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Volunteer with NFRC

Volunteering through committees, subcommittees, task groups, and work groups at NFRC gives you and your company the opportunity to have your voice heard and influence how the NFRC rating and labeling system works.

Committees at NFRC regularly meet to assure that programs and policies are in place to meet the NFRC mission.

The majority of work done by NFRC members takes place in its Committee Structure through Task Groups, Subcommittees, and Committees. NFRC develops its standards and program documents in accordance with consensus procedures, with input accepted from all interested parties, and negatives and comments formally addressed and resolved. A simplified outline of the levels of the Committee Structure can be found here.

NFRC committee meetings are typically held twice a year; Subcommittee and Task Group meetings may be held four times a year (or more). Please be sure to check the Meeting site for the next scheduled meeting(s).

Click on the links under "Groups" to find detailed information regarding the Board of Directors, various Committees, Sub-Committees, and Task Groups.

Alternate Terminology Exploration Task Group

This is a brand new group who's scope will be developed regarding exploring alternate terminology to replace current "residential" and "commercial" terms.

Window/Therm Approval Task Group

  • Managing the process of obtaining NFRC approval of WINDOW and THERM, as defined by the NFRC Software Approval Guidelines.
  • Proposing all necessary document revisions associated with implementation of WINDOW and THERM.
  • Proposing a schedule for implementation of WINDOW and THERM, and subsequent sun-setting of previous versions.
  • Reviewing the NFRC Software Approval Guidelines and recommending revisions if deemed appropriate.

The CMA Technical Task Group

To maintain a component based nonresidential procedure for fenestration products that will yield accurate energy performance data for use in code compliance and for meaningful building energy analysis.

Streamlining PCP Process Task Group Work Participants

In mid-2017 volunteer experts from the NFRC community participated in a Kaizen event to identify waste and redundancy in the Product Certification Program. Of the many projects that came out of that event, the following four projects need volunteer experts from within NFRC membership. Participation is needed to help define the full scope and steps to advance these projects in 2018 and 2019.

Validation Simplification. Staff liaison, Michelle Scism (mscism@nfrc.org)

The current NFRC validation test may not be the most useful method to ensure certification program quality. NFRC has 27 years of data telling us that the test validates the simulations. Considering this data, validation testing for each recertification cycle, specifically when a product line is unchanged, is redundant. The idea of Validation Simplification is to replace validation testing during recertification with a Component Evaluation (CE) for each product line during the life of the certification-cycle.

The purpose of this project is to develop a viable quality assurance process that eliminates the need for mandatory validation testing for recertification. The process should be based on solid experiential data-driven evidence and should allow for sufficient oversight to ensure that the integrity of NFRC Certifications is maintained.

A Scaled Approach to Recertification. Staff liaison, Michelle Scism ( mscism@nfrc.org)

For the last 27 years, many manufacturers have provided feedback about retesting that must occur, even when there are no program or product changes. A scaled approach to recertification is one option for redefining the process. This new process would involve determining what recertification looks like for a product line based on quantifiable changes to the product, to rating software, program requirements, and technical requirements.

The idea is that any product or program change is ranked on a scale. When those changes add up to a specified number, then a newly defined recertification must occur. This is expected to require a long time in committee work, board involvement, and require NFRC document changes.

Remove Grids and Model with 3mm & 6mm Glass. Staff liaison, Scott Hanlon (shanlon@nfrc.org)

This concept was brought up by participants in 2006 when a streamlining survey was first conducted, and the idea hasn’t gone away. Rating only 3mm and 6mm product options, the CPD would house approximately 5 million product options as compared to the 32+ million listed today. Rating and certifying glass options with grids and multiple glass thickness results in too much complexity in the CPD and product labeling. For comparison purposes, the removal of rating grids and only rating 3mm and 6mm product options will lead to more accurate product labeling, a reduction in CPD complexity, reduced cost to maintain the CPD and backup of data, and it would make it easier for the consumer to compare products and understand ratings. Having over 32 million products listed in the CPD provides little value to the consumer. The savings will be verified, but initial research indicates the potential for considerable savings per certification cycle.

Remove the IA code from the CPD number. Staff liaison, Una Moneypenny (umoneypenny@nfrc.org)

The idea is that removing the IA code reduces costs when a licensee changes IAs, reduces confusing and time-consuming calls to IAs, and can provide significant savings related to product line transfers.

If you are interested in one of the volunteer opportunities listed above, please submit the form below and the staff liaison will contact you.

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