Manufacturers and NFRC Prepare for CMA's Full
Implementation Starting January 1, 2010
December 14, 2009
Glazing contractors, look out-the National Fenestration Rating Council's
(NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Product Certification Program,
which has been the source of controversy throughout its conception
HERE for related story), is scheduled to be "fully implemented"
as of January 1, 2010. According to NFRC executive director Jim
Benney, that means that the modeling program for establishing whole-product
energy performance ratings for nonresidential projects will be fully
ready for use in California, where it is among the requirements
for the state's updated Code of Regulations (Title 24), and across
The program has been in a "pilot phase" for several months
as NFRC works to train approved calculation entities (ACEs), or
those manufacturer representatives who generate a product's CMA
label certificate; train the inspection agencies (IA) that will
approve components before they are available for use in a label
certificate; accredit simulation labs to test the components; and
complete aspects of its software tool, such as tying financial tools
to the software that allow users to pay online.
"January 1 is when we expect [the program] to be out the door
for use in California, as that's when Title 24 becomes required,"
Some glass product manufacturers-including those who may take issue
with some aspects of CMA-are beginning to test their products for
"At Peerless, we're starting the process of doing the necessary
validation testing," says Jason Davis, an engineer with Peerless
Products Inc. in Ft. Scott, Kan. "Once that's done we're going
to be getting all of our frame components in [the libraries]."
"We're looking to get into it," adds Chuck Knickerbocker,
curtainwall manager for Technical Glass Products in Snoqualmie,
Wash. "If we sell work in those three territories or it's coming
online obviously we want to be in front of that curve, but it's
a work in progress."
Knickerbocker has been among the program's many outspoken critics
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system may be useful for an industry increasingly promoting its
energy-efficient side, this particular program has a number of holes
to fill. Still, even before its start date, NFRC certification is
creeping into project specifications.
"It's showing up in specifications we see from across the country
that you need NFRC certification," Knickerbocker says. "California,
Washington and Nevada seem to be on the front line."
While concerns may still echo across the glazing industry, in a
few weeks time industry professionals will learn firsthand the advantages
or shortcomings of CMA.
"This is a new approach to things so I'd say patience would
be something to keep in mind as everybody works to get through the
first year," Davis advises. "I'm sure there's always going
to be some issues that come up."
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