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Chair Says NFRC's 25th Anniversary Shows Courage, Resilience

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, September 12, 2014

In this posting, NFRC Chair, Jeff Baker, reflects on the organization's success as it prepares for its membership meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, September 22-25.

Dear Members and Guests:

It is my honor and good fortune to serve as NFRC’s Chair as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

It is easy to forget now, but when NFRC started 25 years ago, it faced a lot of skeptics. Many thought we had embarked on a "mission impossible." Our goal to establish standards for rating the energy performance of fenestration products aroused cynicism and was treated as a well-meaning fantasy.

Many people questioned our ability and our commitment, but as we gather this week, close to where it all began, it is clear that NFRC has proven its skeptics wrong.  

Our ability to overcome the obstacles we faced and achieve success is inseparably linked not only to our ambition but also to the supporting relationships we formed along the way. Yet, neither of these -- important as they are -- fully capture what NFRC is and what we celebrate.

There are also more subtle qualities. For some it is that NFRC is both large and small. Being large in spirit yet relatively small in size has allowed our members to create rapport with one another and with NFRC’s staff. For others, it is the fulfilling notion that NFRC’s programs serve the public and make a positive difference in the real world that serves as their highest achievement.   

For me, however, it is the ongoing quest to improve what we do that remains central to NFRC’s evolving character. Throughout our history, our commitment to improvement has grown through our steadfast belief in the social usefulness of our work and through the belief in the value of the ideas of those who are with us and those who preceded us.

Reflecting on the past 25 years prompts a storehouse of fond memories and heightens my appreciation for everyone who has shared in our journey.

It is a great privilege to participate with so many knowledgeable and dedicated people in the ongoing task of building an organization of distinction. I extend a special note of gratitude to all those who have helped NFRC in this effort.

The obstacles we overcame to get here today have only strengthened us. Through our perseverance we found courage and resilience. Through our drive and determination we have not only endured but flourished. Most important, however, it is through this same pioneering spirit that we will become even stronger in the years ahead.


Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker


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