Glass Solutions Inc. (GSI) has become the first Chicago-based contract glazier and 62nd overall to earn the North American Contractor Certification (NACC). Officials say the process took seven months and consisted of various assessments and the implementation of standard written procedures.
NACC is an ANSI-accredited, third-party certification that recognizes architectural glass and metal subcontractors who adhere to best practices for glazing quality, construction safety and business operations.
“By becoming the first to earn NACC in the Chicago area, Glass Solutions is setting a high bar for best practices,” says NACC’s technical director Ben Beeler. “Building owners, architects, construction managers and insurers can be confident that hiring a certified glazing contractor means expert craftsmanship, high quality, and minimized risk.”
Since its 2015 launch, the NACC program has certified 62 glazing subcontractors in 22 states and Canada. More than 25 companies are progressing toward certification in 2023. Glazing contractors can earn the NACC credential in one or more of eight categories based on the company’s operations: interior and exterior entry systems, interior glazing, building envelope low-rise, building envelope high-rise, horizontal glazing, active glass and service work. GSI earned NACC in all but active glass and service work.
To maintain certification, GSI will be reevaluated annually to confirm its business and glazing practices remain at the high standards NACC requires.