NACC Aims for Easier Understanding of Glazier Certification

A glazing certification program is kicking off its second year with more clarity.

The North American Contractor Certification Program for Architectural Glass and Metal (NACC) program released its new procedural guide this week, focusing on format and readability.

NACC, developed through the sponsorship of the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA International) and the administration of Administrative Management Systems (AMS), opened for enrollment last January. Currently, seven glaziers are certified under the program, and another 21 have applications pending, according to Jeff Dalaba of AMS.

According to its website, NACC is a “professionally administered third-party certification of [architectural glass and metal] contractors,” with areas of focus including business practices, quality, competency and safety. The program is intended to “provide building owners, general contractors, specifiers, architects, and other stakeholders, assurance that the [architectural glass and metal] fabrication and installation processes will be performed in conformance with the requirements laid out in the program.”

The requirements of the new program remain consistent from last year, though the new guide underwent changes to the format, layout and delivery. NACC grouped the program into five categories: company business practices, safety, quality, glazing processes, and contract administration process.

“Basically grouping that way makes it easier to understand and follow,” says Dalaba. “It’s easier for a company to prepare for the NACC program certification by identifying departments most closely involved in process.”

The NACC governing board consists of equal representation from the contractor community and the user community—including architects, consultants, building owners, manufacturers and suppliers. At the board’s last annual meeting, it identified parts of the procedural guide that could be improved for the end-user.

“One thing that’s very positive is the initial requirements established by our board were found to be very effective in the first year,” says Dalaba. “We felt like we did hit the target with the program in its inception. So the great thing is we didn’t have to make a lot of changes to the program requirements. All we had to do was clarify the program requirements.”

That included an easier-to-read format, which features graphics and charts.

At the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in Las Vegas later this month, Dalaba will be part of a panel discussing the program. Panelists will include Jim Stathopoulos of Ajay Glass, one of the first companies to become certified, and David Stutzman, architect and specifier at Conspectus. Inc. Stutzman serves on the program’s board.

“The important thing about the panel at BEC is that we’re looking at the program from the contractor perspective, the administrator perspective and the end-user perspective,” says Dalaba.

To view the 2016 version of the procedural guide for the voluntary program, click here.

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