NFRC receives U.S. state department grant

September 28, 2008

Earlier this month, the National Fenestration Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., received a grant from the U.S State Department to implement clean energy work in China under the Asia-Pacific Partnership's Clean Development and Climate program, according to an NFRC release Sept. 26.

NFRC was one of nine grant recipients chosen from a field of more than 90 submittals. Paula Dobriansky, under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs for APP on Clean Development and Climate, announced the award recipients at the U.S.-China-Australia Dialogue on Energy Security and Climate Change in Washington, D.C.. according to the release 
The APP brings together both government entities and private industry sectors of Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States with the goal of advancing clean energy technologies. 
NFRC will work with three Chinese building energy organizations and three American entities to develop a building certification program enabling reduced building energy consumption. The award is for $250,000 through June 2010 and requires all partners to contribute matching funds. NFRC and its partners estimate that 59 terawatt-hours per year could be saved upon full implementation of their building certification program. That's enough annual energy to power seven million Chinese homes, according to the release.
"Climate change is a global issue and in order to effectively reduce building energy consumption worldwide, the international community will have to work together," said Jim Benney, NFRC executive director, in the release.
Read a Q&A with Benney here. Read reports from NFRC's summer meeting here.