The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announced some time ago that
it planned to develop a rating and certification program for the non-residential
market, as it had already done for the residential market. As this development
has proceeded, the voices from the non-residential market have become louder.
Max Perilstein of Arch Aluminum and Glass, took the discussion to another level
with his article in the April issue of USGlass magazine, which readers have been
receiving this week.
"A number of people have contacted me already and they appreciate the
article and are hopeful it will raise awareness in the industry on this issue,"
he told USGNN. "It's just too crucial an issue for us not to stand up and
"This effort is being led by a group of people with an agenda that is
not the way our industry works. If we don't get involved we will end up with a
system that doesn't work," Perilstein added. He expressed thanks that the
Glass Association of North America is setting up a liaison group to focus on NFRC
and the issue of non-residential rating and certification. "Awareness is
being raised," he stated.
Greg Carney, technical director of GANA, is also enthusiastic about the meeting
and the educational effort that is being set up. He said that the liaison group,
which is designed to get more people involved who aren't necessarily coming to
the NFRC meetings, provides a chance to educate them about what is happening with
NFRC and also to hear their concerns about the subject. A meeting is scheduled
via conference call this Friday for the group.
Carney also said that he was very pleased about the number of glazing contractors
who were at the Chicago meeting and spoke about the challenges of their industry
and what they do today to address the thermal efficiency of the buildings they
work on. "We hope to continue to provide this kind of input and that NFRC
board members will continue to listen to this input," he stated.
USGNN contacted NFRC Jim Benney for comment, but at press time he was unavailable.