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FGIA Updates Design Guide for Sloped Glazing and Skylights

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a guide outlining the considerations necessary for choosing proper glass for non-residential skylight and sloped glazing applications based on the best industry practices and technology. The document also describes the minimum requirements for sloped glazing as specified in the International Building Code (IBC). AAMA GDSG-1, Design Guide for Sloped Glazing and Skylights, an FGIA standard, was last updated in 1987, when it was first created.

The design guide is intended to provide the responsible sloped glazing designer the necessary guidance in selecting the proper glass construction for non-residential skylight and sloped glazing applications where the glass is inclined 15 degrees or more from the vertical. Proper glass construction is intended to meet specified design loads and reduce the probability of glass breakage. Guidance is provided as to the types of loads to which a sloped glazing product may be subjected. It discusses many of the differences in design considerations between vertical glazing and sloped glazing which must be taken into account.

The guide emphasizes the importance of meeting product requirements for specification performance, energy conservation, daylighting and the safety of building occupants.­

Continuing Education

Course: “Structural Silicone Glazing: 50 Years of Performance Explained”

Provider: Dow

Learning Units: 1 AIA/CES LU and HSW Credit

This course reviews original and modern project applications of structural silicone glazing, the history of structural silicone glazing, basic engineering of systems for attaching the edge of glass, performance aspects of silicone structural glazing and current systems.­

Course: “Architectural Applications for Liquid and Powder Fluoropolymer Coatings”

Provider: PPG Industries

Learning Units: 1 AIA/CES LU

Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages of liquid and powder coatings for use on architectural aluminum building components; learn about the environmental considerations, as well as the performance requirements, of liquid and powder coatings; and gain a better understanding of color availability, gloss restrictions and cost considerations.­

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