Volume 24, Issue 5 - September/October 2010

Glass Tech

Building Safer Buildings
GANA, PGC Release Manual on Protective Glazing
by Ashley M. Charest

While protective glazing applications have been at the forefront of government and high-security commercial building design over the past 15 years, a comprehensive document that encompassed all basic and intermediate information on the subject has not been available. This changed two years ago when the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International began a joint venture to create such an industry resource. While no singular document can cover everything there is to know about protective glazing, the GANA/PGC Protective Glazing Manual serves as a starting point, and is a guideline for information vital to the success of a project using the various types of protective glazing products.

“The Glass Association of North America was proud to work with PGC International to create this necessary document on protective glazing products and uses,” said Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president. “Our goal is to place this document into the hands of every architect, designer, engineer, specifier and installer that uses or will use protective glazing products in today’s buildings.”


Subject by Subject
To fully understand the complex variety of options offered by protective glazing, a person must first understand the individual products that can be combined to make an effective protective glazing system. The GANA/PGC Protective Glazing Manual begins with an introduction of overall protective glazing systems and then discusses many components: glass, film, interlayers, and polycarbonate sheets. The beginning sections of the manual also touch briefly on safety and building code issues that must be taken into immediate consideration when designing with such products.

The largest section of the manual deals with the individual application processes that can offer various levels of mitigation using productive glazing products. Those applications include:
• Ballistics resistance;
• Blast resistance;
• Quick egress through protective glazing products;
• Fire-rated glazing products;
• Forced-entry protection; and
• Hurricane and seismic resistance.

Each chapter on these applications discusses in detail the uses, limitations and guidelines when applying protective glazing products. The sections also highlight important codes, specifications and useful tables when designing protective glazing applications for a building project. In addition, the manual also features full-color graphics that will be helpful for individuals dealing with and/or specifying protective glazing.

“Our goal is to place this document into the hands of every architect, designer, engineer, specifier and installer that uses or will use protective glazing products in today’s buildings.”

Additional Resources
Proper care and handling, to which the manual devotes an entire chapter, is vital to maintain the function of these products.

Also included are a quick list reference of industry glossary terms, one compiled list of protective glazing resources and standards, and a list of organizations that can help a designer, architect or installer better utilize and/or understand the product as a whole or the components as separate pieces.

In addition to being available in hard copy and CD format, the manual will also be offered in e-book format, accessible to view
via e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle®, the Sony Reader® and the Apple iPad®. The manual is currently available for purchase online at www.glasswebsite.com or www.protectiveglazing.org.

Ashley M. Charest is the account executive for the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan. Ms. Charest’s opinions are solely her own and not necessarily those of this magazine.


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