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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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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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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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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Expert Shares Tips for Safety Awareness in the Pandemic at FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

At the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference, an industry professional with more than 36 years of health and safety experience shared his company’s best practices for keeping plant workers safe during the spread of COVID-19. Michael Cook, Corporate Safety Director for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, called on employers to do all they can to adapt workspaces and ensure their employees’ safety in the pandemic.Cook began with a reflection on January 1, 2020, when things in the world were somewhat normal – there was...

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FGIA Virtual Fall Conference Keynote Speaker Dr. Chris Kuehl Discusses Post-COVID-19 Economy

An economist gave an assessment of the current economy and what the industry might expect from an eventual post-COVID economy during the keynote address at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference. “The impact this current recession has had will either push us back to where we were in 2019 or continue into 2021, 2022,” said Dr. Chris Kuehl, a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, who provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world.Kuehl...

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October 20 FGIA Webinar to Provide Introduction to Curtain Wall Manual

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “An Introduction to the Curtain Wall Manual (AAMA CWM-19)” on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Presented by Rich Rinka, FGIA Technical Manager, Fenestration Standards and U.S. Industry Affairs, this webinar is complimentary and open to the public. Additionally, for FenestrationMasters® certified professionals, this webinar qualifies for one industry engagement credit.“Curtain walls, based on skeleton frame construction and imaginative designs, provide large glazed areas that can dominate a façade,” said Rinka. “When...

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FGIA Cancels 2020 IG Fabricators Workshop, Plans to Release Online Video Series

Due to the continued health concerns related to COVID-19, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has cancelled the Insulating Glass (IG) Fabricators Workshop, previously scheduled to take place November 10-12 in Plano, TX. The in-person workshop is typically held each November, which is a schedule that will continue in 2021 and thereafter. However, FGIA had previously explored extending the reach of this event by addressing the topics covered in the annual workshop through a new online video series which is targeted to be...

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

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released updated industry market data in the FGIA Industry Update of the U.S. Market for Residential and Non-residential Windows, Doors and Skylights. This report serves as an updated overview of the reports released by the association in May. New forecasts included in this update are based on projections of construction activity as of mid-September 2020, including a consensus of current economic and construction forecasts along with input from industry participants on year-to-date shipments.“Forecasting at a time of...

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