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Fensterbau 2024 Highlights

Fensterbau Frontale returned in 2024, in its first full edition since the pandemic. The show's 644 exhibitors included North American fenestration companies that continue to look to the show for guidance on upcoming trends in automation, innovation and investment.

The Transformative Power of Innovation

The 80th anniversary of the International Builders' Show welcomed over 1,800 exhibitors this year and more than 76,000 professionals. Jumbo pivot doors, daylighting and accessible technology were a few of the key trends.

AI Takes Center Stage at GPAD and BEC Conference

Talks on Artificial Intelligence, or AI, took center stage at both BEC Conference and GPAD in Nashville, TN, on March 5. 

Industry Leaders Talk Mega Trends

What's ahead for the glass industry? "Industry Trends to Watch," a panel kicking off GlassBuild 2023, welcomed four leaders from all parts of the industry to discuss labor, the advent of AI, and other major trends to be aware of.

Clear Collaboration and Camaraderie in California

The newly-formed California Glass Association, an NGA-affiliated chapter, met on Jan. 1 at the facilities of PRL Glass and Aluminum. The evening included a presentation by NGA's Tara Lukasik, managing editor, regarding the major reports, and findings, of the Association's magazines. 

GlassBuild 2023

GlassBuild 2023 in Atlanta will welcome over 70 first-time exhibitors out of 450-plus exhibitors. Visitors and exhibitors will enjoy 180,000 square feet of space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Over 150 international exhibitors from 23 countries will exhibit their products and services.

FGIA Annual Conference Highlights Industry Trends and Challenges

Conference participants examine new and ongoing innovation, productivity, energy efficiency and sustainability topics in Southern California.

4 Ways to Increase Profits

With GlassBuild America fast approaching, it’s time to think about the benefits of attending. According to multiple sources, there are at least four ways attending tradeshows can help grow your company’s profits.

Everything Fenestration

There’s a lot to look forward to at GlassBuild 2022, Oct. 18-20 in Las Vegas. Here are some of the plans I am excited to see come to fruition.

GlassBuild 2022

The largest glass and fenestration industry gathering in North America, 2022 GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, takes place Oct. 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “See Everything” including new products and equipment, customers, suppliers, and continuing education events.

Fenestration Canada Leads Tour at Fensterbau

Fenestration Canada officials attended Fensterbau in July, finding the show smaller scale, but still busy. 

High-performance Facades, Recycling Top Agenda at Glass and Glazing Advocacy Day

Leaders in the architectural glass and fenestration industries met with Congressional representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as part of the National Glass Association’s first-ever Glass and Glazing Advocacy Day, April 4-5. The largely productive discussions…

WDMA Legislative Conference Announces Policy Session Speakers

Isabelle Icso, international policy expert at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Trey McKenzie, executive director of government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will speak at the 2022 Spring Virtual Meeting & Legislative Conference policy session.

5 Takeaways From the FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Annual Conference Feb. 28-March 3 in Amelia Island, Florida, was a jam-packed week of education, networking and a healthy dose of vitamin D from the Florida sunshine.

WDMA Announces Blaine Luetkemeyer as Congressional Speaker

This is in addition to the previously announced Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Kevin Hern (R-OK) as speakers at this year’s Legislative Conference, which will be held virtually on March 30–31. 

FGIA roundtables focus on window innovation, sustainability and trends

Roundtable discussions at the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. highlighted trends like thin triple glazing, sustainability best practices and case studies on window industry innovations.

Proposed Energy Star Standards Further Help Glass Upgrades Pay for Themselves, Says EPA Analyst

EPA analyst Doug Anderson spoke in March to FGIA conference in-person and virtual attendees about the thinking and evidence behind the agency's draft 2 of the proposed ENERGY STAR 7.0 standards for architectural glass and window and door construction. 

FGIA Conference Participants Learn Benefits of Trauma Response Training

Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance 2022 Hybrid Annual Conference participants learned the benefits of training employees on how to respond to trauma at facilities such as manufacturing plants and construction sites.

Economist: Construction On-Track for Full Rebound Despite, Russia Sanctions and and Labor Shortfall

Economist Dr. Chris Kuehl spoke at the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Annual Conference, offering his perspective about the current strife in Ukraine, the future of economic recovery, the labor shortage, and a construction forecast for the U.S. and Canada. 

FGIA Keynote Speaker Frank Abagnale Shares Tips on Avoiding Fraud and Cybersecurity Risks

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance heard fraud prevention advice from scam artist-turned-Federal Bureau of Investigations educator, Frank Abagnale, during his keynote address at the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference.

