AAMA + IGMA have unified as of Jan. 1, 2020 to create the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance, or FGIA. Learn More
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July 14 FGIA Webinar Panelists to Cover Security Glazing for Storefront, Fenestration

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Security Glazing for Storefront and Fenestration” as presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, on Tuesday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Lingnell will be joined by a panel of industry experts, including Julia Schimmelpenningh (Eastman Chemical Company), Vaughn Schauss (Kuraray) and Ivan Zuniga (Kawneer). This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“Join us for an interactive presentation on this important safety topic,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA Education Manager. “Bill Lingnell will...

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FGIA Releases 2019/2020 Market Studies, Offers Forecast of Fenestration Industry Trends

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released the FGIA 2019/2020 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 May 2020.ResidentialTotal housing starts continued their growth curve in 2019 but with more modest gains in the single-family segment of 1 percent. Going forward, the overall new housing market is expected...

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Florida Building Code Edition Changes Highlighted

FGIA Southeast Region member Lynn Miller and Code Compliance Manager for PGT Custom Window + Doors summarized significant changes proposed for the 7th Edition of the Florida Building Code from a fenestration standpoint compared with the 6th edition published in 2017.Among these were:A new wind speed map based on ASCE7-16 was added for Risk Category IV (essential facilities) and increased wind loads for skylights.The threshold exception for exterior doors of dwelling units was added back into Chapter 10 of the Commercial Code, as were concrete/masonry...

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Case Study | FGIA Members PPG Industries and Spectrum Metal Finishing Team Up for Pier 17 Project

Located in New York City’s South Street Seaport, Pier 17 anchors an extensive redevelopment project that is focused on transforming the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood into a thriving cultural, retail and entertainment center. Yet, for FGIA members, PPG Industries and Spectrum Metal Finishing, the project is serving a secondary purpose as the proving ground for New York City’s first application of a special kind of powder coatings in a challenging marine environment. [photo credit: Francis Zera]

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Case Study | UL Uses Creative Problem Solving to Fix Glass Breakage Issues in Chicago Curtain Wall

Glass breakage issues within a curtain wall presented problems on the campus of a Chicagoland area university. A construction consultant used lab testing to assess feasibility of a planned solution, saving the client time and money and helping to ensure pedestrian safety.The ChallengeA well-known university was experiencing glass breakage issues with a unique, relatively new curtain wall comprising the exterior of a building on its campus. The university wanted to ensure pedestrian safety by helping to keep the glass in place if breakage should occur....

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