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FGIA Updates Test Method for Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a test method evaluating the performance and durability of the integration of a fenestration product with a building envelope. AAMA 504-20, Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures, was originally created in 2005. This is its first update.“The robust integration of windows and doors with the building envelope in a wide variety of wall configurations and environmental exposures presents unique challenges to ensure acceptable performance,” said Jim Katsaros (Dupont Performance Building Solutions), Chair...

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FGIA Releases Updated Flashing Document

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing minimum performance requirements for self-adhering flashing surrounding common exterior fenestration products. AAMA 711-20, Specification for Self-Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products, was originally created in 2007. This is its second update, having last been updated in 2013.“Self-adhered flashing products are broadly used at the window-wall interface to provide a durable moisture seal and enhance the long-term performance of the installation,” said Jim Katsaros (DuPont Performance Building Solutions), Chair of...

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Speakers Share Expertise | FGIA Virtual Fall Conference Highlights

The FGIA Virtual Fall Conference featured several experts sharing important information. Key points from these sessions are highlighted below.“The bottom line is we are going through a weird peak and valley, which will drift its way back to a more normal run. It's just a matter of how we get back to that point.”-Economist Dr. Chris Kuehl, on foreseeing a return to “normal” in probably the second or third quarter of 2021“I want builders to demand a higher quality product that will perform better. I...

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November 17 FGIA Webinar to Give Introduction to IGMA Technical Binder

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “An Introduction to the IGMA Technical Binder” on Tuesday, November 17 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, this webinar will introduce attendees to the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Technical Binder, which includes information required to successfully fabricate a quality insulating glass (IG) unit. The binder contains all active IGMA Technical Bulletins, Technical Reports and Technical Manuals.The IGMA Technical Binder is segregated by category: Design and Development, Voluntary...

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FenestrationMasters 2.0 Courses, Exams Now Available

All course segments and certification exams for one of FGIA’s flagship education programs has launched and is now available. FenestrationMasters® version 2.0 offers an update and redesign of the original coursework, first launched in 2012, including repackaged segments from all course groupings. This version also includes updated content reflecting current technical documents and standards as well as code requirements in a redesigned, more interactive platform.“We are excited to announce the completion of FenestrationMasters 2.0,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA Education Manager. “Now more than ever, this...

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William Babbington Shares Fenestration, Glazing Commercial Design Trends at FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

Those participating in the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference heard from an architect and engineer about commercial design trends. William Babbington, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C at Studio NYL, shared insights into some of the more frequently seen and requested exterior trends within fenestration and glazing, including frameless glass options, bird-friendly glass and more.Babbington described Studio NYL as “design oriented, but also collaborative with architects and fabricators.” To understand trends, Babbington said, one needs to understand goals and drivers behind them....

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Registration Now Open for 2021 FGIA Leadership Development Program

Registration for the third installment of the Leadership Development Program from the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is now open, with the first session taking place in January. Oak Moser, a leadership coach with Coaching 2 Connect, facilitates this professional education offering, which is a legacy program of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) that will continue to be offered by FGIA.“The Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills a leader needs to achieve his or her full potential,” said Moser. “Everyone in the...

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FMA, FGIA, WDMA Release New Guidelines for Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a new document focused on replacement windows. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20, Guidelines for the Full Frame Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer, covers the replacement of windows in residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, utilizing a membrane/drainage system, a surface barrier drainage or a wall system without a reliable membrane drainage system.“This newly...

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Oak Moser Offers Leadership Advice for Increasing Influence at FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

A senior management professional experienced in leading and coaching teams shared tips for how to increase one’s influence over others at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference. Leadership coach with Coaching 2 Connect, Oak Moser, facilitates FGIA’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), and previewed the third installment of the program during the event. Moser provided steps in setting expectations with others professionally and personally, including connecting with people of different personality and communication styles, leveraging the strengths that go along with those styles...

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Builder Matt Risinger Praises High-Performing Fenestrations of the Future

A high-end builder in Austin, TX, shared the fenestration trends he has seen in the U.S. when it comes to building performance during the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference. Matt Risinger is the host of the popular YouTube Channel, The Build Show, where he talks about building science, craftsmanship and best practices for building and remodeling. According to Risinger, there has been an increase in questions on his channel from builders about high-performing products.Risinger, who previously spoke at the 2019 Fall...

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