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NFRC Promotes Environmentally Responsible Building on Earth Day, Everyday

Posted By Adriana Vargas, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

By Jeremy Browning

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) strives to empower people to create better buildings, increasing public awareness of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. As good stewards of the environment, NFRC donates to an environmental nonprofit in the location of our annual spring and fall meetings.  This spring, prior to the COVID-19 crisis, our meeting was scheduled to be held in College Park, Maryland. 

Even though the spring meeting was moved online, NFRC still made a cash donation to support the mission of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).  Since 1967, CBF has advocated to “Save the Bay” through environmental restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which is a 64,000 square-mile area that includes College Park and NFRC headquarters and stretches from Virginia to New York. CBF is dedicated to reducing pollution, improving water quality, educating the next generation of environmental stewards and creating a healthier environment for the 18 million people and 3,600 species of wildlife who call the region home.

In addition to the support of CBF, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, NFRC will observe Earth Day, a day where the world unites to reduce the environmental impact of human activity.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the theme this year is climate action.

According to, climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world inhabitable.  The built environment accounts for more than 40 percent of energy use and 70 percent of electricity use.  NFRC is building a sustainable future through its commitment to the continuous improvements of windows, doors, and skylights that make buildings more comfortable and energy efficient.

In the last 30 years, since NFRC’s inception, energy-efficient fenestration industry products have reduced an estimated 547 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved 774 gigawatt hours of energy, equivalent to:

  •  About 118 million passenger cars NOT driven for one year
  •  One year of electricity use by about 70 million U.S. households
  •  The energy savings in one year from replacing about 7 trillion standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps
  •  About 455 million acres of pine or fir forests absorbing CO2 for one year


Learn more about NFRC’s sustainability efforts by visiting our new sustainability webpage or contacting our sustainability manager, Jeremy Browning, at

Tags:  earth day  sustainability 

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