It’s not just the windows and doors we build but they 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:
“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.”
Responsible procurement — Typically more than 74% of the lumber purchased by Pella comes from sources that are certified as practicing responsible tree harvest and replenishment.
Efficient wood utilization — Pella optimizes yield from the lumber we purchase by using innovative design strategies and technology.
Wood byproduct management — Pella recycles or reuses sawdust created through manufacturing whenever possible.
High-tech laser scanning, finger jointing and recycling help ensure that even the smallest pieces of wood are used responsibly. In the last five years alone, these processes have resulted in 10% savings in reclaimed materials. The waste wood materials (like sawdust) are captured and recycled into many different products — like animal bedding, felt roofing, fire logs, ceramics, floor tiles and cleaning products. Wood pallets and crating are also recycled.
Most of them! Here’s a partial list: Wood, metal, glass, vinyl, plastic, screen cloth, oil, solvents and paints, batteries, paper and cardboard, and electronics. They are either recycled for our own use or recycled and sold for reuse by other companies.
Pella captures and recycles solvents used in its painting operations and wood-preservation process. We use leftover paint as a new paint by colorizing it. Unapplied powder leftover from the powder-coat paint process used in our fiberglass products is collected, recycled and reused in painting processes.
To provide a durable, low-maintenance exterior surface, many of Pella’s wood products feature EnduraClad® aluminum cladding, which protects the wood from the harsh elements. Aluminum can be recycled almost indefinitely, and it takes 95% less energy to produce aluminum from recycled aluminum than from raw aluminum.
The aluminum cladding on Pella’s wood windows and doors is made from approximately 95% recycled aluminum material. And about 14% of the glass used in Pella windows and doors comes from post-consumer recycled glass products.
Surplus scrap glass and broken glass are returned to a recycling vendor and made into things like bottles, fiberglass countertops, carpet, tile, and reflective paint for highways.
Pella Corporation has an established electronic recycling program to divert these wastes from community landfills — especially those that contain materials like lead or mercury which an be harmful to the environment. In addition, we have initiated communitywide E-cycling events in towns where our facilities are located. Since 2005, a combined 146,402 pounds of electronic waste was diverted from local landfills.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to:
- Define a common standard of measurement for “green building”
- Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- Stimulate green competition
- Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- Transform the building market
Pella products have been used in LEED-certified projects — helping these buildings achieve some of the highest LEED ratings available including LEED Platinum and Gold.