Volume 42, Issue 6 - June 2007

Americas’ Glass Showcase™ Held in Vegas

Codes and safety were the hot topics at the Americas’ Glass Showcase™, which took place May 17-19, at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. The event, sponsored by the Americas Glass Association, was co-located with the International Window Film Conference™, Spring Auto Glass Show™ and the Independent Glass Association’s annual Independents’ Days.

Ralph Nader, consumer safety advocate and former presidential candidate, keynoted the event on May 18 with a discussion of the industry and its safety concerns.

In addition, Donn Harter, president and technical director for Americas Glass Association, discussed safety glazing codes, with a focus on the difference between the 1997 Uniform Building Code (UBC 1997) and the 2003 International Building Code (IBC 2003). 

Harter focused a bit on wired glass and how each code views the material.

“Wired glass is not a safety glass and never has been a safety glass,” Harter said.

However, Harter noted that even though wired glass use may be permitted, glaziers should still exercise caution.

“Be careful, even though wired glass is permitted in the fire code, look out,” he said.

Matt Manning of Oldcastle Glass followed up with a discussion of glass properties affecting the energy usage of buildings, in an effort to help attendees digest the language used in current energy codes.

In addition to the many seminars offered, a trade show offered the latest products in the glass industry.  www.americasglassassn.org


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