Green Award Nominations
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What does it mean to be truly “green?” Find out by learning
what these truly innovative manufacturers and suppliers are doing on a
daily basis to be stewards of the environment—to conserve resources and
produce less waste.
Yes, everyone is talking about “green” building and you’ll find from the
list of nominees that many manufacturers have had sustainable strategies
in place for more than 50 years—some even longer.
In the following pages you’ll learn about the range of ways manufacturers
are working to be green. For example, you’ll learn from one manufacturer
that its recycling efforts are self-sustaining even after paying for landfill
costs, etc. And you’ll learn how others have taken this quest beyond their
companies and employees to their communities as well to promote the conservation
of our resources.
In the next few pages you will find a snapshot of all the
nominees in a variety of categories. Readers may then go to www.dwmmag.com
to vote for a winner in each category. The list of winners will appear
in the October issue. Due to space restrictions, it was necessary to condense
a lot of this information, so we didn’t list how many Energy Star®
products a company offers, or how many products meet the tax credits.
And when it comes to wood products, the nominees either participate in
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
certification, or pledge a commitment to obtain their wood from well-managed
forests. When choosing the nominees we took into account not just the
efficient products offered, but the energy-efficient practices put into
place in the respective plants and manufacturing processes.
As with any awards, we know there will be other companies who believe
they should be included in future listings. If so, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
so your company can be considered in next year’s nominations. And the
nominees are …
Nominees Green Manufacturer
Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa
While many companies have just recently started implementing environmentally
responsible strategies Pella Corp. says it has focused on this since the
company was founded in 1925.
• Recycling: Wood, glass and screen cloth leftover from Pella manufacturing
processes are recycled into materials like pet bedding, reflective coating
for highways and even archery targets. The company also recycles materials
such as sawdust, paper, cardboard and plastics.
• Reducing energy consumption: In 2007, the company implemented 700,000
square feet of lighting improvements in manufacturing facilities and reduced
energy consumption by 1,900,000 kilowatt hours per year-enough to power
160 average homes for an entire year.
• Community efforts: In 2009, the company held its first annual community-wide
electronics recycling (e-cycling) event in Sioux Center, Iowa, honoring
Andersen Corp., Bayport, Minn.
Andersen Corp. says it has embraced environmental principles for more
than a century, and has set a variety of environmental goals.
• Fibrex® Product: At the 2009 International Builders’ Show the company
introduced its 100 Series windows and patio doors made from the company’s
patented Fibrex material, a structural composite that blends the attributes
of polymer and wood fiber. Much of the wood fiber is reclaimed directly
from its manufacturing plant operations. The overall amount of recycled
content is certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) and ranges
from a minimum of 18 to 24 percent pre-consumer recycled glass and wood
• Energy Star: Andersen says it was one of the first window companies
in the nation to meet Energy Star performance requirements in all geographical
regions. The company has also won several Energy Star awards, including
Manufacturer Ally of the Year and the National Window Partner of the Year.
• FSC certification: Andersen worked with SCS to achieve FSC Chain of
Custody certification (COC). By obtaining this COC certification,
the company is able to manufacture and deliver FSC wood-based products
to help achieve LEED materials and resource credits, or in other sustainable
building programs where applicable.
JELD-WEN Windows and Patio Doors,
Klamath Falls, Ore.
JELD-WEN employees strive to be industry leaders regarding environmentally
responsible practices. The company also is committed to continual improvement
of its products, processes and culture.
• SFI Windows: JELD-WEN offers as an option SFI-certified wood windows
and patio doors. The company achieved chain of custody plant certification
from SFI Inc., and was honored with a 2008 SFI President’s Award.
• AuraLast® wood: JELD-WEN makes solid pine doors, windows and door
frames with AuraLast wood, which is treated with a proprietary, water-based
protection process. Compared to the dip-treat process typically used in
the industry, the company says this process decreases VOCs released during
production by 96 percent. The company adds that it results in less waste
in landfills, thus reducing the need to re-harvest.
