Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NFRC Prepares to Launch CMA

The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Product Certification Program is slated to be fully implemented on January 1, 2010.

CMA will establish whole-product energy performance ratings for nonresidential projects. NFRC plans to introduce CMA in California because it is one of the requirements for the state's updated Code of Regulations (Title 24), and across the country. CMA has undergone an extensive pilot program for the past several months. This gave NFRC time to train approved calculation entities (ACEs), manufacturer representatives who generate a product’s CMA label certificate, and IA’s that will approve components before they are available for use in a label certificate. It also enabled NFRC to accredit simulation labs.

NFRC also used the pilot program to test the component and to complete aspects of its software tool.