if it is ready for public review.

“Until the committee approves the draft standard, we cannot provide a specific date for public review,” says Bujold. “However, once the draft standard is deemed ready for public review, it will be made available upon request.”

At that point, comments will be compiled and reviewed by the committee.

The CGSB announced in November 2013 that it had begun working on a new edition of the standard and had established the committee, which held its first meeting in May 2014. The committee worked to revise a draft of the standard throughout 2014 and initially planned to release a draft for public review by the end of last year.

However, PWGSC’s Annie Joannette told USGNN.com™ in January that the task groups established in the committee were continuing to work on draft revisions.

Last spring, the committee established four task groups to work on revisions to the wired glass standard, CAN/CGSB12.11 Wired Safety Glass, as well as the safety glass standard, CAN/CGSB-12.1 Tempered or Laminated Safety Glass. The task groups were assigned to the categories of laminated glazing, fully-tempered glass, organically-coated glazing and plastic glazing.

The committee has 32 members—20 voting and 12 “information and alternate” members—representing glass and window manufacturers and associations, engineering firms, architects, building associations, researchers and consultants, as well as government departments and agencies including PWGSC, Health Canada and the National Research Council.

The wired glass standard is referenced in federal regulations under the Hazardous Products Act (Glass Doors and Enclosures) and the National Building Code of Canada. The standard was last updated in 1990.

“The revisions will establish the performance requirements of glass to ensure it breaks in a safe manner,” Joannette told USGNN.com™ last year. “The revised standards will also include a new category for organically-coated glass and will address impact requirements for safety glazing materials.”

Stay tuned to USGNN.com™ this month to see whether the committee finally releases the draft, or where it will go from there.