Energy, climate change focus of second day at GANA conference

By Sahely Mukerji, Glass Magazine
September 9, 2008
COMMERCIAL : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Climate Change” and “Cap and Trade” were the buzz words on the second day at the GANA Fall Conference, Sept. 9, at the Wyndham Dallas.

“Energy and climate are the two issues that are going to change the glass and glazing industry,” said Kim Mann, general counsel of GANA, Topeka, Kan. “NFRC, Energy Star, greenhouse emissions, carbon footprint are words being used a lot these days. There are many questions associated with carbon footprint that need to be addressed. What kinds of gases are we talking about when we say carbon footprint? Should glass be credited for its contribution in making a product green? How do you quantify these effects?” Climate change will have a huge effect on the glazing industry, he said. The feds are taking it up, and California, not surprisingly, is in the forefront. 'What happens in California, won’t stay in California, it will move east.'”

Steve Farrar, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., expressed the same concern. “California has implemented the AB 32, or Assembly Bill 32, the state level cap and trade greenhouse gas emissions regulation.” Numbers wise, what’s been proposed could jeopardize the profits of the flat glass manufacturers, said Bill Yanek, president, GANA. The Educational Committee will do a study on how much greenhouse gas the glass makers emit, how much can be saved on energy if, for instance, low-E glass is used in a project, and find the ratio. Europe has such a study, but the United States does not, Yanek said.

GANA also will work with the National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C., as part of its Flat Glass Manufacturing Division’s new business, Yanek said. “GANA doesn’t have an advocacy platform, doesn’t have a lobby in D.C., no way to go in front of the decision-makers,” he said. NAM has offered its roster of members on manufacturing expertise. “We can have meetings at their facility in D.C.,” he said. “We can even have a greenhouse gas expert/emissions expert from NAM come talk to us.”

An Energy Committee formed at yesterday’s session might become a division, Yanek said. It will handle LEED certification, solar issues and anything else that might come up in that arena.

Russ Huffer, chairman and CEO, Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis, also touched on Cap and Trade in his keynote speech. “I went to Santa Barbara [Calif.] for a CEO conference that had a green building part,” he said. “But found out later that there was no green building at the conference, they just used that to get us there! Two-thirds of the audience were CEOs and the rest were NGOs and big Wall Street investment bankers. I had an ‘a-ha’ moment there. They had formed an unholy alliance. This is the same group that brought us sub-prime mortgage! They are driven by the ability to make money instead of trying to do the right thing.”
 
Bulletins and manuals
Greg Carney, technical director, GANA, updated attendees on the technical group activities. The committee has published a Glass Informational Bulletin on approximate weight of architectural flat glass. “We got info from our member companies and put it online, downloadable for a charge,” he said. “The lami people saw it and said they wanted to do the same.” The group is working on a second glass info bulletin on protecting glass from weld splatter, which is in draft mode and might be completed by Glass Week in February 2009.
 
Several manuals also are in the works, Carney informed the attendees. The Laminated Glazing Reference Manual Task Group ddiscussed the wording of several entries, such as, how interlayers react to temperature changes. The group determined that resin, PVB and polyurethane all react similarly and will have the same wording. "Ionoplast" is trademarked and won't be included as a heading, pending legal review of its status of a trademark, the group decided.  DuPont's legal department is checking on the status of the trademark.
"Ionomer" will replace the word "ionoplast."
The 2009 version should be finalized by Oct. 1; changes beyond that will be in the 2011 version. The GANA Technical Committee will review and approve, send it to the legal committee to review, and publish in 2009.
 
"We’ll be publishing the 50th annual glazing manual," Carney said. "It's a phenomenal resource and we anticipate publication by end of the year." Among new manuals, the
Bid Considerations for Contract Glazing Proposals, Key Elements of Fenestration System Shop Drawings and Commercial Fenestration Systems are all in the works. 
 
Carney also spoke about an ASTM committee. “It is critical for our industry to be aware that under ASTM, the E34 Committee on Occupational Health and Safety is going to have a sub-committee on safe handling of flat glass,” he said. “It is my opinion that it will affect everyone in our industry. The industry has to participate in this sub-committee. If there’s an injury after this, the first thing they’ll ask is if they were in compliance. This could be dangerous for the industry, and we have to get involved in this.”
 
Acoustical research
Eric J. Miller, director, acoustical, Architectural Testing, York, Pa., gave a presentation on Investigation of Sound Transmission Loss Variability Due to Glass Panel Size and Perimeter Mounting Practice. “The need to provide accurate sound transmission loss ratings on acoustical fenestration products for both the commercial and residential building industry is growing every year,” he said. “The fenestration industry currently relies on ‘glass-only’ data when designing their products to meet the acoustical requirements in project specifications.”
 
An acoustical research project aims to: standardize the mounting practice so that the reproducibility between acoustical laboratories can be improved and provide more realistic data for the fenestration industry. The most repeatable and realistic mounting technique will be used to measure the sound transmission loss of two other glass panel sizes.
 
“This research will also be used to standardize the mounting practices and glass panel sizes for all applicable ASTM sound transmission loss test methods,” Miller said. “This standardization will level the playing field for all glass manufacturers. This research will produce valuable data for the fenestration industry as well as for architects and specifiers who require acoustically rated products.”
 
GICC, energy efficiency and BIM
At the Building Envelope Contractors Division Technical Committee meeting, Carney encouraged members to join the Glazing Industry Code Committee. “The ICC and the code family under that are affecting construction, and the glazing community needs to have a presence,” he said. “If we’re not there, you’ll have AAMA, WDMA and everybody else with special interest but not the special representation that we need. Energy efficiency requirement is going to be a big part of codes, and we need more people.”
 
It’s an expensive undertaking; GICC members pay $5,200 per year. “So, we decided to have a supporting member category,” he said. “Primary members are glass manufacturers; supporting members are glazing contractors, architects, designers, lab folks, etc. Supporting membership is $1,500 a year.”
 
Will F. Ikerd, director of Department of Advanced Building Design, Curtain Wall Design & Consulting, Dallas, made a presentation on BIM, How Will It Affect Building Envelope Contractors. “CAD is a digital way of drafting; BIM is a database approach to building designing,” he said. “Hundreds of pieces of software go into BIM design. BIM’s 2-D, 3-D, 4-D (time), 5-D (money and time) and 6-D (energy performance).”
 
Architects are leading the BIM movement, engineers will be next, glazing contractors third, and owners/facility managers will be last. “In time, there will be tri-party agreements among the owner, architect and the contractor,” he said. “The sub-contractors/sub-consultants won’t be part of it. This has legal implications. Who do you sue if you have to?
 
"The BIM tornado is coming," Ikerd said, and BIM design will likely become a requirement in a few years. He encouraged attendees to participate in AGC’s BIMForum.
 
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