FGIA Announces 2022 Industry Awards for Excellence

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the first day of the FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference. Awards were presented by the previous year's winners, who…

The National Hardware Show Will Join Design & Construction Week 2023

The National Hardware Show will join the NAHB International Builders' Show and the NKBA's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show at Design & Construction Week next year, which will be held in Las Vegas Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. 

More Than 70,000 Attend Design and Construction Week

"The attendance at this year's show exceeded our expectations and reflects the enthusiasm of the home building industry to collaborate and discover the latest products and technology solutions for their customers," says Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings.

FGIA Releases Final Schedule for Hybrid Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance released a final schedule for the upcoming 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference that includes panel discussions about triple thins, as well as environmental and sustainability trends and an interactive workshop hosted by the FGIA Aluminum Material…

Kolbe's VistaLuxe Collection on Display at International Builders' Show

At the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show in booth #W3600, Kolbe will highlight its VistaLuxe AL LINE lift & slide doors, and its impact performance capabilities.

Speakers at FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference to Focus on Technical Expertise, Training

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance will welcome Frank Abagnale as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference taking place Feb. 28-March 3, with both in-person and virtual options for participation.

Fensterbau Frontale Delayed Until July

NürnbergMesse and VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen, the organizer of Holz-Handwerk, jointly decided to postpone the combined event after consulting with exhibitors and out of a desire to enable all participants to plan with confidence.

FGIA Webinar to Cover Gas Filling of Insulating Glass Units

The webinar, led by Randi Ernst, president of FDR Design, will provide a baseline understanding of the mechanics and benefits of a gas-filled sealed insulating glass unit.

FGIA Opens Registration for 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference, Feb. 28 to March 3, with both in-person and virtual options for participation. The in-person event will take place at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island, Florida.

Veka Cancels Fensterbau Frontale Participation

“We definitely didn’t take this step lightly. But against the backdrop of the uncertain overall situation and the worsening developments surrounding the spread of another coronavirus mutation, we wanted to have clarity in both companies at an early stage as far as planning for the coming year was…

At FGIA Hybrid Conference, Updates on Vaccine Mandates, Code Updates and More

Last week, industry representatives gathered online and in person for the 2021 Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Fall Conference. The conference took place Oct. 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona, and included a mix of task group and committee work, alongside presentations about industry…

InstallationMasters Demonstration Puts Theory into Practice at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

Rich Rinka, technical manager, fenestration standards and U.S. industry affairs, and Jason Seals, certification services manager, fenestration, led in-person Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Fall Conference participants through the steps of two different window installation…

NFRC Announces 2021 Membership Recognition Awards

The National Fenestration Rating Council held its virtual Fall Membership meeting this week.

Georges Thiret Receives First-ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award During Hybrid Fall Conference

Thiret has held a multitude of leadership roles within the organization, including serving two separate terms as chairman of the board, and he was the 1998 recipient of the Outstanding Member Award. Having served for many years as the chair of the sites committee, he is credited with evolving AAMA…

WDMA Executive Management Conference Continues This Week

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association virtual Executive Management Conference continues this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET as Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects, will deliver the 2022 Residential, Remodeling and Commercial Outlook.

Back to GlassBuild

Exhibiting companies have spent the previous year developing new product solutions to address their customers’ top concerns, and these innovations will take center stage at GlassBuild.

A Refreshing Return to Business

The FGIA Virtual Summer Conference provided a detailed look at what's happening and what's to come in the fenestration and glazing space. 

Virtually Speaking

Conversations at industry events look at what to keep an eye on in the coming year.

4 to Watch: Policy Expectations for the Year Ahead

At the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Spring Virtual Meeting and Legislative Conference in March, experts discussed what the next year might hold in regard to housing, labor, safety and health policy. Speakers agreed that COVID, climate and energy efficiency are most likely to…

An Optimistic Outlook for a Busy Industry

Last week’s FGIA Virtual Annual Conference was packed with information for the fenestration and glazing industries, and covered everything from economics to safety to design to codes and regulations, and more. Read on for some of the key residential takeaways from the event.

2021 International Builders' Show Transitions to All-Virtual Event

Due to health and safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Home Builders and National Kitchen & Bath Association announced that the 8th annual Design & Construction Week, including NAHB's International Builders' Show…

GlassBuild Connect | September is for Solutions

1 month of glass & glazing industry-focused programming | 22 days of content targeting all glazing & fenestration industry segments | 5 daily content themes | 330+ companies displaying products and solutions

GlassBuild Connect Delivers Premium Content Throughout September

The free online experience offers residential fenestration manufacturers a way to engage with exhibitors, their products, and a host of educational content prepared by industry experts. 

