Agrees to Complete its Component Modeling Program In Response to
Request from the California Energy Commission
Silver Spring, Md. - February 15, 2006 - The National Fenestration
Rating Council (NFRC) Board of Directors has directed the organization
to move forward with its Component Modeling Program with the goal
of meeting the schedule and needs of the California Energy Commission
(CEC). The Board reached its decision at a meeting held February
The request comes as a result of recent changes to California's
energy efficiency standards for buildings (Title 24, Part 6 of the
California Code). The codes require an NFRC rating and certification
program for site-built fenestration products in nonresidential buildings.
NFRC is designated as the state's administrator of its certification
program and responsible for providing the CEC a method to verify
"As the designated administrator of California's certification
program, NFRC has an obligation to provide the state with the necessary
tools for code compliance," said Jim Benney, NFRC's executive director.
"California has consistently been a leader in the state energy performance
codes arena. They recognize the need for this program and we are
committed to meeting those needs."
"The changes in California's Title 24, Part 6 are designed to bring
the benefits of independently certified, technically accurate energy
performance ratings to the construction of nonresidential buildings
as specified in the code," said Nelson Pena, at the California Energy
Commission. "We strongly support NFRC's Component Modeling Program
and appreciate the Board's decision to move forward based on our
NFRC's next step will be to identity the issues that must be addressed
and their respective timelines; and establish various task groups
to develop ways to meet those timelines.
The Component Modeling Program, which NFRC has been developing
for three years, involves testing and rating individual components
of a fenestration system and using computer simulations to rate
the energy performance of the entire system. In addition to providing
consistent and reliable thermal performance ratings, it more thoroughly
addresses issues specific to the commercial market.
"We have a lot of work to do over the next two or three years to
comply with the CEC's request, and we encourage all nonresidential
stakeholders to provide input and feedback as the process unfolds,"
Interested parties can find more information about the Component
Modeling Procedure (see Committee Information - non-residential
task group activity) on the NFRC Web site at www.nfrc.org.