Hot Off the Presses
Divisions Release Five New or Updated Resources
b y S a r a N e i s w a n g e r
s I write this on May 12, GANA
is now ﬁve for ﬁve—ﬁve new
or updated resources have been
published in the ﬁrst ﬁve months of
the year. The credit for this impressive
track record goes largely to the many
member volunteers who choose to
funnel their time and efforts toward
ensuring GANA’s resources are as cur-
rent and useful as possible. In case you
lost track of one or two of our newest
ﬁve releases, here’s a brief synopsis of
what you can now ﬁnd on GANA’s Pub- GANA members have been busy this year, working to develop or update ﬁve
glass informational bulletins.
Building Energy Performance Cri-
teria Terms and References Related was developed by the Decorative Divi- by the Laminating Division speciﬁcally
to Glass and Glazing is a new addi- sion. Given the number and diversity of to update and align content with recent
tion to the Glass Informational Bulletin materials and components that may be IBC code changes. Glass railing systems
GIB) library. This document was pub- used in a glazing system, it’s challeng- are used in a variety of residential and
lished by the Energy Division and pro- ing to test every possible combination commercial settings for safety and aes-
vides a list of applicable energy-related against every conceivable factor. This thetics. Laminated glass offers a sig-
terms used in the glass and glazing in- document serves as a guideline to con- niﬁcant beneﬁt over monolithic glass
dustry.If you’re seeking clariﬁcation on duct performance testing on speciﬁc used in railings. Speciﬁcally, if breakage
what constitutes the“center of glass”or configurations, ultimately leading to occurs, glass particles will adhere to the
if you need to clarify between “shading more effective consideration of the fac- laminate interlayer increasing the like-
coefﬁcient” versus “solar heat gain co- tors involved in compatibility testing of lihood of glass retention in the system.
efﬁcient,”this GIB is an ideal source for glazing materials. This GIB is intended
quick-glance deﬁnitions such as these. for industry professionals or anyone in- Learn More
The Flat Glass Industry Standards terested in evaluating the compatibility
Each of these GIBs is available on
GANA’s Publications webpage, www.
Guidelines for the Production of glasswebsite.com/publications, along
GIB was ﬁrst issued in 2004 by the Flat of glazing materials and components.
Glass Manufacturing Division, and the
recently published document marks the Heat-Treated Architectural Flat Glass with the entire library of resources.
seventh edition of this highly referenced is another new addition to GANA’s GIB This includes more than 50 GIBs that
resource. This GIB provides a list of the library, thanks to the Tempering Divi- are free to download, as well as techni-
current editions, as of July 2016, of in- sion’s efforts.Heat-treated glass is used cal manuals and test methods available
dustry consensus and federal ﬂat glass in many of today’s architectural glaz- for purchase. n
standards frequently speciﬁed and ref- ing applications where increased
erenced for use in residential and com- strength to resist glass breakage
mercial construction applications in the is desired. This bulletin offers
United States. This is another guide to guidelines for producing heat-
attain the information you need on ﬂat- treated glass.
S a r a N e i s w a n g e r is
the account executive for the
Glass Association of North
America in Topeka, Kan.
glass-speciﬁc standards in short order.
Finally,Use of Laminated Glass
Assessing the Compatibility of in Glass Railing Systems is in its
Glazing Materials and Components third rendition, and was re-issued
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