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Culp, Pena Point Out NFRC Label During Tour of Madico's Manufacturing Plant

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

NFRC members Tom Culp (far left) and Nelson Pena were among the nearly 20 NFRC members who took part in a two-stop tour last night.

The first stop on the tour took the group to St. Petersburg's first net-zero-building, which serves as the Sierra Club’s state headquarters in the city’s historic Grand Central District.

Afterwards, the group visited Madico Window Film’s nearby manufacturing facility, where Culp and Pena pointed out the placement of the NFRC label on a box of window film.

According to the company’s Website, Madico is one of the world's leading manufacturers of laminating and coating solutions. We provide high performance, complex, multilayer films engineered to exceed customer expectations in our target market segments.

"Considering the upcoming requirement for rating window films in California, this tour was especially informative and insightful," said Pena who works with the California Energy Commission.


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Technical Committee Looks at Redefining "Cladding"

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

The Technical Committee voted unanimously to approve a motion to redefine the term "cladding.”

Approval of the change would remove the terms, "roll-formed” and "extruded” from the existing definition.

If approved by the board, NFRC would define cladding as, "…an applied rigid or semi rigid covering that is placed over the interior and or exterior framing member for the primary purpose of protection from environmental elements and or aesthetics.”

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Baker to Step Down as Technical Committee Chair

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jeff Baker announced this morning that he is stepping down as Technical Committee Chair.

"It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s always been very rewarding” Baker told the membership.

Baker also thanked the task groups for their dedicated service adding, "Our work doesn’t get done without you.”

NFRC will seek volunteers to chair the committee.

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Motion to Allow Ratings for Shading Systems Heads to BOD

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Baker Leads Technical CommitteeJeff Baker (left) led the Technical Committee meeting this morning as it  approved moving forward to NFRC’s Board of Directors a motion that would allow rating certain shading devices under the NFRC 100 and NFRC 200.

The proposed change includes products that use shading systems integral to the product as shipped from the manufacturer, including dynamic attachments for swinging doors.

Also included under the proposed change is dynamic glazing such as electorchromic products and certain non-specular transmittance products such as frits, translucent fiberglass, and etched glass. It does not apply, however, to aftermarket items.

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Anderson Briefs NFRC Members on ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, April 8, 2013

Doug Anderson updated the NFRC membership on the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient Program during today’s networking luncheon.

Anderson explained that the program, which became permanent in 2012, includes 11 product categories and added residential windows in 2013.

The program recognizes the highest-performing residential windows on the market and strives to make it easier for consumers to find those products.

To date, the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program recognizes more than 240 products and 30 manufacturers. One of its goals moving forward is to encourage more widespread adoption of newer or better products.

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Spring Committee Week Begins Today

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, April 8, 2013
The National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) Spring Committee Week Meeting begins today at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Check back throughout the day for updates on the proceedings.

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NFRC Accredits First Lab to Conduct NFRC 202 Test Procedure

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, April 4, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has accredited Architectural Testing, Inc., of Fresno, CA as its first laboratory to test "NFRC 202: Procedure for Determining Translucent Fenestration Product Visible Transmittance at Normal Incidence.”

This procedure, which was approved by NFRC membership in 2012, provides a method for measuring visible transmittance (VT) at normal incidence for translucent panels.

With the accreditation of the first laboratory able to test using this procedure, manufacturers of flat, diffusing products that were not able to test for VT using simulation or a spectrophotometer, are now able to obtain a VT rating on a whole product.

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Coating to Reduce Heat Transfer through Glass Receives Funding

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

According to an online report, the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) has provided $150,000 to a number of universities and private businesses to study the application of low-emissivity coating, which may save millions in indoor lighting costs.

In addition to reducing heat transfer through glass, the coating also cuts infrared light and allows more visible light to enter buildings.

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Sponsorship Opportunity Available with USGBC, UNLV

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, March 25, 2013

If you are interested in an opportunity to donate high-performance windows in return for recognition, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Southern Nevada Chapter and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) would like to hear from you.

The chapter is working with UNLV to assist a team of students in designing a home to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon. The event is an international competition intended to educate the public about energy-saving residential designs. It includes twenty collegiate teams competing to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

Following the competition, which takes place in Irvine, California during October 2013, the house will return to Las Vegas where it will be open to the public.

This opportunity can create widespread exposure for your company, increasing awareness of your products and building your reputation without incurring direct advertising costs.

Please contact David Schmidt at 702-240-4208 to get involved.

Details about the Solar Decathlon are available here.

Learn more about the UNLV project here.

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EPA Taking Additional Time with ENERGY STAR Input

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will take additional time to review and respond to the comments received on the Energy Star for Windows, Doors and Skylights Version 6.0 Draft 2 specification and revised skylight criteria. While it has not issued a timeline, Program Manager for Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights, Doug Anderson, says the EPA hopes to have one prior to the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) meeting, which takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 8-10.

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