Monday, August 31, 2009
EUCI says that today, more than ever, utility companies must find new ways to meet the growing demand for electricity while managing fuel costs in a way that avoids the need to build new infrastructure.
Energy efficiency is important for managing these demands and is quickly becoming a cornerstone in utility resource planning.
Utilities are one of the main industries that can benefit from NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach (CMA), a valuable tool for determining the energy efficiency of windows, doors, and skylights in the non-residential market.
The EUCI conference will discuss current issues and critical success factors for improving efficiency programs in all customer segments. It will also offer case studies and will encourage participants to ask candid questions about strategies, experiences, and what the future holds for regulation and the successful development of energy efficiency programs.
Carney said he was surprised at how much the industry had changed during that time. He added that being away from the day-to-day activities of the fenestration industry made him realize how dynamic it really is.
Carney adds that he's improving with each passing day and has been working since late June. He's particularly inspired by all the help and support he received not just from GANA but from the entire industry. The high volume of cards, letters, and phone calls provided him with inspiration and made him want to get back to work as soon as he was able.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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The show will be held November 11 - 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Gore will speak during the opening celebration on Wednesday, November 11. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“It has come to our attention that some code jurisdictions are utilizing fenestration U-factor and SHGC ratings from tables found in the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals. Please know that the ASHRAE Handbook subcommittee developed these tables for preliminary design guidance only and are not to be used as default numbers in the code.
ASHRAE, IECC, and most state codes already have punitive default tables for fenestration products lacking the required energy ratings. Using these as default numbers can dramatically overstate the performance of the windows and curtain walls installed on buildings. Code officials and other energy experts should look for NFRC ratings on these products to be sure that the U-factors and SHGC ratings are credible.”
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Along with the name change comes a change in format. Rather than consisting of formal presentations, the town hall will feature a panel of experts fielding questions on government policies, emerging technologies, and code proposals.
This change was made when GlassBuild organizers realized there are many lingering questions in these areas. Accordingly, they felt the modified format would provide better insight on the external circumstances influencing the way window and door manufacturers conduct business.
GlassBuild America 2009 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30 - October 2. The town hall forum will take place on October 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
The exhibit hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2.
NFRC will be exhibiting all three days in booth number 1101.
Further information is available on the GlassBuild website.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The meeting is scheduled for November 16-19, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. Links to an early bird registration form and hotel information are currently available at: http://www.nfrc.org/upcomingmeeting.aspx. <>
Thank you for your continued membership in the NFRC: -The nation’s resource for Fair, Accurate, and Credible Energy Ratings of Fenestration products.
If NFRC's staff can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 301-589-1776.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The NFRC member of the year program is the principle method for saying “thank you” to those members who contribute their time and effort generously.
The individual chosen by their fellow members will receive deserved recognition and great prizes, including the Glass Star Award and free registration/travel to an upcoming meeting.
Take a moment to learn more and nominate a fellow member. Additional information along with the nomination form can be found on the NFRC's Member of the Year Page:
Nominations will be accepted through August 31, 2009.
You may access a complete listing of participating Labs and Inspection Agencies online at http://www.nfrc.org/labsagencies.aspx.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Attendees at the recent meeting also raised $560 through voluntary donations for lapel pins. The money will support The local Habitat for Humanity chapter in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
NFRC plans to continue the trend of making a difference and would like to sincerely thank all that participated.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Nominations for the 2010 seats are currently being accepted by the NFRC offices through August 21, 2009.
For details on the seats open for election and to download the NFRC BOD Potential Nominee Form (required to submit a nominee), please access the NFRC’s Board of Director’s Election page at http://www.nfrc.org/NFRC_Board-Election_2009.aspx
This page will be continually updated as the election proceeds.
If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Gendron – Sr. Manager of Member and Information Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
CMAST (v. 1.0.11) is now available at http://184.108.40.206/CMASTServer.
This is where you will find a link to “Download CMAST Client.” Please save and then run the executable file. Release notes for update have also been added to “Release Notes.”
As you may already know, CMAST is the operating software for NFRC's Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program for non-residential fenestration energy certification.
NFRC would like to talk to anyone interested in participating in its CMA Pilot Program.
Please contact Jessica Ferris at email@example.com or John Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GlassBuild America 2009 is expected to draw about 9,000 industry professionals. It has been consistently rated one of the top 200 tradeshows in the U.S. by Tradeshow Magazine.
