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Contact: David Walker
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NGA CHAIRMAN PRESENTS ASSOCIATION POSITION ON PROPOSED ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING SYSTEM AT NFRC MEETING
LEADER RAISES SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS

WASHINGTON, DC  (November 8, 2007) – National Glass Association Chairman Rod Van Buskirk released a position statement today to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to be presented at its membership meeting. The statement urges the group to focus on encouraging the development of new energy efficient products rather than developing an ill-advised rating system that duplicates work already being done by the private sector. 

“What the NFRC claims it is trying to accomplish for commercial building fenestration is already being done every day by design professionals and engineers, and has been for years,” said Van Buskirk, President and Owner of Bacon & Van Buskirk in Champaign, IL.  “This is just another costly and time-consuming layer of bureaucracy that will not improve energy efficiency or conservation.”

The NFRC has proposed a controversial plan to use computer technology to create a Component Modeling (CMA) program that would compute the energy characteristics of various types of commercial building fenestration and assign an energy-efficiency rating to the fenestration.  Van Buskirk was slated to formally present the NGA’s official position on the CMA program at NFRC’s annual membership meeting, but was unable to attend due to illness. In lieu of his appearance, the position paper was sent to NFRC representatives to be released to all NFRC members.

“CMA labeling only adds costs and impedes the commercial building process.  While the glass industry has undertaken significant efforts to work within the system to craft a more workable proposal, our concerns have been largely ignored,” Buskirk continued.  “The bottom line is that the program as currently crafted will not provide an accurate and efficient format to rate the energy impact of commercial fenestration products and will instead place unnecessary time and financial demands on the commercial glazing industry.”

A copy of NGA’s position statement can be found below this release. For more information on the NFRC proposal and the NGA’s position on the program, contact the NGA’s David Walker at 703/442-4890, ext. 153 or dwalker@glass.org.



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Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including MyGlassClass.com – a state-of-the-art online training resource. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites: glass.org, GlassBuildAmerica.com, GlassMagazine.com, WindowandDoor.com, and MyAutoGlass.org. NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Forum. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.


The National Glass Association’s Position Regarding an NFRC Commercial Fenestration Site-Built Program with Computer Modeling Approach, Certification & Labeling Program with Related Fee Structure

The National Glass Association congratulates the National Fenestration Rating Council in their successful efforts to test, certify and label the thermal performance of American residential fenestration products on behalf of American consumers since 1989.

The NGA has chosen not to join with the National Fenestration Rating Council in crafting an NFRC Commercial Fenestration Site-Built Program with Computer Modeling Approach, Certification & Labeling Program with Related Fee Structure. Our membership of commercial fenestration product dealers and installers regards any such program as unnecessary and adverse to the interest of the commercial fenestration industry as a whole, and adverse to the public interest.

For decades before the time of the founding of the NFRC, American commercial fenestration manufacturers and fabricators have found incentive and reward in improving, testing, and quantifying their products’ energy performance for the domestic commercial construction marketplace. American architects, engineers, commercial building owners, property managers, and code officials understand and skillfully incorporate commercial fenestration products into energy-effective commercial building design and have for many years now. The American commercial construction marketplace utilizes and understands commercial fenestration in ways that already far outpace the NFRC’s efforts to help the public interest. Frankly, the NFRC’s efforts to create a systems approach are unneeded, antiquated, and are simply a waste of the NFRC’s time and resources. If created, it is most likely that a new NFRC site-built commercial products labeling system will simply be ignored by the domestic commercial construction industry as the NFRC’s current site-built programs are.

The NGA would continue to ignore and not bother to advise the NFRC Board about this matter if the NFRC Board had listened to the wise advice and counsel of our sister industry associations. However, it is possible if this unnecessary system is somehow placed into specifications and building codes, regrettable confusion, costs and delays might adversely affect the construction marketplace and the American fenestration industry to some degree. Such a certification system does not increase energy efficiency, does not aid energy-intelligent commercial design, and increases confusion and workload for the overburdened code officials and design professionals of America.

The National Glass Association advises the National Fenestration Rating Council Board to abandon its efforts to create and enact an NFRC Commercial Fenestration Site-Built Program with Computer Modeling Approach, Certification & Labeling Program with Related Fee Structure. Should the NFRC attempt to place such a system into building codes and specifications, the NGA will oppose those efforts on behalf of the American fenestration industry and the American public.