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New Technical Bulletin Covering WOCDs Now Available

A new technical bulletin has been released in collaborative partnership between the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The purpose of this document, AAMA/WDMA TB-24-01, is to clarify the definition of a window opening control device (WOCD) to promote greater understanding of the role of WOCDs and provide an understanding of a WOCD’s function.WOCDs are intended to help support home safety. When properly designed, tested, specified and installed, WOCDs can help prevent or reduce accidental falls from...

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Registration Now Open for the 2024 FGIA Southeast Region Virtual Meeting April 30

Registration is now open for the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Southeast Region Virtual Meeting, taking place April 30. Those in the Southeast Region are encouraged to register now to participate in this one-day online event packed with important industry topics. The schedule is now available.“Register today for this regional event, tailored specifically for industry professionals with dedicated interest in the Southeast Region,” said Florica Vlad, FGIA Events Manager.Presentations at this event will cover global weather trends and hurricanes in the region, codes...

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Registration Now Open for the 2024 FGIA FENBC Region Virtual Industry Summit

Registration is now open for the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) FENBC Region Virtual Industry Summit, taking place Wednesday, April 3. Those in British Columbia are encouraged to register now to participate in this one-day online event packed with important industry topics for residential and commercial segments. The preliminary schedule is now available. This virtual summit will be the first of two FGIA FENBC Region events in 2024.“The summit will feature the always-popular Code Talkers Panel, where those invested in British Columbia can...

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Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool Demonstrated at FGIA Annual Conference

Participants at the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference were given the opportunity to take part in an interactive session entitled, "The EC3 Tool for Glazing and Fenestration Products | Facilitating Improvements in the EPD System." It was presented by Phil Northcott (Building Transparency). The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool is a free database of construction Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and matching building impact calculator for use in design and material procurement.Northcott shared that building operations, meaning all buildings, including...

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Importance of Surface Preparation in Long-Term Performance of Coatings and Sealants Reviewed at FGIA Annual Conference

During the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference, Technical Training Specialist, Aaron Blom, presented a session called “The Importance of Surface Preparation in Long-Term Performance of Coatings and Sealants.” In the start of what he said he hoped might become a series, Blom covered the benefits of surface preparation, steps to properly prepare, common problems that can arise when preparation is not conducted and how properly preparing a surface may skip one important step.Blom began by acknowledging that the current guidance for...

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Glass Coverage at FGIA Annual Conference Showcases IG Forensics Exercise, Desiccants Deep Dive

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) held a workshop about how to identify flaws in an insulating glass (IG) unit before they become a problem in the field as well as a high-level overview about desiccants, or hygroscopic substances that attract and absorb moisture from the surrounding air to maintain a state of dryness, inside IG units. Both events took place at the FGIA 2024 Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL February 19-22.IG Forensics WorkshopJim Blamble (Sika Corporation) and Matt Waldren (Pella Corporation) led...

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Innovation Roundtable Addresses Role of AI, Automation, More at FGIA Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a roundtable discussion called "Embracing Innovation in the Windows Industry” during the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference, with topics ranging from how to create an innovative-thinking environment to ways to address artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. This is the third such roundtable FGIA has held in an effort to further advance technologies and processes in the industry.Panelists included Mike Turner (YKK AP America), Morgan Donohue (Erdman Automation Corp.) and Dean Ruark (PGT Innovations). Ray Garries (Global Fenestration...

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Keynote Speaker Ken Gronbach Talks Housing, Immigration Impacts at FGIA Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) heard from keynote speaker Ken Gronbach in an address entitled, “Demography is Destiny” during the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL. Gronbach, a demographer who forecasts societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena, touched on topics ranging from the housing crisis and immigration to generational differences and artificial intelligence.Gronbach noted that the Baby Boomer generation is aging while “the largest housing and construction market is headed for [your industry] because of Generations Y and Z.” However,...

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FGIA Recognizes Industry Leaders for Excellence During 2024 Annual Awards Ceremony

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated winners at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the second day of the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference. Awards were presented primarily by the previous year’s winners, who recognized recipients for their many efforts toward progressing the work of the Association and the industry overall in 2023.Outstanding Service Award – Steve Fronek (Apogee)The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Steve Fronek, Vice President Preconstruction at Apogee Enterprises,...

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New Product Category Rule for Fenestration Assemblies Now Available

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) has been released in collaborative partnership among the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the National Glass Association (NGA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). This PCR for Fenestration Systems provides manufacturers with the base document needed to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs provide a means for manufacturers to take comprehensive, third-party verified Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and transform them into standardized declaration labels for their products.The new PCR for Fenestration Systems defines a normalized “declared...

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