Are We Green?
No matter which color you choose, all our replacement windows are green.
At Simonton Windows® we’re committed to doing all we can do for the good of our environment. We understand that the environment is something that we all share, and we’re all responsible for taking good care of it. We believe vinyl is the right choice for the manufacture of our top-quality windows and doors for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is the compatibility of our vinyl with environmental responsibility. The following are the “green” qualifications that have been set forth by several organizations and how vinyl windows and doors meet their standards.
Green Building Resource
According to the Green Building Resource Center out of Santa Monica, Calif., vinyl windows and doors meet two of the organization’s five categories to be considered a green building product. The first qualification vinyl windows and doors meet is that they help save energy by reducing heating and cooling loads in a home (especially if ENERGY STAR® qualified windows are installed). The second qualification met is that vinyl windows and doors contribute to a safe, healthy indoor environment by not releasing significant pollutants into a structure.
Simonton’s vinyl products also meet five specific GreenSpec® criteria as set forth by BuildingGreen, Inc. First, our products are made with pre-consumer recycled content. Second, our windows and doors are exceptionally durable and have low maintenance requirements. Third, Simonton’s vinyl products help reduce heating and cooling loads. Fourth, our products do not release significant pollutants into a structure. And finally, some Simonton impact-resistant and high-design pressure windows and patio doors help with noise control. Meeting these five criteria illustrates how vinyl windows and doors can be environmentally friendly.
Vinyl by Design™
Simonton products also meet two areas identified by Vinyl by Design™ that showcase how vinyl windows and patio doors can be environmentally friendly. The first critical area is recyclability and disposal. Simonton operates SimEx™, a West Virginia-based vinyl extrusion company that uses recycled pre-consumer vinyl generated within the company’s own extrusions process and at Simonton’s various manufacturing facilities. SimEx sells any vinyl waste that can’t be used in its own products to other extruders for re-use in the manufacturing of pipe materials. During the window and patio door construction process at Simonton, the company manufactures products with multi-chambered construction and fusionwelding that offers superior energy efficiency capabilities once the products are installed in homes or buildings. Finally, Simonton products can be safely disposed of by incineration or in a landfill, categorizing them as efficiently recyclable.
A lifecycle study by Franklin Associates, an independent consulting services firm specializing in lifecycle assessment, has shown that vinyl windows require three times less energy to manufacture than aluminum windows. The use of vinyl over aluminum in window frames saves the United States nearly two trillion BTUs of energy each year. The number equates to enough energy to meet the yearly electrical needs of 20,000 single-family homes.