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IEA Calls Energy Efficiency "World's Most Important Fuel"

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, October 31, 2013
A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says investments in energy efficiency result in savings greater than the amount of energy generated.

According to the report, worldwide energy efficiency initiatives during 2011 alone attracted about $300 billion in investment funds — roughly the same amount as global investments in fossil-fuel power generation or renewable energy.

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NFRC Announces BOD Election Results

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is proud to present the results of its 2013 board of directors election.

New board members will be seated in January 2014.

Nominated and elected by NFRC membership, the following people will join the board or have been re-elected in the following seats:

  • Joe Jonely will assume a Fenestration Industry (unspecified) seat. He has been with AMSCO Windows, in Salt Lake City, Utah, since 1975. He currently serves as vice president of engineering.

  • Paul Bush takes the Fenestration Industry (primary glass manufacturer) seat. He is the technical services manager for the flat glass business of PPGIndustries in Cheswick, Pa.

  • Christian Kohler has been re-elected to the General Interest (not-for-profit institution of research or higher learning) seat. On the NFRC board since 2010, Kohler represents the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in California.

  • Bipin Shah takes a general interest (unspecified) seat. A former NFRCemployee, Shah is now president of WinBuild, Inc., in Fairfax, Va.

Longtime board members leaving in January include Dr. Ross McCluney (SunPine Consulting), Joseph Hayden (Pella Corporation), and Steve Farrar (Guardian Industries Corp.). Hayden is a former chair of the NFRC board, and Farrar serves as the current board secretary.

All three received awards for their service during NFRC's recent membership meeting in Tempe, Ariz.

NFRC thanks the outgoing board members for their faithful service and is grateful to all the nominees for their commitment to the organization and their willingness to serve.

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NFRC Member Company ATI Extends Testing Capabilities by Adding P1 Chamber

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Sunday, October 20, 2013

NFRC member company Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) recently announced the addition of a P1 test chamber, offering durability testing to the insulating glass industry.

The apparatus simulates long-term exposure to extreme weather variations, estimating longevity in real-world usage. Insulating glass industry experts say one week of P1 testing is equivalent to approximately one year in the field.

"Although P1 methods have evolved over time, the need for this type of durability testing remains a must for IG manufacturers,” explains Dan Johnson, ATI Director – Regional Operations. "Realizing this, and constantly striving to provide the most comprehensive testing in the marketplace, ATI decided to add P1 chamber capacity.”

Dan Johnson can be reached at 651-636-3835.

Read ATI’s Press Release

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Team Austria Wins Solar Decathlon

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Team Austria, a group of students from the Vienna University of Technology, was crowned the winner this weekend at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Irvine, CA.

Known as "Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation,” the net-positive home competed on being a simple, smart house capable of adapting to a variety of lifestyles and climate zones.

This was the first time a team from Austria competed in the event.

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NFRC Exhibiting at ICC Show in Atlantic City

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NFRC's CEO, Jim Benney and Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tom Herron, are exhibiting at the ICC Final Action Hearings being held at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Be sure to visit them at booth #104 to get answers to all your questions about energy performance ratings for windows, doors, and skylights and to learn more about meeting code compliance on residential and commercial projects.

Exhibit hall hours are 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on October 1 and 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 2.


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NFRC To Speak About Growing Demand for Code Compliant Fenestration Products at ICC Show

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, September 27, 2013

Tom Herron, NFRC’s Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, will deliver a presentation during next week’s ICC Final Action Hearings to help code officials understand how growing public awareness of the energy-saving and human performance benefits of fenestration is driving demand for windows that meet or exceed code.

The presentation will take place in Expo Hall "D” at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, October 2 during the Cracker Barrel Luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

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UNLV Chooses Windows that Manage Heat Gain for Solar Decathlon Entry

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, September 26, 2013

        

Nevada enjoys 210 sunny days each year, earning the distinction of being the country’s third sunniest state. Combined with average daytime highs in the Las Vegas Valley hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, controlling solar heat gain is important for homeowners looking to save energy and improve comfort.

This was an important consideration for Alexia Chen as she helped the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) choose the windows for its DesertSol house – the school’s entry in the Solar Decathlon, which will be held at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California October 3-13.

Public exhibit days are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Oct. 3-6 and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Oct 10-13.

Chen, who graduated from UNLV in May with a degree in Masters of Architecture, explains that DesertSol minimizes solar heat gain by using operable windows on the north and south sides to assist with natural ventilation and excluding windows on the east and west sides. North and south facing windows are shaded during the hottest time of year.

The two main sliding doors have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.27 and a U-factor of 0.28.

NFRC member company, NanaWall Systems, Inc, provided the operable doors and windows to UNLV at a discount.

"Working on this project has been great practical experience,” Chen said. "The windows and doors are making a big difference in the way our house performs.”

Following the competition, DesertSol will be permanently located at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, 180 acres of natural exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails, and desert-living educational facilities built around the original water source of Las Vegas.

Learn more about DesertSol


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Strawn Honors Outgoing Board Members

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

During today’s open board meeting, NFRC Chair, Steve Strawn, awarded three outgoing board members for their commitment and contributions to the organization.

Strawn first recognized Steve Farrar, who said, "One of the most important things we’ve accomplished is getting CMA on track and ready for prime time.”

Strawn next acknowledged Dr. Ross McCluney for his involvement, saying few people possess as much knowledge. While accepting the award, McCluney encouraged NFRC members to pursue more research initiatives.

Joe Hayden accepted the final award and told those in attendance he’s found overcoming challenges through teamwork personally rewarding.

"This is the finest group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” Hayden said.

Strawn praised Hayden for rising through the ranks and added that the board will miss his presence.

 
From Left: Farrar, McCluney, Hayden

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NFRC Members See 43 LEED-Certified Buildings During ASU Tour

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seventeen attendees from NFRC's membership meeting took part in last night’s sustainability tour of Arizona State University (ASU), one of the nation’s leaders in sustainable campus initiatives.

Guided along the 1.5-mile-long walking tour by Nicholas R. Brown, Ph.D, campus Director of University Sustainability Practices, Global Institute of Sustainability, the group saw 43 LEED-certified buildings and learned that ASU is home to 15 solar arrays.  

Brown explained to the group that ASU has 60,000 students on its downtown Tempe campus, with 10,000 of them using bikes and only 10 percent use cars.

ASU is the first college to offer both sustainability graduate and undergraduate degrees.

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Ratings Committee Forwards Six Ballots

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Steve Johnson (left) reported during the Ratings Committee meeting that the following six ballots were passed at the NFRC 700 Certification Subcommittee:

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Requests from Reorganization Ballot, and forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as reaffirmed 2014 document passed by unanimous voice vote.

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Air Leakage Test Certification Cycle Ballot, with editorial changes and forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as a 2014 document passed by unanimous voice vote.

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Product Line Extension Ballot, with editorial changes and forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as a 2014 document passed by unanimous voice vote.

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Section Five Removed Components Ballot, forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as a 2014 document passed by unanimous voice vote.

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Section Six Permanent Label Ballot, with editorial changes and forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as a 2014 document passed by voice vote.

· A move to approve the NFRC 700, Section Seven Plant Inspection Report Ballot, and forward to the board for approval with implementation upon publication as a 2014 document passed by unanimous voice vote.



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