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Window Safety Week Observed April 4-10

As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force, in partnership with the National Safety Council, encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 4-10. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. These measures and levels of supervision have been even more important in the last year, as the spread of COVID-19 has led to many families to stay indoors for long periods of...

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New FEN-BC and FGIA Collaboration Agreement to Allow for Partnership Between Two Organizations

An official agreement for collaboration between the Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FEN-BC) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) was finalized on February 9, 2021, developing mutual synergies that will allow both organizations to best support their respective members. The collaboration enhances the reach and visibility of both organizations while ensuring efficiencies in monitoring codes and regulatory affairs in Canada.“FEN-BC looks forward to this new partnership,” said Zana Gordon, Executive Director of FEN-BC. “Our organization shares many goals with FGIA, and together, the...

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UL Seminar Covers New CSA Standard for High Exposure Fenestration Installation

Robert Jutras, Principal Engineer at UL, led a sponsored session called "The New Canadian High Exposure Fenestration Installation Standard CSA A440.6:20, Explained" during the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Annual Conference. This new document from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was published in 2020 and encompasses more than 140 pages, mapping out specifications for the installation of fenestration products in buildings of four or more stories in height, and of all occupancies.In Canada, explained Jutras, codes are not divided by usage like commercial...

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FGIA Virtual Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Shares Predictions for Road to Economic Recovery

Participants at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Annual Conference heard several predictions about the economic future in 2021, courtesy of keynote speaker and economist Dr. Chris Kuehl. Kuehl, a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, offered a positive outlook on financial recovery, particularly in comparison to the long road taken in 2008 by the U.S. Still, Kuehl conceded there are many unknowns remaining, especially regarding when the global pandemic will be declared over and when widespread vaccinations will be available.“As economists, we...

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FGIA and AVFQ Finalize Collaboration Agreement

An official agreement for collaboration between l’ Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Quebec (AVFQ) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has been finalized, allowing for the development of mutual synergies that will enable both organizations to best support their respective members. On December 17, 2020, the collaboration was formalized, enhancing the reach and visibility of both organizations while ensuring efficiencies in monitoring codes and regulatory affairs in Canada.AVFQ and FGIA agreed to collaborate by sharing information and offering reciprocal benefits and services...

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December FGIA Industry Update to Market Studies Now Available

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released a second updated industry market study in the FGIA Industry Update of the U.S. Market for Residential and Non-residential Windows, Doors and Skylights. This report is an updated overview of the reports released by the association in May and a prior update released in September. New forecasts included in this update are based on projections of construction activity as of December 2020, including a consensus of current economic and construction forecasts along with input from a...

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a greater area in the building envelope without compromising overall Yglesiasdoors. NAFS-17 specifies five different configurations and descriptions of how to designate folding door units of from two to five panels. In addition to testing for air infiltration, water penetration and structural performance under wind loading, folding doors are tested for deflection, force to latch, force to engage, thermoplastic corner weld strength, deglazing, and operating cycle/slam withstand.

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