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Andersen Corp. Earns 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

BAYPORT, Minn., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Andersen Corporation, including its subsidiaries, has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner, the highest honor given for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Andersen’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.

An ENERGY STAR® partner since the Windows program began in 1998, Andersen is known for its long history of leadership in producing energy efficient products. Andersen was the first window manufacturer awarded the ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999.

Andersen’s leadership in energy efficiency is exemplified through products that have helped set industry standards for minimizing environmental impacts while maximizing energy efficiency, performance and durability for customers.  Andersen’s dedication to promoting the ENERGY STAR program is centered on advancing energy-efficient products within its four major brands, and educating all stakeholders about the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products and programs.

In 2016, Andersen’s top three ENERGY STAR related accomplishments included:

  1. Advancing energy efficiency ratings across the portfolio. Andersen now offers products that are ENERGY STAR® v. 6.0 certified in the Northern Climate Zone; added PassiveSun® glass and HeatLock® coating to most product lines for greater energy efficiency options; and also increased sales of Andersen® A-Series products with triple-pane glass – recognized as Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2017 with specific glass options.
  2. Expansive outreach to consumers. Andersen deployed a multi-faceted campaign to educate consumers about energy efficiency benefits. Specific tactics included social media infographic, bylined articles and educational videos. Andersen also worked directly with the EPA to develop an engaging in-home ENERGY STAR® Scavenger Hunt for kids.
  3. Reducing operational energy use and increasing renewable energy. Andersen Chairman and CEO Jay Lund launched a Chairman’s Sustainability Award to recognize employees who deliver impressive environmental results. The winning site reduced its energy consumption by 20 percent through an LED lighting upgrade – helping Andersen to drive closer to an enterprise goal. Andersen also announced a subscription to up to 19 megawatts of solar energy through Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community® program.

“Andersen is honored to receive the 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” said Sal Abbate, Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation. “We are committed to educating consumers about the critical importance of selecting energy-efficient windows that last. The ENERGY STAR® brand helps consumers make wise decisions about energy efficiency throughout their home.”

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

“The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award reflects how Andersen employees bring to life our company value of corporate citizenship, and lead by example, reducing environmental impacts by making our operations more energy efficient,” added Eliza Clark, Director of Sustainability and Environmental, Andersen Corporation. “Lowering energy consumption is a win for all of us and the right thing to do for the environment.”

About Andersen Corporation
Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, Silver Line® and American Craftsman® brands. Andersen was founded in 1903 and employs nearly 11,000 people in locations across North America. Andersen is a privately held company. Visit us at andersencorporation.com.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.

“ENERGY STAR” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Solar*Rewards Community®” is a registered trademark of Xcel Energy Inc.

“Andersen” and all other marks where denoted are trademarks of Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

 

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Andersen congratulates Mountain View on National Recognition

BAYPORT, Minn. (October 27, 2016) – Andersen Corporation extends a note of congratulations to Denver-based Mountain View Window and Door on their recent recognition from Window and Door Magazine as one of the magazine’s Dealers of the Year for 2016.

The honor, announced earlier this week, recognizes companies for their innovative spirit, entrepreneurism and ingenuity.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Mountain View, and have been long impressed with the high standards Devon Tilly and his team set for their customers and products,” said Sal Abbate, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Andersen Corporation. “It’s no surprise their tireless drive for excellence would be noticed at a national level. This award is richly deserved.”

Founded in 2006, Mountain View invests in a showroom space that helps customers make the best informed decisions: from unique product displays to meticulously trained professionals, unparalleled service is the hallmark of any Mountain View experience.

Andersen has previously recognized Mountain View with its own awards, including their Trinity and Best Showroom Experience Awards. In addition to the Window and Door award, Mountain View has also been recognized with a Best of Houzz award for Customer Satisfaction for the past two years.

“Congratulations to Devon and the entire Mountain View family. This is just the latest hard-earned honor, but not the last,” said Abbate.

About Andersen Corporation

Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, Silver Line® and American Craftsman® brands. Andersen was founded in 1903 and employs more than 11,000 people in locations across North America. Andersen is a privately held company. Visit us at andersencorporation.com.

All marks where denoted are trademarks of their respective owners. ©2016 Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

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Take this Energy Efficient Scavenger Hunt Today!

Most of us know how important it is to be energy efficient, but how much do we really know about the subject? How much money could you save if your home was more energy efficient? Partaking in this fun and informative scavenger hunt will certainly shed some LED light on energy efficiency. Once you’ve finished the scavenger hunt, check out www.energystar.gov and take the ENERGY STAR® pledge!

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Meet Our Women in Sustainability at Andersen Corporation

With the current challenges of sustainability creating new job opportunities in large corporations like Andersen, the topic of gender balance comes into play. Who fills these roles?

At Andersen, we believe that having diverse perspectives at the table yields better results for our business and world. Many positions throughout our company are infused with sustainability-related responsibilities; however, in our formal sustainability function, we are proud to have a strong, all-female team.

