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Establishment of Window Rating and Labelling Program A means to achieving Building Energy Codes Compliance and Energy Efficiency Targets. James C. Benney,

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1 Establishment of Window Rating and Labelling Program A means to achieving Building Energy Codes Compliance and Energy Efficiency Targets. James C. Benney, CAE Chief Executive Officer National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Bipin Shah (President) WinBuild Inc. National Fenestration Rating Council International Programs Coordinator US-DOE Building Program Consultant

2 Topics Policy and Commercialization Path Governance
Establishing the Windows Component & System Simulation and Testing Facilities; Quality assurance and Database Labeling Process Compliance Codes Incentive Programs and Promotion

3 Policies & Commercialization Path
Market Introduction Mainstream Deployment Regulation R&D Mandatory Voluntary Audits / ESCOs Mandatory Requirement - Building Codes Technology Procurement Financial Incentives Traditional R& D Demonstration of Case Studies Rating and Labeling Program Labeling For Compliance

4 Codes and Govt. Incentives
Energy Star Currently NFRC has 1.67 Million Products Options Rated

5 Transforming the Market
Transforming Product Performance Efficient Energy Efficiency Policies Transforming the Market Building Codes and Standards Market Conditioning # of Units - Information - Incentives - Outreach - Leadership The three leg approach focusing on increasing the energy efficiency of the market, with Appliance and Building Standards R&D Energy Efficiency (Metrics)

6 Why Rating is important
Policies – Regulations Are difficult to implement and enforce unless one has the infrastructure to support compliance (ratings, certification, product testing, quality control, whole building integrated performance) Helps to verify code compliance Provides product performance comparison and assists consumer to make informed decision Promotes energy efficiency by providing a base line for product development and improvement. Also creates market competition for improved products Consumer benefit (assured payback, Insurance, tax incentives, and etc. Many reason exist making the rating of fenestration products necessary. NFRC ratings enable code bodies, consumers, designers, building officials and others to reference accurate fenestration energy ratings. NFRC is pursuing international harmonization is several countries including Canada, European union, India, china and Russia.

7 Requirements of a Successful Rating System
Fair, accurate and unbiased Based on Science Provide Verifiable, Repeatable and Consistent Results Evaluation Based on Fixed Conditions Cost Effective for Adoption Industry buy-in

8 Structure Of A Rating Organization
Governance Body Board of Directors which is balanced between Industry and Consumer interest representation Membership: Participates in the program and pays fees Committee responsible for development of procedures and standards Executive office and Staff: Carries out day to day operation and management Testing and Simulation Laboratories accredited by the Governing Body Service: Provides Energy ratings per prescribed standards Inspection Agency –Licensed by the Governing Body Service: Audits products which the participants rate.

9 Applicable ISO Standards
ISO – Thermal Performance of Windows, Doors and Shading Devices — Detailed Calculations ISO 12567: Thermal performance of windows and doors -Determination of thermal transmittance by hot box method — Part 1: Complete windows and doors and Part II: Roof windows and other projecting windows ISO Glass in building-Determination of light transmittance, solar direct transmittance, total solar energy transmittance, ultraviolet transmittance and related glazing factors

10 Available Tools Simulation Tools
Simulations – Provides Repeatability Consistency and Reliability – Beside being Cost Effective THERM (Window Frame) Optics Glass) WINDOW+5 (Whole Window) WINDOW THERM OPTICS Computer Programs are ISO & 9050 compliant

11 Testing Used for Windows, Product Certification
Test Lab to be ISO compliant Spectrophotometer Fenestration: Simulation of U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Factor and Visible transmittance - ISO 15099 U-factor testing - ASTM C 1363, C1199, NFRC 102 Solar Heat Gain Testing – NFRC 201 Spectral Optical Property – ISO 9050, ASTM E903, NFRC 300, 301 Air Leakage – ASTM E283, NFRC 400 Hot Box Solar Calorimeter Air Leakage 11

12 Window Energy Rating Process – Pre Fabricated
Issue Certificate authorization, Plant inspection Inspection Agency (IA) (Test One Base Line Product) Testing Laboratory Simulation Laboratory Simulate All Option Responsible Party Label Product Market Place NFRC Label or Label Certificate Compliance Assurance and Penalties for non-compliance

Rating of Products Pre Fabricated Temporary (Displayed for Verification removed after installation and inspection) Permanent: (Part of the window, used for replacement of components to preserve performance) This product has been rated in accordance with ANSI / AAMA / NWWDA 101 / I.S AND NFRC 100 HS-R20 120x60 Series: 2600 P.L.# CONFORMS TO: CMBSO / CAWM Validator: ALI © Code: SWP-1 AAMA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY: AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE QUALITY CONTROL & TESTING

14 Rating Process for Post Fabricated
Component Modeling Approach - CMA Glazing component Frame component Spacer component Glazing infill / Center of Glazing assembly Frame system / Frame assembly Spacer system / spacer assembly PRODUCT CONFIGURATION Overall product rating calculation

15 Sample Post Fabricated Product Label


17 NFRC – Certified Product Database

18 Implementation of Successful Rating System
Referenced by Codes and Regulations Promotional Programs like Energy Star Financial Incentives

19 Fenestration & Code IECC & IBC International (Energy Conservation Code & International Building Code) IECC and IBC’s Energy Code require rating for Residential and Non-Residential and specify NFRC certification for compliance. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers) ASHRAE 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings require U-factor and Solar Heat Gain and specify NFRC certification for compliance. ASHRAE 90.2: Energy Standard for Low-Rise Residential Buildings require U-factor and Solar Heat Gain and specify NFRC certification for compliance. The IECC and ASHRAE are the two largest national building codes in the United States. Each of these references NFRC Ratings. If a building uses non NFRC rated windows the design is penalized by forcing the designer to use default tables. Default tables are worse case scenario ratings that unrated windows must use. Using NFRC rated windows simplified the building inspectors job by ensuring that the building complies with these national codes.

20 Energy Policy Act 2005 & Energy Star Program

21 Incentive Program

22 Tax Credit the IRS has provided a “special rule” (on page 7 of the IRS notice ) for claiming the residential tax credits with Energy Star windows: .03 Special Rule for Energy Star Windows and Skylights. A taxpayer may treat an exterior window or skylight that bears an Energy Star label and is installed in the region identified on the label as an Eligible Building Envelope Component and may rely on such Energy Star label, rather than on a manufacturer’s certification  statement, in claiming the § 25C credit.

23 Impact Rating Can Have in The Market Place
The impact of successful NFRC rating program, in the year 2003 in the USA, 41% of all conventional residential windows were energy rated and were classified as Energy Star® Windows; which would not have been possible without NFRC ratings. As a result, NFRC was active in saving over 7 billion BTU’s (and 2 million kW’s peak load) in just one year (2003).

24 Thank You


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