The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) 2013 Committee Meeting Week in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicked off today with several committee blocks as well as a networking luncheon and presentation followed by two optional tours.

For the first day of the meeting, attendees began with a research and technology committee block, including optical properties, research and thermophysical property subcommittees. Following the morning meetings, attendees participated in a networking luncheon and presentation, focusing on an Energy Star® update, overview of the online NFRC community, collaborative revision of the website for efficient windows and an overview of the independent verification program.

“Developing new programs and improving/simplifying existing processes and putting them into action showcases our ability to adapt to our growing industry,” said Steve Strawn, chair, NFRC board of directors. “It’s this kind of flexibility that builds our value and relevance as we branch out in ways that help us keep pace with our stakeholders’ needs. One of the ways we’re already accomplishing this is through our new websites, which are helping us communicate more effectively than ever before.

“We’ve acquired 10 new members during the past six months and we’re on track to reach a five-year high,” he continued. “From a broader perspective, the economic outlook is improving, and we’re looking forward to an improved year for everyone.”

Afternoon sessions included a technical committee block where daylighting was discussed, as well as ventilation, component modelling approach and air leakage.

Tours of the Madico Window Films plant and St. Petersburg’s first net-zero building will follow.

In conjunction with this week’s meetings, the NFRC also announced today that it has accredited Architectural Testing Inc. of Fresno, Calif., as its first laboratory to test “NFRC 202: Procedure for Determining Translucent Fenestration Product Visible Transmittance at Normal Incidence.”

This procedure, which was approved by NFRC membership in 2012, provides a method for measuring visible transmittance (VT) at normal incidence for translucent panels. With the accreditation of the first laboratory able to test using this procedure, manufacturers of flat, diffusing products are now able to obtain a VT rating on a whole product.

This test method was created to accommodate products such as translucent fiberglass or multicell plastic sandwich panels, translucent multicell profile plastic panels, translucent multicell plastic panels, glass panels with translucent insulation insert material between panes (all with or without grids) and translucent channel reinforcing profile glass (with or without translucent insulation material between the glass), according to NFRC.

NFRC 2013 Committee Meeting Week will run through Wednesday.