Volume 40,   Issue 5                                 May  2005


Architectural Resources
Education and Resources for Architects

by Brian Pitman

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is working to educate architects on the design possibilities of glass. Recently, GANA became an accredited provider of AIA continuing education units. 

The first accredited presentation, titled Glass in Today’s Architecture, was created by GANA’s flat glass manufacturing division, which includes most of the primary glass manufacturers in North America. 

The presentation focuses on the flat glass manufacturing process, specifically the revolutionary float glass process created in 1959 by Pilkington, and the various fabrication processes that alter glass in many different ways to create tempered, mirrored, laminated, insulating or specialty glass. 

The presentation also gives a standard definition for many of the terms used to describe the physical properties of glass. 

Finally, the presentation provides education for architects on the different types of glass available for design, as well as ways by which glass can be further enhanced through the use of specialized coatings. 

The presentation is available for credit by one of GANA’s facilitators. If you are interested in this presentation contact us or visit us at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in booth number 280.

Future Presentations
GANA is also actively working to complete two other presentations for AIA accreditation, one on the properties of tempered glass and one on laminated glass. These presentations are being created by the GANA tempering division and laminating division respectively. GANA also has long-term plans to create several other presentations with a goal of providing a library of presentations for the architect.

Resources and Manuals
Also available for free download at www.glasswebsite.com is a document titled the Specifiers Guide to Architectural Glass. Designed to provide architects, engineers and specifiers an introduction to today’s architectural glass, the guide begins with a description of how float glass is manufactured, then helps design professionals consider the various types of glass, performance characteristics and how these items relate to the design, specification, building code and construction requirements for buildings. 

It also discusses the physical properties and strength of glass. The final chapter of the guide provides an explanation of the thermal and solar optical performance properties of float glass. The appendices also provide contact information for members of the GANA flat glass manufacturing division, additional information on reference standards and contact information for referenced organizations.

Many architects also find various GANA manuals of great value. The GANA Glazing Manual is recognized as the definitive source in the glass and glazing field. 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. 

In addition to the Glazing Manual, architects have also been drawn to the Laminated Glazing Reference Manual. This manual presents useful information, technical and performance data and the installation guidelines for laminated glazing products. 

The 2003 edition includes the latest information on laminating interlayers, technical and performance data for products intended for safety, security, detention, hurricane/cyclic-wind-resistant, blast-resistant, bullet-resistant, seismic-resistant and sound-reduction glazing applications and industry standards and test methods. 

Updates on laminated glass strength, cutting, handling and installation are also highlighted. With the large increase in projects specifying laminated glass, either for enhanced security, safety or hurricane-zone protection, many architects are using this manual as a laminated glass reference.

Many other resources and manuals for the architect are available from GANA as well. To learn more about the opportunities available for glass as a design element in architecture, visit us at the AIA show in booth 280 or visit us online at www.glasswebsite.com. 

The Author:
Brian Pitman is the marketing and communications manager for the Glass Association of North America based in Topeka, Kan.

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