History of Sustainability

Pella helps protect our environment in communities across the country. That's our commitment to care for the world.

Environmental Business Practices
Building windows. And a better world.

Pella takes a comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship that practices responsible forest management, maximizes recycling opportunities, minimizes waste and pollution, reduces energy consumption, uses the latest in waste management strategies and ensures that Pella® products are made to last.

It's not just the windows and doors we build but the way we build them that respects and protects our environment. Since our company began in 1925, we've been proud environmental stewards. Not only because it's good for business, but because it's the right thing to do. In the words of our founder:

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“We recognize our responsibilities as stewards of our natural resources and the environment, and will avoid wasteful or harmful disregard of the environmental effects of our operations."

- 1950, Pete Kuyper – Founder, Pella Corporation


Energy-Saving Products
Pella products conserve energy.

Thanks to superior design, quality construction and innovative glass options, windows and doors manufactured by Pella help homes and buildings use less energy – saving your clients money on monthly heating and cooling bills and reducing their carbon footprint.

Frequently asked questions about Pella's energy-efficient green building products

Q: What are some of Pella's energy-efficient innovations?
A: Pella's windows and patio doors with triple-pane glass are #1 for energy efficiency among top national brands.1

  • Pella® 350 Series vinyl windows and patio doors are up to 83% more energy-efficient2 and can help save up to 35% on heating and cooling costs.3
  • Designer Series® wood windows and patio doors are up to 74% more energy-efficient4 and can help save up to 31% on heating and cooling bills.5 Our exclusive snap-in between-the-glass blinds or shades can help increase the energy savings.
  • High-altitude glass with argon is available on select Pella wood and vinyl products.

Q: How do between-the-glass blinds and shades help with energy efficiency?
A: They add an extra layer of insulation between the glass, helping to keep a home or building warmer in winter and cooler in the summer.

Q: What makes Pella sliding patio doors energy-efficient?
A: Select Pella sliding patio doors feature our unique design that puts the sliding panel on the exterior so the harder the wind blows, the tighter the seal.

Q: How does Pella make sure its products are energy-efficient?
A: We test our windows and doors for air infiltration in state-of-the-art facilities to make sure they seal properly and meet or exceed industry performance standards.

Q: What recognition has Pella received for its energy-efficient products?
A: In addition to ENERGY STAR®, Pella products are recognized by respected and industry-leading third parties such as the GreenSpec® Directory from BuildingGreen, Inc.

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Awards and Certifications
Recognized for our responsibility.

Pella's commitment to our environment is deeply rooted in our culture. That's why we are honored to be recognized for our leadership and long history of environmental stewardship – and proud to partner with industry organizations that share our passion for protecting the planet.

Pella is a volunteer partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program and is dedicated to building products with superior energy efficiency. Pella has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year nine times in recognition of our commitment to delivering and promoting the use of energy-efficient products.


As a founding member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), Pella manufactures and promotes the use of highly energy-efficient products.


U.S. Green Building Council
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Pella encourages the use of the LEED® certification processes and offers products that can contribute many LEED points to help achieve LEED certification.


Forest Stewardship Council®
Pella has been awarded the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Certification. As an FSC certified company, Pella can offer the option of windows and doors made from wood certified* to have been harvested from well-managed forests.

* Check with your local Pella sales representative for the availability of FSC certified products in your area.


American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System
As an AIA/CES Registered Provider Charter Member since 1995, Pella Corporation is committed to developing quality learning activities for architects and building professionals in accordance with AIA/CES and Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) criteria.

Green building courses offered by Pella include:

  • Windows – An Environmental Perspective
  • Fresh Air and Daylight: Designing Natural Environments
  • Daylight Savings: Window Systems Deliver Light and Reduced Energy Costs

Governor's Environmental Award
In 2007, Pella Corporation was awarded the Iowa Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for its leadership in waste management by recycling scrap wood generated in manufacturing Pella wood windows and doors.


EPA Pollution Prevention Award
In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Pella with its Pollution Prevention for Environmental Excellence Program honorable mention award for the company's efforts in supporting the environment through responsible manufacturing processes.

EPA Hammer Award
Pella has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its leadership in hazardous chemical release reductions.


National Arbor Day Foundation Award
Pella's efforts to plant trees and promote responsible forestry earned us the prestigious Promise to the Earth award.


SmartWaySM Transport Partnership Program
Pella Corporation received the accreditation into this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program for its responsible management of transportation partners and private fleet and for committing to improve the environmental performance of freight operations.


1Pella Designer Series wood windows and patio doors and Pella 350 Series vinyl windows and patio doors with InsulShield® Advanced Low-E triple-pane glass have superior NFRC U-Factors and SHGC ratings among top national wood and vinyl brands, respectively.

2Calculated based on U-Factors for a Pella 350 Series vinyl window with InsulShield Advanced Low-E triple-pane glass with argon compared to a single-pane vinyl window in winter conditions.

3Calculated based on average projected energy savings in a computer simulation using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Resfen 5.0 standard criteria for a 2,000-square-foot home when comparing a Pella 350 Series vinyl window with InsulShield Advanced Low-E triple-pane glass with argon to a single-pane vinyl window.

4Calculated based on U-Factors for a Pella Designer Series wood window with InsulShield Advanced Low-E triple-pane glass with argon compared to a single-pane wood window in winter conditions.

5Calculated based on average projected energy savings in a computer simulation using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Resfen 5.0 standard criteria for a 2,000-square-foot home.


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