Nominations for the First
USGlass Green Design Awards
Although it may sometimes seem like we’re waiting for architects and other
building professionals to catch on, members of the glass industry know
already that glass is “green.” Today’s high-performance glazing is able
to provide natural daylighting that lowers energy bills (and keeps building
occupants happy and productive) while keeping out heat to help maintain
a comfortable environment.
In addition to those benefits, a number of glass product manufacturers
and fabricators are finding ways to make the production of their products
more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. With all of these
contributions toward making our world a better, healthier place, we at
USGlass want to take a moment to recognize these green companies with
the First USGlass Green Design Awards.
Over the next 3 pages you will find a list of those companies nominated
by USGlass editorial staff and readers of the USGNN.com™
newsletter for the ways in which they define green. When choosing the
nominees, our voters took into account both what’s produced and the ways
in which those products are manufactured. The following descriptions were
provided by the nominees.
Upon reading this article, please visit www.usglassmag
to vote for a winner in each category. Votes are due by October 12,
2009. In-depth descriptions of the ways in which our winners define green
will appear in the November issue of USGlass.
To nominate your company for next year’s Design Awards, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc.
With so many questions about green building popping up daily, Arch Aluminum
& Glass Co. Inc. in Tamarac, Fla., decided to create a standalone
website to give the industry an avenue for green information and details.
Located at www.archgreen.com,
the website covers the basics of the various green building programs,
as well as other information such as helpful links and news. The company
reports that a major upgrade is currently occurring behind the scenes
on the site and will include the latest changes to the U.S. Green Building
Council’s program, as well as other green- and energy-related opportunities.
Azon USA Inc.
Several decades ago Azon USA Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich., summed up its mission
in three words: “Azon Saves Energy,” a motto that still rings. Methods
to improve the energy-efficiency of aluminum doors and windows became
the main purpose for its founding. Today, Azon is a supplier of thermal
barrier technology to help window companies manufacture durable, energy-efficient,
high-performance aluminum windows, skylights, doors and curtainwall. As
a green building product, aluminum is proven to be a sustainable material,
with the ability to be recycled indefinitely using less than 5-percent
of the energy originally used when it is first made. Azon’s technology
is used in manufactured aluminum building products that have achieved
Cradle-to-Cradle Certification. In addition, manufacturing processes in
Azon’s facilities utilize a closed-loop system to blend and transport
raw materials. The company supports the purchase and use of environmentally
sensitive supplies, including those that have been recycled and re-manufactured.
Its corporate office was purchased and renovated in 2004 using the latest
energy-saving technologies in the lighting, plumbing and building envelope,
as well as re-manufactured interior furnishings. The company uses Forest
Stewardship Council-certified paper in its promotional materials.
For more than 20 years, Cambridge, Ohio-based Edgetech’s Super Spacer®
products have contributed to the energy-efficiency and long-term durability
and sustainability of commercial and residential window systems. Through
the company’s Super Spacer® SustainaView® Window Technology, customers
are assured they will achieve optimal efficiencies using Super Spacer.
Additionally, Edgetech’s commercial warm-edge spacer system—Super Spacer®
TriSeal™—is a known contributor to LEED® certification for its energy-saving
benefits and effects on indoor environmental quality. 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 Forest Stewardship
Council-certified paper when feasible and encouraging employees to participate
in environmental organizations outside of work.
In addition to a long history of supplying quality products, there are
a number of features that make Monett, Mo.-based EFCO green. Company officials
report that EFCO has offered thermal product development since the 1970s.
The company offers integration of thermal struts, sunshades, light shelves
and photovoltaic panels. It also has strong environmental stewardship
practices through recycling and waste reduction programs. Through its
USGBC® membership, the company supports the LEED® certification
rating system, provides client education through AIA-accredited courses,
receives employee and sales force education and training and has LEED®
submittal support. In addition, the company has had major reductions of
fossil fuel usage and greenhouse emissions through daily use of locally
sourced recycled aluminum billet; in-house extrusion and finishing processes;
in-house insulating glass and tempering capabilities; accessibility from
a centralized U.S. location; and by being a single-source supplier.
Producing safe and reliable products, operating a healthy workplace and
assuring the efficient use and preservation of natural resources are all
integral parts of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Glass’ green philosophy.
