Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013


IGMA Progresses on Insulating Glass, Life Cycle Assessment Efforts

The industry may just be closer to having a Window Product Category Rule (PCR) thanks to work of the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance (IGMA), among other industry groups. IGMA held its 2013 Summer Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada August 7-10. In addition to the PCR, event attendees discussed a variety of projects during the event. Some of these included:
• A Gas Permeability Task Group discussed a proposed request for proposal (RFP) to be solicited for developing a test method to measure the ability of insulating glass edge construction systems to prevent the movement of argon gas out of an insulating glass unit. The RFP was approved and will be sent to industry laboratories for quotation;
• The Vacuum Insulated Glazing Task Group reviewed a draft white paper intended to provide broad scope education on the history, performance and use of vacuum insulating glass. Work continues in the development of this document.
• The group reviewed the eleventh draft of the Window Product Category Rule (PCR) being jointly developed by IGMA, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. The PCR will be the basis for performing Life Cycle Assessments of window systems that can lead to a representative Environmental Product Declaration. The target completion is this month.

Contractor Faces Penalty for RRP Violation
James J. Welch & Co. Inc., based in Salem, Mass., faces a penalty of $28,125 for allegedly violating a requirement designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities.

The alleged violations occurred during a renovation project at the former Frisbee School in Kittery, Maine, at which JJ Welch was the primary contractor. The site was, at the time of the renovation, a child-occupied facility subject to EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

The violation was brought to EPA’s attention via an anonymous tip, after which EPA and Maine Department of Environmental Protection performed an inspection of the site in February 2012. Based on the inspection, EPA determined that JJ Welch did not ensure that a company hired as a subcontractor to replace windows at the school complied with the required work practice requirements of the RRP Rule, including failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site; failure to cover ground with plastic sheeting; and failure to contain waste from the renovation activity.

AAMA Streamlines BIM Process
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released AAMA 912-13, Voluntary Specification for Non-Residential Fenestration Building Information Modeling (BIM), which identifies and outlines minimum requirements for two model types — design intent (DI) and project execution and coordination (PEC).

“As the commercial construction industry continues development and optimization of integrated workflow for the use of such modeling, the need for standardization and quality assurance in product models for windows, curtainwall, storefront and skylights has become apparent,” says Dan Luoma, chair of AAMA’s BIM Task Group.

According to AAMA 912-13, DI models are fenestration BIM models of “catalog” products of standard size and configuration that are often made available through manufacturers’ websites or industry warehouses/library sites. PEC models are project-specific fenestration BIM models that are provided at pre-defined milestones in the project execution process for insertion into the overall project BIM model.

In the August 2013 issue, “Best Companies to Work For” article, the city in which Arlington Glass is based was incorrectly listed. The company is located in Chicago, Ill. USGlass regrets the error.

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