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GANA Annual Conference

The GANA Annual Conference is scheduled for February 4-7, 2014. Seven Divisions of GANA have meetings planned at this event, along with the non-Division Committees including Marketing and Protective Glazing.

Conference fees are due when registering.

Registration Fees (Members)  
Full Conference $699
One Day Conference Fee
(Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)
Spouse $400


Registration Fees (Non-Members*)  
Full Conference $1399
One Day Conference Fee
(Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)
Spouse $400

*Non-member companies attending a GANA meeting for the first time can attend the conference at the member rate. Please contact the office first to confirm first time attendance before registering. Non-members not eligible to receive the discount that join GANA prior to 60 days after the meeting will receive a credit for its registration fees on membership dues.

Energy Symposium

For the third year, we will be focusing a day on Energy related topics on Tuesday, February 4. The Energy Symposium is included in Full Conference registration. If you are interested in attending only the Energy Symposium, click on the Energy Symposium register option on the GANA Annual Conference registration area.

Energy Session Registration Fees  
Members $  299 (Energy Session)
*Non-Members $  599 (Energy Session)


Cancellation Policy
Meeting Cancellation: The registration fee is refundable (minus a cancellation fee of $150) if notice of cancellation is received by January 4, 2014. After this date, no refund will be issued.

Pre-Registered Attendees
Registrations will be accepted until the day of the Conference. However, if you would like to review a list of to-date pre-registered attendees, click here.

Huge thank you to our three GANA Annual Conference sponsors.

Fusion Ceramics
Glass Coatings and Concepts
Quanex Building Products

GANA Discounted Disney Tickets

Our special Disney Meeting & Convention tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10% on our Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney Experience at any one of the following (additional details are listed on the web site):

•Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
•Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
•DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
•ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with 30 minutes of game play at the PlayStation® Pavilion
•Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)
•A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

Click here to order your tickets by February 2, 2014.


Annual Conference 2014 Program

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Desk
8:00 am – 10:00 am Energy Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • IECC, IgCC and ASHRAE Discussions
  • Government & and Regulatory Subcommittee
  • Life Cycle Analysis/Product Category Rules
  • Energy Performance GIB
  • Energy Applications GIB
  • Properties of Solar Glazing GIB
  • Best Practices for PV Applications
  • LEED v4
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Energy Symposium
     10:00 am – 10:45 am      High Comfort, Low Impact: International Perspectives on Climate Engineering
Erik Olsen, PE, Managing Partner, Transsolar Inc.

Transsolar introduced the idea of climate engineering in Germany over 20 years ago and has since applied the same integrated, physics-based approach to collaborations across the world. Regardless of climate or market, the basic goal of climate engineering is unchanged: ensure the highest possible comfort for people with the lowest possible impact on the environment.

Erik will review how many concepts that originated in European projects have been successfully adapted and applied in North America, often enabling a previously unimaginable combination of design quality and high performance. He will also provide his thoughts on the room for improvement and untapped potential of the North American façade market.

Erik is a climate engineer known for his passionate focus on high-comfort, low-impact environments. As Managing Partner of Transsolar Climate Engineering’s New York office he works collaboratively with architects worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated indoor climate and energy concepts. Recent work includes the ground-breaking Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore; other university academic buildings, research and teaching laboratories, and dormitories; and the new Canadian House of Commons debating chamber. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.

     10:45 am – 11:15 am      GreenWorks Initiative
Jonathan Ippel, Sustainability Director, City of Orlando

Green Works Orlando promotes green business opportunities, green and efficient municipal operations, natural resource protection, environmentally-friendly lifestyles, local food production, and locally-owned businesses.

The resources provided on the Green Works Orlando website are dividing into three categories:

Green Works Business – Information on how Green Works Orlando is supporting the business community’s effort to “go green.”

Green Works Government – Information on how Green Works Orlando is reducing municipal waste and saving money through greening municipal operations.

Green Works Life – Information on efficiency upgrades for residential homes, as well as how residents can get involved in their communities.

     11:15 am – 12:00 pm      How European Design Perspectives Differ from the US
Dr. Mikkel Kragh, Global Facade and Architectural Design Leader for High Performance
     Building Solutions, Dow Corning Corporation

Dr Mikkel Kragh is the global Façade and Architectural Design Leader for High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Corning, based at Dow Corning Business & Technology Center in Seneffe, Belgium.

