Rich Rinka

Technical Manager, Fenestration Standards and U.S. Industry Affairs
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Rich began his career with the association in 2012. He oversees the development of fenestration standards and provides representation at other industry organizations' meetings to help keep our members informed.

Recent Posts by Rich

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Use the New FGIA Glossary as an Industry Resource

A perhaps underrated benefit FGIA offers is access to a robust glossary of terms used in the industry, a document that can be helpful to both those new to fenestration and glazing as well as more seasoned employees who may appreciate a refresher. Now, for the first time since AAMA and IGMA unified, the official FGIA Glossary is available as a free download in the FGIA Online Store.This document is an all-encompassing guide meant to be used from this point forward when referencing definitions in...

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Make Your Voice Heard

A version of this blog post ran in October 2020. It has been updated with new information.If you are already an FGIA member, you know the Association offers a wealth of information to its membership. From our publications and popular conferences to our task groups and committees, those new to the industry and even fenestration and glazing veterans can learn a lot. FGIA encourages you to take advantage of all that we have to offer, but don’t miss out on one of the most important...

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2022 Documents Update | Standards Development Influences the Industry’s Future

A previous version of this Member Edge blog post ran June 11, 2021. This has been updated with current information and a list of recently updated documents for FGIA members’ benefit.FGIA members know a large benefit to membership is being able to have a say in the development and updating of industry standards and documents. Throughout our history of industry leadership, FGIA has become recognized for the development of comprehensive standards that provide a basis for third-party validation of product performance. We also continue to...

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Get Involved | Document Development Influences the Industry’s Future

FGIA members know a large benefit to membership is being able to have a say in the development and updating of industry standards and documents. Throughout our history of industry leadership, FGIA has become recognized for the development of comprehensive standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality. We also continue to develop specifications, test methods and technical information reports. In short, we are committed to quality. To promote and ensure the highest standards, we are involved in a multitude of activities that...

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Enjoy Online Access to AAMA, IGMA Documents via FGIA Virtual Library

I usually know that I have a specific document somewhere, but exactly where it is might be a problem. If you have ever had a similar issue in finding FGIA documents, the Fenestration and Glazing Virtual Library (FGVL) is here to help. This resource has existed for several years and provides access to most of the documents in the combined AAMA and IGMA document libraries.With the FGVL, you have 185 documents at your fingertips. On the fenestration side, you can find NAFS, finishes and component...

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How Standards Are Developed

Here on the Member Edge blog, AAMA Technical Standards Coordinator Julia Carlucci has talked about why balloting matters. On Trade Secrets, AAMA Executive Director Janice Yglesias recently wrote about the importance of diversity of voices from different companies in ballot responses. But maybe some folks are curious about how standards themselves are developed?Over time, AAMA has become known for the development of comprehensive standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality. We continue to develop specifications, test methods and technical information reports. To...

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