Thursday, May 27, 2010

DOE Announces R-5 Volume Purchase Program During Press Conference at NAHB

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the launch of the Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program, part of a multi-year, integrated strategy to transform the market for high efficiency windows.

The announcement took place at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) headquarters in Washington, D.C. at 3:00 p.m. (EST) today.

A press release issued by the DOE says the program will facilitate widespread deployment of these windows by pairing manufacturers with buyers looking to purchase in volume and by setting performance expectations.

A separate press release issued by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) says today’s announcement represents the culmination of a yearlong effort whereby PNNL researchers worked with window industry professionals to bring manufacturers and distributors of high performance, energy efficient windows together with homebuilders, weatherization agencies, educational institutions, and others capable of purchasing large volumes of these windows.

DOE Press Release

PNNL Press Release