Yet another great meeting is in the books! Fall Conference attendees enjoyed a variety of presentations from industry experts. We reported last week on activities from the first half of the week here. The second half of the meeting featured a broad variety of presentations and discussion topics. In the Tempering Division, participants received an in-depth comparison of ASTM 1048 vs EN 1863 and EN12150 Surface Compression Measurements. During a special brunch presentation, Amy Huff, Trivers Associates shared how her architecture firm developed creative accessibility solutions to the historic St. Louis Old County Courthouse. Participants also received a sneak peek into a new product, “Concepts for Analyzing Glass Tempering Problems” which will launch later this Fall. The “Concepts for Analyzing Glass Tempering Problems” is an educational series produced in partnership with GANA and industry veteran, Stan Joehlin, SW Joehlin, Inc. The series includes a three-part DVD set, a corresponding textbook and several workbooks for viewers to following along. Mr. Stan Joehlin himself attended the Fall Conference and offered highlights of content from the video packages. Finally, the GANA Fall Conference offered the Board, members and staff of GANA to thank Bill Yanek, GANA Executive Vice President for his nine years of service and wish him well on his new endeavor.
The 2016 GANA Fall Conference is in full swing! More than 100 attendees are gathered in the heart of Kansas City to discuss important issues affecting the industry. Day one of the conference offered attendees the unique experience of touring the AGC Glass Company Spring Hill plant. Touring the plant was a great reminder of the fascinating process that goes into manufacturing glass. A day of meetings was capped off with an evening reception under the stunning glass structure of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. This morning, Stanley Yee, GANA Board President treated attendees to an association update with a creative twist during the membership breakfast. He shared his insights and perspectives on the status of the association through song titles and made sure we "Don't Stop Believing" in the power of our work.
Other highlights so far include an insightful look into cyber security and RF shielding with Ron McCann, Viracon. McCann's presentation highlighted new technology developed by MIT that reconstructs audio signals by analyzing video recordings of vibrations in objects. He also covered other intrusions such as laser microphones, passive radar and fake wireless access points. The afternoon has been packed with valuable discussions for Building Envelope Contractors and the GANA laminating Division. Tomorrow's events will feature a brunch presentation from architect Amy Huff, Trivers Associates and an in-depth discussion on heat-treated laminated exposed edges. Stay tuned, more to come on news from the GANA Fall Conference!
"Glass Industry's Old Guard, 'A collegiality that will be hard to break;
The Toledo, Ohio, area welcomed its share of glass wisdom late last month.
On July 27, a group of industry veterans got together for the now-annual “Old Guard Reunion,” which began as a small dinner gathering two years ago and has grown into a rather large event—as it remains informal and not backed by any association. More than 20 retired and active industry members, many joined by their spouses, convened for an afternoon of socializing at Stanley and Sharon Joehlin’s farm home in Perrysburg, Ohio. Read more.
Topeka, KS – The Glass Association of North America announced today that Bill Yanek will leave GANA to pursue a new opportunity as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PSRM).
“Deciding to leave GANA was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. Serving as the Executive Vice President for the Voice of the Glazing Industry was an immense honor,” shares Yanek. “My sincere thanks to the GANA Team in Topeka and Texas and to GANA Boards past and present who made representing the greatest material in the world professionally rewarding.”
Since 2007, Yanek has served as Executive Vice President (EVP) of GANA, where he directed all business operations, including membership growth, marketing, staffing, budgeting and financial management. He has served as the spokesperson representing GANA to the industry, like-minded associations and to stakeholders across the country and abroad.
"Under the leadership of Bill Yanek and with the support of our outstanding volunteers, GANA has weathered many changes, including the Great Recession, " explains Stanley Yee, Dow Corning Corp and GANA President. “As GANA transitions into its next leader, I am confident that great things are in store for the association and industry. We appreciate Bill's leadership over the years and wish him the best on his future endeavors."
Yanek has served as the Executive Vice President of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) for the past nine years, and will assume the CEO role at PRSM on September 19. PRSM Association, the authority on retail and multi-site facilities management, is the leading membership organization for retail facilities and supplier professionals.
The GANA Board of Directors will meet at Fall Conference on August 25 to determine next steps for the leadership of GANA.
GANA and IGMA announced today the approval and release of the Product Category Rule (PCR) for Processed Glass. The PCR is based on revisions made to the Institute of Construction and Environment (Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., or IBU) standard Part B PCR structure for Glass Wall and Ceiling Coverings, 2014. The focus of revisions to the document was to include references applicable to the North American market, and to make it consistent with the GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711 and the Cradle to Gate Window Product Category Rule. The joint GANA-IGMA task group led by Dr. Helen Sanders of SageGlass worked diligently with ULe to create this PCR for the industry.
"The completion of the processed glass PCR is an important accomplishment for the glass industry," said Dr. Helen Sanders of SageGlass. Helen recently briefed IGMA members about the process and status of the PCR at the IGMA Summer Conference in Banff: "With its completion, we now have rules established for doing life cycle assessments for the whole value chain: Flat glass, processed glass and Windows. This means that we will be able provide environmental product declarations (EPDs) for processed glass to our architectural customers to meet the increasing requirement to use products from manufacturers who have provided full material transparency documentation. With LEEDv4 coming into full effect October 2016, the requests from architects designing to this standard to provide EPDs for products will continue to increase. Now we have the baseline rules in place by which we can do lifecycle assessments of our manufacturing process to provide these EPDs."
"The completion of the PCR for Processed Glass is the successful culmination of a combined industry effort spanning many years that started with the Flat Glass PCR, and then the Window PCR," explained IGMA Executive Director Margaret Webb, who spent great effort on the project. "This PCR was developed as a core product with processes for coated, laminated, heat-treated, decorative and insulating glass. The industry can now provide credible EPD’s for their customers. The joint IGMA-GANA task group will now consider whether to continue and develop a generic EPD for the industry."
“During the GANA Energy and Flat Glass Manufacturing Division meetings of the GANA Fall Conference (August 23rd, 2016 in Kansas City, MO), the membership will discuss moving forward with an industry wide EPD for both the GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711 and the Process Glass PCR,” according to Urmilla Sowell, GANA Technical Director.
The PCR is available for download on the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) website. Updates on the industry-wide generic environmental product declaration may begin this fall and will be discussed at the IGMA Winter Conference, announced last week, scheduled January 23-27, 2017 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida and during the GANA Annual Conference at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa March 14-17, 2017.