Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of a very select group of window manufacturers recently chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Highly Insulating R-5 Window and Low-E Storm Window Volume Purchase Program.”
The DOE R-5 Window Program seeks to aggregate demand for leading edge, high-performance windows, by matching qualified suppliers and qualified purchasers.
Of the thousands of window manufacturers in America, only about 50 with advanced products, including Crystal, submitted formal participation proposals with the DOE this spring. Crystal was one of the select 32 qualified manufacturers who met the DOE’s rigorous standards for inclusion in the R-5 Window Program. An initial group of approximately 23 energy conscious high volume “customers” has also been designated.
The near-term goal of the DOE is that, through this “jump-start” pilot program – slated to run until mid-2011 – manufacturers will achieve needed volumes, enabling them to reduce production costs for these ultra energy efficient windows. Ultimately, the objective is to substantively transform the window industry marketplace, by making such advanced windows readily available at affordable prices.
“I am extremely proud that Crystal has been selected to participate in this prestigious national program,” said Steve Chen, the company’s Executive Vice President.
“Our investment in new production equipment, product testing and improving the energy efficiency of our windows has already enhanced Crystal’s ability to sell quality energy efficient windows in New York, Chicago and throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, and now it has qualified us for this new opportunity.”