Monday, March 28, 2011

RFP Regarding Spandrel Systems Sent Back, Outside NFRC’s Purview?

Shah oversees discussion on spandrel systems
During this morning's Research Subcommittee block, Chair, Bipin Shah, facilitated a discussion that resulted in NFRC members voting to return to its proponent an RFP regarding spandrel systems performance validation, saying the scope of the work falls outside NFRC's purview. 

The ballot regarding the RFP says that while spandrel systems differ somewhat from standard fenestration products, they still fit NFRC’s definition of a fenestration product and should therefore be included in the rating procedure for non-residential products.

The RFP suggests completing the following tasks:
  • Designing and building various spandrel systems for testing. 
  • Shipping test specimens to an NFRC approved laboratory for testing.  
  • Conducting computer simulation of spandrel framing members for inclusion into the CMAST program.  
  • Reviewing test data and comparing them with the simulation results.
Those who opposed the RFP contend this work falls outside NFRC’s purview, citing that other organizations may be better suited.

Following a member vote, the RFP will be returned to the proponent for further action.

Do you think the work, as set forth in these tasks, falls outside NFRC's purview? How are you involved with spandrel systems?

How might pursuing or not pursuing this RFP influence your customers and the way you do business?

NFRC Committee Week Meeting Underway in Las Vegas

Send us your questions for the Research and Technology Committee

The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Committee Week Meeting is underway at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The proceedings began this morning with the Research and Technology Committee setting the stage for discussing the ballots involved with a number of RFPs.

One discussion will be concerned with developing a test standard (comparable to the ASTM E2264) for whole window products. Another will focus on the development of a test standard (comparable to ASTM E2190) to provide a lifetime performance standard for whole window products.

The committee will also discuss identifying the list of typical spandrel system specimens and simulation and testing for U-factors to validate simulation procedures. 

Finally, the Research and Technology Committee will undertake a discussion that involves crafting a methodology for quantifying the development of thermal stresses in residential and commercial insulating glass units. During this discussion, particular emphasis will be placed on high-performing products.

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