DOE to Fund Energy Efficiency Building Envelope,
U.S. Energy Secretary
Steven Chu has announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding
from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Fourteen companies in
the building envelope and windows category will receive awards (see chart
below) from the Department of Energy (DOE) that will support advanced
energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training
programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators
and energy auditors.
The building envelope and windows segment is receiving $22,807,255. Some
of those recipients spoke with USGlass, explaining that the funding will
go toward a range of projects, all focused on increasing the energy efficiency
performance of buildings, both commercial and residential.
According to Fred Millett of Pleotint LLC, the West Olive, Mich.-based
company that received a grant of $402,547, the award will help fund a
competitive test of its sunlight responsive thermochromic laminate material
made into an insulating glass unit. Millett says the project is expected
to take 18 months.
Eversealed Windows Inc. in Evergreen, Colo., received a $2,169,327 grant
that David Stark, company president and chief technology officer, explains
will go toward a project focused on vacuum insulating glass (VIG) units
for use in developing R-10 windows.
The Performance Films division of St. Louis-based Solutia was awarded
a $356,000 grant. The awarded funds have been earmarked for the continued
research, development and commercialization of high-performance, energy-efficient
retrofit window film technology for commercial and residential buildings.
According to Solutia, this technology involves new film coatings and techniques
designed to improve energy efficiency in every climate zone, specifically
films with low-E properties.
The $1.2 million going to Dow Corning will be applied toward the development
of an insulating façade system that would help increase the energy-efficiency
of commercial buildings. The silicon-based, high-efficiency building insulation
system would be used in retrofit and new construction applications to
achieve thermal resistance values of R-40 or greater for exterior insulation
and finish systems. The project is expected to take about three years.
TRACO in Cranberry Township, Pa., received a $2.6 million grant for high
volume production engineering of R-5 commercial grade windows. According
to Denise Abraham, Traco’s manager of marketing communications, this two-year
project involves engineering the production of commercial grade R-5 windows,
in a cost-effective manner. The project has identified improvements in
the manufacturing and assembly of glazing, sashes/vents and frames since
it represents a major portion of the overall cost to manufacture the window.
Massey’s Plate Glass & Aluminum Goes
Through a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) On-Site
Renewable Distributed Generation Program, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems
are successfully operating at Massey’s Plate Glass & Aluminum Inc.
The 12.6-kilowatt solar PV installation on the roof above Massey’s Plate
Glass in Branford, Conn., was designed by Spire Solar and installed by
Pat Munger Construction. The 70 solar panel array supplies more than 41
percent of Massey’s electricity needs. CCEF’s grant of $45,424 helped
to defray more than one third of the total project cost.
“We are pleased with our decision to go ‘green’ by pursuing this sustainable
energy solution for our business and we applaud Munger Construction for
a job well done,” says Robert Massey Jr., Massey chief executive officer.
“Businesses, municipalities and other institutions around the state continue
to turn to solar technology to help control their energy costs, demonstrate
the benefits of clean energy alternatives and protect the environment,”
adds Lise Dondy, CCEF president. “The solar arrays that generate clean
energy for Massey’s and Munger Construction are a great reminder of the
power of solar.”
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