All for One
Industry Collaboration is Essential for Success
by Bill Yanek
All associations are dealing with an increasing pace of
operations – and volume of work. We are all faced with doing more with
the same amount of resources – or less. When faced with such a dilemma,
it’s easy to throw your hands up in frustration. But there is a way to
survive and prosper during these times – and the answer might just be
at your next industry event: industry collaboration. GANA has a significant
roster of allies who regularly step up to partner on important efforts.
GANA created a new membership category for collaborating associations
to join GANA and its Glazing Industry Code Committee. Current GANA Alliance
Members include the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), the
International Window Film Association and the Safety Glazing Certification
GANA’s energy consultant, Dr. Tom Culp, delivers similar consulting services
to the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC). Both GANA and the AEC are active
at ASHRAE, especially as ASHRAE debates code initiatives that limit the
use of glass (and aluminum) in commercial structures. GANA is a member
of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC)
along with dozens of commercial construction stakeholders.
Windows Product Category Rules In 2011, the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL) retained the Institute for Environmental Research
and Education (IERE) to be the “Program Operator” for developing a Product
Category Rule (PCR) for windows. Since that time, a diverse team made
up of academia, glass manufacturers, insulating glass fabricators and
window manufacturers have been working on this project. GANA has been
participating along with AAMA, IGMA and WDMA as industry organizations.
Currently this is in the finishing stages and is on track for publication.
GANA’s Protective Glazing Committee and the Protective Glazing Council
International share resources, joint events and leadership. GANA technical
director, Urmilla Sowell, currently holds the office of PGC International
president. Additionally, the groups co-drafted the Protective Glazing
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued its increased
regulation of greenhouse gas emissions—with or without the approval of
Congress—the National Association of Manufactures continued its legal
challenge to the effort. GANA is a proud member of NAM and its Council
of Manufacturing Associations and a member of the NAM-led coalition fighting
the EPA effort in the courts.
There is an African proverb that states: “If you want to
go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Thanks to collaboration
with our industry allies, GANA’s impact goes far.
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