September 9, 2020
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Macroeconomic Rebound in Focus

The shape of the macroeconomic rebound is coming into focus as 2020 nears its end, said Connor Lokar, ITR Economics, during the GlassBuild Connect presentation on Sept. 8. Housing remains a bright spot in the overall construction industry, which likely hasn’t experienced the full effects of the economic shutdowns earlier this year, and Lokar encourages suppliers to the residential industry to prepare for higher demand in the coming year. Read More

Prepare a Product Test Plan
This Friday, WDMA guides GlassBuild Connect attendees through how to prepare a fenestration product test plan for submission and approval to an agency of their choice. The session will summarize building codes and industry standards, required testing to certify products and assist manufacturers in creating test plans. Attendance is free but registration is required. Register Today
Exclusive Factory Tour and Town Hall Next Week
Mark your calendar for a Veka Academy Spotlight on Tuesday, Sept. 14, where Veka's team provides an exclusive look inside its factory, followed by insights, discussion and live Q&A on the current state of the industry from its executive team. See the Full Education Schedule

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As Hurricane Season Descends, Products, Education Can Help with Resilient Design Understanding

Hurricane season is upon us once again. Already this year, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Although it will be some time before a dollar amount is associated with the destruction, history indicates it could be pricey. Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey reign as the costliest hurricanes, at $125 billion in damage each, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Buildings and infrastructure can account for a substantial portion of that figure, and conversations around resiliency in building often follow natural disasters. Ryan Colker, vice president, innovation and executive director for the Alliance for National and Community Resilience, an International Code Council initiative, says professionals can design new buildings to address shocks such as hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Part of that design challenge is understanding what impact-rated and hurricane-specific products are on the market, as well as understanding codes, installation methods and product certification processes. Click here for more information on products in this category and to find related education sessions