Volume 50, Issue 12 - December 2015
Fenestration, Glass Industry Publishes
New Window Product Category Rule
After nearly four years of collaboration, the long-awaited Window Product Category Rule (PCR) is finally available. The PCR was established “to provide a detailed method for developing a business-to-business (B-to-B) Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to support comparable, informed, and objective sustainable purchasing of windows,” according to the document. The scope of the PCR is “Cradle to Gate with options.”
Guardian Settles With EPA
New CMAST; Earns
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has released what it calls its fastest-performing version of CMAST, the organization’s commercial fenestration rating tool.
“Calculations that used to take 19 minutes now take about 11 seconds,” says Una Moneypenny, NFRC’s director of IT solutions. “It’s a vast improvement that answers our users’ call for a more efficient tool that determines commercial fenestration product energy
CEO Deb Callahan notes that developing CMAST over the past several years has given NFRC additional insight for collaborating more effectively.
“This is an important victory for NFRC and for the industry,” Callahan says. “We have a viable tool for use today, and it’s positioning us to create a sustainable business model for the future.”
In other news, the NFRC ANS Standards Committee and NFRC board of directors approved a plan to submit changes to the ANSI/NFRC 100: Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product U-factors, which have earned the American National Standard (ANS) designation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
NFRC members serving on task groups and subcommittees may continue to review and ballot the documents as necessary. Proposed changes will be held reserved until the next document cycle and public review in January 2017.
The new designation will be announced in an upcoming issue of ANSI’s Standards Action
New Database Details Health, Environmental Effects of Building Products
A new open-source, online database provides detailed information about the health and environmental effects of more than 100 building products.
The Quartz database, which seeks to promote greater transparency in building-product information, is the result of a year-long collaboration called The Quartz Project.
The database was developed by Google; Flux, a technology firm; the Healthy Building Network, which aims to reduce toxic building materials; and think, a software company.
Both life-cycle analyses and health-hazard data are integrated into a single source within the database. Quartz aggregates and standardizes the industry’s current collection of dispersed, inconsistent information into an open directory, according to its creators.
A search of “glass,” for example, provides information on laminated glass, insulating glass units, and sealants, among others.
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