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Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool Demonstrated at FGIA Annual Conference

Participants at the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference were given the opportunity to take part in an interactive session entitled, "The EC3 Tool for Glazing and Fenestration Products | Facilitating Improvements in the EPD System." It was presented by Phil Northcott (Building Transparency). The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool is a free database of construction Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and matching building impact calculator for use in design and material procurement.Northcott shared that building operations, meaning all buildings, including...

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Importance of Surface Preparation in Long-Term Performance of Coatings and Sealants Reviewed at FGIA Annual Conference

During the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference, Technical Training Specialist, Aaron Blom, presented a session called “The Importance of Surface Preparation in Long-Term Performance of Coatings and Sealants.” In the start of what he said he hoped might become a series, Blom covered the benefits of surface preparation, steps to properly prepare, common problems that can arise when preparation is not conducted and how properly preparing a surface may skip one important step.Blom began by acknowledging that the current guidance for...

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Glass Coverage at FGIA Annual Conference Showcases IG Forensics Exercise, Desiccants Deep Dive

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) held a workshop about how to identify flaws in an insulating glass (IG) unit before they become a problem in the field as well as a high-level overview about desiccants, or hygroscopic substances that attract and absorb moisture from the surrounding air to maintain a state of dryness, inside IG units. Both events took place at the FGIA 2024 Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL February 19-22.IG Forensics WorkshopJim Blamble (Sika Corporation) and Matt Waldren (Pella Corporation) led...

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Innovation Roundtable Addresses Role of AI, Automation, More at FGIA Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a roundtable discussion called "Embracing Innovation in the Windows Industry” during the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference, with topics ranging from how to create an innovative-thinking environment to ways to address artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. This is the third such roundtable FGIA has held in an effort to further advance technologies and processes in the industry.Panelists included Mike Turner (YKK AP America), Morgan Donohue (Erdman Automation Corp.) and Dean Ruark (PGT Innovations). Ray Garries (Global Fenestration...

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Keynote Speaker Ken Gronbach Talks Housing, Immigration Impacts at FGIA Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) heard from keynote speaker Ken Gronbach in an address entitled, “Demography is Destiny” during the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL. Gronbach, a demographer who forecasts societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena, touched on topics ranging from the housing crisis and immigration to generational differences and artificial intelligence.Gronbach noted that the Baby Boomer generation is aging while “the largest housing and construction market is headed for [your industry] because of Generations Y and Z.” However,...

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FGIA Recognizes Industry Leaders for Excellence During 2024 Annual Awards Ceremony

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated winners at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the second day of the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference. Awards were presented primarily by the previous year’s winners, who recognized recipients for their many efforts toward progressing the work of the Association and the industry overall in 2023.Outstanding Service Award – Steve Fronek (Apogee)The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Steve Fronek, Vice President Preconstruction at Apogee Enterprises,...

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2024 FGIA Annual Conference Schedule Centers Around Glass, Sustainability, Research

The schedule for the upcoming 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference, to be held February 19-22 in Amelia Island, FL, will focus on glass topics, issues around architecture, sustainability and advances in industry research. Additionally, participants can learn why surface preparation is importance for coatings performance, the latest on AAMA and IGMA Certification programs and more by registering now for the in-person experience or for virtual access to the FGIA Annual Conference.GlassAn insulating glass (IG) forensic analysis workshop on Monday afternoon will...

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Registration Now Open for the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference, to be held February 19-22 in Amelia Island, FL. The preliminary schedule is now available and includes a variety of presentations, panel discussions and hands-on workshops, as well as the association’s annual awards ceremony. Numerous committees, councils and task groups will also have an opportunity to meet. Register now for the in-person experience or for virtual access to the FGIA Annual Conference. Early bird registration rates are available through January...

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FGIA Annual Conference Keynote Speaker to Share Insight into Demographics Research

The keynote speaker at the upcoming 2024 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL, will discuss the role of demography in business decisions. Author Ken Gronbach will offer both a keynote address entitled “Demography is Destiny” and an exclusive executive leadership session on this topic at the event. Registration opens in mid-December for the 2024 FGIA Annual Conference to be held February 19-22.Demography is the science of simplicity of birth, death and migration of populations. Gronbach's easy-to-understand demographic perspective is...

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2024 FGIA Events Sites, Dates Announced

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has formalized its 2024 conference and regional events schedule, beginning with the FGIA 2024 Annual Conference taking place February 19-22 in Amelia Island, FL. Registration for this event will open in December.“FGIA is excited to announce this new slate of host cities for our in-person conferences, which we feel is a great mix of both member favorite locales and new sites for the Association to visit,” said Florica Vlad, FGIA Events Manager. “Plus, we will offer a series...

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