WINDOWS SELECTION: NFRC & ENERGY STAR®

Look for the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Label and ENERGY STAR Label when choosing energy efficient windows for your project.

NFRC Label

The NFRC label contains performance data:

U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) are particularly important from an energy consumption perspective, but the Visible Transmittance and Air Leakage ratings are very important from the standpoints of occupant comfort and visual appeal.

The NFRC rating and labeling program ensures that builders and consumers obtain reliable energy performance data. For more information on the NFRC labeling system, click here or visit the NFRC website and Certified Products Directory.

ENERGY STAR® Label

The ENERGY STAR® Windows program was created by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program identifies and encourages consumer preference for well-performing energy efficient window products.

THE ENERGY STAR label was created to help consumers identify energy efficient products. Look for this ENERGY STAR label the next time you purchase windows. To achieve the ENERGY STAR designation, a window must have U-facor and SHGC ratings below specified minimum values. Because energy efficient window performance varies by climate, these values vary according to three different cooling climate zones.

In order to meet ENERGY STAR requirements in Texas the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) must be less than 0.40 in the Panhandle, less than 0.30 in Central Texas, and less than 0.27 in South Texas. U-factors must be kept below 0.32 in the Panhandle, 0.35 in Central Texas, and 0.60 in South Texas.