Glazier Shares Views on CMA Development; Meetings Continue in Chicago
For the past few years some organizations strongly tied to the
commercial glazing industry have worked diligently to encourage
members to become involved in the development of the National Fenestration
Industry's (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA). Few companies,
however, have voiced their concerns or shared much input by getting
and staying involved in meetings. While there may not be a strong
presence of the commercial glazing industry this week during NFRC's
meeting, at least one contract glazier attended to try and learn
more about the CMA development.
Don Earnheart, vice president of system design with Trainor Glass
Co., was a first-time attendee during yesterday's meetings.
"We want to get familiar with the procedures in case [CMA]
does become implemented," said Earnheart. "We're also
interested in learning and seeing how the decisions are made here.
We're trying to become familiar with this direction the industry
is headed, especially from a custom engineered curtainwall standpoint."
During past meetings and discussions, other members with ties to
commercial glazing have shared concerns that there needs to be more
industry involvement in the development of CMA. Earnheart agreed.
"I think there needs to be more involvement from outside [NFRC]-general
contractors, architects, curtainwall designers," Earnheart
said. "I'm worried about the detrimental effect this could
have on installation dates. These are all factors that need to be
In addition, Earnheart also pointed out that the commercial glazing
industry moves at a fast pace.
"It doesn't seem like decisions are made all that fast here
and that could be hard to implement into the fast-paced curtainwall
industry," he said.
Earnheart also pointed out that with design-build projects design
parameters of the project are already established.
Yesterday afternoon also saw several other presentations. Michael
Collins of Jordan, Knauff & Co., and a columnist for USGlass
sister publication DWM, talked to attendees about trends
in the window and door industry, including the slow U.S. housing
market, global construction and green products. CLICK
HERE to read more about Collins' presentations from previous
industry meetings this year.
A forum to discuss NFRC's acceptance of insulating glass (IG) certification
agencies was held yesterday afternoon. While there were lengthy
discussions over the proposed language, the group agreed to table
any decision until reviewing previously agreed upon language that
will be submitted to the Certification Policy Committee for consideration.
Stay tuned to USGNN.com this week for more on NFRC's IG certification
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