Seeks Industry Cooperation on Non-Res Activities; GANA Accepts Offer
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has invited the
Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and the Glass Association
of North America (GANA) to participate in board activities relevant
to its nonresidential program. NFRC says it hopes this offer will
help bridge the gaps among industry stakeholders, bring the industry
together and improve communications and relations between it, as
an organization, and the commercial glass industry. NFRC has also
asked that IGMA and GANA reciprocate by inviting NFRC to attend
their board meetings when discussing relevant issues.
"While NFRC firmly believes in the Component Modeling Program
and its benefits, we recognize that the fenestration industry must
work together not only in this effort, but also in many others for
the good of the entire fenestration industry," said Jim Benney,
NFRC's executive director. "The partisan politics and self-interests
have so fragmented this industry that its capacity to promote its
own interests at local, state and federal levels has been significantly
reduced. One example was its inability to increase essential funding
in the Windows and Daylighting budget of at the U.S. Department
GANA has announced that it has accepted the invitation to expand
its participation in the proposed nonresidential program activities.
Effective immediately, GANA will also be participating in NFRC board
and committee activities that specifically regard the nonresidential
initiative and the Component Modeling Program.
"We are pleased to be able to increase our participation in
the NFRC debate about these issues," says Stanley Smith, executive
vice president of GANA. "As an organization, GANA represents
the top manufacturers, fabricators and glaziers in the country,
and we are dedicated to promoting energy efficient fenestration
products in North America. On behalf of our members and their customers,
we are sincerely interested in developing an efficient, reliable
and affordable energy rating system, and we look forward to working
with the NFRC toward this goal."
IGMA acknowledged it had received a letter the morning of March
2, 2006 from NFRC, but did not yet have a comment on the matter.
NFRC says it also intends to invite other interested organizations
to work together on this effort, including public interest groups
such as architects, utilities and code officials.
NFRC recently committed to the state of California to complete
its Component Modeling Program. California needs the program as
a code compliance tool for its Title 24 standards. To achieve the
necessary timetables, it will require considerable cooperation and
effort and NFRC is looking to both IGMA and GANA for help with this