A new committee formed at the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Technical Conference: the Emerging Technology & Innovation committee. The new committee will handle research and development, and will be chaired by Helen Sanders of Sage Electrochromic in Faribault, Minn., and co-chaired by David Cooper of Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The conference took place August 29-31, at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa in Victoria, B.C.

The new committee is rewriting the request for proposal (RFP) for gas permeability, says Margaret Webb, executive director of IGMA. It also will liaison with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on an advanced fenestration testing that the NREL is conducting. Also on the association’s radar: Mocon of Minneapolis is doing a small research project to validate gas retention and measure krypton and argon gases; vacuum insulating glazing; and setting parameters for gas-filled units for field correlation and gas life cycle analysis.

The Glass Safety Awareness Council met for the first time at the summer conference. The council started in March with Mike Burk of Quanex Building Products as chair. “No other organization addresses safety the way this council will,” Webb says. Eight members, including members from the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan., and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association of Schaumburg, Ill., sit on the council.

Two other committees, Certification and Technical Services, also met at the conference.

Robert Giles chaired the Certification Committee and Crystal Archibald co-chaired. The committee discussed the IGMAC program, which is mostly online; the quality manual TM 4000 that is undergoing rewrite; and industry education which will handle seminars and will meet December 7-8 in Vancouver, B.C.

Ray Wakefield chaired the Technical Services committee, and Jim Krahn co-chaired it. The group discussed IGMA Glazing Guidelines and revised Section 5 on setting blocks; worked on the guidelines for capillary tubes, a joint IGMA and GANA endeavor; design considerations for multiple cavity insulating glass units, which will go in second ballot and might be published before the next meeting in February 2012; and visual quality.


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