Pella Corp.’s manufacturing plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, has achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Challenge for Industry. To earn the honor, the facility reduced its energy intensity by 12.4 percent in one year, saving 4,600 British thermal units in 2013.

The facility reduced its energy intensity by improving lighting, building and system controls, and cutting compressed air waste, according to the company. The Shenandoah team also conducted energy-saving continuous improvement events, and built awareness of everyone’s role in saving energy.

“Pella Corporation is dedicated to using resources responsibly, and has been since our company was founded in 1925, when our first recycling program began,” says Pella senior technical leader John Brouwer. “Practicing environmental stewardship and reducing waste are key aspects of our energy management program. Our motto is, ‘Use only what you need when you need it.’ ”

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