Mikkel leads a newly formed network of design specialists in the field of high performance façade solutions. Mikkel joined Dow Corning in 2011, after having worked internationally as a façade specialist on numerous prestigious construction projects with Arup consulting engineers and the Permasteelisa Group. In parallel with design work, he has led a number of collaborative R&D projects, consistently pushing the boundaries in the field of high performance facades.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
     1:00 pm - 2:00 pm      LEED v4:: How Will the Performance Be Verified?
Brendan Owens, VP LEED Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council

With the LEED version 4 released at GreenBuild 2013, many questions surround its differences from the 2009 version; how glass plays a role in the various credits and how performance will be verified. This session features the “lead” LEED technical development advisor, Brendan Owens.  Owens will discuss the new version and answer questions regarding the differences, additions and performance criteria.

Brendan is USGBC’s vice president of LEED® technical development. In this role, he collaborates with volunteer technical committees to evolve and refine USGBC’s LEED Green Building Rating System. During his time at USGBC, Brendan has led development activities for several LEED rating systems and is currently focused on development of LEED v4.

     2:00 pm - 2:45 pm      Productive Work Spaces While Providing Energy Performance
Azizan Aziz, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics,
     Carnegie Mellon University

Energy conservation efforts within building facilities reduce an organization’s spending while at the same time reduce the environmental impact caused by resource consumption, waste and pollution, indirect products of power generation. However, integrated conservation measures can lead to work spaces that are conducive to building occupants comfort, satisfaction and productivity. This presentation will show examples of how human-centered work spaces can also be energy effective. It will focus on the impact of view, sunlight, natural ventilation and access to nature on work spaces. Best practice case studies and research findings will be presented to illustrate the cost benefits of various strategies that will increase occupant comfort, satisfaction and performance. The presentation will highlight elements within the enclosure system that have the potential of creating and supporting productive workplaces.

Finally, research results from laboratory experiments at Carnegie Mellon University will be presented to illustrate the various strategies to create high performance enclosure systems that would be energy efficient while creating productive workspaces.

Azizan Aziz is a senior researcher at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University [CMU]. In addition to working on research projects, Azizan also teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the School of Architecture.

His research focuses on the design of integrated systems for commercial buildings, post occupancy evaluation, workplace productivity and building performance monitoring and energy informatics. Azizan is one of the Principal Investigators of the Energy Innovation Hub, an industry/university/national research lab consortium, funded by the US Department of Energy [DOE]. CMU was awarded $6.25 million over the next five years by the DOE to develop technologies to make buildings more energy efficient while improving occupant comfort and productivity and at the same time improve indoor environmental quality.

     2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Coffee Break
     3:15 pm - 4:00 pm      People-Friendly Buildings vs. Energy-Efficient Buildings Panel

     Azizan Aziz, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics,
     Carnegie Mellon University

     Dr. Mikkel Kragh, Global Facade and Architectural Design Leader for High Performance
     Building Solutions, Dow Corning Corporation

     Erik Olsen, PE, Managing Partner, Transsolar Inc.

     Brendan Owens, VP LEED Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm New Professionals Committee  (Click for Agenda)

Open Session

Glass May Break, But It Must Not Harm
Chris Barry, Independent Glass Consultant

Closed Session

Words of Wisdom from a Glass Industry Veteran
Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting

ASHRAE, IgCC and the Codes - What Do They Really All Mean?
Tom Culp, GANA Energy Consultant, Birch Point Consulting

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm “Pirates of the Caribbean” Welcome Reception
Join us on the opening night for a Pirates of the Caribbean® reception, featuring rum tasting, pirate fare and perhaps we’ll get someone to walk the plank courtesy of our very own Disney character pirates.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Desk
8:00 am – 10:00 am GANA Membership Breakfast Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Industry Overview
  • Division Chair Reports
  • Technical Report
  • General Counsel Report
  • Marketing Report
  • Consultant Report
  • ANSI
  • NFRC
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Decorative Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Website Report
  • NeoCon 2014
  • Product Color and Durability Subcommittee
  • Decorative Standards Subcommittee
  • Performance Durability Testing of Coatings
  • Measuring Optical Performance of Decorative Glass
  • Sealant and Adhesive Compatibility
  • Recyclability of Architectural Glass
  • Weatherability and Durability of Decorative Glass
  • Decorative Glass Strength
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mirror Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • New MirrorLink.org Website Unveiling
  • ANSI Z97.1 Update
  • Green Aspects of Mirror
  • LEED v4
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch :: GANA Marketing Town Hall
Moderator: Tracy Rogers, GANA President and Marketing Committee Chair
Quanex Building Products

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Marketing Committee Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Protective Glazing Committee Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Bird Friendly Glass
  • Security Glazing in Schools

     School Security Glazing Options
     Julie Schimmelpenningh, Eastman Chemical Company

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GANA Awards Reception
Join us for the inaugural GANA Members-of-the-Year awards which will be presented to Division members who go above and beyond in representing their industry through association work, along with the start of a year-long celebration of GANA’s 20th anniversary.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Desk
8:00 am – 9:30 am Flat Glass Manufacturing Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Edge Deletion
  • EPA Greenhouse Gas Litigation
  • OSHA Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

     PCR Update
     Kara Goscinski Cach, Guardian Industries Corp.

