Windows Volume Purchase Program Launches Phase II
June 13, 2011
Building off the success of the first phase of the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program (BTP) launched Phase II of this program in May 2011. The goal of this volume purchase initiative is to work with industry and potential buyers to make highly insulated windows more affordable and to expand the market of high performance and low-E storm windows.
The Windows Volume Purchase Program was launched in 2010 to bring new and emerging technologies to the market at competitive prices. Although highly insulating windows have been available for several years, they have existed primarily as niche products that have been too expensive for widespread market adoption. Phase 2 brings exciting changes to the program, including:
- Commercial-grade windows
- Stepped pricing to benefit bulk purchases
- Updates to the purchase products website, including price listings and a filterable database.
"The high performance windows and low-E storm windows in the program can offer significant energy efficiency at attractive prices that make them cost effective in heating-dominate climate zones," said Graham Parker, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory senior staff engineer who manages the program for BTP. The high performance windows also qualify for federal and utility incentives and rebates being offered across the country, he said.