Changes Coming in Volume Purchase Program
Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. Changes were announced recently in the DOE Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog.
Among the changes is a new requirement for participating vendors to report total R-5 sales from all sources. Previously, vendors could opt to report only sales from the program website. Vendor participants must also report more than zero sales of R-5 windows in order to remain in the program, it is noted.
Eliminated from the program is a 20-window minimum purchase requirement. Additionally, pricing information will no longer be included on the website.
Organizers also note that Phase II of the program, originally scheduled to run from May 2011 to April 2012, will be extended until the end of the year. New vendors, including vendors that only participated in Phase I, that meet specifications will also be allowed to join the program.
The changes were based on feedback from nearly 50 participants from window manufacturers, non-profit organizations, federal agencies that participated in the February strategy session, officials note. Hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which administers the volume purchase program, the session reviewed ways to strengthen the program and other mechanisms to advance sales of R-5 windows.
In addition to announcing the changes, PNNL notes that the program is still under review and further changes may be forthcoming as longer term strategies are discussed. More information on future plans will becoming in April, it is reported.