Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Skoglund Says First Face-to-Face Meeting Offered Practical Knowledge, Won't Be Her Last

Stephanie Skoglund (Stork Twin City) is finding value in her first face-to-face NFRC meeting, acquiring unique knowledge and making new contacts.

Skoglund has been a simulator for six years and was motivated to attend the meeting after being encouraged by her colleagues to get more involved with NFRC’s activities and programs.

Driving Skoglund’s motivation is her desire to learn more about the future of third-party certification in the fenestration industry and in green and sustainable building in general.

Aside from listening to the proceedings and discovering more about how NFRC’s consensus-based process works, she has spent considerable time meeting clients she has worked with in the past and networking with peers.

“I am really enjoying my time here because I’m gaining a lot of practical knowledge from industry experts,” Skoglund said. “It will be great to take this back to my office and start putting it to good use right away.”

Skoglund says the most valuable aspect of the meeting has been building stronger relationships with her clients through one-on-one contact in an environment that is conducive to teamwork.

“This may be my first meeting, but it definitely won’t be my last,” Skoglund concluded.

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Criteria for Labeling Attachment Products Figures Prominently in Afternoon Discussions

McFee facilitated discussion on attachments label criteria
NFRC 712, Section Six Ballot

John McFee, Ratings Committee Vice Chair filling in as Attachments Subcommittee Chair, spent most of the afternoon session guiding a discussion regarding the criteria for labeling attachment products.

The discussion focused primarily on Section 6 of the NFRC 712.

The main issue came about when questions formed on the use of currently defined “non-residential” was challenged. The ballot was sent back from the initial substantive negative and the TG is asked to develop new language for the definition of non-residential properties for the use of an Attachment Label Certificate.

One of the key concerns that emerged was whether language in the section 6.6 should give attachment products the option of putting the temporary label on either the product itself or on the packaging.

Those most concerned asserted that requiring both a temporary label and a permanent label to be placed directly on the product is the best practice.

Contact Sherri Wendt at 240-821-9516 with your questions.

Meeting Participants Relax, Network During Southface Reception, Tour LEED-Platinum Facility

Meeting participants took a break from the serious business of discussing NFRC's programs last night and enjoyed a tour of the Southface Energy Institute in downtown Atlanta.

Amid the celebration of Jim Krahn's (Marvin Windows) crowning as NFRC's 2011 Member-of-the-Year, the group enjoyed a tour of the LEED Platinum-Certified facility and enjoyed good food and each others' company in an informal atmosphere.

Southface Executive Director, Jim Creech, welcomes NFRC
NFRC CEO, Jim Benney, Kicks off the festivities

Ballot Regarding VT Testing on Translucent Products to Be Revised, Resubmitted in March

Lisa Winckler presides over today's SHGC discussions
The Solar Heat Gain Subcommittee undertook its work this morning, addressing three ballots with Chair Lisa Winckler (Solution, Inc.) leading the proceedings.

NFRC 202 VT Testing Ballot

This ballot is aimed at making modifications to the NFRC 200 that allows VT testing on translucent panels per the proposed 202 procedure being balloted concurrently as, “NFRC 202 VT Testing Ballot.”

The primary issue involved is for NFRC to accept the ASTM E1084 and E972 combined procedures for rating products and to provide additional details on the method of product translation between repeated measurements to obtain a properly area-weighted average of the VT over the area of the product being tested. This topic arose out of one assertion that NFRC currently publishes incomplete data for translucent products.

Following considerable discussion, the ballot will be revised and resubmitted during NFRC’s spring membership meeting.

NFRC 200 Caming-Divider Ballot

The purpose of this ballot is to revise existing language, removing redundancies regarding caming and dividers. Further revisions would be made to the Frame Group Leaders decisions for determining the frame and divider representative for the SHGC/VT 0&1 Center-of-Glazing value.

One negative asserting that Section 5.2 does not clearly state that the caming needs to be accounted for in the SHGC and VT calculations was found non-persuasive. Another negative asked that the ballot not be approved unless there is no impact on door SHGC caming when compared to clear glass was withdrawn.

A motion to move this ballot forward to the Technical Committee for approval and implementation upon publication passed in a close vote, 13-11.

NFRC 200 CMA Reporting Ballot

This ballot calls for removing the reporting language for CMA SHGC results because all reporting requirements are to be documented in NFRC’s series of 701 publications.
In particular, the NFRC 701.03-2011, Section 1.1.2, outlines the reporting requirements for NFRC 100 and NFRC 200 simulations per the CMA program.

One member commented on the ballots, saying that while he agreed with removing the reporting requirements from the NFRC 200, the verbiage helps describe what is being done. He further suggested removing the table while retaining all the language except for anything that pertains to the table.

The ballot was approved with editorial changes and will move forward to the Technical Committee.

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Jim Krahn Named NFRC's Member-of-the-Year for 2011, Dedication, Commitment Recognized During Reception

Krahn accepts member-of-the-year award
Jim Krahn (Marvin Windows) was taken aback when Jeff Baker announced him as NFRC’s 2011 Member-of-the-Year during last night’s reception at the Southface Energy Institute in downtown Atlanta.

The evening began with NFRC’s CEO, Jim Benney, welcoming the membership to the LEED Platinum-Certified facility and quickly turned to Jeff Baker making the announcement.

“I honestly had no idea this was coming,” a clearly-surprised Krahn told the crowd over their rousing applause.

Krahn added that he’s seen many positive changes over the years and has found his involvement with NFRC both personally and professionally rewarding.”

The prestigious NFRC Member-of-the-Year Award recognizes the talents, achievements, and notable contributions that an individual makes to the fenestration industry in support of NFRC’s mission.

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Former NFRC Member-of-the-Year Recipients Help Celebrate Krahn's Award

2010 recipient, Bipin Shah, and 2009 recipient, Jeff Baker, join in the celebration last night as Krahn accepts NFRC's 2011 Member-of-the-Year award. 

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