Monday, January 7, 2013

NFRC Helps Participants Navigate the IRV, CPD

Dear Sherri:

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has introduced the Identical Rating Value (IRV) expansion in the Certified Products Directory (CPD), which has scheduled the implementation of the Full CPD Number requirement to become mandatory on April 1, 2013.

What does this mean for NFRC participants?

All NFRC temporary labels on units manufactured on and after April 1 will be required to list the NFRC CPD Number that identifies the exact product as listed on the Certification Authorization Report (CAR).

What is the Identical Rating Value expansion process?

Identical Rating Value (IRV) expansion process is completely voluntary and may be applied to one or all of a manufacturer’s product lines. The IRV process converts current product line options in a grouped series and organizes those grouped option based on identical rating values resulting in one full CPD number to represent multiple options.

Why is IRV tied to the Full CPD Number requirement?

Due to the fact that the current CPD number represents only one specific individual option, ordering, buying, and keeping track of all the different labels may become burdensome. If a manufacturer wishes to reduce the number of individual temporary labels, they may use the IRV expansion process to possibly reduce the amount of options required to have separate individual temporary labels.

The Full CPD number requirement was delayed to give those manufacturers wishing to reduce the amount of labels required, enough time to use and implement the new IRV process. We suggest that interested manufacturers use the new “Preview Conversion” tool within each product line in the CPD, along with discussing their options with their Inspection Agency, to determine if IRV is right for their product lines.

For full details and additional information, see the
PCP Bulletin 2012-06. If you have questions you can submit them to

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DOE Invests $9 Million in Building Envelope Technology

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.


Friday, December 21, 2012

CEO Benney to Speak at Symposium

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) CEO, Jim Benney, is part of a panel of experts who will speak during the upcoming Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium in Washington, D.C.

According to symposium’s website, the event will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology and will be particularly valuable for architects, engineers, developers, and others who make decisions about improving building performance.

The symposium will be held January 7-11, 2013 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.


Friday, December 14, 2012

NFRC’s New Websites Look Better, Work Better

Visit the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) two new websites on Monday, December 17, and you’ll find a new look, new features, and better functionality so you can get all the information you need faster and easier than ever before. 

In addition to redesigning to keep pace with your needs, we’ve also created a second website,, to expand your networking opportunities.
These two websites work together to provide NFRC members with some important benefits, including the following:
  • Easier access to news and information.
  • Ability to manage your account in a few simple steps.
  • Expanded networking section for public or private discussions.
  • More intuitive navigation so you can find documents and bulletins quickly and easily.
  • Option to store and readily access files to facilitate task group, subcommittee, and committee development.
“These new websites are designed to guide our members from one page to another effortlessly so they can find the information they need to make the decisions that build on their success,” said NFRC’s CEO, Jim Benney. “This accomplishment highlights NFRC’s commitment to its members and illustrates the organization’s ability to anticipate their needs.”

How Can NFRC Serve You Better?

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is always interested in serving you better.

What kinds of benefits could NFRC offer to make membership more attractive for you? 

You can answer here or email your suggestions.

Friday, December 7, 2012

How Can NFRC Help Your Business Thrive in 2013?

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is always looking for insight from industry experts to improve its programs.

What are some of the business challenges you're facing during 2013, and how can NFRC's programs help you overcome them?

Let us know here, or contact Tom Herron, NFRC's Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing.