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SKINS: January 2021

Sustainababble: Moving beyond talk and taking action!

Well, here we are well into the new year, for better or worse only time will tell. It seems that adversity fails to slow the clock; I don’t know about all of you, but certainly for me and others I’ve talked with time continues to flow at speed, perhaps even accelerating.

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Policy & Influence

Biden pledges to rejoin Paris Agreement on day one

Biden also pledges to cut US emissions to net zero by 2050. US to host climate summit of world leaders in early 2021. The Paris Agreement has been signed by 189 countries, including all leading nations except the US.

Read the article from The Guardian.

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Policy & Influence

Optimism grows for climate action under the Biden administration

The Green New Deal Network is a coalition organizing around climate change, racial and environmental justice. The plan is to catalyze grassroots action to pressure governing officials at the state, local and national levels to spearhead legislation to implement parts of the Green New Deal agenda.

Read the article from NPR.

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Biden’s climate plan: Just how green is it?

The plan directly addresses buildings, calling for the upgrade of 4 million buildings and weatherizing 2 million homes over the next 4 years, but Biden also opposes the Green New Deal. Just what are the differences between Biden’s plan and the GND?

Read the article from CBS News.

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Race to Zero: A global campaign for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon future

Race to Zero rallies leadership from a coalition of net zero initiatives including 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 major investors and 569 universities. The objective is meeting the Paris goals and building a more inclusive and resilient economy.

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Policy & Influence

The power of C40 cities and the Race to Zero

C40 currently commits 96 of the world’s largest and most influential cities to aggressive climate action independent of their national governments. There is much at stake for the world’s cities, and their mayors have emerged to lead the aggressive action on climate change action.

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Policy & Influence

The 0.5°C difference: Mazria challenges the United Nations and all of us

The 2021 AIA Gold Medal recipient and conscience of the building industry pushes for a new goal to phase out CO2 emissions by 2040. “We must implement the tools, policies, strategies, products, and affordable renewable energy available today…”

Read the article from Architect Magazine.

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Navigating 2021: FTI’s Helen Sanders pulls out her crystal ball

Lagging impact on construction of the pandemic, segment specific forecasts, supply chain and staffing challenges, design drivers, trends in code requirements, potential stimulus, the adoption of high-performance products and systems, the ongoing need for deeper industry collaborations, and more are discussed.

Read the article in USGlass Magazine.

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2021 Construction Forecast

A brief overview of what some industry leaders are forecasting, including the AIA, Engineering News Record, Dodge Data & Analytics, Associated Builders and Contractors, and more, along with Val’s commentary.

Read the article.

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Carbon Neutral

Conquering Carbon: Linking the facade system with carbon reduction

In this continuing education resource article, NYC’s Local Law 97 is explored along with the potential for the façade retrofit of existing buildings, the importance of enhanced thermal performance and airtightness, and the concept of carbon trading in buildings. – Barbara Horwitz-Bennett in Architectural Record

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Latest issue: Journal of Façade Design and Engineering

The latest from our esteemed European colleagues, the last issue of 2020 features a range of façade explorations from a prefab rainscreen retrofit system to ceramic and green screen facades, with a few stops in between. Check it out!

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Industry Calendar

March 28

ANFA 2021 Call for Presenters

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February 23-25

FGIA Virtual Annual Conference

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April 9

PowerSKIN Conference

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Previously Featured


Solid Surface Material for Facades

In this paper, presented at the 2020 FTI World Congress, SKINS contributor Chris Payne dives into the experience of using solid surface material as a unique facade shading component.

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FTI's Mic Patterson – US Glass 2020 Green Award Winner

Dr. Patterson is recognized as the Individual Winner of the US Glass 2020 Green Awards. The program recognizes companies, products and individuals dedicated to improving the sustainability of building practices and the built environment.

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Welcoming FTI's Newest Leadership

The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI) is pleased to announce recent changes to its Board of Directors and Special Advisory Council.

Read the announcement.

Case Studies

Famous Filmmaker’s Museum Will Feature an FRP Facade

A new museum is under construction in Los Angeles. Read about the innovative fiber-reinforced polymer facade system, which proved to be more lightweight and cost-effective than alternative materials.

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Facades of The Future: Materials & Technologies Revolutionizing the New-Generation Façades

Facade experts from around the globe weigh in on what makes an intelligent facade. As technology has enabled new fabrication capabilities, the facade material palette has expanded.

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Organizational Members of the Facade Tectonics Institute


Kuraray, Permasteelisa Group, seele, TriPyramid Structures


Finishing Contractors Association, HOK, Lerch Bates, Technoform North America, Valmont Structures, Vitro Architectural Glass, WRNS Studio, W&W Glass


Antamex Industries, FreMarq Innovations Inc, Heintges, MdeAS Architects, Morrison Hershfield now Stantec, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, Schüco USA, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, SOCOTEC, Inc., The Architect's Newspaper, The Façade Studio

Academics / Nonprofits

Aarhus University, Denmark, IIBEC, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Fenestration Rating Council, Rainscreen Association in North America, Universidad de Concepción, University of Utah, Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association