The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) 2016 Annual Conference began this morning at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, just outside of Palm Springs, Calif. Discussions focusing on the activities and developments within the Laminating Division started today’s agenda.

GANA members are meeting this week in Palm Springs for the group's Annual Conference.
GANA members are meeting this week in Palm Springs for the group’s Annual Conference.

Paul Daniels with C.R. Laurence began the meeting with a presentation on laminated glass guard rails and handrail systems. He covered topics such as typical applications, specifications, performance requirements and codes. Speaking of the codes, he reminded everyone that the 2015 International Building Code requires the use of laminated glass in handrails, guardrail or guard sections.

The division also reviewed and discussed a number of documents in various stages of development or updates. For example, the “Design Considerations for Laminated Glazing Applications” glass informational bulletin (GIB) has been updated and will soon be published and available on the GANA website. Others that are close to being completed include the Glass Railings GIB and the Hurricane Product Substitution GIB, which is going through its five-year review.

Valerie Block with Kuraray discussed some of the work being done to develop a GIB on performance criteria for tornado debris impact. The draft she discussed is a revision of one that was started a while back. The difference in this one is the scope. It no longer speaks in general about glazing design for tornado resistance, but instead focuses on the requirement in the 2015 IBC that’s related to storm shelters. She explained this code requirement addresses impact glazing specific to storm shelters.

As part of new business, Block also updated the group on the Canadian Standards Association Standard A500 Building Guards. This was sent out for public review, comments were received and are now being reviewed. Hopefully, she said, by the fall meeting there will be a final standard in place.

She also discussed efforts within ASTM to develop a test method specification for human impact test criteria related to skylights. The focus is to prevent falls through skylights, she said, pointing out that numerous deaths happen every year as a result of falling through skylights. She said more than 75 people have participated in the standard development, which is going out for review by task group.

The Laminating Division also discussed the issue of whether glass edge strength is affected by post fabrication of heat-treated glass (such as polishing and edging). A task group was formed to discuss and study the topic to see which way to go on fabrication of exposed edges of heat treated laminated glass. The group will also address the issue later today with the Tempering Division.

In addition, the group discussed possibly looking over-sized glass as a good topic for discussion at the Fall Conference.

The GANA Annual Conference continues this week. Stay tuned to™ for more news and updates.