Tuesday, February 28, 2012

McGowan, Fisher Present CMA to ICC in Southern Nevada

Ray McGowan, Senior Program Manager, at the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) led a presentation of the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program during the EduCode show at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last night.

The presentation explained how code officials can implement CMA to determine building energy code compliance.

Fenestration industry expert, Frank Fisher, assisted McGowan in the presentation. Fisher pointed out that while the application of CMA is aimed primarily at non residential buildings, its fundamentals can be applied to residential single family and multi-family homes.

Details on the CMA program

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CMAST Update Available February 27

Dear Valued CMAST User:

Thank you for your support of the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is pleased to announce a new release to the CMAST client. The new release will be available on Monday, February 27, 2012.

This release (1.2.02) addresses the system-wide issue with calculation speed. The CMA Webserver and client will be unavailable from 8:00 p.m. EST Friday, February 24, 2012 through Monday, February 27, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. EST so the new client can be pushed to the Webserver.

Please make sure you have synced all your data prior to Friday, February 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. EST to ensure its availability after the new client has been downloaded and installed.

On Monday, February 27, 2012, you will need to uninstall the old client (1.2.00). Then, log in to the Webserver and download and install the new client version 1.2.02. Finally, you’ll need to sync.

Once completed, you should be able to work as before, but with some improved performance. Should you have any issues please feel free to fill out a CMA Support Form and contact CMA support.

Contact Jen Padgett at 240-821-9515 with questions.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

NFRC Board Member Farrar to Present CMA to ICC

Representatives from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) are collaborating with industry veteran Frank Fisher and NFRC Board of Directors member, Steve Farrar, to present the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program on Monday, February 27.

The 60-90-minute-long presentation begins at 5:00 p.m. and will take place during the International Code Council’s (ICC) EduCode show, which will be held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Monday, February 27 until Friday, March 2.

If you are attending the event, please be sure to join us. Contact NFRC’s Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tom Herron at 240-821-9505 for details.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Corning Lands First Commercial Order for Innovative Product

According to a recent Web article, Corning Incorporated has created solar photovoltaic glass that it says is lighter, more efficient, and stronger than thin-film solar modules. The company is reporting that it just received its first commercial order for the product.

The order is the culmination of three years of development and test marketing.

Corning also says the photovoltaic glass can increase current thin-film module efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Additionally, it is promoted as being 50 times stronger with less than half the thickness of the glass commonly used today in thin-film PV modules. 

NFRC welcomes your thoughts on this topic.

Read the article here

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NFRC to Exhibit During NASEO Conference Next Week

Representatives from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will be exhibiting during the National Association of State Energy Officials' (NASEO) upcoming Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The event will take place Wednesday, February 8 – Friday, February 10.

The theme of this year’s event is “Modernizing U.S. Buildings and Energy Infrastructure: Promoting Economic Development and Technology Innovation.

NASEO chose this theme because it believes the need for a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient energy system presents a significant opportunity to improve the U.S. economy, job creation, and global competitiveness. There are, however, challenges to overcome, which necessitate a shift in the business as usual model to a more dynamic and robust coordination and investment strategy.

According to the NASEO Website, the organization is the only national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. The organization was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information on issues of particular concern to the states and their citizens.

Exhibit Hall Hours (Ballroom Foyer)

Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, February 10, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you are attending the conference, be sure to visit NFRC’s booth to get answers to all your questions about the integral role window ratings play in creating a greener, more sustainable future.

Contact NFRC's Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing, Tom Herron, at 240-821-9505 for details.