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FGIA Updates PVC Fenestration Standard

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released an updated specification for producing quality PVC fenestration products. AAMA 320-22, Standard and Guideline for Quality Welding, Bonding, and Ventilation of Thermoplastic (PVC) Extrusion Based Fenestration Products, is now available for purchase. This document was last updated in 2010. It provides guidelines for successful welded corners and to reduce the risk of deformations and malfunctions of fenestration products fabricated with extruded PVC profiles due to heat build-up from sun exposure.Such deformations and malfunctions may include, but...

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FGIA Remembers Bill Briese

This month, FGIA lost a true treasure of the organization. Bill Briese (GED Integrated Solutions) was a longtime active leader within IGMA and continued to grace FGIA with that leadership and enthusiasm after the unification. On Wednesday, June 8, Bill succumbed to the aggressive cancer that he spent the last ten months battling.“Bill was a brilliant technical expert, holding numerous patents, but even more than that, he was a genuine, kind, energetic soul who was just so full of life and good spirit. He was...

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Safety Session at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference Highlights Need for Communication Around Mental Health, Substance Use in Construction Industry

Those participating in the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference heard from Chris Gardner, President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA), who gave a presentation titled "Impacts of Mental Health and Substance Use in the Construction Industry.” This session was sponsored by the FGIA Fenestration Safety Committee and moderated by FGIA Marketing and Communications Director, Angela Dickson.“COVID compounded issues like mental health and substance use,” said Gardner. “During the pandemic, none of us had seen anything like it in...

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FGIA Virtual Summer Conference Panel Covers What Path to 2030 in Canada Means for Windows

Participants at the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference heard from Andrew Oding, Vice President and Director of Building Science of Building Knowledge Canada and Jeff Baker, President of WESTLab Canada, about Canada’s efforts to achieve their energy efficiency goals by 2030. The two spoke on a panel called "Fenestration - The Path to 2030 in Canada,” moderated by FGIA Director of Canadian and Technical Glass Operations, Amy Roberts.The 2022 publication of Canada’s 2020 National Building Code (NBC) tiered energy code...

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Register Now for InstallationMasters Trainings this Summer

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will hold in-person instructor training sessions at FGIA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL, for these segments:Combined Program (Replacement/New Construction): July 18-22, 2022Replacement Program: August 29-September 1, 2022Register now to become an accredited instructor, allowing for more flexibility in scheduling in-house installer classes and reducing the costs associated with those trainings.“Since the InstallationMasters® Training and Certification Program’s inception, industry professionals ranging from fenestration product manufacturers and dealers to building material retailers and consultants have successfully completed the instructor training program,”...

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FGIA Updates Two Side-Hinged Door Standards

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released two updated specifications for the testing side-hinged doors. AAMA 920-22, Specification for Operating Cycle Performance of Active Side-Hinged Exterior Door Slabs, and AAMA 925-22, Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems. Both FGIA documents, are now available for purchase. These documents were last updated in 2016 and 2017, respectively.“Over a minimal period of time, the door slabs and associated hardware connections must remain intact and operable to maintain its resistance to environmental...

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Final Schedule, Speakers Announced for 2022 FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

The final schedule has been released for the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference, to be held June 6-9. Three expert speakers will discuss efforts to improve the energy efficiency of windows in Canada by 2030, highlights from the most recent FGIA fenestration-focused market study and the impacts of mental health and substance use in the construction industry. Register now for virtual access to the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference. Extended early bird registration rates are available through May 27.“We’ve listened to...

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FGIA Releases 2021/2022 Market Studies, Offers Forecast of Fenestration Industry Trends

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released the FGIA 2021/2022 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This bi-annual report delivers timely information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for both residential and non-residential fenestration products. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of April 2022.ResidentialTotal housing starts grew significantly in 2021, with the highest growth in multi-family at 22 percent, following a slowdown in 2020. Going forward, the overall new housing market is expected...

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Registration Now Open for 2022 FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference, to be held June 6-9. The Summer Conference meeting schedule will continue to address association business and committee work with additional focus on Canadian issues, including the traditional update on Canadian codes and legislation and also an overview of Building Knowledge Canada, whose mission is to improve the performance, quality, comfort, durability and energy efficiency of homes across Canada. In addition, participants can expect to hear firsthand about the...

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FGIA Summer Conference to be Held Virtually

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announced that its 2022 Summer Conference will be held virtually instead of taking place as a hybrid event with options for participation both in-person in Montreal, Quebec, and online. The event dates remain unchanged, with the conference taking place Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9. This decision was made by the FGIA Board of Directors based upon input from past conference registrants regarding attendance at the event in a recent survey, which took into account company travel...

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