Andersen VeriLock Sensor system composite. Installed on E-Series Double-Hung Windows with Colonial Grille Pattern Upper sash only and E-Series Picture Windows with Colonial Grille Pattern in Upper Units only, White Interiors and equipped with VeriLock sensors.

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See you at CES!

Smart Home technology is one of the fastest-growing segments of the homebuilding industry. When many hear the term “smart home,” most assume it only applies to the electronics of a home like lighting, A/V equipment or HVAC control. As attendees at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will learn this week, the future of Smart Homes applies a whole-home approach. Including windows.

Innovation Awards Honor for Andersen

Andersen was named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree for its VeriLock® integrated security sensors in the Smart Home product category. These awards honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories. It’s a thrill to receive this recognition for the VeriLock product development team and verify the truly unique nature of this innovation.

Invisible to the homeowner’s eye, works 24/7

The VeriLock Integrated Security Sensor is unique in that the sensor is already integrated into the window or patio door – hidden from view. While other window security sensors can report if a window is closed or open, only VeriLock can report if a window is open or closed and locked or unlocked. This information also offers an energy savings opportunity: windows that are closed but unlocked lose air at a rate up to 3 times that of a closed and locked window.

CES attendees in Las Vegas can find VeriLock integrated security sensors at:

  • The NextGenHomeTV SmartHome 3.0: this cutting-edge home that will be located at the main entrance to the SmartHome area of CES and will showcase the latest in smart home technology products.

We’re excited to see other new innovations at CES, and explore new opportunities to connect and collaborate on the next big thing. Will we see you there?

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Green is Monumental: Reflections from Greenbuild 2015

This post was written by Eliza Clark, Director of Sustainability and Environment.

Every year, 25,000 sustainability enthusiasts gather at Greenbuild, the nation’s largest green building trade show. As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Andersen has participated in every Greenbuild show to-date, and 2015 was no exception. Andersen was proud to exhibit on the Greenbuild trade show floor, as well as to have our CEO, Jay Lund, participate in one of the conference’s formal educational sessions.

We enjoyed sharing our story and learning from other leading companies in the green building space. We always leave the show feeling inspired with a number of new, provocative ideas to inform our sustainability strategy and direction.

At a high-level, my key reflection from Greenbuild 2015 is that the green building industry has hit its stride. Our dialogue has moved from dreaming about the promise of future innovation, to discussing the best way to scale and accelerate the readily available solutions we have at our fingertips. Rather than bemoaning our global environmental challenges, we’re united around “the work” of implementing an even more aggressive and comprehensive set of green building practices and technologies.

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Our sustainability team also noticed a distinct shift away from thinking about buildings as strictly physical structures, to exploring them as space for human interaction, healthy living and collaborative problem solving.  Drawing inspiration from nature, sustainability leaders are now actively working to improve the connection between humans and the built environment.

In the words of Andersen sustainability analyst Annie Perkins, “This year’s show gave me hope. It’s clear that the expansion of green buildings goes beyond building efficiencies to include human aspects relative to our relationships with buildings – encompassing communities as well. Each year is more evident, the trajectory of green building is on track to apex by addressing and solving global issues far beyond brick and mortar buildings.”

We also observed other themes that tie to the challenge of expanding our circle of influence and impact, including a growing focus on transparency (see my thoughts here), diversity and mentorship. While Greenbuild Nation is 25,000 strong, we need to bring more diverse perspectives to the table to build a movement capable of stemming the tide of climate change.

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Our team was also encouraged to see a renewed focus on housing, with Greenbuild’s new Residential track. We’re hopeful that net-zero homes, designed to consume the same amount of energy as they produce, will quickly become the new standard among progressive, eco-conscious homeowners.

Our own educational session, Bringing Net Zero to the 99%, was focused on advancing net zero performance in affordable housing and highlighted St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity’s “Eco Village” project in River Falls, Wis. You can learn more about this innovative net zero project in this short video.  We’re proud to have played a role in making Eco Village a reality and were thrilled to share its successes with the Greenbuild audience.

Now that the dust has settled and we’re back at our desks for this short holiday week, we’re also feeling thankful – thankful to play a role in both calling for more action and advancing new and proven solutions. The green building industry has already made such impressive strides, but there is plenty more to do. Let’s get to work!

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Five Facts about Fitz & The Tantrums

As part of each Greenbuild Expo, attendees of the conference are invited to a Greenbuild Celebration event which always features talented performers, dancing, food and beverages. This year, Greenbuild 2015 is proud to welcome Fitz & The Tantrums to the stage on the evening of Thursday, November 19. Here are a few facts about this dynamic group:

  1. Fitz & The Tantrums are an American neo soul/indie pop band from Los Angeles, formed in 2008.
  2. The band has two albums, Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010) and More than Just a Dream (2013).
  3. “Fitz” is a shortened version of the last name of the lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick.
  4. They were deemed a “band to watch” in an April 2011 profile in Rolling Stone.
  5. Los Angeles Times music critic Ann Powers wrote, “Fitz & the Tantrums is the kind of band that communicates best in concert, but [‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces’] serves as a fine proxy and party-starter”.

