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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 August 31

Through August, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is offering FenestrationMasters® professional certification courses and exams at 50 percent off the regular published member and non-member rates, available to all in the industry – regardless of FGIA member status. These discounts are being offered to provide support for those interested in seeking professional development during the pandemic.“Through the end of August, we’re offering the online FenestrationMasters program at the discounted member rate to all—whether you’re an FGIA member or not,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA Education...

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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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PGT Highlights the World of Glass

During the Southeast Region Winter Meeting, Jim Heise, Public Affairs and Code Specialist for PGT Custom Windows + Doors presented “Virtual World of Glass.” The AIA-approved continuing education course covers how glass is made, cutting of glass and the processes for making tempered, laminated and insulated glass.Replete with photos, imbedded video clips and process diagrams, the program depicts the making of annealed glass, cutting machines, trim edge operation and final cutting in preparation for further processing (if required). It goes on to discuss the manufacture...

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Predicting Hurricanes Through Global Weather Cycling Analysis

Preparations to save lives and property from hurricanes can be enhanced by better prediction accuracy with longer lead times. This is the objective of the proprietary “ClimatePulse Technology” launched by Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) of Ocala, FL, led by former NOAA meteorologist Professor David Dilley.The methodology takes into account influences such as intermittent El Niño (area of warm water) and La Niña (area of cool water) occurrences in the Eastern Pacific, water temperature of the Atlantic Ocean and climate pulse (72-year and landfall cycles) to...

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