Recent CMA Meeting Discussed in IGMA Technical Services
The first order of business for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers
Alliance (IGMA) technical services committee, which met yesterday
during the IGMA summer meeting, was to move a report on the National
Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach
(CMA) certification program to the last item on the agenda in order
to afford greater room for discussion.
|The IGMA Technical Services Committee met
yesterday morning in Huntington Beach, Calif., to discuss updates,
including a report on the NFRC.
Days after NFRC announced a proposed fee structure for participation
in the CMA program [click
here to read the original USGNN story], representatives of IGMA,
the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the
Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Glass Association of North
America (GANA) met with representatives of NFRC to discuss their
concerns over the development of the NFRC's CMA program. According
to discussions during the IGMA committee meeting, the four groups
have developed a position paper, which has not been released. It
was revealed during the technical services committee, however, that
the four groups are in 100-percent agreement against the proposed
CMA fee structure: "Our current position is that we could not
support it," said Margaret Webb, IGMA's executive director.
Some expressed concern that the CMA fee structure could be a financially
unsound decision especially since there's no demand for the program
coming from the industry.
Webb added that IGMA will begin to actively discuss the next steps
with its members, in response to the new CMA fee structure. Should
the CMA program prove to be financially unviable, one possible scenario
sees the Department of Energy (DOE) offering funds rather than letting
the program falter. Webb suggested that the CMA program might be
inevitable, in which case it may be prudent for IGMA to go to DOE
upfront to underwrite the fee structure to lower the costs. That
is one possibility that will be discussed with IGMA members.
The IGMA summer meeting, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington
Beach, Calif., concludes today with a closed meeting of IGMA's board
of directors. The next IGMA meeting will be held January 28-31,
2008, in Sanibel Island, Fla.