DOE Seeks Feedback on Windows R&D Plan

July 7th, 2020 by Jordan Scott
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently completed its Draft Research and Development Opportunities (RDO) assessment for windows, and it is available for the industry to download on the DOE website

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) at the DOE periodically updates its multi-year planning documents that help define its future programs and research investments. BTO has a large portfolio of activities that include research and development, deployment, standards and integration with the utility grid. The planning documents help guide future public investments in these activities.

The DOE is seeking input from across the glazing, window and façade industry to help fine tune and prioritize its research and development agenda. It has issued a request for information (RFI) that formalizes how it is collecting feedback on objectives, targets, tools and priorities outlined in the RDO, which is also available on the 
DOE website. RFI responses are due to the DOE by July 20.

According to Steve Selkowitz, affiliate, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the
RDO report covers glazing and window technologies for both the residential and commercial sectors, and for both new construction, renovation and retrofit. Portions of the plan are specifically targeted to each sector and some to all sectors. He says there is some material that is targeted to windows, as well as to curtainwall systems.

One of the groups who will offer their input is The Façade Tectonics Institute (FTI)
, which is working to develop a relationship with the DOE to help shape its activities in alignment with FTI’s mission.

FTI encourages industry professionals to review the RDO and RFI documents and respond directly to the DOE. FTI will also respond to the RFI, and has offered to collect industry responses and comments directly to incorporate under FTI’s response. The organization asks that those who respond to the DOE directly copy Katie Gould at 
kgould@facadetectonics.org on their response so it can track the interests of its network as expressed to the DOE

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