Will R-5 Window Program Transform the Market?

John G. Swanson
March 30, 2010
THE TALK... | Energy Efficiency

Last year, the Department of Energy announced the launch of the R-5 windows and low-E storm windows volume purchase program, designed to find buyers for highly insulated windows and match them with manufacturers that would offer such products at an affordable price.

Checking the DOE Web site this week to see if they had announced which companies had been accepted for the program, I learned they received more than 50 proposals. Personally, I didn't know what kind of response DOE would get from manufacturers when it initially announced the program and how many companies would look to participate.  I'm not sure if 50 is a surprisingly high or surprisingly low. 

DOE says its goal in creating the program is market transformation. Will this program achieve that?  That's our poll question of the week.   And, of course, I'd like to hear more from everyone out there.  Are you surprised to hear 50 companies are hoping to be involved?  Do you think this program will have a big impact?  Do you expect to the program will generate many buyers?  Email me and tell me what you think this program means to your company and/or the industry.  


e-Poll
Do you think R-5 program will have an impact?
Yes, it will change market significantly.
It will produce some change, but it will be slight.
No it won't have much impact.


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