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Coming in 2025: New Format for the FGIA Summer Conference

As part of FGIA’s strategic objective focused on delivering purposeful and valued events, the Summer Conference will be transitioned into a fully virtual event beginning in 2025, allowing for a focus on two in-person conferences each year: the FGIA Annual Conference and the FGIA Fall Conference. This announcement was initially communicated in December and again during the Opening General Session at this month’s 2024 Summer Conference in Montreal, QC. FGIA is excited to move forward with this new format starting next summer.This new format for...

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July 17 FGIA Members Only Webinar to Offer Overview of FGIA U.S. Market Study

FGIA will host a members only webinar on July 17, covering the latest FGIA U.S. Market Study. Released at the beginning of May, the study offers current data and forecasting. The webinar will feature highlights of current trends and future changes in the fenestration market, as well as scenarios that impact the industry. This includes inflation, interest rate increases, presidential election implications, global political unrest and immigration.This webinar will begin with an overview of the latest FGIA U.S. Industry Market Studies then Q&A with Rhett...

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FGIA Releases Updated Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Profiles Specification

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. AAMA 305-24, Voluntary Specification for Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase in the FGIA online store. This document was last updated in 2022.Fenestration products made with fiber reinforced thermoset profiles that meet the requirements of this specification are expected to perform well in actual use, assuming adequate product design. The requirements include flexural strength, flexural...

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Participants at FGIA Summer Conference Learn Latest on Embodied Carbon Legislation, Regulation

Dr. Kayla Natividad, engineer, gave a presentation called, “Embodied Carbon in Legislation, Regulation and Other Places” at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Summer Conference in Montreal, QC. Natividad reviewed the differences among flat glass, processed glass and fenestration assemblies Product Category Rules (PCRs), which are being specified in legislation. Participants also learned the differences in key forms of embodied carbon policies like Buy Clean programs, climate action plans and zoning policies.“I'm typically a glass nerd, but a close second is going through building...

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Structural Engineer Reviews Case Studies Showing Façade Systems Selection for Iconic Building Architecture

Participants at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Summer Conference in Montreal, QC, heard from a structural engineer about how to select façade systems for iconic building architecture. David Vadocz, Principal Engineer, shared background information about façade movement, including balconies within facades and various other design considerations. He provided several case studies with special emphasis on the recently renovated University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology building.“Imagine working on an iconic building,” said Vadocz. “They materialize from a dream, based on a sketch.”Façade System...

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Chemist Previews What is on Horizon with Canadian Plastics Regulation

A chemist offered many considerations for finished fenestration and glazing construction products when it comes to plastics in Canada at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Summer Conference in Montreal, QC. In “Plastics Regulations in Canada – What’s on the Horizon?” Dr. Peter Mirtchev, Policy Manager at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, shared information about the new Canadian Federal Plastics Registry, a legally binding global treaty on plastics sought by some countries in the United Nations and other Canadian codes and regulations related...

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Intertek-sponsored Session at FGIA Summer Conference Reviews Natural Disaster Codes, Test Standards

Participants at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) heard about the definitions, measurements, codes and testing standards for several natural disasters though an Intertek-sponsored session, “Natural Disaster Standards and Testing.” Led by Tanya Dolby, Engineering Manager of Engineering Services at Intertek, this session covered those aspects of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.“I am very passionate about this topic and have been involved in it for many years,” said Dolby. “This [presentation] will shed light on catastrophic events and provide insights into their impact, highlighting...

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June 13 FGIA Webinar to Give Introduction to Canada’s Federal Plastics Registry

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar detailing the reporting requirements of Canada’s new Federal Plastics Registry. The webinar, being held on Thursday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. Central, is available to FGIA members and will provide details on the related Section 46 Notice and the mandatory information gathering that obligates companies on the quantities and types of plastic they place in the Canadian market. Register now for “An Introduction to Canada’s Federal Plastics Registry,” led by George Kendros, Unit Head...

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Updated Glass Technical Resource Jointly Published

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the National Glass Association (NGA) are proud to announce the joint publication of an updated technical resource, NGA/FGIA TB-1601, Guidelines for Use of Capillary Tubes.This eight-page guide addresses the use of capillary tubes in insulating glass units, including proper manufacture and design, glazing methodologies, as well as advantages and disadvantages of their use.“This is an excellent resource covering the use of capillary tubes; everything from design guidance to glazing considerations,” shared Aaron Thompson, Principal Research Engineer at...

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Registration Now Open for the 2024 FGIA Virtual Western Region Summit July 16

Registration is now open for the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Western Region Virtual Summit, taking place July 16. Industry professionals in the Western Region are encouraged to register now to participate in this one-day online event packed with important industry topics. The preliminary schedule is now available.“We are proud of this lineup of great topics and speakers,” said Florica Vlad, FGIA Events Manager. “Participate in this summit to understand the latest developments in codes and legislation in Western Region states. Register now...

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