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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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Window Safety Week Observed April 5-11

As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 5-11. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. These measures and levels of supervision are even more important now, as the spread of COVID-19 has led to many families to stay indoors for long periods of time.“During this time when families are...

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April 14 FGIA Webinar to Clarify New California Data Law

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar explaining a new California data privacy law that could impact businesses’ interactions with customers and prospects. At 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 14, participate in “Understanding How California’s New Law and Other Data Privacy Regulations May Impact Your Business.” This session will be led by Kathy Krafka Harkema, FGIA U.S. Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager. This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“If you’re wondering what California’s new data privacy laws entail,...

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March 31 FGIA Webinar to Cover Using AAMA 502, 503 in Field Testing Newly Installed Fenestration

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar covering the use of AAMA 502 and 503 as part of an overall quality program to ensure that fenestration products are correctly integrated into the building envelope. At 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 31, participate in “Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration: Using AAMA 502 and 503 to Verify Installed Performance.” This session will be led by Jason Seals, FGIA’s Certification Services Manager, Fenestration. It is complimentary and open to the public.“We get...

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UL/CLEB Shares Canadian Codes and Standards Requirements for Fenestration Product Installation at FGIA Annual Conference

A sponsored seminar at the 2020 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference covered codes and standards requirements pertaining to installing fenestration products in Canada. Robert Jutras, principal engineer for UL/CLEB, led a presentation on these requirements with a focus on CSA A440.4, a National Standard of Canada covering window, door and skylight installation.“The standard we are focusing on today is specific to the Canadian National Building Code (NBC),” said Jutras.NBC Part 9, dedicated to housing and small buildings, covers windows and doors and...

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FGIA Announces New Board of Directors, Strategic Plan at Inaugural Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference held last week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL featured an introduction to the 2020 Board of Directors. Since FGIA is the result of having combined the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) as of the first of this year, the FGIA Board of Directors includes representatives who actively served in leadership roles within either of the separate associations. In addition, the vision, mission and goals for the new association were presented...

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FGIA Releases New Surface Temperature Assessment for Condensation Evaluation of Exterior Wall Systems

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has developed a new document providing a standard procedure for the measurement of surface temperatures to be used in the condensation evaluation of exterior walls under laboratory conditions. AAMA 501.9, Surface Temperature Assessment for Condensation Evaluation of Exterior Wall Systems, an FGIA standard, is now available for purchase.“AAMA 501.9 is another optional test that can be performed in conjunction with a project specific curtain wall mock-up,” said Greg McKenna (Kawneer), Vice Chair of the Wall Mock-up Condensation Evaluation...

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Economics Expert John Manzella Touches on Trade, Labor, Immigration at FGIA Annual Conference

Those at the 2020 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference heard an economics expert offer perspective on several crucial, global topics. John Manzella led a round table discussion about economic issues like trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) and automation on Tuesday, offering two sessions.Trade“I've always been a big advocate of trade, and the U.S. is one of the biggest beneficiaries of globalization,” said Manzella.Manzella reported that markets outside the U.S. and Canada represent 80 percent of the world's purchasing...

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FGIA Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Jim Hunter Champions Power of Servant Leadership

The keynote speaker at the 2020 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference made a case for servant leadership over traditional management. Speaker Jim Hunter broke down the five parts of the servant leader model: leadership, authority, service and sacrifice, love, and will. He emphasized the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable. Hunter also hosted a round table on these themes.“Good leadership has simple, kindergarten rules: Be nice; tell the truth; say I'm...

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FGIA Recognizes Industry Leaders for Excellence, Marketing, More During Inaugural FGIA Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Tuesday night in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions, which serve to progress the work of the industry overall.Glazing Outstanding Service Award – Mike Burk (Sparklike) and Randi Ernst (FDR Design)Mike Burk, North American Technical Representative for Sparklike, and Randi Ernst, President of FDR Design were both awarded the Glazing Outstanding...

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