technical support to to Transitional
Economy Countries (TATEC)
technical support to in energy efficiency is an essential part
of DOE mission to support the efforts of U.S. fenestration industry
to compete more effectively in international markets. In addition
to these direct benefits, improvements in energy efficiency in
transitional economy countries contribute to a reduction in overall
pollution and green house gas reduction and provide conditions
for improvements in political systems in those countries. This
in turn benefits U.S. geo-strategic interests by providing conflict-free
regions with favorable market conditions.
efficiency improvements in buildings, both new and retrofit, require
the availability of cost effective, high quality, energy efficient
products with validated energy performance. A pilot project is
proposed to upgrade the quality assurance/performance testing
and certification infrastructure for energy efficient fenestration
products to ISO/NFRC standards in certain transitional economy
countries. Also, the project would develop the technical basis
and institutional framework for replicating this experience in
other transitional economies. A desired outcome of the project
would be a significant improvement in the quality and energy performance
of fenestration products along with significant energy and cost
savings in the building sectors of participating countries.
As part of
the pilot project, a technical review committee would be formed
to provide technical advice and guidance to assure both the usefulness
and rapid transfer of project results. The technical review/experts
committee would be comprised of experts from the building physics
laboratories, and other appropriate organizations, of transitional
economy countries, and US and IEA country experts. The technical
review committee could review the project experience as a possible
model for assuring the energy efficiency of other building products.
and regulatory issues affecting the implementation of this project
would be reviewed, and recommendations would be provided for resolving
such issues, including draft code and regulation changes, if needed.
project would adapt NFRC and ISO procedures, manuals, software
and training programs to meet the requirements of the countries
participating in the pilot project. Test equipment designs would
be developed which could reduce the cost of necessary accurate
test equipment by as much as 80%. Certification programs, which
rely on low cost, accurate computer simulations for determining
product performance, would be adapted for use in the pilot countries.
These certification programs would use expensive laboratory testing
primarily for a relatively small number of validation and random
production tests. This element of the overall project resulted
in significant testing cost savings (sometimes over 90% savings)
in the United States while improving the accuracy and credibility
of the results.
learned in establishing a cost reducing certification and testing
program in the US and from work with a number of transition economies
have established the basis for the proposed project. Also, the
US Department of Energy has allocated funds and technical resources
to support this project on a cost shared basis.
project would establish a replicable set of technical information,
tools, training programs, and would demonstrate and perfect these
products in one or two countries. The results of the project,
a replicable testing, certification and quality assurance program
for energy efficient windows, along with all associated products,
would be available to all interested transition economy countries.
The cost of replicating this project in additional countries would
be relatively low and could be the subject of a follow on effort.
Further, this model could be adapted to other energy efficient