DOE Awards GED Grant to Develop Manufacturing Technology for R-5 Windows

June 11, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Program, has awarded GED Integrated Solutions Inc. a research and development grant for the production engineering and commercialization of residential R-5 highly insulating windows.

The grant is designed to serve as a catalyst in the advancement to design and development of a high-volume, low material and labor cost automated manufacturing system that results in a R-5 value window system. In turn, DOE's goal is to enhance the industry’s ability to provide homeowners with affordable, highly-efficient residential windows at minimal cost.

“We are much honored to have been selected for this award," says Bill Weaver, GED president and CEO. "GED has a long history of providing the window and door industry with cutting edge manufacturing and software systems. Our innovations in insulating glass production and window fabrications equipment have allowed manufacturers to provide extremely energy efficient products to their customers, while maintaining the highest levels of quality, cost reduction and manufacturing productivity. Everyone at GED is very excited for the opportunity to work with the DOE and industry manufacturers to continue to develop and promote even more effective production systems needed to meet consumer demands for more energy efficient residential windows at affordable prices.”

“We’re looking not as much at materials development as process development,” adds Tim McGlinchy, executive vice president of engineering, NxWare and customer service at GED. One element to getting to the performance levels DOE is looking for is triple glazing, he continues, but he says, the research will be much broader, beginning with working with manufacturers to design products that are easier to manufacture to numerous process improvements. “We’re taking what we know and looking for ways to increase throughput and efficiencies to meet the needs of high-volume manufacturers and deliver something that’s readily available for the market."

Operated by DOE, the National Energy Technology Laboratory has facilities in Morgantown, W. Va.; Pittsburgh; Houston; Albany, Ore.; and Fairbanks, Alaska. Supporting DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States, NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development programs.  In addition to research conducted onsite, NETL’s project portfolio includes R&D conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector.