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NFRC News Now Provides Updates Throughout Membership Meeting

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, September 19, 2013
The National Fenestration Rating Council's(NFRC) Fall Membership Meeting begins Monday, September 23 and runs through Wednesday, September 25 at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel in Tempe, Arizona.

We’re expecting 115 attendees, including 11 first-timers. You’ll have the opportunity to vote for NFRC’s Board of Directors and witness the presentation of the Dariush Arasteh Memorial Member-of-the-Year Award.

Monday’s activities will feature our "Windows of the Future” forum, which focuses on developments in electrochromic products.

Check back here for live updates throughout the meeting, and contact NFRC’s Meetings Manager, Cheryl Gendron, at 240-821-9501 with any questions.

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Construction Firms Dedicate DOE Building Focusing on Energy Efficiency Research

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Two construction firms recently celebrated the dedication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) $135 million Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado. The facility, which uses operable windows to enable natural cooling and ventilation throughout the building, is home to the most powerful and energy efficient data center in the world dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research

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Home Builders and Nonprofits Consider Whole House Building Code

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

U.S. home builders and nonprofits are collaborating to support a major upgrade in energy codes that would result in 20 percent lower energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions compared to the current code.

The upgrade would offer builders more options for improving efficiency by focusing on an overall energy performance target rather than adhering to a prescriptive list of efficiency measure.

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NFRC Gets Up Close Look at a Solar Decathlon House’s Windows

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NFRC News Now recently visited a solar-powered house bound for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon competition this fall to get a sneak-peek at its high-performance fenestration. The "Harvest House” is being built on a parking lot at Catholic University just 10 miles from NFRC’s headquarters.

Project Manager Bobby Blabolil and Revit Manager Jeremy Haak conducted a tour for NFRC’s Tom Herron and Jessica Finn, pointing out the house’s high-performance features, including its energy-efficient windows and doors.

Students from Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and American University have joined together to form Team Capitol DC to build the house, which they have entered into the Solar Decathlon. This year’s competition will take place in Southern California, marking the first time the event will be held outside of the nation’s capital. The competition challenges college students to build well-designed, highly efficient, and comfortable homes that are only powered by the sun.

High-Performance Fenestration

All of the windows in the Harvest House are custom-built and NFRC-certified. The windows are double-pane, argon filled. The Sanders Company was the window distributor, and NFRC participant, Western Windows Systems, manufactured the windows.

The team installed large windows and doors on the south and north sides of the 850-square-foot house to let in a good deal of daylight, to allow a cross breeze, and to provide a view to the outdoors from the living room. The windows and door on the house’s south side have NFRC ratings of .38 for U-factor, .22 for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), and .51 for Visible Transmittance (VT.) The south-facing glazing will feature a passive, louvered exterior shading system to help lessen the intensity of the warm California sun.

The windows and door on the north side have NFRC ratings of .51 for U-factor, .19 for SHGC, and .39 for VT. The operable window on the east side of the house has NFRC ratings of .45 for U-factor, .18 for SHGC, and .4 for VT. And, the east door has NFRC ratings of .33 for U-factor, .24 for SHGC, and .55 for VT.

The team considered triple-pane windows, but decided that the extra cost was not reason enough for the incremental improvement in energy performance. Part of the judging criteria for this competition involves affordability. Blabolil explained that it may have been a different consideration if the event took place in a colder climate, but the team was less concerned about U-factor for a house that will be sited in Southern California.

A Good Deed

The net-zero-energy house is designed to be accessible to someone with a disability. For example, the door sills are ADA-accessible allowing for easier wheelchair access than a traditional sill. Following the competition, Team Capitol DC plans to donate Harvest House to a U.S. war veteran.

NFRC News Now will continue to follow the story. Look for updates this October following the competition.

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Worldwide Demand for Windows and Doors Seen Growing

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The U.S. market for windows and doors is expected to expand nine percent per year through 2015 after declining 25 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to a new report. Additionally, worldwide for these products is expected to increase by seven percent during the same time, reaching $200 billion.

How will this growth impact your business?

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Understanding NFRC's Temporary and Permanent Labels

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

NFRC’s certification and labeling program requires that a temporary and a permanent label be affixed to each product in order to be considered certified.

When you purchase NFRC-certified windows, doors, or skylights, the product(s) should arrive with both labels applied. The following describes these labels and explains the difference between the two:

Temporary Label

The temporary label is generally printed on adhesive paper, about the size of a large index card, and affixed to the interior glazing surface.

This label explains the product’s energy performance ratings, including U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance. If the temporary label is missing, the product is considered not certified, whether it is authorized for certification or not.


Any product labeled after April 1, 2012 will display a NFRC’s Certified Products Directory (CPD) number, which you can use to verify the performance information on the NFRC Search Directory. If the CPD number is not displayed, the description and performance values can be verified as well, with tools available on the NFRC Search Directory and the NFRC website.

Permanent Label


NFRC’s permanent label can be an adhesive label, such as a tab included alongside other information, or a series of marks, or etchings. The permanent label can be found along the side jambs, at the top on the header, at the bottom on the sill, or between the panes of glass on the spacer of the product.

The manufacturer’s or product’s NFRC identification codes are typically found on the right-hand side of the label. Unlike the temporary label, however, the permanent label does not display performance information. This label may, however, display a NFRC’s Certified Products Directory (CPD) number, which you can use to acquire the performance information. If the permanent label displays NFRC’s CPD number, you can enter it here to acquire the specific product line’s performance information.

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Visit our website or contact NFRC’s Product Certification Program Coordinator (PCP), Airienne Jeffery, at 240-821-9518 for more information.

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Kawneer's Traco Division Introduces Newest OptiQ Ultra-Thermal Window

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, June 21, 2013
Earlier this week, Kawneer’s Traco division distributed a press release announcing is has expanded its OptiQ™ Ultra Thermal Window offering by offering the new AA®5450 Series Window.

Available in single and double hung configurations, the window is designed to maintain thermal continuity, reduce thermal transmission, and help maintain interior comfort. The product also meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for Architectural Window performance class, including life cycle testing.

Read the full press release

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Twin Cities Real Estate Listings to Show Energy Performance Ratings

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, June 14, 2013

A real estate listings service known as NorthstarMLS has collaborated with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) to add energy performance information to new home listings in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The move is intended to provide prospective buyers with easily-accessible and independently-verified information to assess a home’s level of energy efficiency.

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Nonresidential Window Sales Exepcted to Rise Through 2015

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Glass magazine is reporting that a new study expects nonresidential window sales in 2013 to be approximately five percent higher than 2012 and to continue rising during 2014 and 2015.

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International News: Widespread Building in India Draws Attention to Need for Improved Energy Efficiency

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, May 31, 2013
An online report says India can save $42 billion every year by reducing energy waste in buildings. The country already has a voluntary energy conservation building code, and several state governments plan to make these building energy standards mandatory for new commercial construction in the next two years.

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