Meeting Continues with CMA PCP Development and IG Certification
by Ellen Giard
The NFRC summer meeting continued yesterday with meetings of the
Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Product Certification Program
(PCP) task group and the Insulating Glass (IG) Certification task
Gary Curtis of West Wall Group led the PCP meeting where members
discussed some of the negatives from the last ballot. Requirements
for the two types of approved calculation entities (ACE)-manufacturers
and independents-was one of the topics covered. The current draft
proposes language that outlines the specific conditions for when
a manufacturer/other ACE moves from 100-percent independent agent
(IA) review to a statistical auditing program. Tom Culp of Birch
Point Consulting submitted a proposal to the board of directors
in late May that would bring those requirements to a lesser level
of scrutiny in order to "balance the needs of all parties involved."
At this time, though, no action has been taken.
Culp's proposal would require an independent ACE to submit five
calculation reports with an A or B rating. After that they would
move to a statistical auditing program where certificates would
be randomly selected for IA review. A manufacturer/other ACE would
be required to submit 15 certificates for review and would also
have to earn A or B ratings.
"It's a way to quantify and measure all ACE calculations," said
Matters covered during the PCP task group will be further discussed
tomorrow during the CMA ratings subcommittee meeting.
During the IG Certification task group meeting that followed, a
proposal for the implementation of mandatory IG certification for
NFRC certification and labeling was discussed. Task group chairs
stressed that NFRC is not developing a certification program, but
will reference existing industry IG certification programs. A number
of revisions were made to the proposed document, which now will
go to the Certification Subcommittee.
Some members were concerned that the proposal's requirements would
not be stringent enough.
"If we make our bar so low that everyone can play then our bar
is too low," said Chris Mathis of MC Squared. "This is our first
foray into durability, so let's make sure our eyes are wide open."
Important issues covered included minimum acceptance criteria for
recognized certification programs and the change to include all
IG configurations, including those with clear, low-E and reflective
The membership meeting also took place last night. NFRC executive
director Jim Benney addressed the proposed CMA fee structure.
"Why did we provide this information now when the program is not
done?" he said to members. "Because the industry requested it."
Benney explained that the fee structure is based on preliminary
information that's currently available and is not set in stone.
"If we get the funds to offset capital costs those fees could change,"
He also said that 2008 fees and dues increased by about 10 percent
across the board due to the fact that revenue had leveled off.
"We've also provided more services and our costs are increasing,"
Benney said. "CMA did not affect this increase."
NFRC summer meetings are continuing today and tomorrow and will
conclude with the board meeting on Thursday.