April 18, 2011
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DOE Expanding High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program

The Department of Energy will announce the expansion of its voluntary High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program (WVPP) during the National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.

In Phase II of the program, DOE is seeking to increase the availability of highly insulating windows for high-rise multifamily and commercial buildings.

All commercial products in Phase II will have an aggressive U-factor, which is a measure of the rate of heat loss. The lower the U-factor, the greater a window assembly's resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating properties.

Under the program’s second phase, U-factors are being set at 0.27-0.32 for architectural windows in multifamily high rises and 0.24-0.27 for commercial windows.

DOE will also allow a component modeling approach — or CMA — for site-built products.

DOE will announce Phase II of the program during an education session, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.

The purpose of the program is to bring highly insulating windows and low-E storm windows to consumers at attractive price points and to increase their market penetration — particularly in regions of the country where the windows are cost-effective in both new and retrofit applications. 

DOE received a strong response to Phase I from window manufacturers and builders.

Nearly 40 qualified vendors — offering hundreds of windows in all regions of North America — have been participating. Their window products are listed on the program’s website at www.windowsvolumepurchase.org

Despite one of the most significant housing downturns in 80 years, thousands of windows have been sold through the program and they have gained a higher profile throughout the entire windows industry.

“The value of the DOE High Performance WVPP has been in setting the table for future sales during a down market,” said Rob Worthington, market development manager for JELD-WEN Windows & Doors in Klamath Falls, Ore.

DOE plans to aggressively market the program in Phase II with a special emphasis on working with federal, public and private agencies to include highly insulating windows in new construction and retrofit specifications, and helping utilities and market transformation organizations design incentive/rebate programs for both highly insulating primary windows and low-E storm windows. 

“We are glad to have been part of the R-5 Windows Volume Purchase program since its inception in 2010,” said George Simmons, president and CEO of B.F. Rich Windows & Doors in Newark, Del.

“The program has challenged B.F. Rich and our vendors to look at the development of new technologies to enhance the efficiency of our products,” he said.

DOE plans to expand the WVPP website to include better pricing information, a spreadsheet estimator and information on utility incentive programs for efficient windows.

The High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program is supported by DOE’s Building Technologies Program and managed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

For more information, email Blake Smith at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8583.

Register for Green Building Conference, Which  Focuses on Value of Green Building, by April 22

Online registration for NAHB's 2011 National Green Building Conference, set for May 1-3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, ends Friday, April 22.

The conference will focus on “making the value connection” and communicating to prospective home buyers and others the value of green upgrades in their homes.

The conference will feature educational sessions that meet the needs of both relative newcomers and experienced green building professionals, including programs on the EPA's latest changes to the Energy Star for New Homes guidelines, teaching homeowners how to maintain and maximize the performance of their green homes, examples of new systems that can deliver high performance at affordable prices and discussions from industry experts on how to develop and leverage a new green building product.

For more information and to register, visit the Green Building Conference website; or email Chad Riedy, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8225.

'National Green Building Standard’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

The National Green Building Standard,” available through BuilderBooks.com, provides “green” practices that can be incorporated into multifamily and single-family new home construction, home remodeling and additions and site development.

The standard covers lot design, resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environment quality; and owner education.

Currently the first and only ANSI-approved green building rating system, the National Green Building Standard is the benchmark for green homes.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here.

'National Green Building Standard Commentary' Available at BuilderBooks.com

The "National Green Building Standard Commentary," available through BuilderBooks.com and a companion to the ANSI approved "National Green Building Standard," that provides valuable insight to the intention and implementations of the practices and provisions found in the green building standard.

The "Commentary" is a useful resource for any designer or builder using the ICC 700-2008 as a rating system for developing or renovating residential properties of all types to reduce their relative impact.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

More Than 5,400 People Have Earned Their Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation

The Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

Earning the CGP demonstrates to clients and peers your commitment to the best and latest in green building practices and techniques. More than 5,400 people have earned the CGP designation to date.

For more information, visit www.nahb.org/CGPinfo.

'Build Green and Save’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line,” available through BuilderBooks.com, is a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference that shows builders how to identify and select green building materials; implement green construction techniques; explain the benefits of green housing and offer affordable green building solutions to consumers; and use resources wisely and reduce water and energy consumption.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

For answers to questions about National Green Building Certification by the NAHB Research Center, certification to the standard or the guideline sunset, complete and submit the Contact Us form on the NAHBGreen website.

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