Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee has signed a bill that requires certain public works renovation and new construction projects to be completed by North American Contractor Certified (NACC) companies. The companies must also employ at least one Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) certified worker.
Rhode Island House Bill 5074 states that public works renovation projects exceeding $1 million and new public works construction projects exceeding $5 million that require glazing work must have a portion completed by NACC companies that employ at least one AGMT crew member. These rules take effect on July 1, 2024. Additionally, after Jan. 1, 2025, each crew performing work must include an AGMT-certified worker on site.
The bill adds that after Jan. 1, 2026, 25% of crews must be AGMT certified, and after Jan. 1, 2027, 50% of crews must be comprised of AGMT-certified individuals. The bill defines glazing as replacing and installing windows, skylights, storefronts and the general installation of architectural glass.
What is NACC/AGMT?
NACC officials state that the certification process reduces the risk of poor building performance by minimizing errors, improving documentation and establishing standards for business and glazing. The program is designed to create a baseline for competency and adherence to industry-accepted guidelines for glazing.
The AGMT certification program is a personnel certification process that includes a third-party, independent assessment of an experienced glazier’s knowledge of and ability to perform fundamental glazing procedures properly.
According to officials, the programs allow for improved jobsite safety and fewer subcontractor defaults and deficiencies.
NACC/AGMT currently have 65 certified contractors and 1,355 certified glaziers in North America. The programs are recognized in MasterSpec and have been required on more than 750 projects year-to-date in 2023.
Source: US Glass News