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USGNN Original StoryNFRC Fall Meeting Begins with Task Group Discussions and Opening Remarks

The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Fall Meeting began this morning at the Crowne Plaza in Jacksonville, Fla. Task group meetings, an opening session, as well as committee and subcommittee meetings are on the agenda for day one.

Charlie Curcija of Carli Inc. chaired the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Technical task group meeting this morning. Curcija said there were some discussions from the last meeting that were still in need of some clear direction; he explained there were some pending issues as far as how to model some of the "more complex products. These include integral mullions, spandrel and spacer height rules. Further discussion on the direction to go with these products will take place this Wednesday during the CMA Technical subcommittee meeting.

During the Product Certification Program Review (PCP) task group meeting, chaired by Tina Jenkins of Simonton Windows, members discussed a ballot covering revisions to the PCP. These included language changes concerning acceptance of the insulating glass certification program. The changes will be discussed further later this week during the certification subcommittee meeting.

Joe Hayden, NFRC chair, welcomed everyone in attendance during the general session. As part of the meeting, he also presented the NFRC's first Member of the Year Award. The recognition went to Roland Temple of AZS Consulting Inc. In accepting the award, Temple said with great thanks, "NFRC has been a part of my life since it first began. This is totally unexpected and very appreciated."

Next, Jim Benney, NFRC executive director gave his welcome and report. He said something new at this meeting, and planned for future meetings, is an NFRC pin that will commemorate each location. By making a donation that will go toward a local charity, members can start collecting the pins. Donations made here in Jacksonville will go toward Habitat for Humanity.

Benney also announced the NFRC board election results. Those elected are: Jim Larsen, Cardinal IG; Steve Strawn, Jeld-Wen; Tony Rygg, California Energy Commission; Nelson Pena, California Energy Commission; and Nils Peterman, Alliance to Save Energy (CLICK HERE to read related press release).

Participation by the commercial glazing industry has been limited since these meetings began nearly five years ago. During that time, however, only a handful of representatives representing commercial glazing-Greg Carney of the Glass Association of North America, John Lewis of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and Margaret Webb from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association-have been actively involved in the program's development. At an NFRC meeting earlier this year, these individuals spoke out saying that the NFRC board continues to "not listen" to the industry's concerns or its attempts to create a program more suitable to the commercial industry's unique needs. Carney added that they had "reached a point of frustration." (CLICK HERE for related story). Now, here in Jacksonville, the representation of the commercial glazing industry is even sparser than in the past as neither Carney, Lewis nor Webb is attendance. Carney, Lewis and Webb each told USGNN.com™ that they were not attending due to the fact that they were busy with other projects and commitments.

"GANA is currently focusing its efforts on the completion of updates to reference resources, development of standards and communication with organizations that are focused on the best interest of our industry," said Carney.

The NFRC meeting will be meeting through Thursday this week. Stay tuned to USGNN.com™ for daily news and updates.

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