Gifts from GANA
GANA Offers Resources for the Industry
By Ashley M. Charest
In todayís fast-paced environment in the construction industry,
you and your staff must have current information (or at least access to
that information) on your products and how they interact and compare with
a variety of other products. Because of this increasing need in the industry,
the Glass Association of North America (GANA) puts great effort in providing
updated and timely documents for the glass and glazing industryís use.
The newest manual from GANA is the Protective Glazing Manual, which was
co-produced by the Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International. This
manual serves as an introduction to protective glazing technologies and
products, the materials incorporated into protective glazing and the various
applications available to glazing contractors and building owners. Written
from the commercial architectural perspective, the Protective Glazing
Manual also offers information on maintenance and care, along with current
standards, glossary terms and other organizations that offer resources
to the protective glazing industry. Available in print or electronically,
the document may be purchased at www.glasswebsite.com
in the publications section for $25 to members of GANA or PGC International,
and $45 for all others.
GANA also has released the Guide to Architectural Glass (formerly the
Specifiers Guide to Glass), which focuses on the float glass process,
the various types of architectural glass, physical properties and glass
strength, thermal and optical properties, along with providing a list
of applicable reference standards, technical resources, and appropriate
industry-related organizations. This document is available electronically
for $25 to members of GANA, and $50 for all others.
Association of North America (GANA) puts great effort
in providing updated and timely documents for the glass and glazing industryís
In addition to these two new resources, GANA provides a wealth of other
industry-specific resources such as the GANA Glazing Manual, the GANA
Sealant Manual, the GANA Laminated Glazing Reference Manual, the Project
Managers Reference Manual, the Engineering Standards Manual, the Fabrication,
Erection and Glazing Hours Manual and the popular GANA Blueprint Reading
and Labor Estimating Course.
The GANA Glazing Manual has been in publication for over 50 years, and
continues to be the associationís most popular document, primarily for
the vast number of glazing industry topics it touches upon, along with
the detailed charts, tables and graphics. This manual includes complete
information about primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards,
design considerations, general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing
in hazardous locations. Available in print or electronically, the manual
can be purchased by GANA members for $35, and $70 for all others.
If you are looking for coursework to educate an employee new to the glazing
industry or looking to increase his or her knowledge base, sign them up
for the GANA Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course. This correspondence
course is designed for beginning estimators in the contract glazing business
and is intended to provide the beginner with many of the basic facts about
the materials used as well as a basic systematic approach to estimating
metal, glass and labor. Using a 14-course lesson plan, the course starts
off with the basics and evolves into a final exam in bidding a real-life
project. Currently priced at $275 for GANA members and $350 for non-members,
this course keeps companies coming back with new batches of employees.
Visit our website at www.glasswebsite.com
for additional details and to review each publicationís table of contents.
Manuals may be purchased in bulk for discounted pricing. Contact the GANA
office at 785/271-0208 for additional details regarding bulk purchasing.
Ashley Charest is account executive for GANA. Ms.
Charestís opinions are solely her own and not necessarily those of this
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