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Updated Glass Technical Resource Jointly Published

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the National Glass Association (NGA) are proud to announce the joint publication of an updated technical resource, NGA/FGIA TB-1601, Guidelines for Use of Capillary Tubes.This eight-page guide addresses the use of capillary tubes in insulating glass units, including proper manufacture and design, glazing methodologies, as well as advantages and disadvantages of their use.“This is an excellent resource covering the use of capillary tubes; everything from design guidance to glazing considerations,” shared Aaron Thompson, Principal Research Engineer at...

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FGIA Releases Updated Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls, Sloped Glazing Systems

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing the requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in verifying the air infiltration resistance performance and/or water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products. AAMA 503-24, Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase in the FGIA online store. This document was last updated in 2014.“This specification provides a...

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FGIA Releases Updated Specification for Sash Balances

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing the requirements for materials, testing and performance for sash balances used in hung type windows conforming to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). AAMA 902-24, Specification for Sash Balances, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase in the FGIA online store. This document was last updated in 2016.In this new edition, the Sash Balance Review Task Group added performance levels C and D to a table laying out cycle life requirements....

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FGIA Releases Updated Document Detailing Methods of Test for Exterior Walls

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a document serving a recommended practice for use by specifiers, manufacturers and laboratories in determining test methodology for laboratory and field testing of exterior wall systems containing products covered by an AAMA standard, such as curtain walls, storefronts, window walls and sloped glazing. AAMA 501-24, Methods of Test for Exterior Walls, an FGIA document, is now available for purchase in the FGIA online store. This document was last updated in 2015.Per the document, its mandatory and...

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Window Safety Week Observed April 7-13, 2024

Spring is here, which means the Window Safety Task Force, in partnership with the National Safety Council, encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 7-13. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised.“Now that warmer weather is arriving, most of us welcome the opportunity to enjoy fresh air through open windows,” said Angela Dickson, Co-Chair of the Window Safety Task Force. “However, to...

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New Technical Bulletin Covering WOCDs Now Available

A new technical bulletin has been released in collaborative partnership between the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The purpose of this document, AAMA/WDMA TB-24-01, is to clarify the definition of a window opening control device (WOCD) to promote greater understanding of the role of WOCDs and provide an understanding of a WOCD’s function.WOCDs are intended to help support home safety. When properly designed, tested, specified and installed, WOCDs can help prevent or reduce accidental falls from...

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New Product Category Rule for Fenestration Assemblies Now Available

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) has been released in collaborative partnership among the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the National Glass Association (NGA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). This PCR for Fenestration Systems provides manufacturers with the base document needed to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs provide a means for manufacturers to take comprehensive, third-party verified Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and transform them into standardized declaration labels for their products.The new PCR for Fenestration Systems defines a normalized “declared...

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