Monday, November 16, 2009

Sponsor Spotlight: Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas is the gold-level sponsor of the NFRC 2009 Fall Membership Meeting. The company, based in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is the leading manufacturer of custom-made window fashions in North America and has been in business for more than 60 years.

Earlier today, NFRC News Now spoke with Mike Cienian, vice president, Quality Assurance, of Hunter Douglas North America, and Tom Marusak, President of Comfortex Window Fashions, a manufacturer and fabricator of window treatment products, owned by the same parent company as Hunter Douglas.

“We’re trying to figure out how to work with the NFRC to produce fair, accurate attachment ratings,” said Cienian. He noted that many other companies in the industry are also interested in achieving this goal, and are joining and participating in the NFRC process.

Marusak said that attachment products can improve energy performance, and they have products tested independently.

Cienian serves as chair of the NFRC Attachment Products Subcommittee, which will meet on Tuesday, during the Technical Committee Block. He says that several key ballots are on the agenda, including those for interior/exterior attachments, applied films, and Dynamic Attachments for Swinging Doors.

He noted that the industry eventually would like to see ENERGY STAR® ratings for its attachment products.

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