Exhibits will include glass processing equipment, window and door manufacturing equipment, and the latest technologies for all types of glass and fenestration products.
The exhibit hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30 - Thursday, October 1 and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2.
NFRC will be located in booth #1101. Be sure to stop by with your questions about our certification and labeling program and our new Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Pilot Program.
NFRC hopes to see you there.
Details on GlassBuild America
to expand weatherization programs in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, and Hawaii.
The funding will be distributed once the states meet certain Recovery Act milestones. It will help weatherize about 26,000 homes, lowering energy costs for low-income families, reducing pollution, and creating green jobs. Weatherization projects allow low-income families to save money by making their homes more energy efficient.
Today's investments are also aimed at strengthening local economies and helping move America toward a clean energy future.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Approximately 95 international exhibitors are expected to be on hand at the facility, which offers 86,000 square feet of exhibit space.
All in Glass 2009 is organized by Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. and the China Foreign Trade Centre. It is also supported by the Guangdong Glass Association, the Guangdong Provincial Ceramic Society, the Guangdong Supervision and Testing Centre for Glass Product Quality as well as the Guangzhou Architecture & Decoration Association and the Shenzhen Solar Energy Society.
For more information about visiting or exhibiting at All in Glass 2009, please CLICK HERE
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Pella has received this prestigious award for the third consecutive year.
The independently conducted study by J.D. Power & Associates, asked consumers to evaluate window brands on product and service features. Pella was rated especially high in operational performance, product quality and durability, and appearance and design.
The results of the study are based on 2,856 consumers who purchased new windows or patio doors within the past 12 months.
More details are available on Pella's Website.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The funds will be used to help ensure the widespread implementation of leading edge energy efficiency technologies across the federal government. The federal government believes this initiative will contribute heavily to President Obama's goal to creating f low-carbon emission future.
Federal agencies will make available the technical expertise from DOE's National Laboratories for several kinds of projects, including sustainable buidling.
The approximately $20 million will provide assistance to fifteen different agencies. The federal government is the leading consumer of energy, and this program provides an opportunity to lead by example. Objectives include reducing federal energy usage by 30% by 2015 from 2003 levels.
Furthemore, many projects will help create new jobs and expand a clean energy economy. For more information please visit the GovEnergy Web site.
Friday, August 7, 2009
EEBA expects builders, remodelers, developers, architects, designers and manufacturers to turn out for the conference, which will focus on green and sustainable building practices. EEBA says the conference will also offer sessions to help attendees understand new regulations and legislative measures.
This year marks EEBA's 27th annual conference, which will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. For more information, please follow the link below:
The show will showcase green and eco-friendly products and services while offering educational sessions.
Some of the topics will include green incentives, using tax credits and rebates to make one's home more enegy efficient, and how to save on utility bills while increasing the value of one's home.
If you happen to be in Miami next weekend, be sure to visit NFRC at booth number 628. Bring your questions and learn more about NFRC's certification and labeling system for fenestration products.
BOMA is offering the opportunity to present Stragies for Success at it 2010 Internationl Conference. Entries will be accepted beginning in September. In the past, BOMA has started accepting entries in August, but it is upgrading its submission software to make the process more efficient.
More information is available from BOMA
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Simonton also plans to hire 55 new employees in the same facilities.
Simonton’s Paris, Illinois location laid off 139 employees late 2008 and early 2009. These employees have also been asked to come back to work, and Simonton plans to fill 30 new positions at this location.
Furthermore, 263 employees were laid off in late 2008 and early 2009 from Simonton’s West Virginia facilites facilitiesy 2009. Those in good standing have been offered to come back to work. These facilites are likely to fill 25 additional positions by September.
The Earth Times Website also reports that Mark Savan, President of Simonton Windows, says business has improved during the summer, allowing the company to bring back former employees and to hire new ones. ”
All Simonton products ordered within its Energy Tax Credit (ETC) glass packages are certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). They have a U-factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or less. These ratings were set forth by the U.S. government as a requirement for the energy tax credit.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The Tribune said installing permanent window film can be effective but cannot be removed for free passive solar heating in the winter. It added that some of the newer, nearly clear low-emissivity permanent window films reduce summer heat gain and also reduce winter heat loss back outdoors.
Removable window film provides another option for south- and west-facing windows in early spring . When taken care of this film can be reused many times over.
A roll-up sun control shade is yet another option. The most effective ones slide in vertical side tracks in the window opening.
See the full article in The Oakland Tribune.