Guardian is committed to sustainability. More than 20 of its manufacturing
facilities are ISO 14001 registered, and the company has invested millions
in facility upgrades to create one of the cleanest, greenest float glass
plants in the world. In addition, Guardian products are designed to conserve
energy. SunGuard® advanced architectural glass can be used to reduce
heating and cooling costs, a key element in obtaining LEED certification.
ClimaGuard® residential glass products utilize a combination of patented
technologies to block out the sun’s UV rays while maximizing natural light.
EcoGuard® solar glass products harness the sun’s power and convert
it to electricity and provide solar energy systems.
J.E. Berkowitz LP
In order to lessen its environmental footprint, J.E. Berkowitz LP (JEB)
in Pedricktown, N.J., has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Agency
(EPA) on the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership program for providing eco-friendly
shipping. The SmartWay™ initiative was created in 2004 as a collaborative
voluntary program between the EPA and the freight industry to address
greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption, criteria pollutants and operating
costs associated with ground freight transportations. In order to become
a SmartWay™ Transport Partner, a FLEET model must be submitted that meets
a series of criteria including emissions, engine idling, aerodynamics,
tires, low friction lubricants and average speed. Once deemed a partner,
a SmartWay™ company commits itself to improve its total point score by
15 percent per year over a three-year period. JEB is further looking to
implement: adding eco flaps to the trucks (a rain/mud flap for vehicles
that increases miles per gallon); using only SmartWay™ approved tires
on trucks; reducing driving speeds by 5 mph, which will lower emissions
by 7 percent; and decreasing truck idling while cranes are in use.
Kawneer North America
From its dedication to developing products that comply with LEED standards
and promote whole-building design practices, to its daily operations,
Kawneer North America in Norcross, Ga., defines itself as “green.” Company
officials report that sustainability is the foundation of the company’s
product line, which is comprised of one of the earth’s most plentiful
recyclables: aluminum. Kawneer’s photovoltaic products help create onsite
renewable energy, while its sunshade products help reduce solar heat gain.
In addition, its 1600 Wall System®1 and 1600 Wall System®2, InLighten®
LightShelf and 1600 SunShade® have been awarded Cradle to CradleSM
Environmental Product Certification at the silver level. All products
are offered in a range of solvent-free, powder coat paints. Kawneer also
uses biodegradable packaging for its complete portfolio of products, utilizes
reusable containers for chemicals and paints, prints collateral materials
on 100-percent recycled paper and/or Forest Stewardship Council-certified
paper and offers access to information online to encourage the reduction
of printed materials. Through its actions, Kawneer is making choices that
positively impact the future of the environment.
Officials with PPG Industries in Pittsburgh note that the company aggressively
advanced architectural glass technology with Solarban 70XL glass, featuring
the industry’s first triple-silver low-E coating. It reports that
Solarban 70XL glass, with a light to solar gain value of 2.37, can increase
energy savings in buildings by up to 15 percent. In addition, PPG was
a pioneer in oxygen-fuel furnace technology. The company licenses
this manufacturing technology, which reduces fuel consumption and carbon
dioxide emissions, to international glass manufacturers. The first
glass manufacturer to achieve Cradle to Cradle CertificationSM, PPG also
was one of the earliest manufacturer members of the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Energy Star® Partner Program. As a result of these and other
corporate initiatives, PPG was recognized last year by the Carbon Disclosure
Project (CDP) as a top S&P 500 company for corporate transparency
and carbon emissions management.
Solar Innovations Inc.
Solar Innovations Inc. in Pine Grove, Pa., defines green through responsible
use of resources during the manufacturing process and in the day-to-day
office activities; continual efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle; and
by making choices in favor of the environment rather than the company’s
bottom line. Solar Innovations recently accelerated its green efforts
with the completion of a new facility that integrates passive solar energy
applications into the building. The facility also has been designed for
future accommodation of photovoltaic panels. In addition, the company’s
recycling program has been able to capture approximately 90 percent of
all materials leaving the facility for recycling or reuse. Throughout
the product development process, careful consideration is given to material
selection, manufacturing methods and how consumers will utilize the product
to ensure the process achieves the standards the company has established.
Syracuse Glass Company Inc.
