The Australian Fenestration Rating Council (AFRC), the Australian arm of the NFRC, is an incorporated entity, whose Board includes representatives from the AWA (Australian Window Association, the AGGA (Australian Glass and Glazing Association), IGMA (Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association), WADIC (Window and Door Industry Council), SIA (Skylight Industry Association), WFAANZ (Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand), BPIC (Building Products Innovation Council), ABSA (Association of Building Sustainability Assessors) and the ACA (Australian Consumers Association).
The AFRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding so that the intellectual property of the NFRC can be shared with the Australian counterpart.
The role of the AFRC is to develop, administer and approve comparative energy and related rating programs that serve the public and satisfy the needs of its private sector partners by providing fair, accurate and credible, user-friendly information on fenestration product performance. The objectives of the AFRC are to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings so that:
- Architects, builders, code officials, contractors, homeowners, and others can compare different products and make informed product choices.
- Building officials, state government employees, and others in code development and enforcement can determine if products meet local codes.
- Government and utility-run energy efficiency programs can establish performance requirements and standards.
- Manufacturers have a fair and level playing field to compare products and an accurate method of showing the energy benefits of new designs or technology.