Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NFRC Member Company Southwall Receives $1.4 Million Grant from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded NFRC member company Southwall Technologies a $1.43 million grant to develop advanced technologies for making homes and buildings more energy efficient.

According to an online press release posted by the Website, MarketWatch, Southwall plans to use the funding in part to speed up the development of high performance Heat Mirror low-emissivity and solar-reflective films.

The DOE says the nations’ 114 million homes and 74 million square feet of commercial floor space in the U.S. account for 40 percent of total energy consumption and 39 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions.

According to the press release, windows are the energy-efficiency weak link in homes and buildings, and the DOE is therefore focusing grant funding on the development of innovative technologies that can create energy-saving windows that insulate like walls.