Spring Meeting Opens in Nashville
National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) spring meeting began
today at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Joe Hayden of Pella, NFRC chairman of the board, welcomed attendees
during this morning's opening session. He used the opportunity to
express appreciation to Marcia Falke of Keystone Certifications,
outgoing NFRC chairperson, and also recognize 12 first-time meeting
attendees. In addition, Hayden announced that NFRC has gained 34
new members in the past year.
Hayden, who took over as chairman last December, also talked about
some of what he would like to accomplish in his new position. His
list includes completing current projects (such as the council's
Component Modeling Approach [CMA] and implementation of insulating
glass [IG] certification) and starting new projects, including taking
a close look at Building Information Modeling (BIM). He described
BIM as "an evolutionary, living breathing interactive model of a
building," and the next generation of CAD. Another new project in
consideration is pursuing ANSI accreditation.
Before concluding, Hayden challenged attendees to think about what
has to happen for NFRC to be successful. As "homework" he asked
everyone to think about it and to share his or her thoughts and
ideas, which will be discussed during Thursday's board meeting.
"Once we have a handle on what we think success is it will give
us a better map to get there," said Hayden.
Next, Jim Benney, NFRC executive director, talked about a few leadership
changes. Marcia Falke will be serving as chair of the accreditation
policy committee and Werner Lichtenberger of Truseal is the new
research and technology committee chair. A slot is currently open
for a chair of the certification policy committee.
In addition, Benney recognized outgoing committee chairs Chris
Mathis of MC Squared, John Hogan with the City of Seattle and Bill
Lingnell, a technical consultant.
The NFRC meetings continue this afternoon with the policy committee
and the research and technology committee blocks.
Stay tuned to USGNN.com all this week for meeting reports and updates.
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