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New Rating Opening Windows to a World of Comfort, Opportunity, and Cost-Effective Savings

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Window attachments offer a huge, cost-effective energy-saving opportunity that remains largely untapped. The newly launched window attachment energy rating and certification program, through the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC), is altering the way people think about residential and commercial window attachments by providing reliable, easy-to-understand energy performance information to consumers. Window attachments, such as blinds, shades, shutters, awnings, and low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows, represent an enormous existing market. With 64% of U.S. homes having single- or double-pane clear (non-low-e) less-efficient windows, the savings opportunity is significant. Studies of model homes show energy savings of 10% or more after installing more efficient storm window and cellular shades technologies (AERC 2016).In a study conducted by Efficiency Vermont, 68% of respondents had concerns with their existing windows and could benefit from an upgrade (Efficiency Vermont 2016).Through AERC, window attachment products are rated based on their Energy Performance (EP). The EP metric is an easy-to-understand comparative metric created for consumers. This rating not only allows consumers to make more informed decisions when buying attachments products, but also creates a new energy savings measure for utilities and efficiency programs to incentivize energy efficient window attachment products. This paper will outline the savings potential of window attachments, introduce the AERC rating program, detail the methodology behind the Energy Performance ratings, and explain the AERCalc tool that generates the ratings.

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