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FGIA Virtual Conference Panels to Focus on Financial Aid, Recovery in Wake of COVID-19

During the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference, FGIA will be hosting a series of panels pertaining to lessons learned for manufacturing operations during COVID-19, as well as an economic outlook and financial relief programs for the U.S. and Canada. These panels, taking place Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, are exclusively available to those registered for the conference. Registration is now open.Manufacturing OperationsThe first discussion, “Managing Manufacturing Operations and Customer Connections Through the COVID-19 Crisis,” will be moderated by Danny...

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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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May 19 FGIA Webinar to Share Financial Management, Value Preservation Guidance in COVID-19 Economy

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar about profitability and value as COVID-19 persists. “Financial Management and Value Preservation in a COVID Economy” will be led by Michael Collins, partner and Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC on Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“You've worked hard to identify, hire and retain a great team and to offer compelling products in a competitive market only to have the COVID-19 pandemic threaten...

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In Wake of COVID-19, FGIA Offers Member Rate for FenestrationMasters® Through June 30

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is offering the discounted member rate for its FenestrationMasters® professional certification courses and exam through June 30, available to all in the industry – regardless of FGIA member status. This is being done in the hope of providing support through professional development while the spread of COVID-19 keeps many sheltered in place.FenestrationMasters Professional Certification“Through the end of June, we’re offering the online FenestrationMasters program at the discounted member rate to all—whether you’re an FGIA member or not,” said...

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Retired Chicago Bears Player Dan Hampton to Give Keynote Address at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

A former NFL player will give the keynote address at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance’s (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference taking place June 23-25. Dan Hampton, known as “Danimal,” will give a speech called, “Importance of Leadership – Adapting to Change.” This event, previously intended to be held in Chicago, IL, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference will open the week of May 4.In his keynote address, Hampton will reflect on his significant experience playing...

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FGIA Member Companies Meet Critical Needs During COVID-19

With the spread of COVID-19, many are looking for ways to help those on the front lines. The same is true for those in the fenestration and glazing industry. Several FGIA member companies are stepping up to do what they can to assist, whether it means donating funds and supplies or shifting gears to manufacture things like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other crucial items.“It has been incredibly gratifying to see our members adapt quickly and efficiently during a time of crisis, both here in...

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Miami-Dade County Requires Product Control Process

Helmy Makar of the Miami-Dade County, Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER), Product Control Section, presented an overview of the county’s product control process leading to the issuance of a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) – required by all fenestration and other envelope-related products and systems.Manufacturers of construction products seeking approval may access Miami-Dade County services including the review of technical documentation and audits of the Quality Assurance of the manufactured products or the manufacturing process.The steps for obtaining a Miami-Dade NOA are:Manufacturers submit product...

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Dr. Brian Phillips Shares Insight into Hurricane Wind Speed Monitoring

Dr. Brian Phillips of the University of Florida (UF) provided Southeast Region members with an update on the Hurricane Wind Speed Monitoring Program. The program, initiated several years ago by Dr. Forrest Masters, began with deploying portable wind measuring towers into the path of landfalling hurricanes to develop better data on wind profiles, a program that continues today with state-of-the-art refinements to analyze wind effects on buildings, materials, and other products.“We are often the first people on the ground after a hurricane,” said Phillips, “so...

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FGIA Transitions Summer Conference to Virtual Event

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will hold its Summer Conference virtually due to the spread of COVID-19 and requests by government leadership to shelter-in-place. This event, previously intended to be held in Chicago, IL, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. The event dates remain largely unchanged with the conference taking place Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference will open the week of May 4.“FGIA will provide the same high-quality industry content that...

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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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