In the spirit of Greenbuild’s Women in Green Power Breakfast, we thought we’d provide a little introduction to our awesome women sustainability leaders!

 

Karen Richard

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As Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Andersen, Karen Richard is responsible for Human Resources, Safety, Environmental, Security, Communications, Community Relations, and (last but not least!) Sustainability. Karen joined Andersen in 2014, after spending the majority of her career at Select Comfort, most recently as their CHRO and senior vice president of Human Capital.

What role does employee engagement play in Andersen’s approach to sustainability?

We hear from many employees that Andersen’s long history of sustainability leadership is a key reason that they came to work for Andersen. We provide a wide variety of opportunities for employees to stay involved, including ongoing education, volunteering, green teams and more. Their active engagement and commitment to innovation is what allows us to drive progress in sustainability, as well as better results for our company, customers and communities.

 

Eliza Clark

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As the Director of Sustainability and Environmental at Andersen Corporation, Eliza Clark is responsible for developing, advancing, and communicating sustainability initiatives for the company. She works on a variety of projects that span the organization, including environmental footprint reduction, employee engagement, corporate communications, supply chain and marketing.

After working with other companies to advance their sustainability programs, what do you think is unique about Andersen’s approach?

I feel very proud to work for a company that has such an authentic commitment to environmental and social responsibility. From our CEO, to our senior leaders, to our more than 11,000 employees around North America, our enterprise is united around living our core value of corporate citizenship. Our desire to advance sustainable practices within our broader industry results in a willingness to take risks and to invest in meaningful, continuous improvement.

 

Susan Roeder

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Susan Roeder manages Public Affairs at Andersen Corporation, which includes brand public relations, government affairs, and community relations. Susan develops relationships with key external audiences both locally and nationally; including community leaders, government officials, the media, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations. Susan has worked to advance the field of green building with many of our key nonprofit partners, including Yellowstone National Park, Habitat for Humanity and the U.S. Green Building Council.

What are you most excited for at Greenbuild 2015?

I am most excited to share our Eco Village story. Affordable, net-zero homes connected within a walkable, healthy neighborhood make these LEED Platinum homes more than simply energy efficient. The environmental savings are but one aspect of this 18 home neighborhood. Living sustainably touches the lives of the people, and infiltrates throughout our communities. Raising the standard of living for everyone begins with energy efficiency; from there we can begin to save the world.

 

Angela Swenson

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Angela Swenson is responsible for social media strategy and implementation at Andersen. Since joining the company after obtaining her M.A. in 2013, she has worked to develop a strong social media presence for the company to help accomplish business goals and achieve its sustainability vision.

How do you live out a sustainable lifestyle each day?

Personally, I am really working on being increasingly more thoughtful and intentional about how I live in my space and how I purchase and use goods. I love recycling and make sure everyone around me does too, have integrated smart home technology into my home to manage my energy usage and try to limit the amount of “stuff” I have in general. I also think it is important to engage in conversations around sustainability on a regular basis. By starting the right conversations and asking the right questions, I feel like I can encourage those around me to strive for a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

Annie Perkins

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Sustainability Analyst Annie Perkins works to reduce Andersen’s environmental footprint across its value chain, and to engage key partners inside and outside of the business to achieve sustainability objectives for our broader society. Her focus areas include sustainability reporting, employee engagement, green product certification and customer outreach.

Why is sustainability important to you?

Reducing our environmental footprint, addressing the triple bottom line, and educating others to live more sustainably are important to me because I care about the future well-being of my children, and all people and ecosystems long after I’m gone. Humans have occupied Earth for a minuscule fraction of its existence, yet the impact we’re leaving is huge. My hope is to have people see the big picture, and begin to consciously choose the legacy we leave.

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Net Zero is My Hero: Top 5 Reasons for #NetZeroNow

This post is written by Eliza Clark, Director of Sustainability.

When you hear the phrase “Net Zero,” what comes to mind? You might think of a zero sum game – a scenario where no one really wins and no one really loses. You may also think of simply breaking even, without any real financial growth or benefits.

In the case of Net Zero housing, nothing could be further from the truth. Net Zero homes, also referred to as “Zero Energy Ready homes” by the U.S. Department of Energy, are high-performance homes which are so energy efficient that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.

