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CGSB Approves Funding to Update Three Canadian Glass Standards

FGIA-CGSB_51221268865_c5006c9e56_web.jpgSchaumburg, Illinois – The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is pleased to announce the recent funding approval for the updating of three Canadian glass standards made possible through the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), a federal government organization offering comprehensive standards development. CGSB is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Standards Development Organization. This formal recognition is contingent upon CGSB providing a consensus process. CGSB has selected three glass standards for which the SCC have committed funding to update, with the intent of undertaking a review of the environmental and climate resiliency components in the next editions. This is in support of the Canadian government's efforts to prioritize environmental issues.

"This is wonderful news," said Amy Roberts, FGIA Director of Canadian and Technical Glass Operations. "Some of the Canadian glass standards are long overdue for revision. With changes to the National Building Codes as well as more stringent energy requirements, keeping the standards relevant is vitally important."

The three standards that will be updated by CGSB with funding approval from SCC are:
• CAN/CGSB-12.1-2022, Safety Glazing
• CAN/CGSB-12.8-2017 (R2022), Insulating Glass Units
• CAN/CGSB-12.20-M89, Structural Design of Glass for Buildings (withdrawn)

Efforts were made in 2019 and 2020 by FGIA and Fenestration Association of BC (FENBC) to secure funding for revisions to these standards with no success, Roberts said. "To have the Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program, led by the Standards Council of Canada, offering funding for updating these valuable glass standards is a big step forward."

The CAN/CGSB 12.20, Structural Design of Glass in Buildings, has not been revised since 1989 and is currently in a "withdrawn" status. According to CGSB, the information contained in a withdrawn standard may no longer represent the most current, reliable and/or available information on the identified subject(s). Additionally, the CAN/CGSB 12.8, Insulating Glass Units, is the standard used for IGMAC insulating glass certification. While the latter standard was reaffirmed in 2022, it has not been revised since 1997.

"Canada is leading the way with environmental and climate change goals," said Roberts. "To support these initiatives, related standards, including the three recently identified by CGSB, are being prioritized for development and update. Canada has been long known for having the leading edge on codes and standards. We are not losing that identity."

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Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA)

On January 1, 2020, AAMA and IGMA unified into one organization, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance, or FGIA.
Two industry powerhouses came together to form an exponentially stronger alliance. Designed to help all of our members excel in a dynamic and fast-moving future, FGIA is focused on building better industry synergies from glass to framing.

Clear Vision
FGIA is dedicated to improving home and building performance through better glass, window, door and skylight technology and standards.

Valuable Mission
We are an inclusive community leading the glass and fenestration industry through:
research, consensus-based standards, product certification, advocacy & education and professional development

Empowering Philosophy
Leadership works in collaboration with the membership, strongly considering the input and direction given by the members. Keeping the future on the horizon, leadership is focused on developing the strategy and direction of the organization and how to best bring FGIA to that ever-evolving future.

High Goals
Inclusion: FGIA is an inclusive community where all are welcome.
Equality: We’re a members-led industry leadership association.
Alignment: Our strength is our alliance, focused on the same goals.
Growth: We’re committed to helping the industry and our members grow.

Exponential Value Proposition
The intent for the new alliance is to bring exponential value to members today and even more in the ever-changing future.


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