Volume 40,   Issue 9                                  September  2005

Contract Glazing

GANA Announces Formation of NFRC Liaison Committee

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has formed an NFRC liaison committee that is working to ensure the interests of the glass and glazing industry are recognized and respected by the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) development of a non-residential fenestration certification and rating program.

The committee, which was formed at the end of March after the NFRC’s spring meeting, has been developing an educational overview of the commercial fenestration industry’s continuous efforts to develop and promote energy-efficient products in response to marketplace demands.

“GANA expressed concerns as the NFRC developed its original site-built certification program, and so we have increased our involvement as NFRC strives to create a more viable rating and certification program for commercial fenestration products,” said Stan Smith, the association’s executive vice president. “We believe our committee can provide useful information about the commercial construction industry and insight as to how NFRC can achieve its goal of providing cost effective value to the commercial fenestration end user.”

GANA plans to distribute the documents developed by the liaison committee to industry members, architects and designers and the NFRC board of directors. Each document will be accompanied by an overview from the committee of the potential non-residential program.

“Through our active involvement in the NFRC activities, we are hopeful that their board of directors and members will accept industry efforts to help study the commercial fenestration market, existing means of documenting product performance and opportunities to promote the use of energy-efficient technology,” said Greg Carney, GANA technical director and chairperson of the NFRC non-residential product certification program task group.

In addition to the liaison committee, GANA has also released an educational paper titled The Commercial Fenestration Industry’s Development of Energy-Efficient Products. The paper provides an educational overview of the commercial fenestration industry’s continuous efforts to develop and promote energy-efficient products in response to marketplace demands.

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Architects’ Salaries on the Rise, Increasing by More than 10 Percent
Architects’ salaries are on the rise, according to the 2005 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Compensation Report. The report said that between 2002 and 2005 salaries of architecture firms increased 10 percent, approximately a 3.3-percent annual compound growth rate. According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, this is a notable increase considering professional salaries in the U.S. economy increased by only 2.5 percent on average for the same period.

“What is interesting about this data is that salaries for architecture positions have increased more than 10 percent during the same timeframe that there has been a recession in non-residential construction,” said AIA chief economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.

“During the recession of the early 1990s, compensation for architecture positions did not even keep pace with inflation. That is no longer the case, as evidenced by increased compensation for architecture positions totaling almost 50 percent between 1996 and 2005.

This news is very encouraging for the architecture profession as a whole.”

Other survey findings include:
• 67 percent of firms offer a salary increase upon completion of the Architect Registration Examination;
Other survey findings include:
• More than 40 percent of firms offer higher salaries for master’s degree holders;
Other survey findings include:
• Compensation gains for computer assisted design (CAD) managers have averaged more than 25 percent over the three-year period; and
Other survey findings include:
• The slower economy has caused a decline in firms offering sign-on bonuses.

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