In order to meet the requirements as a recognized EPA Certification Body, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announced it is introducing the Independent Verification Program (IVP) as an enhancement to the NFRC 700 Product Certification Program (PCP). According to NFRC, the IVP will verify ENERGY STAR-qualified and NFRC-rated fenestration products sold in the market are consistent with the products listed in the NFRC Certified Products Directory with procedures that complement the inspection and validation testing requirements of the NFRC PCP. All NFRC participants are required to participate in the IVP, whether or not they are an ENERGY STAR partner.

NFRC has been working for nearly two years to create the NFRC 713 program document that will administer the IVP and has taken steps to ensure the IVP is an enhancement to the NFRC PCP. Since late 2011the IVP pilot program has been underway allowing NFRC to evaluate the IVP processes, according to NFRC.

In order to provide the funding for the IVP, the NFRC board of directors approved major changes to the NFRC program fees and membership dues schedule. The 2012 fee schedule uses a flat dues structure for membership and a sliding scale for program participation fees which, according to NFRC, creates a more fair and equitable system for NFRC participants.

Once approved by the NFRC board of directors, the NFRC 713 IVP program document is scheduled for implementation in January 2013. NFRC anticipates that the enhancements to the IVP will allow it to remove the requirement to validate products lines when recertified, which it says will decrease costs for program participants by reducing recertification expenses.

A number of documents are available for review on the IVP web page. Participants may provide comments on the documents by emailing them to NFRC staff at

NFRC plans to present a summary of the comments and answer questions about the IVP at an open forum during March committee week meeting. The forum is scheduled for Wednesday morning, March 28, prior to the NFRC board of directors meeting.


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