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
"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
"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.