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Those affiliated with the FGIA Southeast Region are invited to attend the upcoming FGIA Virtual Southeast Region Meeting on August 23! Led by FGIA Southeast Region President Lynn Miller (PGT Custom Windows + Doors), this regional online meeting covers regional code adoption updates, what’s in the works for the updated the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), an update on the wind-driven rain research that can help future inform building design and product development and testing in Florida and more. Registration is now open.

FGIA has created a diverse agenda that includes both timely and engaging topics that are of interest to our industry. During the one-day event, you will get an update on the wind-driven rain research conducted by the University of Florida’s College of Engineering in conjunction with the Department of Meteorology at Cornell University. This research was funded by the Florida Building Commission (FBC). Participants will also get the latest on the new Proposed Water Resistance Testing Research Project and find out keys to understanding Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Requirements for Fenestration - An Update on Adopted Building Code Specifications and Tips for Successfully Submitting Product Approvals. Also on August 23, participants will hear the latest on Energy Performance Requirements on EnergyStar Version 7 and IECC 2024 Energy Code Updates and Anticipated Adoption.

Dr. Robbin N. Trindell (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) will share the latest information available on their current research being conducted with Florida sea turtles this summer to better understand how they are attracted to various levels of light. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended 15 percent Visible Light Transmission (VLT) in glazing used in sea turtle habitat areas. That's a significant decrease from the 45 percent VLT recommendation that is referenced in the statewide model lighting ordinance for marine turtle protection (Rule 62B-55, F.A.C.).

To better inform that recommendation, FGIA is partnering with the FWC to conduct research on sea turtles to obtain data to better understand what levels of light emitted through various ranges of VT samples to which sea turtles may respond. Data gleaned from the research is predicted to help inform future recommendations for glazing that may better meet the needs of sea turtles and the people who live, work and visit structures in Florida coastal areas.

Breaks are built into the schedule to accommodate virtual participants. Register now for this important FGIA Southeast Region event!