Following two days of technical subcommittee meetings, the technical committee convened this morning at the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) 2013 Spring Committee Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., and passed several balloted changes.
The ballots covered editorial changes for:
- NFRC 400 from the air leakage subcommittee;
- NFRC 500 Complex Glazings from the condensation resistance subcommittee;
- NFRC 200 Applied Films, NFRC 200 Complex Glazings and NFRC 203 Visible Transmittance ballots from the solar heat gain subcommittee; and
- NFRC 100 Applied Films, NFRC 100 Cladding Definition, NFRC 100 Complex Glazing, NFRC 100 Sightline Definition, NFRC 100 Skylight Size and NFRC 100 Table 4-3 ballots from the U-factor subcommittee.
Additionally, Jeff Baker of WestLab announced his resignation as chair of the technical committee. A new chair will be voted on in tomorrow’s board of directors meeting.
Attendees of the meeting also had the chance to view a net-zero energy building in the area on Monday evening and tour the nearby Madico Window Films plant.
At the first stop of the night, the first net-zero building, developed for several commercial business tenants, Tom Hall, building developer and manager of All Florida Management, says the energy-efficient building has generated credits with the power company.
“Since we started this project December 2, 2012, we have yet to have a power bill; in fact, we’ve only generated credits,” he said.
Hall said he projects the average energy credit at full production to be around $700 per month. Hall also said the building had submitted to platinum LEED certification and had recently received an Energy Star® designation.
Current highlights of the project include window tinting, solar photovoltaic panels, electric vehicle charging stations, a geothermal HVAC system, tankless point-of-use water heaters, independent recycling, green spaces that include indigenous plant life and rainwater harvesting.
One of the highest-performing products, noted Hall, was the Madico window films used on the building’s low-E windows..
The films, according to Hall, offered a lower-cost option that boosted the overall efficiency of the windows, helping to bring down the cost of the project without lowering the efficiency. The SunGard dual-reflective Optivision 25 film used on the building was also installed with an exterior perforated jet-tinting image film with one of the tenant’s logos. Hall said the use of the decorative film also helped the company get around a town ordinance on street signage.
The next stop at Madico’s plant offered attendees a glimpse into the manufacturing and assembly process for developing window films. Attendees were welcomed with a reception while Darrell Smith, NFRC member and executive director of the International Window Film Association, explained the assembly and coating processes as well as the benefits of film in a presentation.
Attendees were then invited to tour the facility with staff and review the many components to window film construction.
At the end of the tour, Madico marketing manager Angie Leonetti revealed that the plant had been interviewed for an episode of TLC’s How It’s Made, with a to-be-determined air date. Stay tuned to windowfilmmag.com for more updates on the episode.
The NFRC’s Spring Committee Meetings run through Wednesday. Stay tuned to usgnn.com™ for more details.