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  • The National Fenestration Rating Council recently elected one member to serve on its board of directors and re-elected two others. Each begins a three-year term. An independent firm that managed the voting process reported the certified election results to the NFRC. Members elected Sneh Kumar of Traco as a first-time board member to fill a fenestration industry category seat.  Mike Thoman of... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council is conducting a free webinar on December 3 looking at the use of its Component Modeling Approach for rating the energy performance of commercial fenestration system in California.  The webinar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon PST (1 - 3 p.m. EST). CMA is referenced as a compliance path in the state of California’s Title 24, the California... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has joined Start Over!–a national coalition working to defeat health care reform legislation currently under review in the U.S. Senate. "We need health care legislation that focuses on reducing costs. We want Congress to start over and get health care reform right," says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. As part of its... more »
  • Legislation tying the federal tax credit for windows, doors and skylights to 2010 Energy Star standards introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) in the House is being applauded by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The bill (H.R. 4112), identical to U.S. Senate legislation (S. 1792) introduced in October, would apply to purchases made in 2010. The bill has bipartisan support and was... more »
  • ASTM International's board of directors has voted to authorize the organizaiton's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. Titled the ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative is sponsored by ASTM International and offers the opportunity for certification of products (materials, products, services and systems) as well as personnel. The recent... more »
  • ForestEthics, an environmental organization with offices in the U.S. and Canada, placed a full-page ad in USA Today’s Phoenix edition yesterday targeting Jeld-Wen Inc., Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. and Andersen Corp. All three window companies are in Phoenix this week to exhibit at Greenbuild, the annual green building conference, and the ad criticizes their ties to Sierra Pacific... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council is hosting two webinars to update the industry on its  Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program for rating the energy performance of nonresidential products. Currently in its pilot phase, the CMA program is expected to be implemented in January 2010. The free "CMA Pilot Project Update" webinars are scheduled for: Wednesday, November 11,... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors' side-hinged exterior door (SHED) standard received approval at the first round of International Code Council hearings which ended last week in Baltimore.  The AMD document is under development as an alternative for structural testing of swinging doors, allowing testing and rating of individual components to provide an overall design pressure rating... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with special events, including live music and other surprises, at its upcoming fall membership meeting. The meeting takes place November 16-19 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. "Since its creation in 1989, the NFRC has become the recognized leader for independent and credible rating... more »
  • NürnbergMesse, the organizer of fensterbau/frontale, the international trade fair for the window, door and facade industries, has announced it is expanding its relationship with ift Rosenheim, an international test, research and certification center based in Rosenheim, Germany.  The two organizations plan to develop more joint services targeted at internationally operating companies.... more »