PGC symposium highlights sustainability, government relations

Sahely Mukerji
November 26, 2008
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., hosted its annual symposium Nov. 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va. The theme of the symposium was Protective Glazing in a Green World; Sustainability & Protection.

“The biggest trend in protective glazing is complacency,” said Brian Pittman, director of marketing and communication, PGC International. “Seems like the government leads the industry, and since we haven’t had a catastrophic event in years and green today is so dynamic, [the] government is focusing on energy efficiency at the detriment of protective glazing. We’re trying to show that protective glazing and green movement go hand-in-hand. Green is an enhancement of protective glazing, they can work together and make the world an energy efficient and safe place.”

The PGC board and Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., had a strategic planning meeting on the first day to talk about the two organizations working together more closely. The Protective Glazing Manual Joint Committee also met and expects to have a draft of the manual ready by May 2009 at the Spring Meeting in Orlando, Fla., Pittman said.

The presentations began on the second day, Nov. 12. Ron McCann, president, PGC International, welcomed the attendees, and Bill Yanek, executive director, PGC International, gave a rundown on the group’s activities. “Currently we have 63 members and membership is steady,” Yanek said. “We want to continue to grow and help our members do better. One of the ways to do that would be to work closely with other trade organizations. Right now we’re looking at two organizations: AAMA [American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumberg, Ill.] and GANA.”

PGC needs to become more involved in government relations and reach out to congressmen and senators to educate them, Yanek said. The organization plans to have a Congressional hearing on protective glazing, probably jointly with AAMA and GANA, in the future, he said.

The council also will work more closely with Building Owners and Managers Association, Washington, D.C., that has a large political committee, Yanek said. In June 2009, PGC will have a booth at BOMA. “BOMA would be a great partner for government relations,” he said.

The council is reconsidering creating a Security Fenestration Rating Council, Yanek said. “The fenestration industry has and continues to work cooperatively with government organizations to establish standards that address security design and performance requirements for protective glazing,” he said. “PGC International, along with other members within the protective glazing community, take the position that organizations, test systems, and standards capable of meeting the United States’ needs in the area of security fenestration currently exist. The PGC International re-examination of the issue will determine if any adjustment in that position is necessary."

To read about the presentations at the PGC Annual Symposium, go to GlassMagazine.com and plug in "PGC" as key word in the search box.
 

E-mail Sahely Mukerji, senior editor, at smukerji@glass.org.