Beyond the Label

Why Windows Matter – Making a Concerted Effort to Inform, Educate, and Influence

Mar 4th, 2024

This year, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is celebrating its 35th anniversary. NFRC was founded to serve the public interest by providing fair, accurate and credible ratings on the energy performance of fenestration products. During this time, NFRC has focused on developing and maintaining certification programs and ratings that can withstand scrutiny. As a […]

It’s Time to Fight Conventional Wisdom. Together.

Feb 5th, 2024

Heat pumps aren’t the answer to everything, but you wouldn’t know that by the amount of chatter and money dedicated to the topic. The truth is heat pumps are only a partial solution. Even when the envelope is acknowledged as a part of the equation for improving efficiency, most of the time the solution plugged […]

Opportunities for Progress are Knocking

Dec 4th, 2023

Despite a global history of policies being put in place to mitigate pollution and the effects on human health, responses to new policies and regulations never change. Following the Great Smog of London in 1952, the Committee on Air Pollution was formed to look at the problem. In 1954, the committee reported that the burning […]

Research, Collaboration and Innovation

Nov 6th, 2023

The advancement of our profession relies on research. Whether the goal is product improvement at the R&D level for proprietary purposes, for the purposes of innovation, to verify that the procedures we rely on to develop standards remain accurate when applied to these new products and applications, or any other essential purpose to support the […]

Sharing Voices to Expand Message Reach

Sep 5th, 2023

In a marketplace that’s growing increasingly concerned about creating better building envelopes to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality, two organizations are working together: the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). Our recent collaboration at The Energy Expo in Miami served as a benchmark for other nonprofit organizations […]

Canadian Wildfires Spotlight the Health Benefits of a Tight Building Envelope

Aug 7th, 2023

Climate change remains an abstract concept because many naturally downplay seemingly distant challenges that have not affected their daily lives. The ongoing Canadian wildfires, however, caused about 70 million people in the northern tier of the U.S. to experience climate change firsthand when they suddenly found themselves under poor air quality alerts that forced them […]

Developing Employee Skills for Improved Team Health: Ladies First

Jul 5th, 2023

Employee engagement has emerged as one of the most critical factors in driving productivity, retention, and overall organizational success. If it wasn’t clear before the pandemic, it certainly is now, particularly as we strive to keep employees engaged and motived as we traverse the world of remote or semi-remote work. A smart employer is willing […]

The Value of Certification and Accreditation: Because ‘Take Our Word for It’ Isn’t Enough

Jun 5th, 2023

Though I wasn’t with the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) when it was founded, in my 18 years with the organization I have seen firsthand the role that fenestration products play in enhancing the aesthetics, energy efficiency and comfort of homes and buildings. I believe wholeheartedly that it is essential that consumers have access to […]

Learning to Recognize Our Superheroes, While Striving to be Character Models

May 1st, 2023

The term “superhero” was first used in 1899. Since then, definitions vary. I like a combination of the definitions from Merriam –Webster dictionary and the Britannica dictionary for real people: exceptionally skillful people and those who do dangerous work. On April 25, the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Women in Fenestration group met to discuss […]

This Earth Day, We Have Opportunities for Education, Growth and a Louder Voice in Green Building

Apr 3rd, 2023

As with many things these days, it’s hard to believe that once upon a time people agreed on things. In 1969, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin who was concerned about the state of the environment in the U.S., saw a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. He recruited others to organize […]