Answers to Questions about NFRC's various programs
November 21, 2013
How do I mark products that are currently in our CPD as inactive
In order to make your product lines inactive you need to contact your Inspection Agency and they can make your product lines inactive.
June 7, 2013
What is the difference between being a NFRC program participant and an NFRC member?
NFRC program participants are organizations that take part in one of the NFRC certification programs including:
· Product Certification Program (PCP)
· Component Modeling Approach (CMA)
· Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP)
· Certification Agency Program (CAP)
NFRC members are not necessarily program participants; they are companies and organizations that have an interest in the advancement of the fenestration industry. Members pay an additional annual fee to be directly involved in the development of NFRC programs and ratings.
NFRC members include:
· Licensed Independent Inspection and Accreditation Agencies
· General Contractors and Installers
· Fenestration Industry Organizations and Consultants
· NFRC Accredited Laboratories
· Fenestration Manufacturers and Suppliers
· Architects, Specifiers, and Design Professionals
· Government Agencies
· Higher Education Institutions and Researchers
· Public Interest and Consumer Associations
· General Contractors and Installers
April 22, 2013
Can a manufacturer use a spacer from a different supplier without requiring re-certification provided that both spacers are the same base material (i.e. coated steel, organic foam etc)?
When determining use of a new material, component, or any modification to a product line; please refer to the procedures set forth in Section 4.3.5 of the NFRC 700. This section instructs the manufacturer to initially seek guidance from their simulation laboratory and/or NFRC inspection agency to determine the affects of the modification as defined by NFRC technical documents and if new ratings are required to be obtained.
February 5, 2013
Our company opened a new plant and it’s currently manufacturing products, can I label products with the NFRC permanent and temporary labels?
The Product Certification Program (PCP)
does allow multiple plants to manufacturer and label units for certification
under one NFRC License Agreement. It’s as easy as notifying your Inspection
Agency, accessing the Certified Product Directory (CPD) and adding the plant to the NFRC Schedule I, and associating the
product lines that are produced at the new plant on your NFRC Schedule II. You
may also request updates to Schedule I here and Schedule II here.
January 9, 2013
Does the Certified Products Directory (CPD) automatically save the Identical Rating Value (IRV) expansion Preview Conversions?
No. This this must be
manually completed prior to accepting a conversion.
January 4, 2013
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has introduced the Identical Rating Value (IRV) expansion in the Certified Products Directory (CPD), which has scheduled the implementation of the Full CPD Number requirement to become mandatory on April 1, 2013. What does this mean for NFRC participants?
All NFRC temporary labels on units manufactured on and after April 1 will be required to list the NFRC CPD Number that identifies the exact product as listed on the Certification Authorization Report (CAR).
What is the Identical Rating Value expansion process?
Identical Rating Value (IRV) expansion process is completely voluntary and may be applied to one or all of a manufacturer’s product lines. The IRV process converts current product line options in a grouped series and organizes those grouped option based on identical rating values resulting in one full CPD number to represent multiple options.
Why is IRV tied to the Full CPD Number requirement?
Due to the fact that the current CPD number represents only one specific individual option, ordering, buying, and keeping track of all the different labels may become burdensome. If a manufacturer wishes to reduce the number of individual temporary labels, they may use the IRV expansion process to possibly reduce the amount of options required to have separate individual temporary labels.
For full details and additional information, see thePCP Bulletin 2012-06.
December 7, 2012
I have run out of permanent labels for my windows, can I continue to label the window with only a temporary label?
No. In order for a product to be considered "NFRC Certified” it shall bear a permanent and a temporary label. The idea behind this practice is for traceability for the homeowner, meeting or exceeding local energy code requirements, and even tax incentives. This requirement can be found in the NFRC 700, Section 1.1.7.
"NFRC certification is the authorized act of a Licensee in labeling a fenestration product, or the box/packaging containing an attachment product, with an NFRC permanent label and an NFRC temporary label, which bears one or more energy performance ratings reported by NFRC-accredited simulation and testing laboratories and authorized for certification by an NFRC-licensed IA.”Dear Sherri,
I would like to list my LowE type on the NFRC Temporary label for consumers, why does the NFRC 700 program document not allow this?
Unless a manufacturer has proprietary rights to a specific trade name, a manufacturer shall list a glazing description that describes the product which includes gas fill and/or low-E if present in a generic form "Double-glazing with low-E”, or manufacturer’s designation form "Dual Glazed Star-Spangle low-E”. To see all required and optional temporary labeling items see NFRC 700, Section A.5 and A.6.
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