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DWM’s Green Awards—View a Nominee in the R-5 Category

Door and Window Manufacturer magazine will feature its grand award winner in its third annual green awards in its upcoming November-December issue. The winner was chosen from the dealer category, but we are also featuring nominees in some of the other groups as well. This week we are featuring a nominee—B.F. Rich Windows and Doors, based in Newark, Dele., in our R-5 Windows category for its Cabernet R-5 Green Shield window. When asked how the product delivers superior energy-efficiency results, the entry form stated, “The … Continue reading

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New IgCC 2012 Offers Benefits, Challenges to Industry

The window industry should be pleased with the new 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first national green code, says Thomas D. Culp, president of Birch Point Consulting LLC in La Crosse, Wis. “The fenestration industry often gets slighted when people only look at one aspect, like U-factor, while ignoring everything else glazing does for a high-performance building, but as green standards, both the IgCC and ASHRAE 189.1 look more broadly,” he says. “The IgCC strongly promotes performance-based design and daylighting, which pushes energy-efficient … Continue reading

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Proposed Requirements in LEED 2012 Will Allow Fenestration Products to Qualify in More Places

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is in the process of developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2012 criteria, and some of the proposed changes could impact the glass industry. “For the most part, there are a number of positive changes in the proposed LEED 2012 requirements,” says Thomas D. Culp, president of Birch Point Consulting in La Crosse, Wis. “There is an increased ability to take credit for renewable energy, including photovoltaics (PV), – both onsite and offsite.” There are a … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Economic Benefits of Wood; Creates Jobs

While many in the wood industry tout the environmental benefits of wood, a new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also cites the economic benefits of using wood in green building construction. Larry Selzer, president and chief executive officer of The Conservation Fund and vice chair of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative board of directors, says the study is good news for forests and forest communities. “Working forests are an essential part of our nation’s critical infrastructure,” Selzer says. “They provide clean air, clean … Continue reading

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UL Releases Sustainability Requirements for Doors

UL Environment Inc., a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, announced a new set of standard requirements, UL ISR 102, which will help gauge the environmental and human health impacts of door slabs. This includes doors that that are meant to swing, hang or glide. The life cycle impact of doors is measured throughout the materials management, energy use, water use, manufacturing and operations, health and environment, product performance, product stewardship and innovative practices of production.   “Every element of a building contributes to creating healthier … Continue reading

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Intek Plastics Awarded for Sustainability

Intek Plastics Inc., ,a custom plastics extruder, announced that it has received an Andersen Corp. Supply Chain Award in the sustainability category for successfully decreasing its electrical consumption by more than 1 million kilowatt hours or 17 percent in 2010, and reducing its material scrap by 24 percent in the same period. Energy efficiency achievements related to air compressors, exhaust systems and air conditioning units, resulted in a 17 percent reduction in energy use in 2010 Changes in inventory storage and processing, including use of … Continue reading

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