DOE Launching R-5 Program This Week

May 26, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a kick-off event tomorrow for the Highly Efficient (R-5) Windows Volume Purchase Program. In addition, the Web site page with window products that can be purchased under the program is scheduled to go live tomorrow as well.

Co-hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and NAHB, the kick-off will include presentations from the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Habitat for Humanity, DOE, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the National Community Action Foundation, and the Alliance to Save Energy.

The event, being held at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington, D.C., is designed to "celebrate the program’s participants, including more than 30 qualified vendors and 23 key partners, " organizers report.   According to the DOE Web site, more than 50 companies submitted proposals to participate in the R-5 windows program.

In addition to the kick-off, DOE's Building Technologies Program has also announced a free webinar on Tuesday, June 22, titled “Cost-Effective Triple Pane (R-5) and Low-E Storm Windows—Available Now."

Targeted at personnel at any organization that purchases windows in large volume, including weatherization agencies, housing authorities, builders, contractors, and distributors, the webinar will include an overview of DOE’s window technology research, how the volume purchase program has made these windows affordable, energy-savings and high-performance design opportunities, window products specifications and pricing and information on how to purchase these windows.

More information about registering for the Webinar is available on the DOE Web site.