Fall Meeting Underway in Tempe, Arizona
The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) fall meeting
began today at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
The component modeling approach (CMA) labeling requirements task
group met this morning and members reviewed label certificate ballot
responses, and some members spoke out concerning the information
that is included on the label. Greg Carney with the Glass Association
of North America said it's important that architects, code official
and others who read the label can relate to and understand the information
on the label.
|Jim Benney, NFRC executive director, during
the opening session.
"This needs to tie back directly to the specification,"
Carney said. "The architect needs to be able to see the label
in plain English and know that he has what he needs to have. It
needs to be in the same language as the specification."
Bipin Shah with WinBuild Inc., agreed with Carney.
"We want to help the person identify what the product is and
if we can get that [type of] format I strongly suggest we use that,"
Charlie Curcija of Carli Inc., who serves as task group chair,
said they would make a recommendation to the subcommittee that the
language used on the label would be harmonized with what is familiar
to the architectural community.
During the opening session that followed the task group meeting,
Marcia Falke, chairperson of the board from Keystone Certifications
Inc., began with a welcome to everyone for attending. She also used
the time to inform members of current board decisions. She said
that while there have been previous discussions and concerns with
the NFRC allowing manufacturers to serve as approved calculation
entities (ACE), the decision was made and remains that every manufacturer
ACE must operate with 100-percent independent inspection agency
Falke said that NFRC must adhere to the principles of independence
on which the group was created.
"We want to balance the desires of our members with the need
to maintain our program integrity," Falke said. "We like
the idea of random sampling
but to allow it right now when
everything [i.e. development of the CMA program] is not yet determined,
is too big of a leap of faith right now."
Also during the opening session, Jim Benney, NFRC executive director,
recognized new board members, as well as outgoing board members.
New or re-elected to the board are: Steve Strawn from Jeld-Wen;
Joe Hayden from Pella; Steve Farrar from Guardian Industries; Tony
Rygg from the California Energy Commission; Steve Selkowitz from
LBNL; and Steven Rosenstock from Edison Electric Institute. Outgoing
board members are Jim Larsen of Cardinal IG; Alicia Ward from the
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Chuck Anderson from the American
Architectural Manufacturers Association.
In addition, Benney announced that the NFRC/CMA prototype software,
a tool that he says will allow manufacturers, suppliers, contractors,
etc. to model fenestration systems, is available for a 30-day review.
"It will provide standardized information on potential product
performance," Benney said. He added that they are still working
to finalize licensing agreements and deployment.
Members and attendees were also given the opportunity to comment
or ask questions. Carney spoke out on the subject of cost-an issue
regarding the CMA program that has been a concern for many in the
"Is the benefit greater than the cost?" Carney asked.
"I don't think we're there yet. Complexity and layers add cost
and if cost is greater than the benefit you will have a tough time
getting to the marketplace. You will not be successful if the benefit
is not greater than the cost."
The NFRC meeting continues through Thursday morning. Check back
to USGNN.com each day for meeting news and updates.
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