BOMA Outlines Concern About NFRC at 2006 Summer Meeting
Reprinted from The BOMA Magazine, September 2006 with the permission of
BOMA International Inc.
Building Owners and Manufacturers Association (BOMA) Vice President
of Advocacy and Research Ron Burton addressed members of the National
Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) during their 2006 Summer Meeting
held in Minneapolis, July 24-27. Burton outlined BOMA's concerns
with the draft guidelines for commercial/non-residential products
currently under consideration by NFRC's technical committees.
NFRC was formed in 1989 to administer the only uniform, independent
rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows,
doors, skylights and attachment products to provide value to both
the consuming public and the residential construction industry.
NFRC's rating and labeling system was subsequently referenced in
the 1992 Energy Policy Act, and the number of window and door manufacturers
having their products rated and labeled as compliant with NFRC standards
has greatly increased since that time.
Recently, NFRC has begun the process of developing a rating system
for commercial fenestration products. However, because significant
differences exist in the needs of end users, product manufacturers
and suppliers, and design and construction professionals in the
residential and commercial markets, developing guidelines for the
testing, rating and labeling of commercial glass products raises
much more complex questions. Among those questions is whether there
is a need for fenestration product ratings in the non-residential
BOMA's comments addressed many of the complex issues surrounding
the testing, rating and labeling of commercial fenestration products.
Burton cautioned NFRC members to concentrate on providing real,
tangible and cost-effective value to the non-residential end user
and construction professionals. He further implored NFRC to get
more involvement and input from architects and engineers involved
in the design of commercial buildings, building officials charged
with inspecting and approving commercial projects, and most importantly,
building owners and managers who are the end users of these products.
He pledged that BOMA will continue to provide the comments and expertise
of the commercial real estate industry as NFRC considers the next
steps in this process.