Volume 34, Number 10,  October 1999

USGOpening News

Andersen Gives Back to the Community
wpe5.jpg (3223 bytes)Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (right) helped Loren Jacot install a window as part of Andersen Corporation’s week-long Habitat for Humanity build.

Andersen Corporation of Bayport, MN, and 60 of its employees recently helped build two homes for the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The company donated all the windows for the homes built in St. Paul, MN. “We’re helping Habitat families save on their energy costs, making their homes even more affordable, energy efficient and environmentally sound,” said Donald L. Garofalo, president and CEO of Andersen.

NFRC Approves Site-Built Procedure
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has given its approval for a procedure to rate and certify the U-factor performance of site-built products. In the past, the NFRC-100 rating and certification procedure only included products assembled by the manufacturer in its facility.
NFRC chairman, Jim Krahn, says the new procedure will bring a “new class of products into the NFRC system; namely major architectural and commercial-grade products. And it serves the needs of architects and specifiers who will benefit from the fair, accurate and reliable energy performance information that NFRC provides.”
The site-built procedure:
•    Covers products designed to be field-glazed, or field-assembled units comprised of specified framing and glazing components;
•    Exempts manufacturers of site-built products from providing a production line unit as a test sample for the rating and certification process; and
•    Makes a new label certificate to be used in place of the NFRC temporary and permanent labels. The label certificate will stay on the job site with the project documents and must be on the job site before the installation of the first complete fenestration product.

ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 Updated
In June, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Board of Directors approved the first major update to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 since 1989. It gives the minimum energy requirements for nonresidential buildings and high-rise residential buildings. The standard uses the rating procedures of the NFRC to determine fenestration energy performance.
The update, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will be jointly published by ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America later this year.

10 Million Units of Intercept Fabricated

wpe6.jpg (6492 bytes)The ten millionth insulating glass unit fabricated with the PRC® Series 500 sealant system for the Intercept™ spacer system has been completed. PRC-DeSoto International of Glendale, CA, and Acorn Win-dow Systems of Quincy, MI, announced that since the introduction of the PRC-590 IG sealant and PRC 525-DM-60 matrix combination, more than 35 IG fabricators have converted their production to PRC Series 500. Acorn was the first Intercept fabricator to run both materials, according to PRC-DeSoto.
Left to right: From Acorn Window Systems: Keith Reiter, president; Michael Schmitz, executive vice president sales and marketing; Rick Wright, assistant plant manager vinyl manufacturing and Bruce Fowler, glass manager. From PRC-DeSoto: Chad Simkins, sales and market development and John Sands, market manager.

Wegoma Offers Training
Wegoma of Twinsburg, OH, is offering a comprehensive training program. The Level II Equipment courses curriculum provides maintenance and supervisory personnel with important information on operation, maintenance, support and repair of its equipment. The WP-CNC-2H Flow-Thru Cleaner and Processing Center course is being held December 13-17. The company says custom training courses are also available. For more information contact Pat Dixon at 800/312-3360, ext. 293.


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