Volume 46, Issue 10 - November 2011


IGMA to Focus on Emerging Technology, Innovation in New Committee

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) formed a new committee at its Summer Technical Conference in August: the Emerging Technology & Innovation (ETI) Committee. The board of directors approved the creation of the committee to develop guidelines, specifications and testing standards for future technologies of the insulating glass industry. Newly formed task groups will partner with key government organizations and industry to advance the understanding, guidelines, testing, certification and proper use of innovative insulating glass technology.

The ETI committee, chaired by Helen Sanders of SAGE Electrochromics and co-chaired by Dave Cooper of Guardian Industries Corp., president of IGMA, will be the steering committee for IGMA’s new research projects.

Among its activities, the new committee is rewriting the request for proposal (RFP) for gas permeability, says Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director. It also will serve as a liaison with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on advanced fenestration testing that the lab is conducting. Also on the association’s radar: the lab Mocon’s Optech research project to validate gas retention and measure krypton and argon gases; vacuum insulating glazing; and setting parameters for gas-filled units for field correlation and gas life cycle analysis.

IGMA currently is soliciting suggestions for additional task groups and membership in its new committee.

Also during the technical conference, the Glass Safety Awareness Council met for the first time. IGMA’s next meeting is scheduled for February 2012.

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