9:30 am – 12:00 pm Laminating Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Laminating Glazing Reference Manual Subcommittee
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Sealant and Setting Block
  • Laminated Glass Deflection Table
  • Compression of Interlayers
  • Effects of Moisture
  • Glass Used in Balconies

     Weather Cycle Tests for Laminated Glass
     Valerie Block, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

     Daylight, Glare, View and Energy – Evaluating the Environmental Performance of
     Different Envelope Technologies

     Christoph Reinhart, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Glass admits daylight, glass provides for a view and glass can reduce hearting and electric lighting loads. But, glass can also cause overheating, glare and increase cooling loads. This presentation describes a holistic analysis framework to evaluate and improve basic and advanced building envelope designs including different glazing technologies, manually and automatically controlled shading systems as well as building integrated photovoltaics.

Christoph is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab. The design tools developed by his group - such as DIVA and DAYSIM - are used in practice and education in over 90 countries. The readership of Buildings4Change recently voted him to the 2013 Stars of Building Science Virtual Academy of Excellence.

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Insulating Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Benefits of Using Low Thermally-Conductive Gas
  • Use of Capillary Tubes
  • Describing Architectural Glass Constructions
  • Secondary Sealant Bite in IGUs
  • Guidelines for the Appearance of IGU Edges in Commercial Applications
  • AIA Multiple Glazing
  • Bent IGUs
  • PIB Migration
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Tempering Division Meeting  (Click for Agenda)
  • Engineering Standards Manual Subcommittee
  • Applications for Heat-Treated Glass
  • Heavy Glass Door Design Guide Task Group
  • Guidelines for the Production of Heat-Treated Glass
  • Proper Procedures for Cleaning Architectural Glass
  • Standard Test Method for Center-Punch Fragmentation of Fully Tempered Flat Glass

     The Meaning of Optical Distortion Specifications by Architects, Curtainwall    
     Consultants and Government - How Do We Meet These Specs and Why?
     Mark Abbot, LiteSentry Corporation

Architects, curtain wall consultants and government are specifying both optical distortion and physical distortion requirements. For example, US Government bid requests refer to 95% / 125 mD. What does this mean? How does the fabricator ensure compliance to specifications? How do physical, Peak-to-Valley measurements in inches relate to optical measurements in mD (millidiopter)? Where is the industry going in regards to flatness and optics? How good is good enough? What are the benefits to the fabricator?


Friday, February 7, 2014

7:00 am – 11:00 am GANA Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Centric Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Centric Shareholder Meeting (Closed Meeting)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Centric Organizational Meeting (Closed Meeting)

Hotel Accommodations
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, is Hilton’s only hotel with Extended Theme Park Hours. This exceptional Lake Buena Vista hotel is ideally situated next to the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Downtown Disney® West Side, and Cirque du Soleil®. Enjoy complimentary transportation to and from Disney theme parks and partake in extra magic with Disney’s Extended Theme Park Hours benefit —providing longer fun and shorter queues.

This Official Walt Disney World® Hotel is minutes from Orlando's most popular theme parks, such as Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and Disney's water parks. Also, indulge in exquisite shopping at the nearby Mall at Millenia and Premium Outlets.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast or à la carte choices at Covington Mill. Children will love the Disney Character Breakfast on Sundays—a great time to have photos taken with Disney characters. Savor tempting sushi and steaks, prepared in the 1,000-year-old style at Benihana Steakhouse and Sushi. Sip cocktails in the sunshine at the Rum Largo Poolside Bar and Café, and try authentic Italian cuisine at Andiamo Italian Bistro. Unwind with a drink in John T's while watching seven HDTVs.

Stay active in the 24-hour fitness center, jog the trails, or swim in the two outdoor pools.

Room Rates
Single or Double: $195 plus tax and resort fee (February 6, 2014 rate is $275)
Check-In: 4:00 pm Check-Out: 12:00 pm

Cutoff Date
The hotel cutoff date has past. GANA can inquire about available rooms at our group rate. Fill out the hotel request page when registering, and staff will update you based upon hotel availability.

