Pella Corporation earns ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

pellaPella Corporation earned an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year 2013 award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about them.

The 2013 Partner of the Year awards are given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and produce ENERGY STAR-qualified products, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA. Winners are selected from award applicants among nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

Energy-saving facts

  • For a typical home, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can save $146 – $501 a year on energy costs, and reduce a home’s carbon footprint by 7-15 percent, according to
  • Double-pane insulating glass windows include two panes of glass with a gas-filled space between them — and can insulate over two times better than single-pane windows based on a comparison of U-Factors.
  • Benefits of double-pane insulating glass low-emissivity (Low-E) windows over single-pane windows with clear glass include: lower energy costs, improved home comfort in hot or cold weather, protection from the sun’s fading rays, and more peace and quiet by reducing outside noise.

Keep up with windows developments

BETEC 2012Take a look into the world of windows at the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium. With the theme Fenestration: A World of Change, the BETEC Symposium, to be held Monday, January 7, as part of Building Innovation 2013—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology.

The windows industry has one of the toughest jobs in building performance—it has to build products that withstand all of the forces of sun, wind, rain, hurricanes and three-year-olds while remaining essentially invisible. Manufacturers are expected to achieve these architectural performance imperatives in products that must last decades. Over time, building occupants have come to expect even greater performance delivery from fenestration systems, such as increased safety during fire and the ability to withstand greater impact and blast resistance during a disaster (whether natural or man-made).

Fortunately for society, windows and glazing have kept up with industry needs. From composite framing systems and new glazing materials, through new performance ratings and certifications, to how these important building envelope systems are integrated with lighting, HVAC and other building elements, the industry continues to introduce new fenestration innovations.

During the BETEC Symposium, a collection of leading experts will share the latest information available on a variety of fenestration technology and performance topics. This full-day event is a must-attend for architects, engineers, developers and anyone involved in critical decisions about buildings.

Chris Mathis, President, Mathis Consulting Company, will chair the BETEC Symposium. The following presenters and topics are currently scheduled:

  • Lisa Heschong, Principal, Heschong-Mahone Group. Heschong will discuss the latest research on fenestration and daylighting integration, including impacts on student and worker performance.
  • Steve Selkowitz, Lead, Windows and Daylighting Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Selkowitz will talk about the state-of-the-art fenestration research going on at national labs, including where current fenestration technology is heading.
  • Jim Larsen, Technology Lead, Cardinal Glass Industries. Larsen will provide up-to-the-minute understandings on window and glazing energy performance and the impacts of fenestration on human comfort.
  • Rich Walker, Director, American Architectural Manufacturers Association. Walker will highlight the latest in fenestration security and blast resistance ratings and certifications.
  • Herb Yudenfriend, President, Hy-light Corporation. Yudenfriend will focus on recent innovations in security glazings.
  • Tom Schwartz, President, Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger. Schwartz will offer the newest understandings in delivered fenestration performance from a building forensics engineering perspective.
  • Wagdy Anis, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner. Anis will address critical fenestration design and performance considerations in specialty applications, including natatoriums, hospitals and others.

In addition, the BETEC Symposium will present information on fenestration retrofits, fenestration impacts on utility planning, advanced shading technologies and other timely topics.

Online registration opens September 1.

Get the most up-to-date information on scheduling and events for the BETEC Symposium and Building Innovation 2013.

Energy-efficient Pella windows and doors part of sustainable schools

Pella Impervia WindowsPella Windows and Doors will be included in new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum schoolhouses built in Arizona in 2012, as a partner in the Green Schoolhouse Series.

Three distinctive designs will replace portable classrooms or community centers in Phoenix area school districts. Construction of a 6,291 square-foot classroom and community-center building for Roadrunner Elementary School is now underway in west Phoenix. Two more Phoenix area schoolhouses are slated to break ground in 2012.

ENERGY STAR-qualified Pella Impervia fiberglass windows, donated by Pella will be featured in Green Schoolhouse Project schools. These energy-efficient windows will not crack, shrink, or warp even in extreme weather conditions, like the heat of Arizona.

