DOE Kicks Off Windows Volume Purchase Program
with Event in Washington, D.C.
June 2, 2010
Thanks to a new program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE), both the commercial and residential window markets could
soon be enjoying an added growth opportunity. The DOE launched its
"Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-E Storm Windows Volume
Purchase Program" late last week Washington, D.C. The program
was designed to pair manufacturers of these windows with potential
large-volume purchasers in an effort to help manufacturers overcome
the initial costs of producing such products.
Roland Risser, program manager for the Building Technologies Program,
a part of the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
spoke in support of the program and the benefits that it could generate.
"In order to achieve success, we need the technology and wider
use in the market," said Risser.
However, the cost has to go down for R-5 windows to be widely used,
"[The window] must meet the needs of the customer and one of
those needs is cost-effectiveness," said Risser. "
At higher volumes, the costs and prices are lower."
Fifty manufacturers applied to be a part of the program, and 32
proposals have been expected. A website highlighting the program
also has been created. (CLICK
HERE to view the website). The site also highlights a number
of the groups and organizations supporting the program, including
Curtainwall Design & Consulting.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) president
and chief executive officer Rich Walker also attended and pointed
out that, during the day's events, he heard the word "optimism"
being used often.
"We're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and
really this couldn't come at a better time," he said. "I
think the incentives are extremely well-placed."
He also saluted the DOE's efforts for focusing the volume purchase
program on the remodeling market.
"The potential for growth is there both in resident and commercial,"
Walker pointed to three specific positives from the program:
- It can help consumers save on energy costs;
- It will help manufacturers rebound and bring jobs back; and
- It's good for the environment.
DOE says many of the products available through the program meet
its target price of less than $4 per square foot. The program targets
volume purchasers of windows, such as government agencies, builders,
energy retrofitters, renovators and weatherization providers.
HERE to learn more about the program.
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