Brush Up on Protective Glazing
A Versatile System for Protection and Efficiency
b y U r m i l l a S o w e l l
Protective glazing is a versatile system
ing” are mentioned,images of
with the unique ability to enhance
impact-, bullet- and blast- re-
sistant glazing come to mind. However,
protective glazing has various definitions,
depending on the context in which it is
imize injury and property damage from
both man-made and natural events.
daylighting and allow the picturesque
beauty of nature to shine through while
providing a virtually transparent shield of
protection against many unwanted assaults.
Protective glazing can alleviate damage
causedbybullets,blastwavesand/orphys- tions that can be downloaded from the applications.Forced-entry,security and
ical attack. It can also mean glazing de- GANA web store at http://store.glass- fire-rated glazing are also covered.
signed to protect people and property website.com/. This list includes the
from windborne debris associated with most current publications:
Last year, the PGC collaborated with
Intertek-ATI in San Antonio to offer a
tour showcasing hurricane- and tor-
nado-impact and fire-rated glazing
testing.This year during the GANA Fall
hurricanes,tornadoes and high winds.
• Security Glazing for Schools;
These materials can also fulfill a range • Bullet Resistant Glazing;
of other application performance criteria, • Blast Mitigating Glazing;
depending on the product make-up.They • Performance Criteria for Glazing Conference, the PGC will work with
can block the spread of smoke and flames,
reduce unwanted noise, improve energy • Detention Facility Glazing;
Subjected to Seismic Events;
members to put together a one-page
protective glazing educational sum-
efficiency by insulating against heat • Bird-Friendly Glass Design Strate- mary for legislators. A smaller group
gain/loss in buildings and shield electro- gies; and will look into upcoming legislation that
magnetic waves.In short,protective glaz- • Screening Out UV Radiation with may impact the protective glazing in-
ing is a versatile system with the unique
ability to enhance daylighting and allow
the picturesque beauty of nature to shine COLLABORATIVEEFFORTS
through while providing a virtually trans-
parent shield of protection against many with the GANA Laminating Division to bers of the protective glazing industry
dustry and will coordinate a Capitol Hill
visit in 2017. In the past,GANA and the
former PGC International held a one-
In addition, the PGC works closely day legislative retreat in which mem-
create and update industry standards. scheduled Capitol Hill visits with mem-
The joint group has published a Protec- ber company representatives to discuss
tive Glazing Manual,which is also avail- legislation that impacted the industry.
The Glass Association of North able in the GANA web store.This manual Next year, the PGC would like to add
America’s (GANA) Protective Glazing discusses applications and design con- this to its list of deliverables.
Council (PGC) focuses on all protective siderations for protective glazing, and is
Join us for these and other discussions
glazing products, technologies and a good resource for those who want to during the GANA Fall Conference in
services. GANA PGC members come understand protective glazing products, Kansas City,Mo.,August 23-26,2016. s
from various segments of the glass and testing criteria and design consid-
film industries,including glass fabrica- erations for these systems.
tors, suppliers of materials and acces-
Currently,PGC is working on an
U r m i l l a S o w e l l is the
director of marketing and
communications for the Glass
Association of North America
in Topeka, Kan.
sories, window film manufacturers, AIA-accredited presentation titled
curtainwall and window manufactur- Protective Glazing 101. This will
ers, sealant suppliers, test laboratories focus on a higher level of protec-
and consultants and more.
The PGC has several free publica- ance to blast and seismic
tive glazing, from impact resist-
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