Volume 9, Issue 5 - May 2008

Energy and Environmental News 

Truseal Reports on Early Success of Envirosealed Windows™ Campaign 

Truseal Technologies Inc. has announced that 78 customers signed up for its new Envirosealed Windows™ campaign in the first six months of the program.

Unveiled in September 2007, the campaign is designed to help window manufacturers and dealers address the growing demand for green products by selling the environmental benefits of windows containing Truseal Dura Platform spacers.

“Our customers have responded enthusiastically to the Envirosealed Windows concept,” says Truseal president Gus Coppola. “We’re pleased to be partners with them in helping homeowners make living spaces more environmentally friendly and save money at the same time.”

The campaign includes a variety of marketing support tools, including consumer brochures, window stickers for showroom and sample displays, lawn signs, posters and door hangers, to assist manufacturers, dealers and remodeling contractors. It also features a website that includes direct links to the sites of window manufacturers who offer and promote Envirosealed Windows. www.envirosealedwindows.com

DOE Presents Energy Star® Awards
The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its 2008 Energy Star awards. Pella Corp. in Pella, Iowa, was named the 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year for Window Manufacturing. Gorell Enterprises in Indiana, Pa., and ProVia Door of Sugarcreek, Ohio, both were recognized with 2008 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Awards.

The awards for doors, windows and skylights are based on the following criteria: 
• Percentage of models offered that are Energy Star-qualified; 
• Proportion of total unit sales that are Energy Star-qualified; 
• Correct and consistent labeling of Energy Star-qualified products and display units adhering to the Energy Star Marks, Maps and Messaging Guidelines; 
• Inclusion of Energy Star logos, messaging and program information in marketing collateral and advertising materials; and 
• Integration of Energy Star content in sales staff training materials. www.energystar.gov

Builders' Challenge
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has posed a challenge to the homebuilding industry: to build 220,000 high-performance homes by 2012. The Builders’ Challenge initiative will require homes to meet a score of 70 or better on the EnergySmart Home Scale in order to qualify for the challenge. Homes that qualify must meet a 70 or better on the DOE’s EnergySmart Home Scale (E-Scale), available on its website. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/challenge/

PPG Becomes Founding Reporter of the Climate Registry
PPG Industries has become a Founding Reporter of the Climate Registry. The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization established to measure and publicly report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a common, accurate and transparent manner consistent across industry sectors and borders.

By joining the group, PPG has committed voluntarily to measure, independently verify and publicly report its GHG emissions on an annual basis using the Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol. The protocol is based on the internationally recognized GHG measurement standards of the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

PPG set its GHG emission goals late last year and aims to reduce its total energy intensity 25 percent from 2006 to 2016 and its total global GHG emissions 10 percent from 2006 to 2011. 

Profiling a “Green” Manufacturer
At DWM magazine, we write a lot about green issues, so we decided to profile manufacturers periodically who indeed are putting green principles into place. So if you’ve been wondering how to go green, following are a few examples of what one company is doing. If your company would like to be featured in this new section, please e-mail ttaffera@glass.com.

Windsor Windows and Doors
Environmental Principles: At a Glance
The company recently built a second manufacturing facility in West Des Moines, Iowa, with green in mind. The building was engineered to be thermally efficient with optimal airflow, and, through the use of florescent light bulbs, Windsor saves half the energy than what it used with standard light bulbs.

While the company utilizes green principles in its production, this spills over into other aspects of the company as well. 

“When redesigning a product we look to increase its lifecycle and consider opportunities to integrate more environmentally friendly materials and all marketing materials are printed on recycled paper,” according to company literature. 

Additionally, all of the company’s top vendors participate in an extensive recycling program and adhere to, or surpass al local, state and national environmental regulations put in place.

A Look at What Windsor Recycles or Reuses Annually
Glass 38.5 tons
Wood 25 tons
Vinyl/cellular PVC 40 tons
Aluminum 22 tons
Cardboard 5 tons
Scrap metal 4 tons
Paper 3 tons
The company also recycles the following:
Cans;
Wood pallet;
Batteries;
Fluorescent light bulbs;
Oil;
Oil filters;
Tires;
Toners and ink cartridges;
Materials from obsolete equipment;
Computer parts; and
Concrete.


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