Is R-5 a New Benchmark?
R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5 alternatives. Conventional wisdom, not too long ago, was that triple-glazing would be required.)
Back in April, when DOE launched its R-5 program, only a quarter of the respondents to our weekly poll said it would have significant impact on the industry. My sense, however, is that it's already happening. I don't know if companies are actually selling windows through the DOE volume purchase program, but the existence of the program appears to be transforming the market.
So, we'll use this week's poll to see if that's true. More importantly, I'd like to hear from you. I'd be interested to hear, in particular, from participants in the volume purchase program. Are you seeing direct sales as a result? What about other R-5 product sales? Are they there? Are they growing? And, if you're not selling R-5, that's okay. I'd like to hear from you too. Are you biding your time? Post your comment below, or if you prefer, email me and share your thoughts.