The next 15 years might prove to be one of the most significant eras in the history of technologies for doors, windows and skylights. Got your attention?

As detailed in my May blog “Chasing the Next Low-E,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has a Roadmap for Emerging Technologies in place to help achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2030. As presentations are becoming available from April’s three-day Peer Review event, it’s time to dive into the details and see what this could mean for our industry.

‘Energy Efficiency Starts Here’

BTO director Roland Risser did a great job of summarizing the DOE’s three-phase approach to transforming our country’s energy future in his presentation Energy Efficiency Starts Here. The phases include: 1. Research & Development; 2. Market Stimulation; 3. Codes & Standards.

Window technologies are viewed as one of the greatest opportunities for improvement with the potential to save up to 34 percent – so energy efficiency literally starts here.

The BTO Integrated Approach to Improving Building Performance:

  1. R&D: Developing high-impact technologies

According to the DOE, to reach the 2030 goal new technologies need to be ready in the next five years. Programs, such as the Better Buildings and ENERGY STAR®, as well as funding for R&D projects are all expected to contribute to the advancement of door and window technologies in short order. And with renewed focus comes renewed funding for energy-saving technologies in 2015 with $212 million allocated for these programs.

  1. Market Stimulation: Accelerating tech-to-market

This phase is broken into two parts: Residential Building Integration and Commercial Building Integration. But both share the same objective to accelerate energy performance improvement in existing and new structures by developing, demonstrating and deploying a suite of cost-effective technologies, tools and solutions.

  1. Codes & Standards: Locking in the savings

The DOE realized that it will not be enough to create awareness and demonstrate new technologies. More drastic measures will need to be taken in the form of codes and standards to “lock in the savings.” Strategies include developing software to support compliance evaluation and providing objective resources and technical guidance to states. (More detail on Code Development to come in Part 2 of this blog on August 4).

Check back for In the Year 2030: Part 2.

This is just the first of a two-part series that breaks down the Roadmap for Emerging Technologies, so don’t forget to check back in two weeks. In the meantime, I encourage you to browse the 2014 Peer Review site to see how you can seize funding opportunities and be part of shaping our industry’s future.

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