Andersen Corp., ProVia and Soft-Lite have been named 2017 Energy Star Award winners in the Partner of the Year  –  Sustained Excellence in the Product Brand Owner category. Sustained Excellence winners have demonstrated continued leadership over several years in the Energy Star program and in achieving environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.

Andersen Corp. was recognized for advancing and expanding energy efficiency performance across the Andersen product portfolio. The company was also noted for promoting Energy Star through an integrated marketing effort, such as social media infographics, bylined articles, educational videos, and an engaging in-home Energy Star Scavenger Hunt for kids. Additionally, it demonstrated leadership in sustainability through an employee award program for reducing operational energy use; delivered Energy Star training sessions to more than 11,000 Andersen employees and 8,000 employees from retailer and distributor partners; developed a consumer-focused educational video on choosing the right glass option for the climate location of the home; and collaborated with the Clean Energy Resource teams of Minnesota to educate readers about the value of Energy Star building certification via their blog.

“Andersen is honored to receive the 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” said Sal Abbate, senior vice president, and chief sales and marketing officer for Andersen Corp. “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.”

ProVia was honored for participating in the 2016 Energy Star Brighten a Life campaign, partnering with Thompson Creek Window and Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools for the “Sammy the Star” Energy Star Educational program.  More than 1,100 students were educated about saving energy and encouraged to change to light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs. The program donated LED light bulbs to students and Habitat for Humanity. The company also used  EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager software to monitor facility energy usage and savings for its window manufacturing facility. In addition, this manufacturing facility has solar panels, saving the company 156,104 kilowatt hours (kWh), reflecting a 14-percent increase in kWhs saved since 2015. Additionally, the company trained all employees at the company on the Energy Star program, as well as more than 10,000 distributor and retailer employees; boosted Energy Star promotion at the community level by shipping 22,150 homeowner kits containing Energy Star consumer educational brochures, a 16-percent increase from 2015; and participated in a local manufacturing camp for seventh and eighth graders, which focused on core competencies in manufacturing including “quality” and how it relates to brand image, production efficiencies, and the performance of Energy Star-certified windows.

“This particular Energy Star award is very special to us,” said Phil Wengerd, vice president of market strategies for ProVia. “Not only because it is ProVia’s tenth award, but also because it is the first one awarded for both ProVia’s doors and windows. All prior Energy Star awards were in recognition of our doors, but this one helps validate the new window program that we launched in September of 2015.”

Soft-Lite received the award for introducing a new, high-performance double-pane glass option, specifically designed to ensure that all Soft-Lite windows continue to be Energy Star certified under the new Version 6.0 criteria. It also launched a new “Soft-Lite’s $10,000 Energy Star Certified Products Sweepstakes” to promote Energy Star certified windows to consumers. Additionally, Soft-Lite trained all office staff, distributor employees, and retailer employees to update and maintain their knowledge about Energy Star using online training classes; developed a unique, extensive, and customizable “Energy Star Marketing Collection,” available to all of its 500 active dealers; actively participated on six different social media platforms promoting Energy Star and energy efficiency; and introduced a new ordering system that enhances Soft-Lite dealers’ awareness of the Energy Star program and helps ensure the windows they are selling are certified in their climate region.

“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA for the fourth year in a row, and to have reached the most prestigious level of Sustained Excellence for the second year,” said Tyson Schwartz, Soft‐Lite executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. “Energy Star is an integral part of Soft‐Lite’s business—it’s become the cornerstone of our commitment to energy efficiency. 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. We remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

Each year, EPA honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Whether a first time Partner of the Year winner, or a Sustained Excellence winner, these small and large organizations from across the country are saving money, saving energy, and protecting the environment.

The Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards honor 143 businesses and organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia for their commitment to saving energy, saving money and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 26.

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