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AFRC Energy Efficiency Simulation of Skylights

11-Mar-2011


During their recent February 2011 Board meeting the AFRC announced the final approval to adopt the Australian methodology for the energy efficiency simulation of Skylights .

This methodology allows nationally accredited rating of skylights for their U-value, SHGC, Visible Transmittance and luminous efficacy.

At the February 2011 SIA meeting the following week the Window Energy Rating Scheme for Skylights (WERSfS) was formally adopted. WERSfS will be underpinned by its conformance to the newly ratified AFRC simulation procedures.

AFRC president Tracey Gramlick says she is delighted to see the WERSfS finally signed off & that it had been the culmination of many years work.

Tracey acknowledged the foundation work for WERS for Skylights was carried out by Dr. Peter Lyons and Ian Bennie of Ian Bennie & Associates with approval of the AWA.

“Software assistance and the interface to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) was provided by CSIRO Division of Building Construction and Engineering. Funding was provided by the Australian Government & the Skylight Industry Association’ Tracey added. 


Robert Cussigh president of the Skylight Industry Association (SIA) said the AFRC approval was an historic milestone for the SIA as it will now enable the launch of WERSfS into the marketplace.

Mr Cussigh said “WERSfS is independent of any one manufacturer and acts as a fair, rigorous and credible system for testing performance claims. WERS-rated skylights must meet all relevant Australian standards. The scheme forms part of the quality assurance that manufacturers will offer their customers. It is all about certified performance “

The Window Energy Rating Scheme for Skylights (WERSfS) enables daylighting products including skylights, tubular skylights & roof windows to be rated and labelled for their annual energy impact on a whole house, in any climate of Australia.

Mr Cussigh said ‘WERSfS conforms to the alternative solution path for energy efficiency within the Building Code of Australia’.

To participate in WERS, skylight fabricators & importers must obtain energy ratings for their products from a simulation laboratory on the WERS approved laboratory list and be accredited by the AFRC (Australian Fenestration Rating Council)

Tracey Gramlick said “The AWA is the sole owner and manager of the Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the WERS for Skylights program although WERSfS will be managed by the Skylight Industry Association under licence from the Australian Window Association (AWA).

Visit

www.wers.net

or contact Richard Hamber at WERS for more information.



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