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USGNN Original StoryNFRC Spring Meeting Opens in Nashville

The 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 all this week for meeting reports and updates.

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