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New Homes Just as Energy Efficient Despite Being Larger

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A recent survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration says homes built after the year 2000 use about the same amount of energy as those built before the year 2000 despite being an average of 30 percent larger, and stricter building energy codes are part of the reason.

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Report Sees 22 Percent Growth in U.S. Homes Using Energy Efficient Windows

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A new online article is reporting that energy use per home in the US has fallen consistently in recent years, and one of the reasons is more widespread use of energy efficient windows.

In fact, an infographic that accompanies the report says 36 percent of housing units had energy efficient, multi-pane windows in 1993, and that percentage grew to 58 during 2009.

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Global Smart Glass Market to Reach $3.83 Billion by 2017

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A report published in December 2012 says applications for smart glass are growing and predicts the market will reach $3.83 billion by 2017.

This represents a compound annual growth rate of 20.3 percent from 2012.

The report attributes the commercialization of smart glass technologies such as Electrochromic (EC) and Suspended Particle Display (SPD) to the increasing rate of adoption. Such technologies can be used in residential and commercial construction.

Installing smart glass is widely viewed as a means of making buildings "greener” and helping achieve net-zero energy goals. According to the report, current emphasis on green building and improved sustainability are also factors driving the market for smart glass.

How might this growth impact your business?

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NFRC Independent Verification Program: Status of NFRC 713 and Implementation

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, February 4, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is the leading expert in the certification and testing for windows, doors, and skylights and is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body (CB) for the ENERGY STAR®program. To ensure that ENERGY STAR products continue to perform in the marketplace as originally designed and certified, EPA requires that all products bearing the ENERGY STAR logo be made available for independent verification testing. As a CB, NFRC is implementing an Independent Verification Program (IVP), scheduled for Spring 2013, to verify the performance ratings of ENERGY STAR qualified products.

NFRC is aware that this program will affect its participants. Therefore, NFRC is distributing a draft of the NFRC 713-2013 IVP for final comment. The comment period will last two weeks ending on Friday, February 15, 2013. Participants can download the NFRC 713 draft from the NFRC website. Submit comments here.

To assist participants, NFRC developed a high level flowchart providing the process of an IVP verification test and revised the previously distributed Frequently Asked Questions. The flowchart and FAQare also available for download from the NFRC website.

NFRC has developed a two-step enrollment process in order for ENERGY STAR Partners to participant in the IVP. This two-step process includes the opportunity for ENERGY STAR Partners to fill out an agreement form to participate in the IVP and to identify their ENERGY STAR qualified product lines for 2013.

Step one is to submit an IVP Participation form notifying NFRC of your decision to participate in the IVP for 2013. An online form will be available on the NFRC website along with a PDF and Word version for your convenience when enrollment for the IVP commences. The enrollment PDF and Word forms may be returned here or by fax at 301-220-3129, Attn: IVP Enrollment.

Step two in the enrollment process is for Partners to identify their ENERGY STAR qualified product lines. The ENERGY STAR Product Line Identification Tool is a website that has been created to allow Partners to submit their ENERGY STAR qualified product lines for IVP selection. The online tool to designate your product lines is available now for your use and a manual is also available to download. Per the NFRC 704, the number of product lines designated also determines the number of product lines invoiced for IVP fees in 2013. The deadline to identify your ENERGY STAR qualified product lines is March 31, 2013.

Upon your completion of the enrollment process, NFRC will invoice participants their IVP fees for 2013 in accordance with NFRC 704-2013 E0A1 at a pro-rated fee. All product line fees will be based upon the identified ENERGY STAR qualified product lines during the enrollment process.

NFRC anticipates implementation of the IVP for May 2013.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Stacy Germann, IVP Coordinator, at 240-821-9504.

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NFRC Exhibiting, Presenting at MiaGreen This Week

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, January 28, 2013

Ray McGowan and Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will represent the organization during the MiaGreen Expo and Conference, which will be held in Hall A of the Miami Beach Convention Center on January 31 and February 1.

NFRC will be exhibiting in booth #705 and will also conduct a half-day educational presentation entitled, "Sustainable Fenestration Design and Performance" beginning at 10:30 a.m. on January 31.

If you are attending the show, be sure to visit NFRC's booth for answers to all your questions about certifying the energy performance of windows, doors, and skylights.


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NFRC Publishes New Technical Interpretations

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announces the publication of two new technical interpretations.

The first, known as TI-2012-04, explains how to simulate a sliding glass door with a single, horizontal mid-rail. The second, known as TI-2012-05, explains how to model a four-panel center-parting door system as a two-panel door with one fully modeled panel/frame section and one center-lined modeled panel-to-panel section to serve as the opposite door jamb.

Read both interpretations here, and let others know what this means to your business.


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Study Says Energy Efficient Windows Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, January 18, 2013

A division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) known as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that Americans used less energy to heat and cool their homes in 2009 than they did in 1993, and energy efficient windows have contributed to the reduction.

New survey results show the energy used to heat and cool American homes dropped from 58 percent in 1993 to 48 percent in 2009. The amount of energy used for space heating alone dropped from 53 percent in 1993 to 42 percent in 2009.

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Tax Credits for Windows Extended

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Saturday, January 12, 2013

Congress has extended energy efficiency tax credits for upgrades to existing homes, including a credit for windows.

The credit applies to purchases made in 2012 and 2013 and covers up to 10 percent of the cost for products that meet minimum efficiency levels. The credit is capped at $200 for windows.

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ENERGY STAR Seeks Fenestration Industry Input

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking input from the fenestration industry on the latest draft of the ENERGY STAR© for Windows, Doors, and Skylights specification.

The EPA is accepting comments at windows@energystar.gov until February 8, 2013.

Where to you see the fenestration industry in five years?

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DOE Invests $9 Million in Building Envelope Technology

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $9 million in building envelope technology, and one area of focus is high-performance windows.

According to Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, the average American family spends about $2,000 per year on their home energy bills, yet much of that money is wasted on air leaks. DOE says bringing more energy efficient products into the market can improve energy savings and strengthen U.S. manufacturers.

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) energy performance rating label helps consumers and industry professionals determine how windows, doors, and skylights will perform. Learn more about the NFRC label here.

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