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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Make Your Voice Heard

FGIA offers its members a wealth of information. From our publications to our conferences to our task groups and committees, you can learn so much about our industry. We encourage you to take advantage of all that FGIA has to offer, but don’t miss out on one of the most important aspects of our organization: The opportunity to have a voice in what our organization does and how it influences the fenestration industry as a whole.FGIA documents and publications are the backbone of our industry....

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GlassBuild | Members Show Up, Show Out

My dad has famously said – long before Bruno Mars coined the phrase, “If you show up, you better show out!” Well, that’s exactly what FGIA member companies have done this month through education sessions at GlassBuild Connect.Preventing Scratches and Edge DamageIndustry safety expert and just all-around nice guy, Mike Burk with Sparklike covered how to prevent costly scratches and edge damage on glass on September 14. Attendees learned about the common causes of scratches and edge damage and heard best practices on how to...

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How and Why to Get Involved with FGIA

At FGIA, we often get questions from members who would like to engage more with the alliance’s work. It can be overwhelming to find a place to start. When it comes to shaping the industry’s future and making your voice heard, FGIA can help you ensure your company’s needs and interests are represented. The majority of the work, including document creation and revision, takes place within FGIA’s many committees and task groups. As an FGIA member, once you find a committee working on a topic...

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Highlights from the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Summer Conference took place on Zoom webinar this year, and the upcoming Fall Conference will follow a similar format as a virtual event. Despite not being held in-person, the Virtual Summer Conference was a wonderful, well-attended event with some timely expert speakers. Feedback from participants has been very helpful to the Meetings department as we start planning the Virtual Fall Conference October (6-8).During the virtual event last month, keynote speaker and former Chicago Bears player Dan Hampton...

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Enjoy Online Access to AAMA, IGMA Documents via FGIA Virtual Library

I usually know that I have a specific document somewhere, but exactly where it is might be a problem. If you have ever had a similar issue in finding FGIA documents, the Fenestration and Glazing Virtual Library (FGVL) is here to help. This resource has existed for several years and provides access to most of the documents in the combined AAMA and IGMA document libraries.With the FGVL, you have 185 documents at your fingertips. On the fenestration side, you can find NAFS, finishes and component...

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May 19 FGIA Webinar to Tackle COVID-19’s Impact on Economy

FGIA understands there is one story dominating the news cycle and is top of mind for our industry: COVID-19 and its impact on businesses and the economy at large. That’s why FGIA is hosting a webinar about how to navigate these unchartered waters and come out on the other side. Michael Collins, partner and Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, will lead “Financial Management and Value Preservation in a COVID Economy” on Tuesday, May 19 to answer questions about this very important topic. Registration is...

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Changes Coming to Florida Building Code December 31, 2020

All manufacturers selling products in the state of Florida should be advised that changes are coming soon to the Florida Building Code (FBC). The code development cycle for the next edition of the FBC - 7th Edition (2020) is almost wrapped up, and as of this blog post writing, it is currently scheduled to go into effect on December 31, 2020. All fenestration manufacturers with current product approvals must have them reapproved under the new code. While these changes mean action must be taken by...

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Window Safety | The Impact of COVID-19 on Window Safety

What a strange world we are living in right now as literally everyone adjusts to the new “normal.” For me, that means a re-balancing of professional and family time – bouncing between blog writing and social studies with my two elementary school age children. With COVID-19 forcing school closures and social distancing, more and more children will be at home with their parents and caregivers this spring. As warmer weather begs us to open our windows and let in fresh air, we urge members and...

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Inaugural FGIA Conference a Success, Per Member Feedback

Staff always spends much time preparing for conferences, but we pulled out all the stops for the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference in February, making sure it was a productive and fun event for all. From receptions and lunches outdoors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to our Annual Awards Banquet and beach party with sandcastle team building and volleyball. No detail was overlooked to make the event as interactive and engaging as possible for those ready to network.I want to congratulate and thank the entire FGIA staff...

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FGIA Member Profile | Chip Barrett, President of US Glass & Glazing, Discusses Industry’s Future

Chip Barrett is the President of US Glass & Glazing. He is responsible for operations, product design and installation procedures. We spoke with him about his company, his career and where he sees the industry going a decade from now.Could you describe your role at your company?The US Glass team is made up of InstallationMasters® installers and glazers. My role is to train the installers and oversee the field operations and long-term company goals.What products does your company provide?We provide aluminum and vinyl windows, doors,...

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