DOE Says Timing is Right for R5 Volume
“The timing couldn’t be much better [for the DOE’s R5 volume window purchase
program] with what’s happening in policy and in products—the Home Star
program, which is still under consideration, the Better Building Initiative
and also the energy tax credit.” So said Jason Bogovich, manager of Energetics
Inc., during a recent webinar on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) R5 volume
Bogovich’s company is one of many working closely with the DOE to administer
the program, which was designed to increase the number of R5 windows in
the marketplace while also making them economical.
“We want to make everyone aware of this window of savings that is currently
available,” added Bogovich, who described the process being used to promote
the program as a “boots on the ground strategy.”
Targeted audiences of the R5 program include homebuilders, contractors,
weatherization agencies, apartment owners and operators, non-profit agencies
and state and local governments.
“A large part of this is regional workshops,” he explained.
Christian Kohler, who is with the windows and daylighting research group
of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explained that one goal
of the program is to reduce carbon emissions, “starting with buildings.”
“The window is responsible for 15 to 17 percent of energy use,” he said.
“That represents $13 billion a year in energy costs.”
Graham Parker of Pacific Northwest Laboratories said his company has worked
with DOE on the program development and is looking at raising the structural
performance grade required by the program, “as suggested by window vendors
DOE also is considering changing some of the specifications required of
the windows included, Parker said—for example, the possibility of adding
a regional solar heat gain coefficient to the program.
DOE Awards More Than $22 Million for Building Envelope
and Window Projects to Improve Energy Efficiency
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced awards totaling more
than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act. Fourteen companies in the building envelope and windows category
will receive awards, which will support advanced energy-efficient building
technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial
building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.
According to the DOE announcement, the 58 projects selected will help
make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective.
They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate
new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices resulting
in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish a green workforce
with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers.
The building envelope and windows segment is receiving $22,807,255 total
federal share. The funding will go toward 14 projects that focus on improving
the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings through
technology advances in windows and envelope components, necessary to achieve
significant energy savings and performance.
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