• Juniper doors: The company says it is the first major door manufacturer
to utilize Juniper wood. The company says the Juniper line of doors is
made from a “locally available throw-away, nuisance wood.” The company
says development of its Juniper doors has become an important part of
ecological restoration efforts in the Pacific Northwest’s high deserts.
• No added formaldehyde door skins: JELD-WEN offers Phase 1 Compliant
and NAF doors that are in accordance with the California Air Resources
Board (CARB) – Air Toxic Control Measure. NAF is the highest achievement
claimed by a CARB-ATCM regulated product.
• Renewable energy: JELD-WEN voluntarily supports renewable energy sources
and has committed to purchase 2,241 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable
energy per month.
Marvin Windows and Doors/Integrity
from Marvin, Warroad, Minn.
As with many other manufacturing nominees, Marvin has made a commitment
to manufacture energy-efficient products and to make the production process
environmentally friendly. And the company says that it also considers
the “extended life” of its products when manufacturing its windows.
• Integrity: Marvin also offers Integrity Windows and Doors, which are
made of Ultrex, a pultruded fiberglass that offers environmentally friendly
attributes. Ten percent of the components used to make Ultrex are derived
from recycled materials. Additionally, Integrity uses reliable raw lumber
suppliers that subscribe to SFI standards promoting good forest stewardship.
• Recycling and waste reduction: Company officials say they are “constantly
looking for ways [they] can maximize the resources [they] have and reduce
what ends up as waste.”
Nominees Green Manufacturer
Many manufacturers on our list offer vinyl
products, which displays much about the industry today. Some critics say
vinyl cannot possibly be a sustainable product. But learn why these manufacturers
are proving that, if designed correctly, this is simply not the case.
Kolbe Windows and
Doors, Wausau, Wis.
Kolbe is so confident in its efficient products that it says that if all
the new homes built each year used its LoE2 glass, the 30-year accumulated
savings would be more than $100 billion dollars.
• Recycled content: Recycled content is also used in some products, such
as its Ultra Series. The extruded aluminum billet in this product consists
of 50 to 75 percent recycled material. Additionally, its standard glass
used contains 25 to 30 percent recycled content.
• Recycling: Materials such as glass, wood and vinyl scraps are recycled
for use as raw materials by others. The company says its recycling program
is self-sustaining even after paying landfill costs for solid waste disposal.
• Supplier partnerships: The company has aligned itself with suppliers
that adhere to sound environmental practices. Using use those resources
efficiently, Kolbe and its suppliers maximize the use of lumber in its
wood products using sophisticated computer measuring and cutting methods.
Simonton is another company that drives home to homeowners just how much
money and energy they can save through purchasing efficient windows such
as those they manufacture.
• Recycled content: SimEx, Simonton’s vinyl frame extruder, uses post-industrial
top-quality vinyl generated and recycled during its manufacturing processes
to create its window frames.
• Efficient fabrication process: SimEx and Simonton recycle and reuse
vinyl as a result of its own fabrication processes. This post-industrial
vinyl is reground and recycled for use in its window frames. SimEx sells
any vinyl waste that cannot be used in Simonton products to other extruders
for re-use in the manufacture of pipe.
a division of Atrium, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Thermal Industries is another company that has employed energy-saving
practices way before it was the trend—for almost 50 years. The company
says it has a simple philosophy: “Provide our customers with energy-efficient,
maintenance-free products that help to lower their energy bills.”
• Recycling: The company recycles its vinyl, glass and aluminum scrap,
often selling it to companies outside the industry, such as PVC pipe manufacturers
and post-industrial recyclers. Its lead-free PVC vinyl is not petroleum-based,
so production requires no burning and generates no harmful gases.
• Equipment: The company has made upgrades to the equipment used to produce
glass in its door and window products. One example is its new glass oven
from GED, which uses infrared heating elements that reduce energy consumption
by 75 percent, resulting in added savings for the company and the consumer.
