DOE Plans Industry Forum for Volume Purchase Program

January 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy is organizing an interactive planning session for optimizing the progress of its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. The focus of the webinar session, scheduled for February 2 at 2 p.m. EST, is to discuss future strategies for the program, organizers note.

Primary goals to be addressed include increasing the market share of high-performance windows and low-E storm windows; increasing awareness of such products through marketing and education; creating sales opportunities for manufacturers by creating a purchasing arena (website) for buyers; and development of incentive programs with utilities and different levels of government. Secondary objectives to be discussed include enhancing innovation of technologies, such as surface four technologies for double-pane products and high volume fabrication of triple pane units.

The session is intended to be a proactive forum for members of the windows industry. Participation of representatives from all areas–including manufacturers, suppliers, builders, architects, realtors, government agencies, advocacy groups, consultants, rating agencies, trade associations, and utilities–is encouraged, officials note.  Information about registering for the event, as well as a more detailed agenda, is available by contacting Terry Mapes (, program manager for the volume purchase program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Members of the program from DOE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Energetics, and the Alliance to Save Energy will present several topics regarding former and current program models and will invite questions and comments from participants in an effort to elicit ideas on how best to proceed with the program. Following the introduction, participants will be asked to share their ideas on how to approach goals and limit constraints pertaining to various aspects of the program. This will be followed by an open forum period where participants are encouraged to initiate other topics of importance, it is noted.

Organizers anticipate that most participants will already have a working background knowledge of the volume purchase program. Those interested in learning more about the program before the session can visit DOE's website or the program website.