Manufacturers Participate in DOE’s R-5 Window Program

March 15th, 2010 by Editor

Several manufacturers have announced publicly that they have applied to be included in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “High-Performance R-5 Windows and Low-E Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program,” through which it would create a list of preferred vendors for projects related to government, associations, schools, universities and non-profit organizations. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The latest to announce involvement are Gorell Windows & Doors and Thermal Industries. Gorell points out in its press release that it was involved in the initial stages of the program’s development and several issues it had raised have been addressed by DOE, and it has now submitted a selectionof its energy-efficient vinyl window models to be included in the program.

“We believe that the DOE’s new R-5 Windows Volume Purchase Program is a perfect fit for Gorell,” says Brian Zimmerman, Gorell President and chief operating officer. “Our company has played an active role in the ENERGY STAR® windows program since 1999, and Gorell employees are dedicated to making the most thermally efficient products possible.”

He adds, “Over 25 percent of the windows we produce incorporate one of our four triple-glass systems, and most of those products are R-5 or greater. The breadth of our offering allows consumers to tailor the products to their needs and budget—and this new DOE program will make it even easier and more affordable for homeowners to purchases Gorell R-5 windows that will lower energy costs and significantly improve the efficiency of their homes.”

Thermal Industries window product offering for the R-5 Program will feature the company’s high-energy-efficiency Super Peak Performance™ Glass, constructed of three layers of glass, two low-E coatings, krypton gas fill, and low-conductivity warm-edge spacers between the lites of glass. Super Peak Performance Glass has received the GreenSpec®-Listed designation by BuildingGreen Inc., an independent company, according to a release from Thermal Industries.

“The-energy efficient windows and doors we’ve manufactured for the last 50 years continue to be a positive contributing factor in delivering the dream of comfort, low maintenance and energy savings for millions of Americans, and we are excited about opportunities the R-5 Window Program provides to homeowners as well as the window industry,” says David Rascoe, president.

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