• Park Avenue collection: The company says this collection is a particularly
great choice when it comes to its energy-efficient windows. The fusion-welded,
multi-chambered construction prevents air leakage, water infiltration
and energy loss.
Comfort Line Inc.,
One reader who nominated Comfort Line said, “fiberglass is one of the
greenest frame materials used in our industry. The FIBERFRAME™ Family
of custom-made pultruded fiberglass patio doors and windows are custom-made
to specifications. All are available with PPG®’s low-E insulated glazings
and argon gas. All designs have earned the Energy Star qualified label.”
The company says that its fiberglass products are stable over time, even
in harsh environments because they are built with pultruded fiberglass,
which Comfort Line officials say outperforms other materials.
Nominees Green Manufacturer
(Small to Mid-Sized)
Gorell Windows and Doors, Indiana, Pa.
Gorell prides itself on being a truly environmentally friendly, “green”
manufacturer—by producing doors and windows made of highly sustainable
materials and that reduce energy consumption.
• Energy Star: Gorell says that more than 95 percent of its products are
Energy Star qualified. The company is a winner of the Energy Star Partner
of the Year Award for the sixth straight year.
• Tax credits: More than 500 product combinations qualify for the credits.
• Manufacturing: Gorell is committed to using environmentally responsible
processes at its manufacturing facility.
• Recycling: The company says it makes every effort to reuse and recycle
Empire Pacific Windows,
The reader who nominated Empire Pacific Windows mentioned that the company
converted to environmentally friendly hardware recently, and there are
many other factors that make Empire Pacific worthy of a nomination.
• Hardware: The company converted recently from zinc die cast type hardware
to environmentally friendly composite hardware, which offers a low carbon
footprint, is lead free, and is manufactured in the United States.
• Tax Credits: The company offers a special .30/.30 energy package, which
it deems the Ultra Efficient Energy package. This includes the Duralite®
spacer system, argon gas-filled IG and LoE 366 glass.
• Energy Star: The company says it was one of the first manufacturers
to sign an agreement for Energy Star products and a founding member in
the NFRC program. It also points out to its customers that if all residential
windows in the United States were replaced with Energy Star rated windows,
the nation would save $7 billion in energy costs over the next 15 years.
Products, Philadelphia, Pa.
Northeast Building Products (NBP) has practiced “green” practices, which
includes recycling and energy use mitigation, since the company’s inception
in 1975. It also offers an energy-efficient window that the company touts
as the most efficient IG unit on the market.
• Product line: The company’s Crusader® line of premium foam and argon-filled
vinyl windows is described by the company as a green IG technology because
it utilizes the Sashlite technology (see page 36). The product also features
other technologies that contribute to the green, energy-saving aspects
of the line including foam-filled, fusion-welded frames. The windows are
argon-filled and come standard with double-strength, PPG Solarban 60 low-E
glass for improved U-values and lowered solar heat gain coefficients.
• Materials recycling: The company’s philosophy is that every effort,
no matter how small, makes a difference for the environment. For example,
it recycles all packaging materials from its vinyl manufacturer by returning
it on back hauls. Other programs include recycling all reusable glass
as well as all vinyl material that is not contaminated.
• Reduced water consumption: The company has outfitted its Crusader®
line glass washers with float control valves to reduce plant water consumption.
The rinse and wash tanks employ a recirculation cycle, while the final
rinse is guided by a timer switch.
• Vendor partnerships: NBP worked with its vendors to create a reusable
cart system for tempered glass. It also obtained reusable totes for its
foam fill program, thus eliminating the need to throw out empty 55-gallon
drums, which contribute to landfill pollution.
Soft-Lite works to make sure its products are manufactured in the most
efficient way possible, thus reducing waste and energy. (For more on Soft-Lite,
see the plant tour)
• Equipment: Soft-Lite manufactures its products in an environmentally
responsible way, reporting that it operates the only automated robotics
window manufacturing facility in the United States. The equipment ensures
the least amount of waste possible by maximizing each piece of material.
