NFRC – Air Leakage Bulletin

NFRC – Air Leakage Bulletin

This bulletin is a reminder of Air Leakage (AL) rating updates required in the Certified Product Directory (CPD) prior to January 1, 2015.

Be sure to update your product line prior to January 1, 2015.

Participants need to update AL ratings in the CPD

Step 1: Participants shall request their IA to review current AL reports and update the values in the CPD for that product line in accordance with the product type.
For example, a product line with an AL rating of 0.1 for a swinging door will be rounded and entered in the CPD as 0.5 by the IA.

Step 2: IAs will send new Certification Authorization Reports (CAR) to the participant as authorization for certification (labeling).

  • For example, the new CAR and CPD Public Search will display “≤0.5” for a swinging door.
  • Note: If a product line does not read the proper ratings for the product type, AL will display a blank when Phase II is implemented on January 1, 2015.

Additional Information

  • AL ratings are and will remain an optional performance and are not required for NFRC product certification.

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  • Current AL reports do not require modification or revision with a 0.3 or 0.5 rating in accordance with the product type.
  • NFRC has granted the IAs the authorization to round the values in AL reports to one decimal (per NFRC 601) for entering into the CPD.

On January 1, 2015, only proper AL ratings will be displayed in the CPD if entered by the IA (≤0.3 for windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors and ≤0.5 for swinging doors); only proper AL ratings will be allowed for use on the NFRC temporary label.

Refer to NFRC bulletin 2014-01 for AL laboratory and IA requirements and NFRC technical documents.

If you have any questions concerning the information in this NFRC PCP bulletin, please contact Sherri Wendt at 866-318-6628.

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