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January 4th, 2017 UPDATE: 

Summary: 
The NADRA Consumer Product Awareness Committee (CPAC) has been working diligently and is making very good progress in the creation of the Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS).  The current CPAS draft contains three main metrics for testing and providing performance ratings for deck boards:

  • Slip Resistance
  • Fade Resistance
  • Swell and Water Absorption Resistance

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with simple, straight-forward information to assist in their deck board selection and to provide the industry with a standardized rating system for aspects of particular interest to consumers which are beyond the requirements of a certification program.

The current goal is to have the initial release of the CPAS ready for the next NADRA meeting in April.  If anyone would like to contribute by providing ideas, data, or input regarding the CPAS please contact Michael Beaudry at 215-804-6679 or mbeaudry@nadra.org.  Your support is very beneficial to the continued advancement of this program, thank you!

 

October 21, 2016 UPDATE:

Special Note to All Interested Parties:

The Consumer Product Awareness Committee (CPAC) was created to work in conjunction with NADRA and NTA to develop and implement an association sponsored labeling program for deck board products, which are already in a certification program.  This labeling program will be based on the Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS), which is currently under development.

 

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with simple, straight-forward information to assist in their deck board selection and to provide the industry with a standardized rating system for aspects of particular interest to consumers which are beyond the requirements of a certification program.

 

The notes below from the most recent CPAC meeting and all future notes from the CPAC meetings will be provided to NADRA membership to allow any interested parties to provide data, ideas, or input to facilitate the creation of the CPAS with the best information possible to benefit the deck board industry.  Thank you in advance for your support, which will be very beneficial to the continued advancement of this program.

 

RE:  CPAC Call Notes and Agenda for Next Meeting

 

Dear NADRA CPAC Committee Members & Organizers:

 

Thank you for participating in the CPAC Committee conference Call on Thursday October 20, 2016.  A summary of key points from this call is provided below:

  • Committee members on the call:
    • Robert Rottinghaus – UFP
    • Paul Beulileu – Green Bay Decking
  • Committee members absent:
    • John Burkhart – Westech
  • Anti-Trust Statement
    • Stated, “We all agree that we have read and understand the anti-trust statement provided on the Google Drive”.  The anti-trust statement will be read in full when any new members participate in a call.
  • Voted on the acceptance of the notes from the previous meeting.
    • Motion to accept the notes – Robert R.
      • Motion seconded – Paul B.
      • Votes: 2 Yes, 0 No
  • Voted on the acceptance of the following Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS) Sections:
    • 4: Performance Requirements
      • 4.3: Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
        • Added a possible water absorption (%) scale to the CPAS and a third line item for water absorption (%) after a 14 day immersion.  These are highlighted in the draft CPAS for further discussion.
        • Discussed the length of time for the water immersion of specimens.  ASTM D1037, Section 23, Method B specifies 24 hours.  Some options brought up were:
          • Requiring a 24 hour test and a 14 day test and determining a performance rating for each then averaging the two rating to obtain the performance rating to be displayed.
          • Performing just a longer duration test or just the 24 hour test.
          • Paul is going to perform some trial tests and share the results during the next meeting to discuss before voting.
    • 5: Test Methods
      • 5.2: Fade Resistance
        • Discussed the use of cycle 1 (which is the same for both ASTM D2565 and G155).
          • Motion to use Cycle 1 – Paul B.
            • Motion seconded – Robert R.
            • Votes: 2 Yes, 0 No
            • 5.4: Heat Retention
              • Briefly discussed the possibility to use ASTM C1057 and ASTM C1055 as a possibility for the testing for this performance rating.
              • This section is currently highlighted in the CPAS and will need to be further discussed.  During previous meeting ideas have been shared about possibly removing this section or if it is kept what testing should be referenced.
  • Discussed some other performance rating ideas that came up during discussions at the RDJ Expo a couple weeks ago.
    • Fungus, mold, or microbial resistance
      • The initial CPAS draft included microbial resistance:
        • ASTM G21 testing for fungal resistance
        • ASTM D1413 weight loss data (which would have been needed for certification for any products containing cellulosic material).
          • ASTM D7032, Section 4.8.1.1 just requires that test specimens have equivalent decay resistance to that of preservative treated wood.
          • The purpose for the CPAS would be to create a scale based on the actual weight loss, where the typical weight loss of preservative treated lumber would not be on the scale.
          • The microbial resistance was previously voted to be removed.
            • The committee members on the call decided it would be best to hold off on any further voting until the next meeting when all committee members would be available.
    • Recycled content
      • This was discussed along with other options such as renewable content or recyclability after its lifecycle.
      • It was discussed that this information would be better suited for an Environmental Declaration Program (EDP) or another similar program outside of the CPAS.

 

The next official committee meeting will be scheduled via conference call for 1 pm EST on Thursday November 3, 2016 and Margie will send out an invite for this Uber conference call.  The agenda for this meeting is outlined below:

  • A new member has completed the sign-up form to join the committee, Barry John Davis of DPDS International, Ltd.
  • Vote on the acceptance of the following Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS) Sections:
    • 4: Performance Requirements
      • 4.3: Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
  • Discuss the performance rating scale and what value range to include for each rating.
  • Discuss in conjunction with Section 5.4.
  • 5.3 Swell and Water Absorption Resistance
    • Discuss the time-frame for the water immersion and the results of Paul’s tests.  Vote on time frame(s) to be included.
    • 5.4 Heat Retention
      • Discuss if the inclusion of this section, possible standards, and metrics for determination of the performance rating.
      • Andy Clements from Brite Claim sent out an email with a possible suggestion of performing a heat deflection test to address possible melting of products due to reflection from items such as glass windows.
      • 4.4: Heat Retention
    • 5: Test Methods
    • Discuss any suggestions or ideas for other performance rating metrics (such as microbial resistance, or recycled content).  Vote on items as needed.
  • Votes must be “Yes” or “No” and all “No” votes must include reasoning and requests for what the voter would like to have changed.
  • Any “No” votes would be discussed and a resolution and re-vote performed during the meeting, if possible.

 

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact NADRA at 215-679-4884 or Info@NADRA.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vice President & Your Board of Directors

 

NADRA, “Doing things for the right reason and having fun doing them”.

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