Certification Implementation Proposal Moves on to NFRC Board
by Ellen Giard
Insulating glass (IG) certification was a major discussion item
during Wednesday's certification subcommittee meeting. Margaret
Webb, executive director of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
(IGMA), spoke out against a portion of the IG certification task
group's proposal for certification implementation. Specifically,
Webb spoke against the proposed requirement for national accreditation
of testing laboratories.
"If testing labs are required to be accredited to perform every
single test protocol … it will probably double the cost of testing,"
said Webb. "I'm concerned about the affect this will have on the
smaller manufacturers that don't already test because the increased
cost will make it difficult for them to participate in the NFRC
program [i.e. certifying and labeling]."
stressed that the testing laboratory approval programs currently
in place have been accepted by the industry for decades and do not
need to have additional requirements placed on them that will only
Greg Carney, technical director for the Glass Association of North
"[Groups such as] the Insulating Glass Certification Council and
Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada have been in
existence for more than 30 years and are extremely well-recognized,"
he said. "I don't think it's necessary to add this level of cost
" While some members opposed Webb's position as they were of the
opinion that there is insufficient oversight of IG testing labs,
the majority of members voted in favor of Webb's amended proposal
to not require national accreditation of testing labs.
"Thank you for not increasing the cost of IG certification," Webb
said after the vote.
The proposal was also passed during the ratings committee meeting
and will be forwarded to the board for consideration.
The NFRC board of directors met this morning. Friday's USGNN will
provide an update on today's board activities.
--Ellen Giard is editor of USGlass Magazine.