Champion Earns Green Seal Certification
After a year-long process, Champion Window & Patio Room Co. has earned Green Seal certification for its window, door and patio room products. Certification by the independent Green Seal organization is designed to identify products that are manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner.
Green Seal inspectors visited Champion’s Cincinnati and Denver manufacturing facilities to ensure that it met its energy efficiency and environmental standards. A team led by Rik Vonderhaar, Champion’s customer service manager, answered questions and helped facilitate the thorough examination process, offiicials note. Green Seal announced that Champion successfully met its manufacturing requirements and received certification on July 8.
“Champion is proud that our products not only save customers money, but are also manufactured in an environmentally friendly way,” says Don Jones, president and COO of the manufacturer, retailer and installer of windows, doors and patio room products. “The Green Seal certification is evidence of our hard work and demonstrates that we want the best for the homeowners who use our products and services.”
The intent of Green Seal’s environmental requirements is to reduce, to the extent technologically and economically feasible, the environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, use and disposal of products. Set on a category-by-category basis, Green Seal Environmental Standards focus on significant opportunities to reduce a product’s environmental impact.
Through its standard setting, certification and education programs, Green Seal offers scientific analyses to help consumers make educated purchasing decisions regarding environmental impacts; ensures consumers that any product bearing the Green Seal Certification Mark has earned the right to use it; and encourages manufacturers to develop new products that are significantly less damaging to the environment than their predecessors.
Champion is the fourth window manufacturing company to achieve Green Seal certification. For many years, Andersen Windows was the only window manufacturer to carry the Green Seal label, but the organization and its program appears to be gaining traction in the industry. In addition to Champion, American Exteriors recently began offering a Green Seal certified product, while Gorell Windows & Doors achieved Green Seal certification for its double hung line in late 2008.