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FGIA 2024 summer conference highlights guest speakers

May 24, 2024  By Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance

A woman smiles facing the camera.Portrait of Tanya Dolby. Courtesy of FGIA.

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosts is 2024 summer conference this June. Guest speakers will share knowledge about various aspects of building design, including creating natural disaster-resilient buildings, how facade design can heighten architectural appeal and what the industry can expect when it comes to embodied carbon legislation.

“At every conference, we focus on covering the latest industry insights with notable subject matter experts,” said Florica Vlad, FGIA events manager. “The experts addressing building design are just a glimpse of the exceptional lineup of speakers that we will have at our summer conference.”

Tanya Dolby (Intertek) will present an Intertek sponsored seminar called “Natural Disaster Standards and Testing.” This presentation focuses on the history of natural disaster events alongside relevant codes, standards and testing relating to natural disasters.

David Vadocz (RDH Building Science Inc.) will present “Selecting Façade Systems for Iconic Building Architecture” using a recent case study as an example. Designed in 1976 by the late BC architect Arthur Erickson, the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology building was determined to have a high level of seismic risk in 2017. Vadocz will present on structural glass facade and skylight replacement to preserve the integrity of glass-paned historic buildings.


Kayla Natividad (Pilkington North America) will lead a session entitled “Embodied Carbon in U.S. and Canadian Legislation.” This session will discuss embodied carbon in legislation and differences among flat glass, processed glass and fenestration assembly product category rules (PCRs).

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