How Our Windows and Doors Help Protect the Environment
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day energized nationwide concern for the environment and conservation.
At Pella, we’ve been helping care for the planet since our company was founded 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 made in a way that appreciates and preserves our environment. They’re engineered to last. And many styles have 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 stands up against fading and preserves the exterior of these windows for years.
About 14 percent of the glass we use is from a recycled origin. Even 99 percent of the sawdust we make during our manufacturing process is recycled.
Pella has been awarded a Chain-of-Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. This means we provide windows and doors made from wood certified to have been harvested from well-managed forests.*
Some of our other procedures at Pella include:
- Taking advantage of recycling opportunities
- Minimizing waste and pollution
- Lowering energy consumption
Our commitment to conservation hasn’t been ignored. We’ve been recognized with the National Arbor Day Foundation’s prestigious Promise to the Earth Award for our work to plant trees and promote responsible forestry.
The EPA has also honored Pella for our responsible manufacturing methods and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals.
Sustainability has been on our mind for many years. In 1950—two decades before the first Earth Day—one of our founders voiced 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 safeguard 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 money while protecting the environment.
As a partner, we’re devoted to creating windows and doors with outstanding energy efficiency. Our premium design, excellent construction and innovative glass options help homes use less energy—saving you more money on monthly utility bills.
Installing Pella® ENERGY STAR-certified windows can reduce 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 is comparable to 51 to 317 gallons of gasoline.
Our efficient dual- or triple-pane windows can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They also help eliminate drafts, limit condensation and decrease outdoor noise pollution.
Our doors also have energy-saving innovations. Select Pella sliding patio doors feature a unique design that puts the sliding panel on the exterior. The more strongly 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 give an extra 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 generate less waste.
Pella offers products that can supply 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 goals, whether they’re big or small.
We can show you how to make your home more energy efficient or how to earn LEED certification on your next project. Take the first step by finalizing an appointment online today or coming to our Decatur showroom.--
*Check with your local Pella® commercial representative for the availability of FSC-certified products in Decatur.
**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.