A Year Without GlassBuild America 

I joined the NGA and Window + Door staff in September of 2014. My second day at my new job entailed watching GlassBuild America in Las Vegas come to life. I was coming in with more than a decade of trade shows under my belt, which gave me the experience to confidently step on the show floor, even…

National Glass Association Announces Cancellation of GlassBuild America 2020

The in-person event will return to Atlanta in 2021; NGA will host GlassBuild Connect: The Glass &  Fenestration Online Experience – to take place the entire month of September. 

Passive House and Performance-based Building Codes

Passive House is all about energy modeling and meeting comfort, air quality and hygiene requirements. Rather than using a prescriptive approach to get to the end goal, Passive House requires the finished building meets certain standards.

WDMA Hosts Free Webinar: The Changing Environment for the Housing & Remodeling Market

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association will host a free webinar this Friday, April 10th at 3 p.m. ET.

Fensterbau Frontale Reschedules for June

NürnbergMesse scheduled new dates for Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk 2020. The event will take place Tuesday, June 16, through Friday, June 19. 

Fensterbau Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

NürnbergMesse postponed Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk. The exhibition duo will not take place as planned from March 18-21, 2020, in Nuremberg. The reason for the postponement is the increased spread of the coronavirus and corresponding feedback from customers and industry representatives.

Three big themes from the Builders’ Show

I was one of the approximately 90,000 attendees to descend on the Las Vegas convention center last week for the International Builders’ Show at Design and Construction Week. Here are my three big takeaways from IBS 2020. 

Strong Attendance at 2020 Builders' Show Reflects Industry Optimism

Nearly 65,000 home building professionals from around the world attended the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 21-23.

Live from IBS 2020

More than 1,400 manufacturers and suppliers are occupying 600,000 net square feet of exhibit space this week at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Editor-in-chief Emily Thompson is live on scene, exploring the show floor and uncovering the latest products in the fenestration…

PGT Innovations Showcases Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle Products at IBS

PGT Innovations will showcase products from its Eze-Breeze and Western Window Systems brands at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 21-23. 

NGA Announces Conference Name Change

At its Annual Conference in La Jolla, California, NGA President and CEO Nicole Harris announced a name change to its biannual technical conferences. NGA's Annual Conference and Fall Conference will now collectively be known as NGA Glass Conference and be differentiated by location.

What’s USMCA Got to Do with It?

Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association brought together industry stakeholders and members of Congress, agency leaders and political strategists for its signature policymaking event. The lineup of speakers included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Politico, the…

Industry 4.0 is Here

Last week, I attended Glass Processing Automation Days in San Antonio. Organized by FeneTech and supported by the National Glass Association, the event is focused on the glass side of our world. But there was still a ton of great information about integrating automation that applies directly to our…

Trade Show Faux Pas

The editorial staff at Window & Door is excited to head to Las Vegas next week for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, where the who’s who of fenestration professionals will gather for the biggest event for the industry. In addition to tips on how to navigate the show floor…

AAMA Offers Updated Courses and Platform for FenestrationMasters Version 2.0

AAMA updated its FenestrationMasters program first launched in 2012. Version 2.0 offers an update and re-design of the current coursework.

Registration for WDMA Legislative Conference is Open

The WDMA 2020 Legislative Conference will be held March 23 through 25 at the Westin City Center Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Registration for WDMA Legislative Conference is Open

The WDMA 2020 Legislative Conference will be held March 23 through 25 at the Westin City Center Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Fensterbau Frontale Returns to Nuremberg in March 2020

Wood and window specialists from all over the world will gather in Nuremberg for the combined Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk exhibition March 18 through 21, 2020. Event organizers expect more than 1,300 exhibitors from over 40 countries and anticipate some 111,000 international attendees to…

AAMA and IGMA Release Schedule of FGIA Events

The 2020-2021 calendar has been set for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) conferences, the new home for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance content.

Reflections from IBS

Was anyone else’s winter thrown a little off by the later dates of the International Builders’ Show? I felt like I returned to bizzaro world where we completely skipped February. It’s a sign of a longstanding tradition when even a small deviation from the pattern creates this sort of impact—the…

Trade Show Talk

Tradeshows are wonderful opportunities to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn something new. They also put companies into close contact with their market competitors. And, where market competitors come together, the specter of antitrust violations is present. Before eyes glaze…