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FGIA Virtual Fall Conference keynote speaker Dr. Chris Kuehl discusses post-COVID-19 economy

An economist gave an assessment of the current economy and what the industry might expect from an eventual post-COVID economy during the keynote address at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference. “The impact this current recession has had will either push us back to where we were in 2019 or continue into 2021, 2022,” said Dr. Chris Kuehl, a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, who provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world.

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Expert shares tips for safety awareness in the pandemic at FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

At the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference, an industry professional with more than 36 years of health and safety experience shared his company’s best practices for keeping plant workers safe during the spread of COVID-19. Michael Cook, corporate safety director for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, called on employers to do all they can to adapt workspaces and ensure their employees’ safety in the pandemic.

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American Society of Interior Designers looks to the future of design, industry and profession in new resiliency report

As all industries tackle the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has sought to understand the resiliency of the design industry and profession through times of uncertainty. The 2020 ASID Interior Design Resiliency Report has released the results from its first phase, conducted during the summer of 2020 in partnership with Cosentino, Benjamin Moore and Emerald to further investigate interior design resilience by examining the impact of the pandemic, the response from the interior design community and the changes necessary in design to move forward.

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Announcing the 2021 FGIA Virtual Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will hold its 2021 Annual Conference virtually due to the continued health concerns around the spread of COVID-19. This event, previously scheduled to be held at Omni Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. The event dates remain largely unchanged with the conference taking place Tuesday, February 23 through Thursday, February 25.

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International WELL Building Institute formally launches WELL v2

Following two years of extensive development, in-use application and review, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) last week formally launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard – WELL v2. WELL v2 is a vehicle for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that contribute to improved human health and well-being. It includes a set of strategies that aim to enhance human health through design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.

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MBH Architects designs new laboratory for MBC BioLabs

MBH Architects last month announced the completion of a new MBC BioLabs laboratory in San Carlos, California. This new facility is the company’s third campus and houses four laboratory spaces, which are each being utilized by life-science startups, including those focused on coronavirus vaccine-related research programs.

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Registration now open for FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

Registration for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Fall Conference is now open, with early bird rates available through Sept. 28. The Virtual Fall Conference will take place Oct. 6-8 and will feature updated market size and economic forecasts, as well as residential and commercial construction trends resulting from the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

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Making education safer

Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association, discusses how window films may cost-effectively address safety and health concerns that keep school leaders up at night. Window films from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) member manufacturers are rated for their performance by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) as are replacement windows. The IWFA is the largest nonprofit organization in the world with a mission of promoting the use of and educating the market about window films.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.