NFRC Certification Cycle Change
Beginning March 1, 2016, the NFRC fenestration product certification cycle will change from a 4 year cycle to a 5 year cycle. On October 30, 2015, the NFRC Board of Directors approved extending the NFRC certification cycle and with careful consideration, decided that the change would not be retroactive. This only applies to products certified or recertified on or after March 1, 2016. The timeline for this implementation will allow NFRC the time needed to update and test the Certified Products Directory and the Attachments Directory to accomodate the changes.
For more information, please refer to the bulletin distributed November 12, 2015.
**UPDATED** SAVE THE DATE! - NFRC Independent Verification Program (IVP) - Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 @ 11:00 am
NFRC is hosting an online presentation for our clients regarding the NFRC Independent Verification Program (IVP) and the inclusion of the ENERGY STAR® Version 6 requirements in the recently approved NFRC 713. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 5th @ 11:00 am. Please save the date in your calendars to join us to learn information concerning this very important program. We will be forwarding the registration details, shortly. Please feel free to contact us, if you have any questions or have difficulty registering.
2014 Florida Buidling Code, 5th Edition (2014)
The effective date for the Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) is June 30, 2015! All organizations wishing to show compliance to the new building code, must do so by July 1st, 2015. Please ensure that you demonstrate conformance, please contact the evaluation entity to discuss updating to the new code.
**UPDATED 02/14/2014** TDI Revises Submittal Requirements for Windows, Doors, & Skylights
These revisions allow for a window, door or skylight product to be listed with the TDI that has been certified by an inspection agency beyond the initial four (4) year certification cycle. The revisions allow for a test report to be utilized for a maximum of ten (10) years from the date of testing as long as the test report is current. Certifications through the inspection agency must be current for the evaluation or re-evaluation of the product. Here is the link for the submittal requirements. According to TDI, the change takes effect immediately.
The EPA released Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification
On January 7, 2013, The EPA released Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification. While the thermal performance criteria remained largely unchanged from Draft 1, the EPA has made several revisions based on input from its stakeholders. Some of the more significant changes include the requirements for testing for air leakage, utilizing either the NFRC 400 or the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 and the requirement for manufacturers to provide installation instructions. Please note that the deadline for comment submittal has passed and the final criteria is expected to be released sometime in April, with the program requirements going into effect on January 1st, 2015. For more information please download a copy of the draft below.
Update On Display of Full CPD Number on Temporary Label
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Board approved postponing the requirements for NFRC participants to display the full CPD (Certified Products Directory) number on the NFRC Temporary Label. This delay allows NFRC participants additional time to prepare the labeling processes for the pending requirements. NFRC staff is currently working on launching the new voluntary Idential Rating Values (IRV) which is an expansion process within the CPD. The display of the ful CPD number on the temporary label will be required three months after the implementation of the IRV process and no sooner that October 1, 2012, whichever date is later. If you have already completed placing the full CPD number on your temporary label.....then sit back and put your feet up on the desk!
Congress Extends Tax Credit For Windows & Doors
Congress has extended the tax credit for windows and doors through the 2012-2013 tax period. The tax credit is 10% of the cost of the building materials for insulation, exterior windows and doors that meet Energy Star Requirements. The cap of the credit is $500, with a sub-limit of $200 for windows. For example, if the total cost is $5,000 for your building materials that fall within the specified criteria, then you would receive the full $500 credit. The tax credit does not include labor charges.
Rule 61G20-3 for Florida Product Approval Allows Expedited Approval Method
On November 1, 2010, applications using the Certification Mark or Listing method as the basis for obtaining Florida State Product Approval will be subject to an expedited method of approval as mandated by Chapter 2010-176 Laws of Florida. Under the expedited method, a submitted application will be reviewed by the Program Administrator within 10 days from the validation date of such application and if deemed complete by the Program Administrator, the application will be deemed approved by the Florida Department of Community Affairs “DCA”. Applications approved by DCA will be reviewed and ratified by the POC and/or the Commission if necessary. For specific information regarding the Florida Product approval process, please see link below.
NAMI Approved for Fire Certification & Listing Programs for Doors Plus California Update
NAMI is now an approved certification and inspection agency for Fire Certification & Listing Program for Fire Doors and Other Protective Openings. (ANSI and IAS accreditation) Testing can per performed for fire standards at an ISO 17025 accredited facility. This is a wonderful opportunity for your company to save money for all your building envelope products.
As of July 29, 2011, NAMI is now recognized by the California State Fire Marshal's Office (CSFM) as an approved inspection agency for the Building Materials Listing Program (BML). NAMI is approved to conduct inspections to SFM 12-7A-1, "Exterior Wall Siding and Sheathing (for exterior doors under Chapter 7A, 2010 California Building Code)". For further information contact NAMI.
2010 Florida Building Code
Florida is on the move again! On June 27, 2011, Florida's Governor Scott signed House Bill 849, which is the building code bill that was signed into law. The bill was required for the new 2010 code to go into effect which is now slated for December 31, 2011. All glitch amendments that were adopted by the Florida Building Code Commission will now be integrated into the new 2010 building code.
All NFRC Licensees who assemble insulating glass must participate in an approved NFRC IG Program. For NFRC licensees who buy their insulating glass from a supplier, they must provide evidence that the IG units that they are using are certified by an NFRC approved IG Program. All IG units or products must bear a certification mark or label identifying that the IG unit is certified.
Frequent questions occur regarding muntins, blinds and internal components. Any IG with internal components must be tested to ASTM E2189 for fogging. If your IG units with internal components has not tested and certified, then these products cannot bear the NFRC Certification Label.
Don't let the word "Quality Assurance" scare you! Quality Assurance is a mind-set, and if the "CEO" of the company grasps the importance of this concept, then it is often carried successfully throughout the entire company.
NAMI requires licensee to review their quality assurance manuals every year. Designate members of your company to sit down and review the manual and processes of your company. The input from other employees is invaluable!
Once the manual has been reviewed, make sure the revisions are implemented in both the manual and in your processes. The manual should reflect your revision date and your document control number should be reflected on each page. Quality assurance will make you a better company!
All NAMI licensees that are preparing to do prototype or re-testing for structural certification for windows and sliding doors, should be testing to the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-11 test method. For side-hinged doors, they may also use that standard but have the flexibility to use just the ASTM E330-02. Remember to review the test method to determine if it designates a minimum test size, however, in all cases, test the largest size that your manufacturing facility would produce (must meet or exceed minimum test size if designated by specification).