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
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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