Gorell Gains Green Seal Recognition
Gorell Windows & Doors LLC has received Green Seal certification for its five replacement double-hung products. The Indiana, Pa., based company points out it is only the second window manufacturer to gain recognition from the organization.
Founded in 1989, Green Seal develops environmental certification standards for a wide variety of products. A non-profit organization, Green Seal is particulalry active promoting those standards among large institutional purchasers, including government agencies, universities and the lodging and architectural building industries.
Green Seal issued its first environmental standards in 1991-2, and the first product certifications were completed in 1992. Hundreds of products and services from major companies such as 3M and Benjamin Moore have been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 40.
The Green Seal certification process is comprehensive, and Gorell products were certified only after rigorous testing and evaluation, which included an on-site plant inspection. Criteria such as performance ratings (U-value, solar heat gain coefficient, and others), product packaging and labeling, and manufacturing and testing procedures all played a role in the Gorell products achieving Green Seal certification.
“For all our replacement double-hung models to be certified by Green Seal says a lot about Gorell and the products we manufacture,” says Wayne Gorell, Gorell’s president and CEO. “Practically every manufacturer claims to be ‘green,’ but this achievement, along with five straight years of Energy Star Partner of the Year awards, prove we truly are committed to helping to protect the environment by manufacturing highly energy-efficient, green products.”
The Washington, D.C., based organization issued its GS-13 window standard in 1994. Previously, Andersen Corp. was the only window manufacturer to carry the Green Seal label on its products.