The NFRC's Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Product Certification Program enables whole product energy performance ratings for commercial (non-residential) projects. The concept behind component modeling is performance data from the three primary components that make up a fenestration product are used for obtaining an overall product performance rating.
Three primary components used are:
- Glazing: Glazing optical spectral and thermal data from the International Glazing Database (IGDB)
- Frame: Thermal performance data of frame cross-sections
- Spacer: Keff of spacer component geometry and materials
The Component Modeling Approach Software Tool (CMAST) establishes a set of performance libraries of approved components (frames, glass, and spacer) which can be accessed for configuring fenestration products for a project, and obtaining a U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), and Visible Transmittance (VT) rating for those products, which can then be reflected in a CMA Label Certificate for code compliance. CMAST is web-based as well as client-based.
The completed CMA program and software tool is useful in several ways for a vast array of stakeholders in the industry:
- Generating performance ratings for bidding projects
- Ascertaining credible and accurate performance data
- Obtaining third party certification of overall product performance for code compliance
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Documents and Resources:
CMA Software Tool (CMAST)
CMAST Support and Information
CMA PCP Bulletins
CMA ACE page
CMA Certified Products Directory (CPD) - (please note you can get to the CMA-CPD from the login screen of CMAST and you do not need to register to view the CMA-CPD)
- NFRC 100 (please see section 5.9 for CMA)
- NFRC 200 (please see section 5.9 for CMA)
- NFRC 705 - NFRC CMA PCP Document
- NFRC 708 - NFRC CMA CEAP Document (ACE Program)
- NFRC 708.01 - NFRC CMA Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization Application
- NFRC 701 - NFRC Laboratory Accreditation Program Document
- NFRC 701.03 - NFRC 100/200/303/304/500/CMA Simulation Reporting Requirements
- NFRC 702 - NFRC Certification Agency Program Documents
A listing of NFRC Accredited Labs, Approved Calculation Entities, and Licensed Inspection Agencies
- CMA Fees (please see the NFRC 704 Fee Schedule
An independent study conducted by the Heschong-Mahone Group shows the effectiveness of CMA. The purpose of the study was to determine CMA's actual benefits compared to the California Energy Commission's (CEC) alternate Title 24 rating values, after CMA was incorporated as a standard approach in the state's Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards for non-residential buildings.
The study compared CMA values to CEC default and equation-based values, running simulations on eight building models under conditions similar to each of California's 16 climate zones to determine energy-related performance values for fenestration products. It demonstrated that fenestration modeled with the CMA program can provide an increase in compliance margins by 11.7 percent over default calculation methods.
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