Friday, September 23, 2011

NFRC to Exhibit at Greenbuild in Toronto

Representatives from NFRC will be exhibiting at the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Greenbuild show, October 4-7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

Carrying the theme, "What's NEXT for Green Building," this is the first time the USGBC is hosting Greenbuild outside the United States. 

If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by NFRC's booth, T-22 in the south building so we can answer your questions about our activities and programs.

More information about Greenbuild is available

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Blind" Verification Program Becomes "Independent" Verification Program

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Blind Verification Program (BVP) has been renamed, and will now be known as the Independent Verification Program (IVP).

In April of this year, NFRC announced that as an approved Certification Body for the ENERGY STAR ® Windows program, it was required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce a Blind Verification Program (BVP) to the NFRC Product Certification Program (PCP).

As you may recall, the BVP required NFRC staff to act as consumers, “blindly” purchasing its participants’ fenestration products without their knowledge.

Since its inception, however, NFRC and EPA have refined the program and determined that the IVP designation describes its purpose more accurately.

One reason for the change from BVP to IVP is that the process NFRC will use to procure fenestration products from manufacturers will no longer be “blind.” Staff and the NFRC Board of Directors have instead created a new process, whereby NFRC will make purchases more directly, negating the “blind” aspect of the process.

A second reason for the elimination of the term “blind” is that the term may be misunderstood by fenestration industry, the fenestration attachment industry, or the public. We wish to avoid any potential communication issues.

NFRC realizes you may have more detailed questions regarding this change. Please contact Stacy Germann at 240-821-9504 or Scott Hanlon at 240-821-9519.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NFRC to Exhibit at NASEO September 12-14

Representatives from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will be exhibiting during the National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO) annual meeting, September 12-14.

The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

The exhibits will be held in the Texas Ballroom Foyer, second floor. The show hours are
Monday, September 12 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m., and Wednesday, September 14 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

According to its Website, NASEO is the only national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory.

NASEO was formed in 1986 to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information on issues of particular concern to the states and their citizens.

NASEO’s members work on a wide range of energy programs and policies, including residential, commercial, and institutional building energy codes.

As your partner in building energy code compliance, NFRC’s representatives will be on hand to answer all your questions about our activities and programs.

Be sure to stop by our booth. We look forward to seeing you.