Accreditation

         The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has announced that its FenStar® Certification Program, which ensures windows, doors, and skylights meet ENERGY STAR® specifications, has received the acclaimed American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation.  ANSI’s National Accreditation Board awarded the accreditation to NFRC after an extensive review process confirmed its FenStar program meets the ISO/IEC 17065 standard used for certification bodies around the world.  NFRC is the only certification organization rating the energy efficiency of windows, doors, and skylights.

         This accreditation validates the time and effort at NFRC to ensure its processes meet all of the ENERGY STAR specifications.  It also indicates that the NFRC’s ratings are objective, impartial, and strictly follow its written policies and procedures.  NFRC members that are ENERGY STAR partners now have an accredited certification program backing up their ENERGY STAR label and certification.  This benefits not only manufacturers, but also consumers who now will know, without a doubt, that the fenestration product they are buying has been rigorously tested and verified. 

         ANSI Accreditation provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain, engendering consumer trust and fostering competitiveness.  Increasingly, procurement authorities, government agencies, and program/scheme owners are specifying accreditation in order to demonstrate the technical competence and impartiality of conformance services and processes.  These assessments enhance confidence between buyers and sellers as they mitigate risk. 

         NFRC is a nonprofit organization that administers a voluntary, uniform rating, labeling, and certification system for the energy performance of windows, doors, curtain walls, skylights, and other fenestration products.  Its members include manufacturers, suppliers, utilities, consumer groups, representatives from the building and code industries, scientific and educational organizations, and government agencies. 

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