Kathy Krafka Harkema, APR

U.S. Technical Operations Director
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Kathy leads FGIA’s U.S. technical operations team, responsible for development of FGIA’s regulatory and legislative advocacy, building codes positions, fenestration certification programs, standards and publication creation and more on behalf of FGIA members. She designed her own home to ENERGY STAR® guidelines, and led renovation of her family’s farm after it was struck twice by severe storms. A longtime window safety and energy efficiency educator, she’s a versatile leader, negotiator and communicator. Connect with her on Twitter @KathyKrafka and LinkedIn.

Recent Posts by Kathy

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Research Studies Correlation between Wind, Wind-Driven Rain and Future of Building Design

Research now underway at the University of Florida, together with Cornell University in New York, is laying the foundation to better understand the relationship between wind and wind-driven rain and their impacts on buildings. The study could pave the way for better understanding the effects of wind-driven rain on structures in Florida and surrounding states, which will be beneficial for FGIA Southeast Region members and many others. Later phases of this research could extend that insight across the U.S.Informing Better DesignFunded by the Florida Building...

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$1.2 Trillion U.S. infrastructure Law Could Mean New Opportunities in the New Year

As 2021 draws to a close, it’s natural to wonder what the New Year may bring. For the fenestration and glazing industry, 2022 could mean new opportunities as a result of a $1.2 trillion Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act signed into law as Public Law 117-58 in the U.S. on November 15.The new law includes a $550 million appropriation in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding and $500 million in State Energy Program funding for state and local governments to adopt and implement building energy codes....

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ICC Holds Code Change Proposal Hearings Online for the First Time

The International Codes Council (ICC) Group A Committee Action Hearings (CAH) now underway are making history - not because of the proposals themselves but instead because these hearings are taking place virtually, due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.Code Hearings in a Virtual WorldHow exactly do building code hearings take place online? Through the wonders of technology, participants are able to virtually testify for or against building code changes or proposed modifications to them in ICC’s Group A cycle via Zoom rooms.Some of ICC’s committee members...

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Window Safety | Knowing the Differences in Window Hardware Types

One of the important tips for Window Safety Week recognizes the use of proper hardware to limit window openings. When it comes to window hardware, it can sometimes be confusing to distinguish between which type of hardware is required for a given application or opening. For example, night latches and vent limiters may sometimes be confused with window opening control devices (WOCDs). But even though they may look or seem similar, they serve distinctly different purposes. When it comes to safety, it’s essential to make...

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AAMA Achieves Success in Representing Member Interests in ICC Group B Code Process

As 2019 draws to a close, so does the International Code Council (ICC) Group B building code proposal process. AAMA achieved significant results in 2019 code action, working on behalf of our members.ICC Public Comment Hearing (PCH) HighlightsUpdating AAMA reference standards in I-Codes - ADM47-IBC-19, ADM47-IRC-19The current versions of AAMA standards 711 (topic), 714 (topic), 450 (topic) and 2100 (topic) will be referenced in 2021 I-Codes as part of this AAMA proposal.Opposing imposing third-party certification requirements - ADM23-19AAMA opposed this proposal that would have added...

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New York City Mayor’s Earth Day Comments Trigger Questions About Fenestration

Will New York City “ban” all-glass curtain wall skyscrapers as part of its Green New Deal? Or will it push for codes and regulations requiring more energy efficient buildings that may help boost demand for more sustainable building designs and fenestration products? Those questions are on the minds of the building design, construction and fenestration industries today.On Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a “Green New Deal,” aimed at reducing NYC’s emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Approved by the New...

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AAMA Commits to Window Safety Through Continual Code Action

It’s that time of year. After a brutal winter, people long to open windows to let in fresh air. And, at this time of year, many of us are also hard at work honing building code proposals.AAMA’s commitment to window safety is at work year-round through our proactive support of building codes. Window safety comes into play in a number of ways in today’s building codes. For example, in the Seventh Edition, 2020 Florida Building Code (FBC) discussion now in progress, AAMA opposes F 7662....

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