Fee Structure Draws Much Debate During NFRC Board Meetings
by Ellen Giard
The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) proposed Component
Modeling Approach (CMA) fee structure was an item of much debate
during yesterday's NFRC board meting. The proposed fees were announced
earlier this summer and were met with opposition from some representatives
of the commercial glazing industry who view the program as unnecessary.
Marcia Falke, NFRC chairperson of the board, explained during
yesterday's meeting that the original fees were based on the start-up
of initial costs, about $2 million, and are based on 10-percent
market penetration. She explained that the fees could be reduced
through additional outside funding and through increased market
Denny Raske with Allmetal spoke out, saying NFRC needs to "step
up to the plate" to get the CMA program finalized.
can't happen at a cost of time. NFRC has to find some way [to get]
this up," Raske said, comparing the development to that of ASTM
E 2190, which was completed in two years, primarily by four people.
"You have to take a look at the industry and not NFRC. NFRC's got
to get better market penetration--only 10 percent after  years
is not much. Inform the industry and if you do that they will understand
Greg Carney with the Glass Association of North America asked what
measures have been taken by NFRC to try and gain additional outside
Jim Benney, BFRC executive director, said they had been in communication
with utility companies in California [energy service providers]
and were also working with the Department of Energy to see what
type of funding is available. Benney said he was not certain what
funding would be available, but he is optimistic about it.
Carney also stood before the board and stressed how a program
for certifying and labeling the energy performance is not necessary
for commercial glazing products used in high-rises since these buildings
are already using high-performance glazing.
"If you want to target a market need area of the industry I might
suggest storefronts [and other low-rise construction] where energy
efficient products are not used," Carney said. "There's more opportunity
Tom Culp with Birch Point Consulting agreed with Carney. "Look
at LEED buildings-they are not using NFRC but they are still measuring
energy and they are doing so by using other tools [available], such
as those from LBNL," Culp said.
Frank Fisher with Arcadia Windows spoke out on the urgency for
his business that the CMA program be completed and available.
"I have potentially thousands of product variations … and I need
to be able to see if I put all these components together what's
the number I'm going to get," Fisher said.
"I need this program." No final decisions were made regarding
the program, though board members agreed to take everything discussed
Ellen Giard is the editor of USGlass magazine.