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Old 01-31-11, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default * * High Efficiency Windows Volume Purchase... * *

I'm subscribed to emails from the US Dept of Energy.


A recent email seems to suggest that there is a volume purchase of high efficiency windows and Low-E storm windows afoot.

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Phase II Request for Proposals (RFP) for High Performance Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program Released

The phase II RFP for the Windows Volume Purchase Program (WVP) has been released as of January 24, 2011 for vendors to participate in a program to generate a market for high performance windows and low-e storm windows. All RFP materials can be found on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory website, on FedBizOpps.gov and on the WVP Home Page.

One original proposal marked in response to this RFP must be electronically sent by no later than 4pm Pacific Time on March 18, 2011 in order to be considered in the first round of proposals. Proposals will be accepted after March 18, 2011 but will be processed in the order they are received once the proposals received on or before March 18, 2011 are processed. Vendors are encouraged to review all RFP documents. Please email your questions to the contact associated with this solicitation.

The Windows Volume Purchase Team would like to express their most sincere appreciation for all of the participants who have donated their time and expertise in the last few months in the form of suggestions and advice to help us reach this new stage of the program
From the 'Residential Buyer' Page:
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Wisdom Way Solar Village

One successful example is Wisdom Way Solar Village, a small residential development comprised of 10 duplexes in western Massachusetts. These homes were designed and built to showcase energy-efficient building performance at affordable price points. Duplexes of this project range in size from 2-bedroom units at 1,137ft² to 4-bedroom units totaling 1,773ft². Successful use of triple-pane R-5 windows in concert with an improved overall building envelope allowed for the scale-down from a conventionally sized heating system to a 12,000 Btu natural gas unit. This heating unit reduction represented a $4,500 savings in the total cost of the system. Additionally, due to the superior insulating properties of the windows and overall envelope, occupants can expect to save over $1,000 annually on energy. Despite a $7,000 incremental cost for an enhanced building envelope—$3,500 of which was spent on window upgrades—achieving building performance that allows for a more compact heating system can offset much of this incremental cost and significantly reduce the payback period.
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Is this a program to actually purchase HE windows from? or to help develop the industry?
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Old 02-03-11, 06:08 PM   #3
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Is this a program to actually purchase HE windows from? or to help develop the industry?
I think it's both. If you follow the links to the "residential" parts of the website you will find locations of participating manufacturers and a list of consumer prices (as a range).

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