NFRC Program Name Change: Blind No More

September 20th, 2011 by DWM Magazine

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Blind Verification Program (BVP) has been renamed, and will now be known as the Independent Verification Program (IVP).

Why? It’s simple: purchases will no longer be blind.

In April of this year, NFRC announced that as an approved certification body for the ENERGY STAR® windows program, it was required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce a Blind Verification Program to the NFRC Product Certification Program (PCP). The BVP required NFRC staff to act as consumers, “blindly” purchasing its participants’ fenestration products without their knowledge. But NFRC says the process used to procure fenestration products from manufacturers will no longer be “blind.” Staff and the NFRC board of directors have instead created a new process, where NFRC will make purchases more directly, negating the “blind” aspect of the process.

The association adds that the term may also be misunderstood by the fenestration industry, thus causing confusion.

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