Towards a More Sustainable Northwest: ALPEN HIGH PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS Developing Energy Efficient Construction Alternatives with an Alliance of 140 Utilities

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Alpen High Performance Products announces field test of new cost-effective, energy efficient WinSert™ secondary interior window inserts for commercial buildings through Memorandum of Understanding with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

“NEEA’s field-testing is truly a ‘rubber meets the road’ situation, and everyone here at Alpen appreciates this opportunity to demonstrate just how much money and energy building owners could save with WinSert™.” Brad Begin, CEO of Alpen High Performance Products

ALPEN HIGH PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, developer of commercial and residential ultra-high performance window technology, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA, an alliance of 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations) to field test Alpen’s new cost-effective, energy efficient WinSert™ secondary interior window inserts for use in commercial buildings.

At a median age of almost 40 years old, buildings account for nearly 30% of U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To develop effective, new, large scale energy saving strategies for commercial buildings, NEEA, in partnership with a group of local utilities, will field test the performance of state-of-the-art window upgrades at commercial buildings in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

“Alpen is encouraged by the work NEEA is doing to both promote the use of this new generation of secondary interior window inserts, and monitor and measure the results stemming from their installation,” said Brad Begin, CEO of Alpen High Performance Products. “We feel this will provide credible feedback for the broader consumer concerning the great value and payback of these products to help address the biggest challenge and opportunity we have in the urgent climate change battle—the massive inventory of existing buildings with poor performing building shells already spilling energy unnecessarily. That’s 98% of the problem in the current built environment.”

Alpen is one of only five manufacturers to be selected for these commercial window upgrade tests, and was invited after publication of a DOE analysis of Alpen’s thin glass technology--which is featured in its WinSert™ secondary interior window glazing systems. Previous third-party validation of the company’s product also demonstrated more than a 50% improvement to the energy efficiency of existing windows at a fraction of the cost of a full window replacement. WinSert™ attaches to the interior of an existing window, resulting in improved occupant comfort, reduced noise and air leakage, and lower heating and cooling energy use. Alpen’s secondary window can be installed year-round with no large tools, in as little as 20 minutes and often after business hours to avoid tenant disruption or relocation.

“We’ve been innovating super-insulating windows for more than thirty years, so these secondary inserts are a natural extension of all our ongoing advancements,” Begin said. “NEEA’s field-testing is truly a ‘rubber meets the road’ situation, and everyone here at Alpen appreciates this opportunity to demonstrate just how much money and energy building owners could save with WinSert™.”

About NEEA
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA leverages its strong regional partnerships to effect market transformation by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners – including Avista Utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz PUD, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Energy Trust of Oregon, Idaho Power, NorthWestern Energy, Pacific Power, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utilities, and Tacoma Power –have saved enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live.
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About ALPEN HIGH PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
Alpen HPP manufactures super-insulating, thermally efficient residential and commercial windows and architectural glass utilizing nearly four decades of award-winning experience. The exceptional thermal performance of our window and glazing solutions grants the freedom to design with maximum glass across all building types and climate zones. Alpen HPP products provide a powerful combination of blocking summer heat, retaining winter warmth, eliminating harmful ultraviolet rays, reducing noise and maximizing natural daylight while providing exceptional energy savings. We have successfully coupled our thin glass window expertise with continued development of WinSert™, our high performance thin glass interior window inserts, to further advance the commercial secondary window market.
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