NFRC Fall Membership Meeting Begins Today in Arlington,
Members of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) have
gathered in Arrington, Va., for the group's Fall Membership Meeting.
Over the next three days task group and committee meetings will
be held in which those involved will discuss a number of topics
The morning kicked off with a series of task group meetings, including
two that convened to begin discussions on how to rate and certify
the following new products: storm doors and windows and garage/rolling
The Component Modeling Approach Technical and PCP task groups also
met this morning to discuss outstanding items and review CMA certification
procedure ballot responses.
During the membership luncheon NFRC Chair Marcia Falke addressed
the group and spoke about the importance of change.
"We need to learn to embrace it, learn from it and recognize it
for the benefits it brings," she said. Falke explained that she
chose change as her topic since she had just finished reading Tough
Choices, by Carly Fiornia, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who
led the company's acquisition of Compaq, a transaction that ultimately
cost her her job. "… Change, successful change, requires everyone
to work together. To help one another. To support one another. Leaders
need to point everyone in the right direction, but the journey--the
change--is a team effort," said Falke.
She explained that sometimes changes seem "forced," such as by
building officials. "So does the U.S. Department of Energy, and
other regulatory bodies," Falke said. "In some ways our efforts
to offer new and improved options for rating and labeling nonresidential
products can be considered forceful change. The California Energy
Commission came to us and asked us to provide an alternative to
the current Site-Built Program."
She also pointed out that change can also come from within a group
"Every time we meet, members of this wonderful organization come
forward with proposals to help us better achieve our mission." Some
examples she cited included new way to test thermal performance,
requests to add new products to the rating and labeling system and
proposals to conduct research for the benefit of the entire fenestration
"Over the last 17 years, NFRC has changed a lot. I could sit here
for hours and describe the many, many differences between NFRC in
1989 and NFRC in 2006," she said. "And my point really isn't how
we've changed. What I want to emphasize is why we've changed. We've
changed because we had to, of course. But we changed mostly because
we wanted to."
She said it was certain that there would be many issues that would
be a challenge for the NFRC, including the new nonresidential options
and re-certification, and added, "I hope that when change presents
itself you will embrace it."
More coverage of the NFRC fall meeting will be on USGNN tomorrow.