Client News 12/02/09

AAMA Alerts Manufacturers to December Deadline for DOE R-5 Window Volume Purchase Program Proposals

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is reminding window manufacturers to submit their proposals regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Highly Insulating (R-5) Window and Low-e Storm Window Volume Purchase Program.

The comment period for this program ended on Nov. 13, 2009. The DOE will issue a solicitation for manufacturers’ proposals on Dec. 18, 2009. Manufacturers will have up to 60 days to respond with qualifying products. Following the 60-day response period, manufacturers with accepted products may be allowed to add more of their qualifying products. In 2011, a solicitation for additional manufacturers might be issued. Questions about the program may be sent to Terry Mapes with DOE partner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, at Terry.Mapes@pnl.gov. To review the latest draft of specifications that define the minimum requirements for successful participation in the program, please visit www.r-5windowsvolumepurchase.com.

The R-5 Window Volume Purchase Program is intended to serve as a catalyst to ramp up market demand for higher performing, energy-efficient windows and includes Low-e storm windows. “The DOE’s window volume purchase program for R-5 and Low-e storm windows provides window manufacturers with an attractive incentive to produce these highly-insulated products,” said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “The majority of window manufacturers should consider submitting a proposal to be part of the program.”

Windows with an R-5 value (or a U-factor of 0.2) represent the top tier of energy-efficient windows for cooling and heating dominated climates, as well as for mixed climates, available today.

A full news release is available online at AAMA’s online news room.

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