Andersen Receives FSC Certification

November 26, 2008

Andersen Corp. reports its Andersen and Renewal by Andersen brands of wood and wood composite windows and doors have received Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification. This certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry, the manufacturer adds.

FSC chain-of-custody certification is awarded to companies that meet FSC standards for traceability in their wood supply chain. Before a product may carry an FSC label, all stages of the production, distribution, and sale of the product must be independently evaluated and the wood must be tracked from the certified forest to the finished product. Andersen's certification was awarded by Scientific Certification Systems, a firm that specializes in third-party, independent green building product certification.

“Andersen approaches sustainability at every level and for us it begins in the forests where we source the wood for our products,” said J Glasnapp, Andersen VP of corporate sustainability and quality. “We are committed to environmental stewardship and our FSC chain-of-custody certification supports this philosophy and assures our customers that their purchase supports the highest forestry standards.”

FSC certification enables Andersen customers to earn points in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design rating system.  In addition to materials and resources credits for certified wood. the company's windows and doors also help earn LEED points in that system's energy and atmosphere and indoor environmental quality categories, it points out.