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The NFRC Product Certification Program

The process for obtaining NFRC Certified Energy Performance Ratings can appear confusing.

This page explains how the program works and provides a guide to help simplify and streamline the various expenses involved. Please consider the program expense an investment in your product. Remember, anything of value has a price.

On this page you will find information on understanding the benefits, costs, and the different processes of the NFRC Product Certification Program

Benefits:

* Credibility to your brand, consumer trust, and potentially increased sales.

* Assurance of code compliance -- knowing that your product will be rated by the world's foremost expert in fenestration performance.

* Fair competition in the marketplace through uniform and consistent treatment -- whether you are a national or small-market producer.

Based on what your company does you will fall under one of the following categories. 

Site-Built

Fabricator

Manufacturer

Pre-Hanger

Applied Film


NFRC Participation Costs

The cost for participating in the NFRC's certification program is based on the licensee's total revenue. NFRC membership is separate and apart from participation in the NFRC Product Certification Program. Review the NFRC 704: Fee Schedule for the exact participation fees.

Other program costs vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and among the NFRC-accredited lab and licensed IAs. Here are some things to consider as you begin the process:

* Keep your needs simple;

* Time is money – the more time it takes for inspections, testing, and simulation, the higher the costs;

* Consider grouping options when possible;

* Shop around for the best value – Request several bids before choosing an accredited lab and IA; and

* Communicate regularly with your labs and IAs.

 

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