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GANA Fall Conference Opens with Updates to Industry Resources

Post Time:Oct 18,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:236

 

China Glass NetworkThere's nothing like a pop quiz to start a meeting, and that's just what woke up members of Topeka, Kan.-based Glass Association of North America's (GANA) Fire-Rated Glazing Council (FGC) today. The council kicked off the association’s Fall Conference this morning at the Crowne Plaza in Kansas City. The quiz in question was the final step in updating the group's existing American Institute of Architects-accredited educational presentation.

 

Next, the group went on to wrap up another education effort. As there have been some changes and updates in the 2012 International Building Code, the FGC had set out to create a glass informational bulletin (GIB) providing an overview of those changes in a way that is impartial, "informational and beneficial to us as a group," as chair Jeff Razwick, vice president of business development at Technical Glass Products in Snoqualmie, Wash., explained. This educational tool is expected to be released by GANA in the near future.

 

The meeting concluded as Thom Zaremba, partner for Roetzel & Andress in Toledo, provided an update on recent

 

Next, the Flat Glass Manufacturing Division met to discuss updates on various activities. During his technical report, Mitch Edwards of Guardian noted that the

 

During a joint meeting of the Flat Glass Manufacturing and Energy Divisions, Mike Turnbull of Guardian Industries gave an introductory presentation on the "next big programs for the fenestration industry." Those big topics under discussion included: product category rules (PCR); life cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD).

 

The industry has become more familiar with the need for life cycle analysis since GANA and several other industry players agreed to represent the

 

Taking a step back, Turnbull explained that EPDs have become a way of substantiating certain environmental claims. To get an EPD a company needs to perform a LCA, and the PCR is required prior to conducting that LCA.

 

But even though the PCR is the genesis of this chain, it's the "newest player," Turnbull said. So he offered the definition that the rules include the specific assumptions, guidelines and requirements that must be followed to develop a verifiable EPD. There are ISO standards that "guide and influence" the PCR process, he explained, and in the fenestration industry, the "program operator" for establishing a PCR, per the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE).

 

The LCA is the tool for capturing all aspects and impacts of a product, process or service, Turnbull said. LCAs include: cradle to grave, cradle to gate (a subsection of the full cradle-to-grave full life cycle) or gate to gate (a further subset). He encouraged the Flat Glass Manufacturing Division members to proactively take on a "cradle to gate" PCR that outlined the process from manufacturing to putting it on the truck.

 

Part of the focus on these items, Turnbull noted, is that these three items are "creating a new reality" for the glass industry and new challenges. In fact, he said it is anticipated that having EPDs and LCAs will become either code or law within the next 5-10 years.

 

The GANA Fall Conference continues through October 19. Stay tuned to USGNN.com for more updates from the conference

 

Source: http://www.usgnn.comAuthor: shangyi

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