Increasing Energy Efficiency in West Sedona

At Andersen Windows, we’re proud of our products and how far the company has come in innovative and sustainable window design. We are also ecstatic to be part of honorable building practices like this recent residential project in W. Sedona, Arizona by NRG Build Pros, LLC.

NRG experts Kris Husa and Pandora Harris chose Andersen’s 400-series windows for this home due to their outstanding energy performance. This series includes the most popular windows and patio doors offered by Andersen. According to a recent Brand Use Study conducted by Hanley-Wood and Builder Magazine, builders have recognized these clad-wood products as the #1 wood and clad-wood windows and doors.

Picture courtesy of NRG Build Pros, LLC

In addition to energy efficient windows, NRG added other sustainable features such as:

  • Low VOC paints and finishes
  • Recycled wood throughout the entire house
  • LED lighting
  • Recycled quartz countertops
  • Recycled bathtub made from volcanic ash

They even salvaged recyclable material from the job site and received the ‘Zero Waste Production in Residential Building Project’ award from Keeping Sedona Beautiful for being the first builders in Sedona to do so.

Not to mention, NRG Build Pros scored runner-up for the ‘Insulated Concrete Form Home’ award by ICF Builder Magazine at the 2014 international event, World of Concrete.


Building Sustainability One Home at a Time

The City of Minneapolis is leading a mission to increase sustainability and revitalize North Minneapolis by building 100 new and sustainable homes on vacant, city-owned lots. The city partnered with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Family Housing Fund and Twin Cities Community Land Bank to fund this endeavor.

The project, Green Homes North, which began in 2012, is inspired by an affordable and energy-efficient housing development known as the Hawthorne Eco Village, also located in a Minneapolis neighborhood. With two homes completed so far, and majority of them in the final stages of construction, these homes are expected to hit the market in early 2014.

The homes use ENERGY STAR® appliances and lighting, Green Label carpet and durable exteriors as well as many other sustainable features. They are also constructed to meet either Minnesota Green Communities standards as developed by the State of Minnesota or certified as LEED for Homes.

The project is meant to provide families with well-constructed, beautiful homes at an affordable price. They are also conveniently located near downtown Minneapolis, making transportation easier and more affordable for those who work downtown.

Andersen Windows is one of many Minnesota companies to contribute to this project. The company’s 200-Series windows were installed in some of the homes, which help to increase energy-efficiency. Andersen considers several elements to determine the efficiency of its windows including:

  • U-Factor, which indicates how well a product prevents heat from escaping
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight
  • Visible Transmittance, which refers to how much visible light comes through a product

Check out Green Home North’s video about the development and hear what current residents have to say about their experience.