IGMA grows in the international market
One of the largest areas of growth for the Ottawa, Ontario-based Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is taking place outside of North America, Executive Director Margaret Webb said Sept. 10 during the group’s education seminar.
IGMA’s certification and standards programs extend internationally, she said. “We have international reach at this point with two product certification programs. They’re all over the globe,” Webb said. “It’s one of the areas where we are seeing the most growth.”
IGMA is certified by the International Organization for Standardization, giving it an worldwide playing field for standards, said Bill Lingnell, president of Lingnell Consulting Services and technical consultant to IGMA.
Membership is also moving to a more international level, Lingnell said. Members come from countries across the globe, such as Australia and Japan, he said, and one of the association’s newest members is a testing laboratory in China.
“This is an area of potential growth for IGMA,” he said.
Webb and Lingnell spoke during IGMA’s two-day Preventing Insulating Glass Failures Educational Seminar that runs through today. The event is held in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
About 30 industry representatives attended the seminar on day one. The majority of attendees came from residential and commercial IG companies. However, two new segments were represented—architects and outside consultants, Lingnell said.
An architect at the meeting, Dirk Meyer, enclosure consultant for the office of the chief architect at the U.S. General Services Administration, says understanding glass systems is becoming more important for designers as stronger and more efficient building envelops become the norm.
Presentations at the meeting covered glass receiving, cutting and washing; dessicants; do’s and don’ts of using rigid and flexible spacer systems, and muntin bars; handling coated glass; sealants; thermal performance; and glass and glass breakage.