Internet Access
Stay connected at the Hilton Lake Buena Visa with internet access in both the sleeping rooms and meeting space. GANA has negotiated in-room internet access to be included in your hotel resort fee. Meeting rooms will also have internet access, sponsored by Glass Coatings and Concepts.

Hotel Restaurants

24-Hour Mainstreet Market
Jump start your morning with a fresh cup of Joe by visiting Mainstreet Market, open 24-hours, where “We Proudly Brew” Starbucks Coffee®! Before heading to the parks stop in and grab a quick breakfast or pick up some treats to snack on throughout the day.

Offering a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks -- from fresh fruit and pastries to salads, sandwiches and pizza – there is something to satisfy every palette. To complete your meal select from our assortment of snacks, candy and ice cream novelties. For your convenience, Mainstreet Market is open 24-hours for all of your on-the-go needs.

Andiamo Italian Bistro
Andiamo Italian Bistro & Grille, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is a bistro and wine bar offering an authentic and unique dining experience. Its contemporary design, back-lit art and bold red hues create the perfect backdrop for a family dinner, romantic evening for two or a quiet meal with colleagues.

Freshly prepared house specialties include hot and cold antipasti, homemade ravioli, and delicious pasta selections. Try one of our incredible sizzling steak platters or broiled fish dishes complimented by award-winning service. Indulge in one of our specialty coffees and delectable desserts. Featuring an extensive wine list and full bar, and a children friendly menu - Andiamo Italian Bistro and Grille is the perfect choice for any occasion.

For reservations, please call (407) 827-3838 or touch 3838 from any in-house phone.

Benihana Steakhouse and Sushi
Tempt your taste buds and be entertained at Benihana! Our chefs will perform before you as they cook according to a 1,000-year-old Japanese recipe. Perfect for a special occasion with family or friends, choose from a mouth-watering menu ranging from chicken and steak to sushi and sashimi.

Covington Mill
Start your day off right and help yourself to Covington Mill’s a la carte menu or breakfast buffet that boasts an endless assortment of hot and cold items, seasonal fruit and freshly baked pastries. Guests are sure to enjoy our made-to-order omelet station and Mickey Mouse waffles! For our health conscious patrons, we are pleased to offer numerous heart healthy menu selections. On Sundays, take the kids to our Disney Character Breakfast - hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - a great opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with your favorite Disney friends!

Ideal for a quick power-lunch or a relaxing midday meal, Covington Mill offers a variety of soup, salads, sandwiches and signature dishes. Whether dining indoors or enjoying the Florida sunshine on our terrace, Covington Mill offers personalized service in a relaxed atmosphere.

The private dining room is available for groups up to 50 people. Advance reservations required for group dining. Dial (407) 827-4000 x3091 or touch 3091 from any in house phone for more information.

John Ts
After an adventure at the theme parks or a long day of meetings, unwind with good friends and good conversation at John Ts Lounge. Enjoy an ice-cold beverage while cheering on your favorite sports team or catching up on the day’s top news stories on our seven high-definition TVs.

Choose from a wide selection of draft and bottled beers, or try one of our local or organic microbrews. Not a beer drinker? Our knowledgeable bar staff is happy to recommend a nice glass of wine or prepare one of our seasonal drink specials for you. An array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees are also available until midnight.

Rum Largo Poolside Bar & Cafe
Soak up the sun under clear blue skies and experience paradise at Rum Largo Poolside Bar & Café. Sip on tropical seasonal cocktails at our full service bar or from the comfort of your poolside lounger while grooving to the rhythm of Key West-style music. Our open-air café offers something for everyone -- a variety of delicious salads, starters and sandwiches, as well as a children’s menu.

Rum Largo is open weather permitting.

The hotel is located 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.  Taxi fare to the hotel from the airport is around $45 one-way.

The Hilton Lake Buena Vista has on-site parking for $13/day or $20/day for valet.

Area Places of Interest

Stay at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, and you'll be within walking distance to the Downtown Disney® Area. Set amidst 23 beautifully landscaped acres, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers a convenient location directly across from:

Downtown Disney® Area
Downtown Disney® Marketplace
Downtown Disney® West Side
Cirque du Soleil®

Guests at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista can experience extra magic with Disney's Extended Theme Park Hours and complimentary transportation to and from all Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, including:

Magic Kingdom® Park
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Disney's Hollywood Studios®

While you're in town, remember to explore all that Central Florida has to offer, including Florida's world famous beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Kennedy Space Center, LEGOLAND®, and the Everglades. Take advantage of easy access to Port Canaveral and much more. Convention attendees will enjoy proximity to the Orlando Orange County Convention Center — only 10 minutes away.

Click here to register online.