The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named 163 Energy Star partners – including three door and window companies – Partners of the Year for being national leaders in energy efficiency.

The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Hilton Hotel on April 20. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum and CMS Energy CEO Patti Poppe will deliver keynote presentations.

“The 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said  Wehrum.

Andersen, ProVia and Soft-Lite are the door and window companies being honored in the Sustained Excellence — Product Brand Owner category.

Andersen Corp., Bayport, Minn.

“Andersen is proud to be recognized for our leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the Energy Star program,” said Jay Lund, Andersen chair and CEO. “Our longstanding commitment to the Energy Star program aligns with core aspects of our company’s mission to lead our industry by creating different and better products and to build brands people value and trust.”

Key 2017 accomplishments include:

  • Increasing the number of Energy Star certified products by adding seven new models, for a total of 328 models certified across multiple price points.
  • Developing three new videos about energy-efficient construction, featuring the Energy Star logo prominently, focusing on both new construction and historic renovations.
  • Creating an animated infographic focused on energy efficiency with a goal of reducing overall energy use and utility bills. The video, featuring Energy Star, educates homeowners on comparing the whole window experience rather than individual window components.
  • Highlighting Energy Star certified products and net-zero energy buildings at the combined Greenbuild and Architecture Boston Expo trade show.

ProVia, Sugarcreek, Ohio

“We are honored to once again receive the Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for our doors and windows,” said Brian Miller, president of ProVia. “This award recognizes the efforts we go to and the importance we place on sustainability and energy efficiency with our products, and also getting the message out to the marketplace. We would like to recognize and thank the EPA for their work in administering the program, and for the award.”

Key 2017 accomplishments include:

  • Introducing 531 more models of Energy Star-certified products, for a total of 3,671 from which distributors and homeowners can choose.
  • Allowing customers and installers to visit company facilities regularly to learn about Energy Star, educating nearly 400 people.
  • Participating in the Tuscarawas County Dale Foland Manufacturing Camp, where a group of 7th- and 8th-grade students were taught core competencies in manufacturing. ProVia taught the students on the topic of “Quality” and how it relates to the brand image, production efficiencies and Energy Star.
  • Promoting the Sammy the Star Energy Star educational program using banners, flyers and educational material, which help consumers and educators understand the value in saving energy.
  • Saving more than 248,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually after installing solar panels in its own facilities, for a cumulative savings total of 1.4 million kWh since installation.

Soft-Lite, Streetsboro, Ohio

“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA for the fifth year in a row, and to have reached the most prestigious level of Sustained Excellence for the third year,” said Tyson Schwartz, Soft-Lite president. “Energy Star is an integral part of Soft-Lite’s business—it’s become the cornerstone of our commitment to energy efficiency. It’s exciting to see the impact our innovative new Energy Star-certified windows and doors make when they hit the market – and the impact they have on consumers.”

Key 2017 accomplishments include:

  • Shipping a total of 215,000 Energy Star-certified products.
  • Launching a new website to educate consumers about Energy Star-certified windows and doors.
  • Distributing 105,000 product brochures featuring Energy Star, in addition to 94,000 custom brochures, designed by Soft-Lite specifically for approximately 20 different dealers for use with consumers.
  • Offering “Soft-Lite’s $10K Energy Star Certified Products Sweepstakes,” where the grand prize was a “houseful” of Soft-Lite Energy Star-certified replacement windows, including installation by an accredited dealer.
  • Introducing a new line of hurricane windows designed to protect homeowners from strong winds and airborne debris, while also introducing a non-impact version, consisting of 66 new models that can be fitted with multiple high-performance glass options.

According to the EPA, in 2016 alone, Energy Star-certified products, homes, buildings and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while achieving broad emissions reductions.

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