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November 29 FGIA Webinar to Review Role, Contributions of Energy Advisors in Part 9 Residential Building Sector

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Energy Advisors are Important Partners: Understanding Their Role and Contributions for Effective Engagement and Compliance” on Tuesday, November 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern. It will be led by Cindy Gareau, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors, and Andrew Oding, Vice President and Director of Building Science at Building Knowledge Canada. This webinar is complimentary and open to the public. While the provided information will be specific to the Canadian...

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Schedule for FGIA FENBC Region Technical Summit Focuses on Codes, Standards, More

The final events schedule is now available for the inaugural 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) FENBC Region Technical Summit, to be held November 16 at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, BC. This regional meeting will cover important topics of interest to the fenestration and glazing industry specifically in British Columbia, featuring speakers from Ecolibrium Energy Solutions, E3 ECO GROUP, Ply Gem Canada, Sentinel Glass and UL Canada. Register now to participate in the first-ever FGIA FENBC Region Technical Summit.“Providing for continuity...

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Registration Now Open for Inaugural FGIA FENBC Region Technical Summit

Registration is now open for the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) FENBC Region Technical Summit, to be held November 16 at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, BC. This regional meeting will cover important topics of interest to the industry specifically in British Columbia. Register now to participate in the first-ever FGIA FENBC Region Technical Summit.“This inaugural event for the FGIA FENBC region is a must-attend for both commercially- and residentially-focused companies in British Columbia,” said Janice Yglesias, FGIA Executive Director. “We...

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Intertek Session at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference Focuses on Hurricane Standards, Testing, Product Approvals in FL, TX

A sponsored session during the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Hybrid Fall Conference centered around hurricane standards, product testing and the product approval process in Florida and Texas. Tanya Dolby, Engineering Manager, Engineering Services at Intertek presented the seminar which covered the history, building codes, standards and testing, product approvals and general guidelines of hurricane standards.“The first impact standard was a nine-pound, two-foot-by-four-foot timber defined in the Darwin Area Building Manual in 1974,” said Dolby, giving a history on the topic, leading up...

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Mike Collins Shares Economic Outlook, Trends at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

An economist at the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Hybrid Fall Conference gave an update on several aspects of the U.S. and Canadian economies, including the impact of COVID, inflation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and more. Mike Collins, Managing Principal at EquiNova Capital Partners, offered insight into the macroeconomic backdrop, construction and remodeling activity, key trends affecting the fenestration industry and the current state of the M&A environment.Macroeconomic Backdrop“We can worry ourselves into a recession in this country,” said Collins. “But if you...

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Field Testing Demonstration Shows Air Infiltration, Water Penetration Tests at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

Those participating in the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Hybrid Fall Conference were able to observe two crucial and well-known ASTM tests conducted in person: The air infiltration test, ASTM E783, and the water penetration test, ASTM E1105. Both were performed by Bill Bahn, President of Hightower Labs, on an actual window unit on the ground level floor of the conference hotel, the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Participants saw up close the laboratory equipment used for the evaluation of fenestration products in the field,...

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Panel Discusses Current State of Vacuum Insulating Glazing at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

Participants at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Hybrid Fall Conference gathered for a panel discussion about vacuum insulating glass (VIG) and the current state of use in the field, as well as the challenges and opportunities VIG manufacturers can expect. The panel covered the history and properties of VIG, VIG technology and performance and markets served. Moderated by Dave Cooper, Chief Technology Officer of VacuumGlass LLC, the panel included Bill Davis, Senior IG Technical Service and Product Manager at Vitro Architectural Glass; Dr....

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Cut-Resistant Apparel Discussed at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a safety speaker with expertise in the manufacturing of cut-resistant apparel during the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference. Bill Specht, President and CEO of Ark Safety, discussed the hazards of glass plant and manufacturing work and the technology involved in creating solutions like cut-resistant garments plus hand and arm protection during this session sponsored by the FGIA Fenestration Safety Committee.According to Specht, the top five safety hazards in heavy manufacturing include falls – including trips and slips...

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FGIA Members, World Vision Donate Backpacks, School Supplies to 200+ Chicago Area Children

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) partnered with World Vision, a humanitarian organization helping children, families and their communities overcome poverty and injustice, during the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference September 25-28. Together, the two organizations assembled and donated more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies for students at Parker Community Academy in Chicago, IL, the host city for the conference.“Since 1981, World Vision has worked to create environments in which all children are healthy, educated, cared for, protected, thriving and participating in...

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Prepare for Fire Prevention Week October 9-15

As fall temperatures arrive, fire safety comes back into focus, as October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week in the U.S. When it comes to a fire emergency, the Window Safety Task Force reminds everyone that doors and windows are the primary and secondary escape routes. This is an especially important topic this fire season, when those on the West Coast are experiencing higher risks of wildfires impacting communities.How prepared are you to escape safely in a fire?“Whether due to a wildfire, lightning or other causes,...

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