Volume 12, Issue 1 - January/February 2010
NWRA on the Watch
Since its inception, the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA)
has been at the forefront of watching out for industry regulations, changes
and issues that might affect its members and the way they do business.
And this year has been no different. From the impending California auto
glass regulations to the ongoing saga of Z26, the NWRA and its staff remain
vigilant in protecting the interests of repair companies. Here’s an update
on some of our efforts.
“From the impending California
auto glass regulations to the
A little more than a year ago, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) had begun to investigate ways to make cars run more efficiently. It was part of the group’s effort to comply with AB 32, an initiative designed to decrease the state’s greenhouse gas initiatives. The board had originally focused on cars’ paint, in hopes that reflective paint might reduce the heat entering the vehicle. When they found that wouldn’t work, they turned to the glass.
Though the final draft of the regulation has not yet been finalized, CARB was calling for reduced solar transmission through the glass in an effort to reduce the load on the vehicle’s air conditioner. These regulations would affect any vehicles sold in the state, beginning in 2012.
The regulations specifically address the total solar transmittance (TST) required for the glass; CARB defines this figure as “the ratio of the transmitted solar flux to the incident solar flux, i.e., the ratio of the amount of solar energy that passes through the glazing (including energy absorbed and subsequently re-radiated to the interior) to the amount of solar energy falling on the glazing.”
Although it appears the impending CARB regulations will have the greatest initial impact on manufacturers and replacement shops, the regulations may have implications for repair technicians; depending on how often vehicle manufacturers opt to utilize the energy-efficient glass option in lieu of an alternative performance option.
The NWRA will continue to monitor these and other regulatory measures that may impact the windshield repair industry. n
wMike Boyle is the president of the NWRA. He also serves as president of Glass Mechanix in Bend, Ore. His opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.
Mike Boyle is the president of the NWRA. He also serves as president of Glass Mechanix in Bend, Ore. His opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.