Andersen Windows Environmental Commitment

1. Renewing Existing Housing

  • Renewal by Andersen has replaced over two million windows in over 300,000 homes. From an energy and environmental perspective, this is a significant accomplishment.

A little known, but alarming fact is that the average home uses significantly more energy and is responsible for more carbon emissions than the average automobile.* Making homes more energy efficient benefits property values, neighborhood livability, and keeps older homes relevant longer. Replacing inefficient windows and doors is beneficial in lowering your energy cost and consumption, and gives you more control of your comfort and pocketbook.

When Andersen Corporation founded Renewal by Andersen, it wasn’t creating the first window replacement company. To succeed, we had to become the first to redefine the industry by bringing the latest energy and material technology to homeowners looking for a start-to-finish window replacement service. Today, we bring contemporary, high quality windows and doors to our nation’s existing housing stock from coast to coast.

2. Indoor Air Quality – Certified to meet the strictest indoor air emission standard in the United States.

  • Renewal by Andersen and its parent company, Andersen Corporation, are the only window companies to receive the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor AdvantageTM Gold certification. This certification is the strictest indoor air emission standard in the United States and meets the California Section 01350 Specifications.

Poor indoor air quality is one of the top 5 health hazards in America.* Most of us spend 90% of our lives indoors where toxins can enter the air through off-gassing: a process where toxins are released through evaporation from building materials. Some products continue this evaporation for years after their installation which means you continue to breathe these chemicals night and day. Choosing responsibly manufactured products is good for everyone. Fresh air should be all you breathe after replacing your windows.

“Indoor Advantage” is a trademark of Scientific Certification Systems.
* Source: – United States Environmental Protection Agency.

3. Smart Use of Materials – Leadership in reclaiming and reusing materials

Fibrex® Material Frames

  • Renewal by Andersen® windows have achieved the highest SCS certified recycled content of any window replacement company.

Our Fibrex material frames and sash contain 40% reclaimed wood fiber by weight. Fibrex material offers the strength and insulating value of wood with the low maintenance features of vinyl that never requires painting and will not crack, pit, corrode or rot. We reclaim much of our wood fiber from Andersen Corporation’s wood window manufacturing facilities.

High-Performance™ Low-E4® Glass

  • High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass is made from a minimum of 12% reclaimed glass by weight.

Standard on all Renewal by Andersen windows, High-Performance Low-E4 glass features an innovative coating that, when activated by sunlight, helps reduce water spots up to 99%,** making your view better and cleaning easier. What’s more, our glass helps block harmful UV rays entering your home and cuts down on noise pollution by reducing sound penetration.

** Exterior only, when activated by sunlight.

4. Smart Use of Energy

In August 2008, the Energy Information Agency (EIA) predicted a dramatic 36% increase in home heating oil and a 23% increase in natural gas prices. Windows can play a large role in a home’s annual heating budget. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that windows can account for as much as 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs.

Our newest glass option, SmartSun™ glass, is our most energy efficient glass ever. SmartSun glass is 70% more efficient in summer and 45% more energy efficient in winter than ordinary dual pane glass.**

5. Long Product Lifecycles

  • Renewal by Andersen products have a long life-cycle, backed-up by one of the strongest warranties you will ever find.

Construction waste is a major source of landfill waste in the United States. Every day, Renewal by Andersen replaces windows in homes that are less than 10 years old. Choosing products that are built to last is one of the most important ways to limit landfill waste.

Saving a few dollars now could mean another replacement project just a few years down the road, but with Renewal by Andersen, you’ll have confidence your new windows will provide many years of comfort and peace of mind.

* A study of identical homes comparing Low-E glass to ordinary dual-pane glass showed a 25% savings on cooling
bills, 10% on heating. Savings may vary geographically.
** Values are based on comparison of Renewal by Andersen® double-hung insert window SHGC to the SHGC for
clear glass non-metal frame default values from the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.

The Andersen Legacy

  • Long-Standing Commitment to the Environment

Renewal by Andersen is the start-to-finish window replacement subsidiary of Andersen – the most recognized name in windows. Andersen’s heritage includes a long-standing commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and manufacturing energy efficient products. Learn more about Andersen’s sustainability initiatives.

This commitment has grown from many generations of employees striving to be smarter, different and better in the way we use natural resources, and is exemplified in the design, craftsmanship, durability and quality of our windows. Renewal by Andersen carries this tradition through products that have minimal impact on the environment, reduce energy consumption, and last for years to come.

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