The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) administrator, Robin Carnahan, visited Alpen High Performance Products’ Louisville headquarters last week. The company is a U.S.-based manufacturer of high efficiency window technologies for commercial and residential markets.

The GSA administrator was on site to tour the company’s facilities and learn from Alpen, which is a supplier of products tested in GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) Program. According to GSA’s website, the GPG program was created to leverage GSA’s real estate portfolio to evaluate innovative building technologies and drive down energy costs in federal buildings. To date, the GPG program has evaluated 104 different technologies from 965 applicants.

“We are thrilled to be part of the GSA’s Green Proving Ground Program and were honored to have administrator Carnahan visit us at our headquarters today,” said Brad Begin, CEO of Alpen High Performance Products. “Climate change is here, and high-impact technologies like ours that reduce the footprint of the built environment, which are being designed and built all around us, have never been more imperative. The fact that the U.S. government is actively participating in finding advanced technologies that are manufactured exclusively in the United States, and then supporting their development, is very encouraging.”

Researchers with the GPG studies have found that, on average, quad-pane windows saved 24% heating and cooling energy compared with a high-performing double-pane window. For new construction and window replacements, quad-pane windows have payback between one and six years, depending on climate zone and utility rates, officials for Alpen said. The GSA has installed Alpen’s quad-pane windows throughout Building 40 at the Denver Federal Center as a part of its goal to achieve net zero energy use and electrification of federal buildings.

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