Monday, October 1, 2012

McGowan Summarizes Research and Technology Block

NFRC's Senior Technnical Manager, Ray McGowan, summarizes the progress made by the Research and Technology Committee during this afternoon's session.

McGowan points out that NFRC is looking for turnkey research projects, which can help the organization acquire funding


Arasteh, Culp named Members of the Year

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) just awarded two recipients its first annual Dariush Arasteh Memorial Member-of-the-Year Award. 

The first recipient was Arasteh himself, who received the award posthumously. Christian Kohler and Charlie Curcija from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) accepted the award on behalf of Arasteh, also an LBNL employee, who was heralded as an NFRC pioneer and fenestration expert.

Arasteh was also recognized for his innovative contributions and insight, which proved integral to NFRC’s creation and early development.

Tom Culp of Birchpoint Consulting received the second award. Culp began his career in the fenestration industry as a research scientist studying low-E coatings. In recent years, he has spent his time as an advocate for energy efficiency and code consulting.

Both recipients were acknowledged for their diplomatic approach to teamwork and their unique ability to bring people together to get things done

NFRC Planning to Streamline CMAST Usability

One member of the CMAST Advisory Task Group who is familiar with the need to always refer to the latest data suggested that multiple entries should be designated as “historical” or removed to avoid confusion, particularly among new users.

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Program Director, Scott Hanlon, advised the task group that he is aware of the issue and is directing his team to resolve it.

The CMAST Advisory Task Group is responsible for providing feedback about the usability of the CMAST software, and also for reviewing the CMA Technical/Ratings documents and CMAST User's Manuals, to provide feedback to the pertinent technical and ratings Task Groups

NFRC Welcomes New Members in Portland

The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Fall Membership Meeting kicked off at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland this morning with an orientation for seven new members.

The Component Modeling Approach (CMA) task group, CMAST Advisory task group, and the Tubular Daylighting Devices task group will convene shortly.

The Research & Technology committee block will run from 2:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (PT) with the Research, Optical Properties, and Thermophysical Properties subcommittees meeting.

Stay tuned throughout the day for updates on all the proceedings.