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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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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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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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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Seven Safety Tips from the Window Safety Task Force

Seven Safety Tips from the Window Safety Task ForceAs fall temperatures arrive, fire safety comes back into focus, as October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week in the U.S. When it comes to a fire emergency, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council reminds everyone that doors and windows are the primary and secondary escape routes. This is an especially important topic this fire season, when those on the West Coast are experiencing higher risk.How prepared are you to escape safely...

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FGIA Updates Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a document intended to help one understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials. This is the second update to AAMA PSSG-20, Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing, originally published in 2016.“PSSG provides the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner the with guidance to best leverage plastic glazed skylights and...

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July 14 FGIA Webinar Panelists to Cover Security Glazing for Storefront, Fenestration

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Security Glazing for Storefront and Fenestration” as presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, on Tuesday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Lingnell will be joined by a panel of industry experts, including Julia Schimmelpenningh (Eastman Chemical Company), Vaughn Schauss (Kuraray) and Ivan Zuniga (Kawneer). This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“Join us for an interactive presentation on this important safety topic,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA Education Manager. “Bill Lingnell will...

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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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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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Case Study | UL Uses Creative Problem Solving to Fix Glass Breakage Issues in Chicago Curtain Wall

Glass breakage issues within a curtain wall presented problems on the campus of a Chicagoland area university. A construction consultant used lab testing to assess feasibility of a planned solution, saving the client time and money and helping to ensure pedestrian safety.The ChallengeA well-known university was experiencing glass breakage issues with a unique, relatively new curtain wall comprising the exterior of a building on its campus. The university wanted to ensure pedestrian safety by helping to keep the glass in place if breakage should occur....

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