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Crystal Window & Door Systems To Participate in Department of Energy R-5 Program

FLUSHING, NY, February 22, 2010 - Crystal Window & Door Systems has submitted a formal proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in their progressive "Highly Insulating R-5 Window and Low-E Storm Window Volume Purchase Program." The DOE R-5 Program seeks to amass increased demand for leading edge, high-performance windows through the creation of an on-line virtual marketplace between qualified suppliers and qualified volume buyers.


The near-term goal of the DOE is that through this "jump-start" pilot program, 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.


Several years ago I championed Crystal's entry into green technology," said Steve Chen, Crystal's Executive Vice President. We've invested heavily in new production equipment, product testing and improving the energy efficiency of our windows. I am happy to say that the effort has positioned us amongst the top tier American window manufacturers participating in this ambitious project. We have high hopes for the DOE R-5 Program and the growth of the affordable high efficiency window market.


As part of the proposal, Crystal submitted a memorandum of understanding, product pricing, warranty details and energy testing information for several models of its most popular Series 200 vinyl window line. These windows have many standard energy efficiency features, such as multi-chamber frame and sash insulation and warm-edge glass spacer technology. To qualify for the DOE Program, Crystal has added to these windows optional upgrades such as triple glazing, special high-end Low-E glass and gas-filled glass units. The qualified windows achieve the R-5 Program energy efficiency performance requirements of a U-value equal to or less than 0.20 for fixed windows and a U-value of 0.22 for operable windows. A U-value of 0.20 is equivalent to an R-5 insulating value.


In addition to qualifying top manufacturers and their products, the DOE program is simultaneously seeking to identify, notify and organize a potential buyer base from the public and private sectors for these products. Utilizing the on-line marketplace, anticipated volume customers include home builders, contractors and remodelers, as well as schools, universities, enlightened corporations, government agencies, non-profits, motivated homeowners and other groups focused on energy efficiency, weatherization and green initiatives. The DOE expects to have the program in full operation this summer. For more information on the R-5 Program, visit the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) website at www.eere.doe.gov (home page) or at www.R-5WindowsVolumePurchase.com (program page).


Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 50 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing green environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at www.crystalwindows.com.

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