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Decorative glass defined at Glass Week

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The Decorative Division of the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., finalized a definition of decorative glass during Glass Week 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota in Florida, Jan. 20-23. Members of the division agreed that decorative glass should be defined as “glass that is designed to produce distinct artistic, textural, dimensional and tactile elements that extend the physical, functional and visual properties beyond traditional flat glass.” GANA’s newest division also completed its scope, which is to provide education, technical resources and insight into future trends for the promotion and use of decorative glass products. The division is developing a 12-question online survey targeting architects and designers to determine the best way of marketing to those groups, and established a task group to discuss annual design awards. During the Insulating Division’s technical committee meeting, Greg Carney, GANA’s technical director, discussed a proposal for research on thermal stress factors for insulating glass units. The research would be done in an attempt to develop thermal stress factor methodology for residential and commercial insulating glass that is suitable for inclusion in American Society for Testing and Materials standards. This project is the first phase of a two-part project to develop a full range of thermal stress factors for insulating glass combinations. “It is an important standard for the industry, and the result will be a valuable resource for the industry,” Carney said. The cost of the research is $12,000, and GANA made a plea for member companies to help defray the costs. Carney said eight companies had come forward by the end of Glass Week. Carney also had made a pitch for a potential new standard for evaluating glass surface damage from windstorms during the event’s joint technical update luncheon. GANA would lead the effort to establish a standard of practice for classifying surface damage on architectural glazing induced by windstorms and defining criteria for replacement, Carney said. The standard would classify the types of glass surface damage that may occur; outline inspection procedures for evaluating glass surface damage; and define criteria for replacement of architectural glazing units with surface damage using engineering principals. The Insulating Division will be the responsible party, Carney said. The next step was to find consultants and researchers at universities to support the development process, he said. At the end of the insulating division’s membership meeting, Tracy Rogers, technical director for Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, recommended drafting a standard practice for capillary tubes in insulating glass. A capillary tube is inserted into the insulating glass spacer to allow the inside and outside air pressure to equalize in higher elevations. A task force was formed to begin drafting the standard practice. Glass Week 2007 attracted 215 attendees, slightly higher than the previous year. The 2008 editions of Glass Week and the Building Envelope Contractors Conference will take place together at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Glass Week will be Feb. 13-17; the BEC conference will follow Feb. 17-19.Share this article:

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