The technology also ensures accuracy and tight tolerances, which minimizes
mistakes and discarded window units.
• Recycling: Soft-Lite recycles all material waste and excess in order
to be a responsible steward of the earth. Like all vinyl products, vinyl
window and glass door profiles and the glass itself is recyclable. With
the exception of the spacers in the insulating glass units and foam insulation,
Soft-Lite says its patio doors and windows are recyclable.
• Printed products: Soft-Lite says that almost all of its brochures are
produced at a printer that operates on 100-percent wind energy.
Vytex tells its customers that it’s whole window construction that makes
the difference in energy savings. This includes the way the frame and
sash are engineered and manufactured, type of glass used (single-, double-
or triple-paned), use of a low-E coating, and presence of argon or krypton
gas-filled insulating glass. The company looks at all of this carefully
when creating its window products.
It offers three complete energy-saving glass packages, including its argon-filled
Energy Saver Plus™ which is double-paned with one pane of low-E glass;
Energy Saver Max™, argon-filled, triple-paned with two panes of low-E
glass; and the krypton-filled Energy Saver Ultimate™, which is triple-paned
with two lites of low-E glass.
BF Rich, Newark,
B.F. Rich began its Go Green initiative in 2007 and since then the company
has made great strides toward its focus on energy efficiency.
• PX-6 windows: B.F. Rich has introduced its line of Green Shield windows,
which have standard features such as the DuraLite™ insulating glass spacer,
Enviro-Foam filled sash and frame members, SunClean™ self cleaning - Solar
Control Soft Coat low-E glass, antimicrobial-treated weather seals and
a BetterVue™ screen.
• Marketing support: B.F. Rich expands its role beyond just being an industry
supplier of patio doors and windows. “Providing our distribution base
with marketing materials and marketing support is a key element to our
2009 From Green to Greener initiative,” says Terry Rex, director of marketing,
“We see ourselves as an energy conservation and marketing company that
happens to manufacture windows and doors.”
• Recycling/optimization of materials: The company recycles raw materials
from its manufacturing process. Glass waste is minimized through computerized
optimization, and glass waste is recycled into glass beads for highway
reflective paint. Vinyl waste is minimized through computerized optimization,
and vinyl waste is recycled into vinyl fencing or decking material. Aluminum
waste is minimized through computerized optimization and aluminum waste
Masonite, Tampa, Fla.
Masonite has been focused on environmental issues since the company was
founded in 1924 and William H. Mason discovered that post-industrial wood
chips could be reconstituted and used to create building material. Byproduct
wood chips are a vital ingredient in many of Masonite’s doors and the
timber used comes from sustainable, managed forests. Many of its products
are FSC-certified. The company also uses other renewable biomaterials
in its products, such as wheat straw, in all of its interior door products.
When possible, Masonite utilizes recycled materials in its doors.
When it comes to saving energy, this is a big focus for a company that
offers Energy Star products. Masonite also has created regional manufacturing
plants, minimizing the amount of travel necessary to provide products
to its customers.
ProVia Doors, Sugarcreek,
ProVia Door is the recipient of the 2009 Energy Star Sustained Excellence
Award for door manufacturing, and has received this award for four consecutive
“The reason the Department of Energy looks favorably on ProVia Door when
considering this honor is because we took the big step of making sure
all doors shown in our catalog are Energy Star qualified,” says Joe Klink,
marketing. “ProVia Door is making a direct impact on our environment by
minimizing energy loss on thousands of homes by installing our Energy
Interior Doors (CMI), Chicago
A few companies promoted their SCS designation earlier this year at the
Builders’ Show as a point of differentiation. CMI announced at the show
that its CraftMaster molded door designs, MiraTEC® trim and Extira®
panels have received this certification. SCS verified all three products
have no added urea formaldehyde, while CraftMaster molded door designs
were certified also to contain a minimum of 63 percent by weight, pre-consumer
Therma-Tru, Maumee, Ohio
Therma-Tru is another manufacturer on the list that places energy as a
high priority both in its products and processes. Its fiberglass entry
door systems are Energy Star-labeled and many qualify for the tax credits,
thus helping homeowners save money on energy costs.
