Monday, July 19, 2010

NFRC’s Online Meeting is Underway

At 11 a.m. EDT, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) kicked off its first online membership meeting. The Summer 2010 Virtual Committee Week runs through July 21, and it takes the place of NFRC’s usual in-person summer membership meeting.

NFRC Chair Joe Hayden, of Pella Corp., greeted attendees virtually. “Welcome to this wonderful experiment,” said Hayden.

More than 100 people have registered for the online meeting. “It’s terrific not seeing you this summer,” joked Hayden.

Hayden then pointed out one of the main benefits of these types of meetings. “The potential to save costs is tremendous,” he said.

NFRC committees and subcommittees are conducting their normal activities during the virtual meeting, but task groups are not meeting. Comments on 11 ballots – the Research & Technology Committee has one, the Ratings Committee two, and the Technical Committee eight – will be reviewed and discussed.

The meeting is being hosted virtually through the Web software tool GoToWebinar® by Citrix. All callers will be muted during the meeting. Attendees who want to speak will virtually “raise their hands” to enter a queue. They may speak after the committee or subcommittee chairperson recognizes them.

Hayden asked participants to exercise patience with this first-of-a-kind effort for NFRC.

Just like an in-person meeting, members will be voting on NFRC business. Stay tuned to NFRC News Now for updates throughout the meeting.

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