FMA Conference Launches Digital Learning

On November 9th and 10th FMA welcomed live participants to a new digital platform and e-learning software, hosting 9 educational sessions with Q&A on a variety of industry topics and current projects. The digital platform allows members and non-members to participate on their terms and their schedule. Presenters held live sessions and posed discussion topics for engagement during the live seminars and for on-demand users as well.

Participants are able to access session materials, content, and session recordings through November 30th. For more information on available session topics and registration rates, visit FMA Virtual Conference 2020


FMA, FGIA, WDMA release new guidelines for replacement of windows without removal of exterior brick veneer

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a new document focused on replacement windows. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20, Guidelines for the Full Frame Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer, covers the replacement of windows in residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, utilizing a through cavity drainage system to the exterior facade.

“This new document is the first installation practice to address this window-wall condition, which also includes a ‘decision-tree’ matrix to guide installers to the most appropriate methods,” said Jim Katsaros (DuPont Performance Building Solutions), co-chair of the Joint Replacement Window Task Group. “The task group evaluated numerous configuration variations and completed representative installations with comprehensive field testing in actual homes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Based on learnings from the field testing, an easy to follow, highly illustrated, robust installation method was developed, bringing much needed clarity to the complex world of replacement window installations.”

FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20 is focused on the full frame replacement without removal of external brick veneer. This document describes methods where the cavity between the wall and façade needs to be blocked and sealed.

Per the guidelines, a preliminary site inspection should be conducted prior to the start of the replacement project to identify any conditions that may impact building envelope performance. It is the responsibility of the installer to determine if this document is applicable to the replacement project, though the assistance of a design professional may be necessary if the existing water management system is found to be defective or inefficient. This guideline does not address any water management concerns beyond the window installation.

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