The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has announced that three of its documents have earned the American National Standard (ANS) designation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The three NFRC documents referenced in International Code Council building codes were the ones subjected to the process. The documents, with their new designations, are:

According to a press release, NFRC pursued the ANSI designation “to add yet another layer to the standard consensus process already followed by NFRC.”

Now that the standardization process is completed, NFRC will be limited in the changes that can be made to the documents as any changes made will require resubmission for public review and comment.

In order to limit the commitment required of NFRC volunteers and staff for continuous review, the NFRC ANS standards committee and the NFRC board of directors have agreed that changes to any documents that obtain ANS designation will be limited to a three-year cycle.

According to the agreement, NFRC members serving on task groups and subcommittees may continue to review and ballot the documents as necessary. Proposed changes will be reserved until either the 18-month “critical” mark, or they will be incorporated into the documents at the three-year cycle. Changes may be implemented as addenda to the documents, but will not be incorporated until public review has been completed.

The NFRC board of directors will determine if changes made at the 18-month mark warrant immediate implementation.

The new designation was announced in the October 24, 2014, issue of ANSI’s Standards Action.

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