NFRC Attempts to Solicit Approval from Designers
By Penny Stacey
The National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) still is in the
process of receiving commentary on the Component Modeling Approach
(CMA) but in the meantime, is promoting the benefits of the CMA
to architects and specifiers. The group says the CMA is designed
to "simplify the ratings of non-residential products" and that it
will "yield accurate energy performance data for use in code compliance
and will pave the way for meaningful building energy analysis,"
according to the most recent issue of the NFRC Update, published
in June 2007.
In addition, NFRC says CMA will make bidding an easier process
for manufacturers, as they will be able to show that products meet
bid specifications and code requirements under CMA. Likewise, the
group says, "CMA will enable the design community to generate simulated
ratings for different products quickly and simply."
At the NFRC's most recent meeting in Austin, Texas, in March, the
group provided a draft of the CMA to the executive directors of
the Building Owners and Manufacturers Association (BOMA), the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifiers Institute
(CSI). NFRC also is currently working on the label certificate format
HERE for the review of the NFRC's most recent meeting held in
Austin, Texas, in March, including coverage of the latest updates
on the CMA.
Penny Stacey is a contributing editor for USGNN.com/USGlass