The company recycles a variety of materials—in fact, more than 12,000
tons of materials at its Indiana and Oklahoma facilities over the past
two years. Nearly all of the steel scrap from its manufacturing facilities
goes to recycling centers. The company also uses recycled products such
as recycled wood chips, diapers and plastic bottles for its composite
wood end rails and sill substrates The wood products used in its systems,
such as the door frame components, come from managed forests.
Mikron, Kent, Wash.
Like many vinyl manufacturers, Mikron supplies vinyl and composite window
profiles and boasts of the longevity and durability of vinyl. MikronBlend
vinyl extrusions are AAMA-certified to be lead-free and they do not contain
formaldehydes or other environmentally harmful materials. Interior wood
veneers applied to Mikron Wood profiles are sourced via suppliers that
are FSC chain of custody certified.
Mikron also encourages customers to participate in its scrap buy-back
program, founded in the 1980s, in which virtually all post fabrication
vinyl material scrap is returned to Mikron and recycled back into new
vinyl extrusions. Overall, Mikron vinyl extrusions contain approximately
15 percent pre-consumer reprocessed material.
Deceuninck North America, Monroe,
Deceuninck, which boasts of more than 150 fabricators with more than 500
distribution points throughout the United States, says its customers can
manufacture windows that qualify for the windows tax credit.
Windows made with the company’s SunShield® technology require one-third
less energy to produce than aluminum and steel windows, according to the
company. SunShield is an advanced material developed through an intensive
manufacturing process and formulated to withstand the harsh effects of
weather and ultraviolet light. This environmentally safe compound exceeds
all AAMA-required materials strength and retention standards, according
VEKA, Fombell, Pa.
VEKA has focused on efficiently producing high-quality vinyl profiles
while also acting as an accountable steward toward the environment.
It has created the dedicated position of safety and environmental
manager to review its operations constantly for safety concerns and process
VEKA recycles some in-house vinyl scrap into non-critical PVC shapes such
as its bundle box packaging for smaller shapes. The remainder is sold
to a third-party for re-use in other vinyl applications.
The company also has a customer buy-back program that was initiated to
recycle post-manufacturing waste vinyl, keeping it out of the waste stream.
It also ships finished profile in returnable steel racks. These racks
safely transport product and serve as a convenient storage system for
vinyl lineals at the customer’s fabrication facility.
Chelsea Building Products, Oakmont,
Chelsea Building Products says it has a number of window systems that
will qualify for the tax credit (see May/June issue of DWM magazine, page
22.) Chelsea marketing director Gary Hartman says that the company is
working with its customers as a solutions provider, and helping those
who may not have qualified to reconfigure their products so they do qualify.
Royal Window & Door Profiles
Div. Thermoplast, Laval, Quebec
Thermoplast says it has many practices in place that foster sustainable
solutions and environmentally friendly technologies. This includes minimizing
waste by recycling scrap and unused PVC profiles and using recyclable
paperboard packaging. The company also says that its products are Energy
Star approved to reduce energy consumption.
PH Tech, Lévis, Québec
P.H Tech, a supplier of PVC door and window profiles, says it delivers
“some of best energy ratings in the industry.” The company says this is
due to the exclusive multi-chamber design that has more air space than
a comparable vinyl window. The added air space acts as insulation, according
to the company, reducing noise and keeping a home comfortable year-round.
GlasWeld, Bend, Ore.
Glass restoration is a growing area of interest for door and window manufacturers
interested in reducing waste and saving money. GlasWeld offers its Gforce
scratch removal system, and the company’s Mike Boyle says his company
is focusing on building the brand with door and window manufacturers.
“Window manufacturers didn’t know waste was an issue, but now that profits
are down they are looking at glass,” he says. Boyle, who says 70 percent
of door and window manufacturers use the system, adds that more manufacturers
are turning to it as a way to help with are warranty issues.
