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Passing the Smell Test

Well in the “hell as frozen over” category comes a bulletin I received Friday from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announcing that organization’s intention to submit certain NFRC rating procedures to become recognized as ANSI Standards. The release invites interested parties to join a standing committee designated as the ANSI Standards Committee to oversee the review process.

Now this, in my humble opinion, is going to be very, very interesting. The ANSI process is designed to ensure fairness and openness in the development of standards. In fact, many organizations in the glass industry create committees under ANSI’s essential requirements and those committees develop standards, procedures, etc. Throughout the entire process, procedures are in place to ensure this same openness and fairness is preserved at every turn.

That’s not how NFRC is doing it, though. NFRC is taking a number of ratings procedures it has already developed and is now going to submit them to ANSI. It’s establishing this Standards Committee to oversee these activities as well as any others its board of directors may request.

“In order to make these procedures ANSI standards there must be public comment,” said the NFRC’s Robin Merrifield when I spoke with her earlier today. “This committee will handle those comments.”

I asked Robin if the Component Modeling Approach procedures and documents would be included in this process. “No,” she said, “only to the extent those documents being reviewed impact the CMA.” For the record, the procedures being reviewed are NFRC 100: Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product U-factors; NFRC 200: Procedure for Determining Fenestration product Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and Visible Transmittance at Normal Incidence, and NFRC 400: Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Air Leakage.

So what does this mean? Well, if you felt that the committees that created these documents were perhaps unbalanced in their type of representation … perhaps with testing laboratories and such … you will have a chance to mention that perceived lack of balance during the ANSI comment period. Or, say hypothetically, if you were at a meeting where you saw a number of negative votes virtually ignored, you may be able to address that during this process as well.

Will it make any difference? That remains to be seen. Many in the glass industry have felt railroaded by the NFRC processes in the past. It would be really interesting to see if the CMA, as it currently exists, or the new residential portion being created for that matter, could or ever would pass an ANSI smell test.

Saying the C Word

The C Word, in this case, is cute. I don’t do cute too often because it’s … well … cute. But even I could not resist this picture that I saw on Facebook this weekend. It was on the wall of Virginia Lee, the former executive director of the Texas Glass Association, and it was just too cute to pass up. See what you think of these pupcakes:

 Speaking of Texas

We are gearing up, along with all of TGA and its leadership and staff for a great Glass Texpo 2012, to be held April 12-13, 2012, in the beautiful ciudad of San Antonio, Texas. Hope you can join us.

Have a good week,

P.S.: I was very sad to learn from today’s daily e- news service of the passing of Tommy Huskey of Gardner Glass Products yesterday.  Tommy was a true innovator and an adept manager skilled at reinventing his company for growth under all sets of conditions. My prayers are with his families–work and home.