So, why should you care? Here are the top five reasons why we love Net Zero at Andersen:

  1. The technology is available now. We’re not talking about space-age innovation that has yet to be developed. Net Zero energy performance can be achieved today through a wide variety of integrated home energy efficiency and renewable solutions. A growing number of architects and green building experts are available to help homeowners achieve their net zero goal with the right mix of solutions for their home.
  2. Net Zero can be achieved in all market segments, including affordable housing. Net Zero homes first made a splash at the very high end of the residential real estate market. While we love the fact that sustainability is now a consideration in luxury housing, we know there’s a bigger opportunity if we tap into housing for the “99 percent.” Learn more about how we’re working to advance Net Zero in affordable housing in this video, or better yet, join us at Greenbuild.
  3. Green homes can be beautiful, comfortable and reflect a wide variety of home design styles. While many high-profile LEED-certified or sustainable homes have showcased a contemporary aesthetic, a Net Zero approach can be applied to any home design, from new homes to very old homes, and from craftsman bungalows to mid-century marvels.
  4. Net Zero offers the promise of a better future for our planet. Just say no to incrementalism! Our growing environmental challenges demand bold solutions. Accelerating Net Zero homes will help to preserve a better future for our children and grandchildren. Net Zero homes are active models of triple bottom line leadership – providing reduced environmental impacts, higher quality of life for communities, and the promise of economic growth for responsible businesses.
  5. It’s just plain cool. It’s always more fun to be the Joneses, rather than to trying to keep up with them. Set the new standard for sustainable awesomeness in your neighborhood!

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United Way Campaign Results in a Successful Outcome

Andersen Corporation is pleased to align with key non-profit organizations that are driving positive change to impact the community. By donating to United Way each year, we are helping to improve lives and strengthen communities where our employees live and work. In the last decade, Andersen Corporation and employees have contributed more than $10 million to United Way.

From Sept. 21 through Oct. 2, United Way Campaign Ambassadors throughout Andersen Corporation coordinated fun events across more than 29 locations to engage nearly 10,000 employees in supporting the United Way. As a result, Andersen employees pledged $524,785 to United Way, a 23 percent increase from last year’s campaign. Andersen Corporation matches 50 cents to every dollar an employee donates to United Way, making this year’s pledge total $787,178!

Employee participation increased by 18% this year. Everyone across the Andersen enterprise came together to have fun and support this year’s campaign- a key example of corporate responsibility and how employees live Andersen’s value of Corporate Citizenship.

 

 

 

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A Net Zero Hero: Triple Pane A-Series Windows Help Design Stick to the Bottom Line

It’s not unusual for homeowners to improve the overall energy performance on the homes they love. From sealing cracks and upgrading insulation to replacing windows, there’s a wealth of options available to do this. When one couple, living in an outer-ring suburb, realized their current home wasn’t designed or built to achieve their newer goals for green living, they decided to start from zero. Net Zero, that is.

They wanted to start over, closer to their places of work, friends, and family…while keeping their net energy consumption at zero. Partnering with architect Marc Sloot of SALA Architects and Kerry Hage of Hage Homes, the couple began the process before purchasing the land they would build on. This presented a unique opportunity for Sloot to guide the land selection process. “This couple wanted to do it right, and were starting from zero,” explained Sloot. They retained a realtor who appreciated the nuances of selecting a lot suitable for a Net Zero project – big lot, good solar access with minimal shade existing, and a low risk of shade emerging from encroaching structures.

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The search was limited somewhat by the fact that the client wanted to be closer to the city, in order to reduce their commute time. A lot in first-ring suburb Roseville proved to be the best compromise: incredible solar access, on a good sized lot located on the southeast corner of the block facing a street to the south. While there are neighbors, most of them are located across the street, reducing the risk of shading.

The next step was design. Every part of the building was carefully considered for how it could contribute towards the Net Zero goal. The Net Zero approach to design is to first reduce energy consumption as much as possible. This home specified very thick exterior walls (12 inches) for increased insulation. A closed-loop ground source geothermal heating and cooling system, sized to provide 100% of the home’s space heating, cooling and domestic hot water.

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The project team wanted to evaluate different scenarios on this build, and spent more time than usual measuring potential consumption and generation possibilities. Windows, they learned, make a measurable difference in energy savings. With triple pane A-Series windows from Andersen, the third layer of glass provides greater energy efficiency that can help reduce energy bills throughout the year. “This particular window was able to drop consumption enough to measure towards the Net Zero goal,” Sloot explained. Not only is A-Series triple pane more efficient, but the insulating values contribute to more consistent indoor temperatures and reduces the transfer of outside noise. Triple pane windows also help allow for more comfortable humidity levels in the house. Sloot worked with Andersen to modify the glazing package in the windows to optimize the passive solar performance of the design.

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Andersen triple pane A-Series windows

The homeowners wanted to achieve Net Zero for both home and cars. With their move closer to work and family, one of the homeowners estimates she will reduce her driving by more than 5,000 miles each year. Sloot designed the garage to contribute to the Net Zero equation on this home. The structure is positioned on the land, separate from the house, to minimize the amount of shading and accommodate a large photovoltaic array on the roof. Insulated walls will keep the interior temperatures more consistent year-round without requiring additional heating. There is also space designed for charging stations that will keep the couple’s electric cars ready to roll.

The project broke ground in June 2015 and when the home is completed in early 2016, its overall style – simple shape, clean lines, compact footprint – will compliment some of the style features familiar to its post-war bungalow and rambler neighbors, yet its Net Zero features will stand out and inspire future energy-saving residential projects.

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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.