The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has formed an NFRC
liaison committee is working to ensure the interests of the glass
and glazing industry are recognized and respected by the National
Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) development of a non-residential
fenestration certification and rating program.
The committee, which was formed at the end of March after the
NFRC's spring meeting, has been developing an educational overview
of the commercial fenestration industry's continuous efforts to
develop and promote energy-efficient products in response to marketplace
"GANA expressed concerns as the NFRC developed its original
site-built certification program, and so we have increased our
involvement as NFRC strives to create a more viable rating and
certification program for commercial fenestration products,"
said Stan Smith, GANA executive vice president. "We believe
our committee can provide useful information about the commercial
construction industry and insight as to how NFRC can achieve its
goal of providing cost effective value to the commercial fenestration
GANA plans to distribute the documents developed by the liaison
committee to industry members, architects and designers and the
NFRC board of directors. Each document will be accompanied by
an overview from the committee of the potential non-residential
"Through our active involvement in the NFRC activities,
we are hopeful that their board of directors and members will
accept industry efforts to help study the commercial fenestration
market, existing means of documenting product performance and
opportunities to promote the use of energy-efficient technology,"
said Greg Carney, GANA technical director and chairman of the
NFRC non-residential product certification program task group.
The documents from the NFRC liaison committee will be released
prior to NFRC's next meeting, which will take place July 24-28
in Quebec City, Quebec.