Spring Meeting Underway in San Diego
The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) spring meeting
began yesterday in San Diego. One of the main topics on the agenda
was the proposed nonresidential rating program.
Picking up where the Santa Fe meeting ended, the morning session's
debate centered on whether existing layers of testing and validation
inherent in NFRC's residential program will be applied to the upcoming
program draft for the commercial industry.
Greg Carney, technical director for the Glass Association of North
America, emphasized the need to put forth a simplified, cost-effective,
software-based rating program that limits redundant and costly testing
To support his position, he cited statements from past meetings
in which representatives from NFRC test labs have publicly backed
the assertion that in very few circumstances did physical testing
actually vary from the initial software calculation, provided the
initial input data was correct and complete.
A number of industry attendees emphasized that, unlike the residential
market, the explicit contract documents currently utilized in U.S.
commercial construction already govern product adherence to specifications.
There was also considerable resistance to eliminating the testing
and certification processes among NFRC members with testing lab
and inspection agency backgrounds.
Subcommittee co-chair and board member Gary Curtis of the West Wall
Group emphasized the need to ready the program draft for balloting
quickly. He then initiated a public discussion with the work group
recently charged with putting the proposed program flow chart into
draft language. There was objection by some in the work group as
to the short notice the members had to review documents prepared
by NFRC staff.
Charlie Curcija, president of Carli Inc., reported on proposals
for a project label certificate requirement. There was agreement
the word "label" should be omitted, and the "certificate"
would likely be generated on a per project basis.
NFRC meetings continue today and run through Thursday.