The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has been awarded a $450,000, two-year U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cooperative agreement. The NFRC and the other groups taking part in the project will promote U.S. technologies, energy efficiency, and renewable energy in South Africa.
NFRC will provide technical information, fenestration rating and certification methods, and provide limited fenestration simulation and testing training over the next two years.
Co-applicants for the project are: Global Cool Cities Alliance (project leader), WinBuild Inc, University of South Florida Solar Energy Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and PEER Consulting.
During the course of the project, the applicant organizations will partner with a number of groups to complete the work. Partners include: Department of Energy of South Africa, South African New Energy Development Institute, PEER Africa, Dow Chemical Company, Eastman Chemical, 3M, Guardian, Sunborne, Sundolier, Clime Co International, EnviroECOats, EPOX-Z, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, International Window Film Association and Cool Roof Rating Council.
“This project is the result of NFRC’s ongoing commitment to collaborating with industry experts to educate consumers all over the world,” says NFRC’s senior program manager, Ray McGowan. “This kind of combined expertise leads to progress and helps people everywhere better understand the need for reliable energy performance ratings for windows.”