Several door-, window- and glazing-related companies have been named 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Streetsboro, Ohio-based Soft-Lite Windows was recognized for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency.

Soft-Lite officials say the company’s innovative Energy Star achievements this past year include the development and implementation of a new, structured Energy Star Training Program to educate its dealers and distributors and the launch of a brand-new website.

“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA,” says Tyson Schwartz, Soft-Lite’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Energy Star is an integral part of Soft-Lite’s business—it’s become the cornerstone of our commitment to energy efficiency. Our employees continuously strive to produce not only the best, most innovative windows and doors in the industry—but the most energy-efficient products available. We also place great emphasis on educational and training materials to ensure that our employees, dealers and consumers have a clear understanding of the Energy Star program and the benefits that energy-efficient products provide.”

Pella Corp. also earned the Partner of the Year award.

“As an industry leader whose roots in sustainability started the year our company was founded in 1925, Pella creates energy-saving doors and windows that help consumers get more comfort from their homes and business environments,” says Pella Corp. vice president of marketing Elaine Sagers. “Energy Star-qualified Pella windows make interior spaces more comfortable year-round, to help transform them into favorite places.

“Team members throughout the Pella system educate consumers why it’s important to choose Energy Star-qualified products like Pella Windows and Doors to save energy and enhance the environment,” Sagers adds. “The Pella team is honored to earn the highly-prestigious Energy Star Partner of the Year award from EPA for the seventh time.”

Through 2013, with help from Energy Star, American families and businesses saved $297 billion on utility bills, and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA.

Saint-Gobain, based in Valley Forge, Pa., also received the award in the Sustained Excellence segment.

According to a statement released by EPA, key accomplishments from Saint-Gobain in 2013 include:

  • “Reducing energy intensity by two percent, an amount equivalent to the energy required to produce insulation for about 100,000 typical homes. Since 2008, the company has improved energy intensity by 17 percent;
  • Ensuring the continuity of the corporate energy program by quickly promoting a divisional energy champion to replace the long-standing energy manager who transferred from the company. As a result, the energy program made a smooth transition and energy performance continued to improve;
  • Championing Energy Star throughout the United States as a proven resource for industrial energy efficiency among manufacturing communities, state energy offices, schools and other audiences;
  • Expanding the Saint-Gobain energy culture beyond internal operations and engineering to integrate suppliers through a supplier charter and responsible purchasing programs. Saint-Gobain performs third-party verifications and audits of compliance with the charter; and
  • Earning two new Energy Star certifications for glass container plants in 2013, bringing the total number of plants achieving certifications since 2010 to seven. To date, Verallia North America is the only glass producer in the United States to achieve Energy Star certification.”

ProVia Door Inc. of Sugarcreek, Ohio, also earned recognition for Sustained Excellence.

According to a statement from EPA, key 2013 company accomplishments include:

  • “Training 100 percent of new and existing employees on the importance of Energy Star;
  • Expanding Energy Star training among retailer networks, with more than 3,000 additional salespersons trained than in the previous year;
  • Offering a two-day Installer Certification Program, attended by 284 installers in 2013, to teach proper door installation, sealing, and the importance of Energy Star certified products;
  • Incorporating Energy Star messaging throughout consumer-focused advertising, including point-of-purchase displays, magazine advertisements, direct mailings, press releases, literature and banners. A total of 9.73 million measurable impressions were achieved in 2013, an increase of 50 percent from 2012; and
  • Continuing the innovative ‘Sammy the Star’ children’s educational campaign, which uses in-school activities and demonstrations to teach young consumers to save energy and be environmentally responsible. The program reached 300 fourth- and fifth-grade students in communities across the country.”

The companies will be honored in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.

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