Syracuse Glass Co. Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., has recently upgraded its truck
fleet to improve energy efficiency. The company replaced its steel
truck bodies with lighter aluminum ones, and added computers that govern
speed, calculate fuel efficiency, shut the truck off after 10 minutes
of idling and suggest the most fuel-efficient gear for the driver to select.
Its diesel fuel supplier comes to the company’s shop and fuels the trucks
at night, which is saving the company time, idling and fuel expenses.
Syracuse Glass also recycles or reuses glass, aluminum, cardboard, office
paper and wood—even old equipment gets cut apart and the components recycled
when possible. Syracuse officials say they are on track to cut the
company’s landfill trash bill by half again this year.
Technical Glass Products
Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Snoqualmie, Wash., is making the earth
a priority in both its product offerings and daily processes. All of its
glass and steel cut-off waste is recycled, while its FireLite® products
incorporate recycled and reclaimed glass. Whenever possible, its fire-rated
and architectural packaging uses recycled cardboard materials instead
of timber or plastic crating. In addition, TGP’s new headquarters building
streamlines operations and is pending LEED certification. The building
relies heavily on recycled and reclaimed finish materials and incorporates
a strong daylighting design to maximize use of natural light and reduce
energy consumption. It also uses reclaimed water for irrigation, has an
energy-efficient electrical design and HVAC systems and uses low VOC content
building materials. The company’s community transit programs encourage
employees to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. TGP also offers
an AIA-accredited continuing education course on daylighting practices
to provide architects and designers with resources on effective sustainable
Tempered Glass Inc.
Atlanta-based Tempered Glass Inc. (TGI), a part of United Glass Corp.,
says it focused on scrap and energy reduction long before it was chic
to be “green.” For years, the company has reduced glass usage and waste
by incorporating glass optimization and reject-tracking software into
its operations. To insure glass consumption was kept to a bare minimum,
the company purchased a glass remnant system for remnant storage and retrieval,
which eliminated the need to cut low-yielding layouts and rejected lites
from virgin inventory. This automated, computerized control of remnants
insures minimal square footage of glass in the dumpster. Additionally
TGI has reduced energy consumption by utilizing automated machinery interfaces
to maximize performance. TGI has enlisted Georgia Power for a complete
energy audit, encompassing everything from lighting to flexible energy
usage hours based upon peak demands. Although “lean and green” is the
goal of most companies today, TGI United Glass Corp. took innovative steps
years ago to conserve raw materials and help protect the environment.
Truseal Technologies Inc.
Representatives from Truseal Technologies Inc. in Solon, Ohio, note that
the company provides the industry with the lowest U-value warm-edge spacer
system on the market, enabling manufacturers to produce the highest energy-efficient
window systems. Lower U-values translate into lower energy demands, thereby
reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving the environment one window
at a time. Truseal also is actively involved in promoting a green message
to window producers and consumers through involvement in educational outreach,
industry conferences, the Energy Star® program and other activities.
Wausau Window and Wall Systems
Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ new manufacturing center
and office building recently earned LEED Silver-level certification. The
facility preserves and enhances the natural environment, and showcases
energy-efficient and sustainable building products manufactured in its
own facility. Wausau’s fixed and project-out awning windows were configured
in tall, continuous strips for natural daylighting and fresh air in office
areas. Window and curtainwall systems with thermal barriers provide condensation
resistance and reduce conductive heat loss. Exterior sun shades block
solar heat gain in summer and redirect visible light further into the
facility’s open plan office areas. Recycled and regional materials were
preferred throughout the building. Designed for durability and longevity,
Wausau anticipates its facility will remain flexible to continued improvements,
serving its customers for many decades.
YKK AP America Inc.
Austell, Ga.-based YKK AP America Inc.’s ISO 14001 environmentally certified
plant in Dublin, Ga., recycles 100-percent of its aluminum waste onsite
and captures 93 percent of all solvent emissions from its paint line.
The plant uses advanced waste water treatment methods and has reduced
gas usage. The company has goals for further emissions reduction. Company
officials also note that YKK AP was the first fenestrations systems producer
to receive Cradle to CradleSM certification of a product, and is the only
industry company to win a 2009 IDEA design award for combining energy
efficiency with aesthetics. In addition, YKK AP encourages employees to
earn LEED AP credentials and a company study group helps them achieve
certification. Through its products and business practice, YKK AP has
contributed to LEED certification for numerous projects.
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