Watch the music video for one of the band’s singles, The Walker, and get ready to groove at Greenbuild in two weeks!

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Our Top Ten What-We-Can’t-Wait-for-at-Greenbuild 2015 List

Andersen proudly joined U.S. Green Building Council in 1997 as a founding member and has been attending Greenbuild since 2001. It’s our favorite show and we get more excited about it each year! Here are some of the reasons we can’t wait for Greenbuild this year:

  • Greenbuild 2015 Opening Plenary – What will it Take to Get Meaningful Action on Climate Change? James Cameron and Mika Brzezinski address the defining issue of our time, climate change, and its best offense – green buildings, green communities and strong leaders.
  • The Affordability Gap: Bringing Net Zero to the 99% – An education session highlighting Habitat for Humanity’s (HfH) award winning Eco Village. This community of 18 volunteer-built LEED Platinum homes boasts negative HERS ratings, net-zero energy, community gardens and much more. Andersen’s own Chairman, President & CEO, Jay Lund, joins HfH leaders in presenting details around this wonderful learning laboratory
  • 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project – an urban food studio designed to catalyze the long-term vision of the Urban Food Garden. This collaborative project educates community members on food security, wellness, and the importance of healthy food, in addressing hunger and diet-related illnesses.
  • USGBC Volunteers!! Need we say more?
  • Women in Green Power Breakfast – This year exploring barriers and challenges around meaningful mentorships.
  • Social Media conversations  – Join us! #Greenbuild #NetZeroNow @AndersenCorp @AW_inournature @ElizaCClark
  • Our Booth 1637, and our other 800+ exhibitor friends!
  • Net Zero Energy Zone read about it here.
  • Pavilionsthe center hub of activity is the Expo Hall, from Wood Pavilion, Lighting Solutions, Technology and more!
  • Sustainability at Greenbuild – moving toward zero waste, sustainable sourcing, GHG emissions reductions and more here.
  • Bonus #11…YOU! None of this can happen without a strong, dedicated group of sustainability champions, so we’re excited to share ideas, celebrate and dream about the future with you.

 

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Andersen Recognizes Dealers for Outstanding Customer Service

When it comes to creating a satisfying customer experience, Andersen dealers that go above and beyond supporting their builder customer’s ultimate success are ultimately rewarded with repeat business.

That is why Andersen takes the time each year to recognize those dealers that demonstrate unparalleled customer satisfaction, excellence and business success in support of the Andersen® brand.

At a recent event, the following dealers were among the dealers given awards for their outstanding customer service in 2014:

Southern Lumber & Millwork, based in Charleston, South Carolina

Great Plains Millwork, based in Oakdale, Minnesota

Hancock Lumber, based in Casco, Maine

“We are fortunate to have an incredible network of outstanding dealers representing our brands,” said Sal Abbate, senior vice president, chief sales and marketing officer for Andersen. “Treating customers well and earning their trust is the cornerstone of any successful company. As representatives of the Andersen brand, these dealers have demonstrated the importance of providing an exemplary level of service to customers. Congratulations.”

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Andersen Hits Homerun at JLC Live with Crowd Participation

Visiting the Andersen booth at JLC Live this Spring gave attendees a chance to check out the Rapid Install storm door as well as best-practices for installing Narroline® window conversion kits and an A-Series casement window… but the opportunity that had folks lining up at the Andersen booth was the chance to try breaking one of our windows equipped with Stormwatch® protection.1912137_10152335582826489_278352340_n

“The exterior glass pane is a ‘sacrificial’ pane that will break and shatter, but the interior pane (which is reinforced with a laminate interlayer), is designed to stand up to repeated impacts while still serving as a barrier between the elements and a home’s interior,” explained Steve Berg, Technical Marketing Manager. “Once the window is compromised, that’s when you see real damage on a home in a storm.”

Exterior side after (note the baseballs on the ground.)

Exterior side after (note the baseballs on the ground.)

The bottom line is, seeing is believing. Showing participants what happens and giving them the opportunity to continue to throw baseballs at the window to help demonstrates the features and strength of Andersen® products with Stormwatch protection perhaps better than any discussion ever could. The interior glass pane was hit over 100 times at speeds up to 85 MPH, and though it looked broken, it was still intact.*

The interior glass held intact despite the "hail" of baseballs.

The interior glass held intact despite the “hail” of baseballs.

For more product testimonial information, check out and share any of the testimonial videos found on our YouTube channel.

*Not representative of test and/or storm conditions