In addition, EFCO aluminum storefront and door systems are to be used at the school entrances. EFCO doors are designed for use in schools and provide expansive floor-to-ceiling storefront glazing to provide dramatic entrances. EFCO entrance systems are welded to provide solid construction and low-maintenance longevity.

Traco adds some crystal to the trophy shelf

tracologoThe good people at TRACO, Cranberry Township, PA, have just announced that they have earned their fourth Crystal Achievement Award. This time they were recognized for their innovative manufacturing plant.
   The awards program, sponsored by Glass Magazine, the official publication of the National Glass Association, McLean, VA, selects winners based on significant innovations and achievements in commercial, retail, and fabrication markets. The winners were honored at the GlassBuild Show, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Atlanta. TRACO has previously won Crystal Achievement awards for “The Most Innovative Commercial Window” in a large category in 2007 and 2008 and “The Most Innovative Website” in a large category in 2008.
   The description of the winning entry tells us that the “1-million-sq.-ft. facility houses an advanced vertically integrated process for manufacturing architectural windows and doors. Manufacturing is divided into glass processing, aluminum extrusion, and final assembly. The facility has three aluminum-extrusion presses; an anodizing and paint line that offers color, finish, and design options; and nine assembly lines that form finished products from finished aluminum, glass, and components.
   “The company incorporates the philosophy of sustainability and responsible manufacturing through techniques that reduce the use of energy and materials, and contribute points for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, while minimizing waste and emissions. This year, the manufacturing facility incorporated three new initiatives following Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles: new assembly line layout and 5S integration; Production Part Approval Process; and In-Process Inspection and Final Product Audits.”
   “When discussing excellence in a manufacturing facility, there are some fundamental guiding principles,” said Rob Struble, Crystal Achievement Award judge and business communications manager, growth initiatives and performance glazing, PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh. “Lean, 5S, and Six Sigma show a commitment to disciplined process control. These, coupled with a commitment to sustainability, comprise the cornerstones of modern manufacturing. Traco’s employee process ownership, PPAP and IPA/FPA show how thoroughly quality programs reach through their processes.”
   Congratulations to TRACO! —Gary L. Parr

AAMA updates fenestration standard

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, IL, has issued an update to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/ I.S.2/A440-08, NAFS—North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights. That update is now available for electronic download from the organization’s website. It includes editorial revisions to the 129-page standard originally published in January 2008. “Editorial changes and additional corrections have been made to Table 4, which outlines optional performance grades for unit skylights, tubular daylighting devices, and roof windows. Table 27, which outlines gateway performance requirements, was also updated for editorial changes and corrections,” said Ken Brenden, AAMA technical services manager. “The replacement pages included in Update #3 can be inserted into copies of the standard published in January 2008 and the removed pages may be kept for reference,” he added.—Gary L. Parr

AAMA survey respondents call for green fenestration certification

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Schaumburg, IL, shared its initial Green Building Survey results at the organization’s annual conference, held recently in Minneapolis. Among the survey’s findings, 77% of respondents called for a product-based green certification program for residential and commercial fenestration.
AAMA will use the survey responses to shape a green fenestration certification program the association is developing. “It also will shape the input, coordination, and outreach it provides to building code departments and authorities having jurisdiction, as green building best practices evolve into code requirements nationwide,” said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO.
For the remainder of 2009, AAMA will continue conducting the survey and will evolve questions to inquire about the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and how the stimulus package is affecting green, energy-efficient construction and renovation in the industry.
Walker also stated, “We’re learning that architects, manufacturers, and suppliers are more involved in green credentials and processing credits to apply for green credentials than builders are right now. However, green building is important to all those in the construction industry, with energy efficiency being the top priority.”
Daylighting was a strong second priority among AAMA Green Building Survey respondents. Walker also noted that AAMA’s surveys consistently show the U.S. Green Building Council’s (Washington) LEED Green Building Rating System and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (Washington) Energy Star program are viewed as the most important sources for green building information by all audiences. In addition, the websites of trade associations and green building magazines are considered top sources for green building information.—Gary L. Parr