About Kristen Kurtz

DOE Launches $2 Million Prize to Advance Cost-Effective, Energy-Efficient Commercial Windows 

Washington D.C. (February 21, 2024) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the American-Made Building Envelope Innovation Prize—Secondary Glazing Systems, which will award up to $2 million to encourage production of high-performance, cost-effective secondary glazing systems to improve efficiency of commercial windows.   Sponsored by DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), the inaugural Building Envelope … Continue reading

February 21, 2024

Nation’s First Smart Shade Pilot Program Yields Over 13% Savings on Electric Bills

Baltimore Gas & Electric reports energy savings from automated shading solutions following year-long study July 2023 – Department of Energy lab studies have shown that shade automation can yield substantial energy savings. While heating and cooling efficiency is an assumed inherent benefit of window coverings, the energy savings potential hasn’t been measured in a residential … Continue reading

July 11, 2023

AERC-certified Cellular Shades Added to Minnesota‎ Technical Reference ‎Manual for Energy ‎Conservation Improvement Programs

NEW YORK (April 5, 2023) – The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) announces AERC-certified cellular shades have been accepted to the Minnesota ‎Technical Reference Manual (TRM) for possible inclusion into Energy ‎Conservation ‎Improvement Programs throughout the state.  This is the first inclusion for shading products in a Technical Reference Manual. AERC demonstrated that AERC-certified cellular … Continue reading

April 4, 2023