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For the past thirty years, NFRC has acquired countless members who have used their varying expertise to strengthen NFRC’s mission of advancing continuous improvement of windows, doors, and skylights. Throughout this series, members such as Ben West will be highlighted to showcase the innovations that they brought forth to the organization. In order to celebrate an anniversary as significant as thirty years, NFRC has decided that it’s crucial to acknowledge members whom have helped make this accomplishment possible.

Six years ago, Ben West attended his first NFRC membership meeting in Portland, OR. Fast forward to the 2018 meeting in Albuquerque, NM, and West, now a member of the NFRC, has seen the organization expand priorities to include the needs of the commercial building sector. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope is the leading supplier of building materials designed, engineered, tested and manufactured by the same company. West works alongside architects and engineers to ensure the exterior doors, windows, exterior curtain wall, storefront and skylights meet performance standards in conjunction with the overall building envelope assemblies. 

While energy efficiency ratings have been the cornerstone of the NFRC for several years, West is excited for what the future holds. At meetings West discusses the latest developments in fenestration, including 3D FEA analyses and simulations that will eventually transform the design of building envelopes. Moving forward, West is optimistic about the advancements in the industry, and has no doubt the NFRC will continue to be a leader in the space.

Evolving trends in fenestration are moving the industry beyond energy performance ratings. Architects, developers and building owners of 60-story towers, for example, want to make sure they build better buildings from the start. According to the EPA, Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, making the health and safety of the building occupants a crucial topic. In the long run, using healthier building materials result in better mood and improves overall health.

“Windows absolutely play a role in our health,” West said.

In its 30 years, NFRC has made strides to better understand how a buildings’ windows, doors and skylights contribute to its occupants’ health and safety. However, West says there is more work to be done. Informing facilities managers about the health effects of fenestration products will likely be an ongoing topic of discussion in 2019. 



In the early 1990s, using new Intercept® spacer technology, GED Integrated Solutions, Inc. (GED) and PPG Industries Inc, today known as Vitro Architectural Glass, defined the phrase warm edge spacer as “a spacer that resists moisture and prohibits conductivity around the perimeter of a window.” The phrase, derived from Intercept spacer materials’ thermal performance, represents high-performance products such as GED’s revolutionary Intercept 2.5 Spacer Fabrication System and ULTRA Stainless Steel spacer technology. 

NFRC’s ratings for the thermal performance of window products and the high ratings for ENERGY STAR® level certification ensures GED customers are equipped with the best spacer materials and process equipment to achieve and maintain ENERGY STAR ratings for their products.

For over 30 years, GED’s Intercept technology has continued to advance, ensuring that the GED Intercept Spacer system meets and exceeds NFRC standards.

By reaching ENERGY STAR standards with the Intercept ULTRA stainless-steel spacer technology over tinplate spacers (which are not ENERGY STAR certified), GED has proven our commitment to remaining a leading force in the warm edge spacer marketplace. GED is proud to provide the technology, innovation and products to bolster ENERGY STAR ratings through continued, high-ranking performance tests measured by the NFRC. 

Intercept is a registered trademark owned by Vitro. ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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