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How Our Windows and Doors Help Protect the Environment

How Our Windows and Doors Help Protect the Environment

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day sparked nationwide concern for the environment and conservation.

At Pella, we’ve been helping care for the planet since our company started in 1925. We’ve continued to build on a culture of environmental care since then. Not only because it’s good for business, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Pella® windows and doors are constructed in a way that appreciates and defends our environment. They’re made to last. And many styles use recycled materials.

More than 95 percent of our aluminum sash cladding comes from recycled aluminum. One of the ways we use this cladding is on Pella Architect Series® and Pella Lifestyle Series wood windows. Our EnduraClad® protective finish resists fading and preserves the exterior of these windows for years.

About 14 percent of the glass we use is from a recycled supply. Even 99 percent of the sawdust we produce during our construction process is recycled.

Pella has been awarded a Chain-of-Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. This means we have windows and doors produced from wood certified to have been harvested from well-managed forests.*

Some of our other procedures at Pella include:

  • Making the best of recycling opportunities
  • Decreasing waste and pollution
  • Lowering energy consumption

Our commitment to conservation hasn’t been overlooked. We’ve been recognized with the National Arbor Day Foundation’s distinguished Promise to the Earth Award for our endeavors to plant trees and advocating for responsible forestry.

The EPA has also commended Pella for our conscientious manufacturing procedures and limiting the release of hazardous chemicals.

Sustainability has been on our mind for a long time. In 1950—two decades before the first Earth Day—one of our founders shared his vision for Pella’s responsibility to a healthy environment.

“We recognize our responsibilities as stewards of our natural resources and the environment and will avoid wasteful or harmful disregard of the environmental effects of our operations,” co-founder Pete Kuyper said.

Today, Pella products also help preserve the environment in cities across North America.

Save More with Our ENERGY STAR® Windows and Doors

We’ve been an ENERGY STAR® partner since 1999. This voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program helps businesses and homeowners save on energy costs while protecting the environment.

As a partner, we’re devoted to building windows and doors with outstanding energy efficiency. Our select design, top-grade construction and innovative glass options help homes use less energy—saving you more money on monthly heating and cooling bills.

Installing Pella® ENERGY STAR-certified windows can cut your heating and cooling costs. The average homeowner can save $101 to $583 each year by replacing single-pane windows.** And 1,006 to 6,205 pounds of carbon dioxide, which corresponds to 51 to 317 gallons of gasoline.

Our efficient dual- or triple-pane windows can keep your home cozier in the winter and colder in the summer. They also help eliminate drafts, cut down on condensation and decrease outdoor noise pollution.

Our doors also have energy-saving innovations. Select Pella sliding patio doors include an innovative design that puts the sliding panel on the exterior. The harder the wind blows, the more tightly the door seals.

Plus, using our exclusive between-the-glass blinds and shades in your windows or sliding patio doors can supply an added layer of insulation.

We Support LEED Certification

As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Pella encourages LEED certification for businesses and homes.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an international green building rating system. The system helps produce healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving buildings. These buildings save energy, water and other resources—plus they create less waste.

Pella has products that can give more than:

  • 20 of 136 possible points in LEED for Homes
  • 41 of 110 possible points in LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation for Commercial Buildings

Pella can help you accomplish your green energy targets, whether they’re big or small.

We can show you how to make your home more energy efficient or how to achieve LEED certification on your next project. Start by finalizing an appointment online today or coming to our Murray showroom.

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*Check with your local Pella® commercial representative for the availability of FSC-certified products in Murray.
**Ranges are based on the average savings among homes in modeled cities. Actual savings will vary based on local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics.

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