GANA's BEC Division Members Discuss NFRC Non-Residential Program and the Effects it Could Have on Commercial Glazing

The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) move toward a non-residential products certification was discussed during the Glass Association of North America's (GANA) building envelope contractors division technical meeting yesterday at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. GANA technical director Greg Carney provided an update on the activities of the NFRC's non-residential task group and talked about how the program will affect the contract glazing industry. The NFRC's push is to create a component-based rating system that considers all components of an insulating glass unit-the glass, spacer system and frame-for non-residential glazing.

"The commercial fenestration manufacturer and glazing contractor have viewed the NFRC from a distance, as the organization's focus was originally one on the residential window industry," said Carney. "NFRC has now turned its effort to the commercial industry and we must have the opportunity to voice our concerns of the direction of their efforts."

Carney said glaziers need to get involved in this because, in all likelihood, it will be the glaziers who end up being the responsible party. The responsible party is the entity responsible for the documentation and procedural requirements under the NFRC simulation, testing and labeling of the window and/or wall system. In this role, they will also be incurring the added costs to participate in the program.

"We need to get involved in this," said Andy Gum, BEC division chair. "It seems the attitude has been [by glaziers] that it is someone else's job to take care of these issues, but we need to be involved," he emphasized.

Right now the NFRC non-residential task group has more than 50 members. Of those, a large percentage is representing testing labs, simulators and others not directly involved in the commercial fenestration industry.

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