Wednesday, October 28, 2009

VPP Team Accepting Comments on Revised Final Draft Specifications for R-5 Windows

The original Draft R-5 windows and low-e storm windows specifications were released for comment in July 2009. Comments and suggestions were accepted until September 4th.

Following a thorough assessment of the input received, the material was incorporated by the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) team over the next several weeks. This led to the revised Final Draft specifications.

Suggestions on the (VPP) Final Draft Specifications as well as comments on the VPP Bid and Reporting Forms should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 13th, 2009.
Furthermore, a conference, which is open to all interested parties, will be held on Tuesday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

This call will provide an opportunity to ask questions directly to the VPP team.

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Green’ Building Retrofits to reach 20%-30%

According to a recent report issued by McGraw-Hill Construction, green building currently accounts for approximately 5% to 8% percent of the retrofit and renovation market. This represents a $2 billion to $4 billion marketplace for major projects.

The report further states that by 2014, this share will grow to 20% to 30%, making it a $10 billion to $15 billion market. Furthermore, researchers say indicators suggest higher levels of activity long-term for retrofits and renovations overall, reaching a tipping point in about 10 to 15 years.

McGraw-Hall says 70% of owners who have engaged in green retrofit or renovation activities are planning to continue for over 15% of future projects and 24% will do so on over 60 % of projects.

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