About Us

Analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has shown that window attachments have the potential to save significant energy in residential and commercial buildings. In 2014, AERC was formed – with partial funding from the DOE – to provide accurate and credible information about the energy performance of window attachments to help homeowners, architects and builders make informed decisions when buying these products.

AERC is comprised of a diverse group of window attachment manufacturers, component manufacturers, public interest organizations and utility companies who work together to deliver the AERC Energy Improvement program in an effort to make buildings everywhere more comfortable and energy efficient.

AERC Stakeholders

United States Department of Energy (DOE)

doe-logoThe U.S. DOE is a governmental department whose mission is to advance energy technology and promote related innovation in the United States.

The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has provided $1.6 million in cost-shared funding to the AERC through the Building Technologies Office. DOE oversees AERC’s progress and development to ensure its goals are met on time and in line with DOE’s objectives.

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kellen_logoKellen is a global management and communications company serving more than 125 trade associations, professional societies and charitable organizations representing over 10,000 companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide. This includes the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA). It specializes in management, communications, digital strategy, regulatory affairs, meetings and events, and consulting across a diverse range of industries. Founded in 1964 and charter-accredited through the AMC Institute, Kellen has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Denver, New York City and Washington, D.C.

D+R International

aaeaaqaaaaaaaaiaaaaajdi2yjhhmji4ltmzm2mtnguwyy04mjliltnlowrjzjk0zdjioqD+R International, Ltd. is a consultancy focused on creating markets for energy-efficient products. D+R has an exceptional track record for bringing programs from concept to major market impact, most notably large appliances, windows, doors, and skylights, and energy efficient lamps through the ENERGY STAR program for DOE and EPA; solid-state lighting with the Lighting Facts® program for DOE and the DesignLights™ Consortium for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships; the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program for DOE; and the National Fenestration Rating Council.

D+R has worked with stakeholders in the window attachments industry and the federal government over the past 5 years to develop and launch AERC. D+R serves as AERC’s program manager to plan, organize, and monitor organizational development, meeting and events,  membership recruitment, and interactions among stakeholders including DOE, LBNL, WCMA, and attachment manufacturers and retailers. D+R is providing ongoing support to AERC to accomplish its goals within its established timeline.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

berkeley_lab_logo_smallThe Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Windows and Daylighting Group has worked with AERC to develop test methods, simulation models, optical and thermal measurements, and to develop the complex glazing database. These methodologies are the basis for developing AERC’s efficiency performance metrics and energy ratings.


intertek_atiIntertek is a worldwide group of testing laboratories for a variety of industries. Based on its expertise in independent testing, product certification, and quality assurance, Intertek-ATI partnered with AERC to lead the development of the AERC Certification Program.

Member Organizations

AERC has over 40 member organizations that have contributed to the development of the AERC Energy Rating program. They have provided advice, time, and support along the way. The members of AERC are a diverse group: they included product and component manufacturers, non-profits, national labs, and expert individuals. Each provides a unique perspective and helps to ensure that AERC continues to serve in the public interest.

Current AERC Members are: American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) (website), American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) (website), Bipin Shah, Bureau Veritas (website), Christopher Anderson (Pleotint) (website), Eastman Chemical Company (website), Efficiency Vermont (website), Exterior Shutter and Shade Association (website), Glen Raven (website), Hella Sonnen- und Wetterschutztechnik GmbH (website), Heroal USA (website), Hunter Douglas (website), iGlass Technology (website), Indow Windows (website), Innerglass Window Systems (website), International Window Film Association (website), Intertek-ATI (website), Larson Manufacturing Company (website), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (website), Levolor (website), Lutron Electronics (website), Madico (website), Marvin Window and Doors (website), Michael Glover (EcoTay), National Fenestration Rating Council (website), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (website), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (website), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (website), Phantom Screens (website), Phifer (website), Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (website), QUANTA (website), Renson (website), Rollac (website), Rollease-Acmeda (website), Somfy (website), Springs Windows Fashions (website), Storm Smart (website), Sunesta (website), Technical Coating International (website), Thomas Zaremba (Roetzel & Andress) (website), Tom Culp (Birch Point Consulting), VELUX (website), Vertisol (website), Window and Door Manufacturers Association (website)