Energy Star Honors Industry Partners

March 2, 2010
Noteworthy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have recognized several window and door manufacturers with Energy Star Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence awards for their leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The companies will be honored March 18 at a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony.

This year's Partner of the Year recipients include Andersen Corp. and Jeld-Wen Inc. Sustained Excellence awards—presented to three-time Partner of the Year honorees to recognize their continued commitment to Energy Star—are being presented to Gorell Windows & Doors, ProVia Doors and Pella Corp. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations participating in the Energy Star program.

Jeld-Wen attributes its honor to its broad offering of window and door products offering improved energy efficiency, noting that it  increased qualified door models by 29 percent and window configurations by 22 percent in 2009.  The company points to its other energy conservation efforts as well, including the fact that 30 percent of its power in three Oregon locations now comes from renewable sources and a new transportation optimization program that has reduced fuel consumption by 10,000 gallons.

"Energy Star Partner of the Year is the ultimate recognition of a company's energy conservation achievements. Because energy efficiency is at the heart of our company and all of our window and door products, this national award means we are living up to our commitment to save homeowners money on their utility bills while saving natural resources," says Ron Saxton, Jeld-Wen chief environmental officer. "This honor exemplifies our drive to be the industry's standard bearer for energy efficient products, and is an accomplishment in which all of our employees can take great pride."

Andersen notes it has been part of the Energy Star program since its inception in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the Energy Star National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. “Andersen’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability is more than a trend or slogan. Our commitment goes back as far as Andersen itself–more than 100 years. It is in our nature, our company culture, and every product we create,” says Jay Lund, president and COO. “We’ve been a part of Energy Star since its beginnings, just as our commitment to sustainable practices has been with us since the company began,” he continues. “Our largest manufacturing facility and company headquarters are located on the St. Croix River in Bayport, Minn.—a nationally protected scenic waterway. For more than 106 years we have been doing business and living in harmony with the river in this beautiful valley, and our commitment to sustainability touches every part of our existence.”

Sustained Excellence
“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve seven straight years of national recognition from the EPA and DOE,” says Brian Zimmerman, Gorell President & COO, regarding his company's Sustained Excellence award. “Energy Star is an integral part of Gorell’s business—it’s become the cornerstone of our commitment to energy efficiency. Our employees continuously strive to produce not only the best, most innovative windows and doors in the industry, but the most energy-efficient products available. We also place great emphasis on educational and training materials to ensure that our employees, dealers and consumers have a clear understanding of the Energy Star program and the benefits that energy-efficient products provide.”

One of the primary reasons Gorell won the Sustained Excellence award, it states, is that, in 2009, 97.9 percent of the windows and doors Gorell manufactured qualified for the Energy Star label. The manufacturer's efforts to get its dealers signed up as retail partners—as well as the company’s significant investment to ensure that it would comply with the new Energy Star windows and doors criteria on January 1—also played a role in capturing the award.

“Pella is proud to again be recognized with the highest honor in energy efficiency─the prestigious Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award,” says Elaine Sagers, Pella's vice president of marketing. “This is a credit to Pella team members who create some of the industry’s most stylish, energy-efficient, sustainable windows and doors and our dedicated business partners who educate consumers about them.”

“Pella’s sustainability practices are designed to help lessen our impact on the environment,” adds Sandi Robinson, code and integrated marketing manager for Pella. “Recycling and sustainability have been a priority at Pella since our company was founded 85 years ago, that’s why we place so much emphasis on helping consumers make energy-efficient choices for their own homes. In addition to manufacturing energy-efficient products, we’re dedicated to promoting an appreciation for the value of Energy Star-qualified products like Pella windows and doors.”

ProVia, winner of a Sustained Excellence award for door manufacturing, notes this is the fifth consecutive year it has been recognized by Energy Star.  It attributes its success to its continued efforts to manufacture energy efficient products and develop new ways to enhance performance, as well as its educational efforts with homeowners purchasing entry doors.