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Window Films Reduce Heat Loss, Gain

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, May 24, 2013

An online article published by the New England Real Estate Journal Network says window films are recognized by credible fenestration rating groups as effective products for improving the energy efficiency of windows.

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NFRC Exhibiting at AIA Show in June

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, May 23, 2013

NFRC will be exhibiting at the AIA convention in Denver, June 20-22.

The exhibit hall will be open as follows:

Thursday, June 20 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, June 21 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Be sure to visit NFRC at booth 503 to learn more about our fenestration product energy performance ratings for residential and commercial applications.

Contact NFRC's Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tom Herron, at 240-821-9505 with questions.


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Washington State Residential Code Compliance Rates Highest in US

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, May 13, 2013

The state of Washington has the highest compliance with residential building energy codes in the nation, according to the state Department of Commerce and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

The energy code adopted by the state in 2009 is one of the most rigorous in the nation. The survey showed that 97 percent of the homes being built today comply with the code.

In other states, compliance rates range from 40 percent to 90 percent.

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NFRC Exhibiting at Florida Green Expo May 22-23

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, May 9, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will be exhibiting at the Florida Green, Energy, and Climate Conference on May 22 and 23 at the West Palm Beach Convention Center.

The exhibit hall is open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on May 22 and from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on May 23.

If you are attending the conference, be sure to visit NFRC at booth 38 with your questions about the role windows, doors, and skylights play in contributing to more energy efficient homes and buildings.

NFRC will provide free educational materials on how to interpret its energy performance rating label and the many reasons you should demand certified fenestration products.

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NFRC Seeks Feedback on Spring Committee Week Meeting

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, May 2, 2013
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is seeking your feedback regarding its Spring Committee Week Meeting.

Please complete our brief survey by May 15 so we can keep improving.

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NFRC Explains Label on Local News in Baltimore, Hagerstown

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, April 22, 2013
The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tom Herron, appeared WBAL News in Baltimore, MD on Sunday, April 14 and on WHAG News in Hagerstown, MD on April 19 to educate consumers about the energy performance values found on the organization’s third-party certification label.

During the segment, Herron explained that NFRC is a nonprofit organization that empowers consumers who are in the market for energy efficient windows, doors, and skylights.

He pointed out that NFRC allows them to make comparisons before making a purchase and described the role of the U-factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) to Mid-Atlantic viewers, noting that hot summers and cold winters make both important factors for improving comfort and decreasing utility bills.

"We want consumers to know they can come to us to get the unbiased, objective information they need to make comparisons before they make a purchase,” Herron said. "Our goals for this segment were to make our label easier to understand and to let people know we’re here to help them when they need us.”

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Petition Expresses Manufacturers' Concerns Over ENERGY STAR Criteria

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Fenestration industry leaders and the Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency have launched a campaign aimed at keeping ENERGY STAR®-rated windows and skylights affordable for consumers.

A petition posted at Change.org expresses concerns from certain window manufacturers regarding the costs involved to upgrade their products to meet the criteria set forth in Version 6 for ENERGY STAR windows. The changes are slated to take effect in early 2014.

Their specific opposition to meeting the criteria is that windows and skylights would become prohibitively expensive, preventing consumers from realizing a timely return on their investment. Some manufacturers have said the only way to meet the new criteria is through triple-pane windows and the use of expensive technologies. Others say the new criteria makes choosing energy efficient windows and skylights more complicated for consumers.

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DeBlock Calls for Research, BOD to Consider Research Development Fund

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
During this morning’s open board meeting, Research and Technology Committee Chair, Dave DeBlock, encouraged the Board of Directors and the entire membership to develop research topics to improve the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) ratings programs.

"It’s important for us to continue research and to apply our knowledge as we move forward,” DeBlock told the group.

NFRC’s CEO, Jim Benney, addressed DeBlock’s concern, saying the board will be considering a proposal later today to create a research development fund. In the absence of federal funding for 2013, the proposed fund would provide an alternative that enables NFRC to acquire funding through its own initiatives.

"We recognize the importance of research remaining a central part of NFRC’s work, Benney” said.

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BOD Approves Changes Allowing Ratings for Certain Shading Devices

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Board of Directors has approved changes to the NFRC 100 and NFRC 200, allowing certain shading devices to be rated.

The changes apply to products that use shading systems that are integral to the product as shipped from the manufacturer, including dynamic attachments for swinging doors.

Also included is dynamic glazing such as electorchromic products and certain non-specular transmittance products such as frits, translucent fiberglass, and etched glass. These changes, however, do not apply to aftermarket items.

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Certificate of Authorization Proposed to Streamline Data Flow

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Steve Johnson (left) led the Ratings Committee this afternoon as it voted to forward to the board a motion to implement the use of a Certificate of Authorization (CA) to streamline the dissemination of certification data.

Under the existing process, managed within the NFRC 700, inspection agencies (IA) submit a Certification Authorization Reports (CAR) to the manufacturer for every product line following initial approval and for each revision and each addition. The resulting CAR, which is produced from the Certified Products Directory (CPD) is often several hundred pages long and produces unmanageable data files.

Under the proposed motion, the IA would instead provide a CA, which would be a single-page document showing the manufacturer name, CPD number, product model/series name, ratings that are authorized for certification, and other pertinent data. The CAR would still be available upon request.

If approved, implementation would be delayed pending a cost analysis and a software update.

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