The portable system restores damaged glass at any stage from the manufacturing
floor to the distribution facility, and even after installation. By repairing
scratches and other damage on glass doors and windows, users can keep
these products in the supply chain and out of the landfill. By repairing,
users also can eliminate the additional labor and energy costs of producing
a new piece of glass.
Glass Guru, Roseville, Calif.
With such a focus recently on preventing products from going to the landfill,
companies like the Glass Guru franchise are making sure this doesn’t happen.
One of the services the company provides is a moisture removal service
for failed IG units, as well as scratch and stain removal. The company
says that since its inception in 2004 it has saved thousands of units
from going to the landfills. “More importantly, preserving these damaged
units saves the energy it takes to reproduce the products as well as saving
our customers about half compared to a comparable replacement,” says company
founder Dan Frey.
SRP Glass Restoration, Savage,
SRP says it has a proven track record in glass restoration as companies
have used its products for more than 20 years to restore scratched and
damaged glass, including residential windows.
According to the company, the SRP Glass Restoration System removes scratches
quickly, easily and neatly.
TruSeal Technologies, Beachwood,
TruSeal has achieved success with its Envirosealed Windows program and
has 110 window manufacturers participating in the program, which is based
on its Duralite spacer. (In fact, a few manufacturers on this list are
using the Envirosealed program.) The windows created with the spacer meet
the tax credit criteria as well as meet or exceed the Energy Star 2010
criteria, according to the company. The company markets staff as “efficiency
experts,” which includes promoting a green message to window producers
and consumers through involvement in educational outreach, industry conferences
and other activities.
Edgetech IG, Cambridge, Ohio
For more than 20 years, Edgetech’s Super Spacer® products have been
a known name to window manufacturers. In addition to its spacer products,
Edgetech provides its customers with tremendous marketing support and
this includes its Super Spacer SustainaView® Window campaign.
Beyond its products and services, Edgetech is committed to its mission
of environmental stewardship by implementing waste-reducing initiatives,
educating employees, customers and the industry about energy-saving practices,
printing on FSC-certified paper when feasible and encouraging employees
to participate in environmental organizations outside of work.
GED Integrated Solutions, Twinsburg,
GED, known for its Intercept® product, says this spacer meets or exceeds
the .30/.30 requirements in the tax credit legislation. The company’s
new Intercept ULTRA Stainless Steel material carries a conductivity rating
of 13.63 W/mK as verified by the NFRC. This translates into a 20 percent
reduction from standard stainless steel material, and results in unit
U-values that are equal to or better than those found on other competitive
spacer products, according to the company.
Glasslam, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Glasslam, traditionally known for its glass products, expanded its product
portfolio last year with the addition of its Air-Tight™ Spacer Products.
The company says that the addition of these warm-edge spacer systems for
insulating glass production is a natural addition to its product line.
Now window companies and insulating glass producers may choose between
a high-tech warm-edge foam product and a one-step spacer with a pre-applied
secondary seal, says the company.
Technoform, Twinsburg, Ohio
Technoform, which offers products for the residential and commercial markets.,
describes isystems to deliver superior thermal performance results.” The
company adds that its spacer meets or exceeds the toughest global standards
for condensation resistance, durability, UV resistance, fogging, volatiles
and moisture penetration.
Sashlite, Westport, Conn.
If you’re not familiar with the Sashlite technology you may wonder why
the company is nominated in the spacer category. But the Sashlite technology
eliminates the need for a separate insulating glass unit in the production
of vinyl windows. (One manufacturing nominee on our list uses the process.)
The result, according to the company, is a streamlined production process
that reduces energy, material, space and labor requirements significantly.
Rather than the conventional method of fabricating a separate IG unit,
Sashlite’s patented integrated spacer technology allows the manufacturer
to adhere the glass directly to the sash frame. Because Sashlite
is an integrated spacer that is extruded as part of the sash profile,
there are no additional raw material requirements.
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