Volume 47, Issue 5 - May 2012


Course Work
GANA Has Much to Offer Architects
by Brian K. Pitman

In the construction industry as a whole, much of the focus of the industry is on providing top-notch products that meet or beat existing standards of design, including energy efficiency, performance and the aesthetics of the day. The main beneficiary of this focus is the architect, who must balance knowledge of thousands of products, the desires of the building owner, the needs of the general contractor, and his own internal desires to create a perfect structure that performs amazingly while setting a new standard for aesthetic and functional design.

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has been a registered provider of American Institute of Architect (AIA) accredited presentations for more than seven years. GANA currently has six presentations for the architect that can be provided in the firm as a live, in-person presentation or online.

GANA Offerings
Glass in Today’s Architecture was developed by members of the GANA Flat Glass Manufacturing Division (FGMD) and is a study of the manufacturing process for float glass, various types and applications for the product, along with a list of benefits for architectural use. Over the period of an hour, the presentation educates the architect about the flat glass manufacturing, glass substrates (types) and common sizes available, the primary glass fabrication processes (such as tempering, laminating, etc.), glass performance terminology, the many applications and uses of architectural flat glass, benefits of use and an outline of the
many industry resources available to the architect.

"GANA has been a registered provider of American Institute of Architect (AIA) accredited presentations for more than seven years."

Coated Glass also was developed by the GANA FGMD and is a study of the manufacturing process for coatings on glass, the performance values and a case study on cost savings. It educates the architect on why glass is coated in the first place, glass surface terminology, and coatings for optical and solar performance; helps the architect understand solar and thermal performance and common terminology, the cost savings achieved using coated glass, surface modifying coatings and the different coating processes; and reviews other uses of coated glass.

Fire-Rated Glazing Today was developed by GANA’s Fire-Rated Glazing Council and is a study of the manufacturing process for fire-rated glazing. It offers the architect an overview of fire-rated glazing products and technologies, fire protection requirements, common terminology used, the primary product types, key considerations for specifying a product, and future developments in the industry. Many architects request this one due to the increased usage of fire-rated glazing products for performance in new projects.

Laminated Glass 101 was developed by the GANA Laminating Division. This presentation is a study of the manufacturing process for laminated glass. It offers the architect answers as to what laminated glass is, how it is made, and the numerous performance opportunities it provides. It also discusses detailed advanced features of laminated glass.

Protective Glazing 101 was developed by the GANA Protective Glazing Council and focuses on understanding threats to glazing in buildings (ballistic, forced entry, burglar-resistant and natural disasters, including hurricanes and earthquake, bomb-blast, fire); defining test methods and standards; selecting glazing for product specifications; and defining glazing products and their performance and characteristics (all glass laminates, glass-clad polycarbonate, laminated polycarbonate and acrylics).

Introduction to Decorative Glazing, probably our most popular presentation, was created by the GANA Decorative Division. This two-hour health, safety and welfare (HSW) credit course discusses definitions of different types of decorative glass, various design and application possibilities using decorative glass, how the different types of decorative glass are made and tips on specifying different types of decorative glass.

Visit GANA’s website at www.glasswebsite.com to learn more about the presentations.

Brian K. Pitman is the director of marketing and communications for the Glass Association of North America (GANA).

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