Urges Industry to Support Highly Insulating Windows and Move Beyond
June 10, 2009
In fiscal year 2010 the administration is requesting $10.5 million
for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Windows program--a $5.5. million
increase from last year. This is according to the DOE's Marc LaFrance
who spoke before members of the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association last week during the association's summer meeting in
"That's a very significant increase," said LaFrance.
And it's one that creates a lot of opportunities for manufacturers.
He also mentioned that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy is requesting $2 billion for research.
"We're anticipating a large amount of that money to go toward
windows research," he said. (For more info on these research
activities, go to http://www.netl.doe.gov/).
LaFrance, who only had a half hour to speak to attendees, quickly
went through a variety of subjects relating to the DOE's programs,
including new products coming down the pipeline.
"In the future we're looking at an R10 window, maybe vacuum
glazing as well," he said. "We will see dynamic windows
as a viable option in the years to come."
He pointed out though that for the near term the DOE's goal is
an affordable R5 window in the marketplace.
"We're trying to identify and organize buyer groups in the
government and private sector," he said. (For more information,
go to http://www.r-5windowsvolumepurchase.com/).
He also said that while the industry speaks in terms of U factors,
"for the layman, Congress, etc. they understand an R-Value
In an interesting statement, LaFrance said that he disagrees with
his colleague at the DOE, Richard Karney, program manager for the
ENERGY STAR Windows program, concerning phase 2 of ENERGY STAR.
"I personally think we should hold off on phase 2," said
LaFrance. He said doing so would allow the "triple-pane market
"It's time to move beyond double-pane," he added. "We
need to support highly insulating windows beyond the tax credits."
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