OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
A Healthy Home
The health and well-being of our customers is important to us. We know that access to natural light, views of the outdoors, and clean air to breathe is essential for a healthy home.
That's why most Andersen products are Indoor Advantage Gold™ certified for low VOC emissions, giving our customers higher indoor air quality and peace of mind.
Awards & Certifications
2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Andersen Corporation, including its subsidiaries, has been named a 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner.
The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor given by ENERGY STAR for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
Passive House Institute U.S.
The PHIUS+ Certification Program is the leading passive building certification program in North America, verifying window data for professionals focused on high-performance building. Andersen A-Series triple pane casement and picture windows have been verified by PHIUS, for details and downloadable documents, click hereAvailable on A-Series casement, picture windows, Awning, and A-Series.
Forest Stewardship Council®
Andersen maintains a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody (FSC-CO16636 and FSC-C107730) certification.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.fsc.org
Indoor Advantage™ Gold
Andersen certifies the vast majority of all products to the Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification by SCS Global Services.
This means that our products meet the rigorous high standard for healthier indoor air quality set by the California 01350 specification.
Indoor Air Quality
The health and safety of our customers is important to us. We know that access to natural light, views of the outdoors, and clean air to breathe is essential for a healthy home. That's why the vast majority of ;Andersen products are Indoor Advantage Gold™ certified for low VOC emissions, giving our customers higher indoor air quality and peace of mind. Andersen was the first window manufacturer to certify our products for indoor air quality, beginning in 2008. Our Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification by SCS Global Services meets the high standard for healthier indoor air quality set by the California 01350 specification. Learn more about making your home a healthier place.
We take a lifecycle approach to sustainable product development. This means we evaluate the environmental inputs and outputs that occur over the course of a product’s life—from raw materials extraction to end-of-life—and work to identify ways to reduce or avoid negative environmental impacts wherever possible.
Durability is a key focus and differentiator in our product design. We are committed to providing customers with products that last. Andersen rigorously tests products to stand up to the long-term effects of weather and wear. In addition, we offer long product limited warranties, and even continue to have service parts and hardware available for windows and doors after the warranty has ended.
As a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we are active supporters of certified green buildings. Our products can help customers achieve certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the National Green Building Standard, Green Globes, GreenStar and more.
Learn how Andersen products may contribute LEED here.
Our headquarters, located on the banks of the St. Croix River—a National Wild and Scenic River— serve as a daily reminder of what it means to be a good steward of our shared natural resources.
Our deeply rooted connection to this beautiful and historic river has reinforced the importance of producing sustainable products that consume fewer resources over time and have less impact on our critical natural habitats.
Our 2020 sustainability goals of reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and waste to landfill each by 20 percent (per unit produced) have proved challenging given the enormous changes our business has experienced since the 2013 baseline year. During that time, our manufacturing footprint has broadened significantly, and our product mix has diversified beyond stalwarts like the 400 Series product and towards relative newcomers like the 100 Series and Renewal by Andersen family of products. Additionally, the industry is experiencing the changes of increased demand for mass customization and increasing unit size, creating new challenges in sustainability.
Amongst these changes, we have positive news to report on water consumption performance. General efficiency projects combined with significant water savings projects across our enterprise have resulted in us surpassing our water reduction goal - reducing our water consumption per unit by nearly 30% compared to the baseline. We are on pace to hold these gains through 2020, which will be a great achievement for our company and all the employees who put in the hard work to get there.
On energy consumption and waste to landfill, we have faced varied challenges in meeting our goals. While we will continue to invest in improving our performance in both energy and material efficiency throughout 2020, we know there will be more work to do in these areas.
Our culture of conservation, collaboration, and continuous improvement permeates across our operations. We continuously seek new ways to reduce our environmental footprint while maximizing our positive impact on the world around us.
Our environmental programs are designed to:
- Minimize pollution at the source
- Conserve natural resources through reduction, reuse, and recycling of materials
- Promote energy conservation
- Develop long-lasting products that have a minimal adverse effect on the environment
- Continuously improve our environmental performance
Examples of the stewardship policy in action include Andersen’s significant investment in energy efficient relighting projects across operations. To date, we have re-lit many of our facilities and are making progress on our Bayport, MN facility where nearly 1,000,000 ft2 have been converted to energy efficient LEDs. Across the enterprise, we are currently saving nearly 3,000 MWh/year from the re-lighting projects that have been completed. Re-lighting projects have also offered the opportunity to increase lighting levels in spaces while still decreasing overall energy usage, contributing to improved wellbeing and safety for our production employees.
Sourcing Clean Energy
In late 2015, Andersen signed agreements with community solar developers to subscribe to up to 19 megawatts (MW) of solar power through the Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards Community® solar garden program.
Those community solar garden subscriptions include 6.5 MW at our Renewal by Andersen manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove, MN, making it the first Andersen facility to achieve 100% solar energy subscription for it’s operations.
In addition, the heating and cooling of our 2.5-million-square-foot Bayport, MN, manufacturing plant is powered by our award-winning steam plant. The plant’s primary boiler is fueled by sawdust collected from on-site milling operations. To minimize fuel consumption in the plant, we also capture thermal energy from the power plant located just upstream on the St. Croix River.
In 2015, Andersen proudly signed a regional Pollinator Pledge to commit to restoring a pollinator-friendly habitat at our Bayport, MN, facility. The pledge is a collaborative effort among federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits and others.
We also launched a campaign to educate employees about how to create pollinator-friendly yards at home, and actively supported legislation in Minnesota that creates a voluntary standard to support foraging-friendly habitat in community solar gardens.
Since initial efforts, Andersen has expanded pollinator habitat and other natural landscaping elements to several sites around the company and contributed information to Environmental Initiative’s Corporate Guide to Sustainable Landscaping. This collaborative effort as part of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition highlights best practices for corporate campus landscaping that can help preserve watersheds, wildlife, and the view.
Partnerships are key to Andersen's sustainability work. They are not only a way to share and learn best practices in the space, but can serve to amplify the impact of sustainability initiatives through collaboration. At Andersen, we are proud to be members and active participants in a number of leading sustainability initiatives across the United States.
Yellowstone National Park
Andersen and Yellowstone National Park are part of a nearly 10 year collaboration that has included updating 16 residential cabins at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, replacing windows at one of the park's medical facilities and a window donation to the Old Faithful dormitory. The current phase of the partnership involves Andersen supplying windows and doors for the new Youth Conservation Corps Campus in the park. This proposed Living Building Challenge project challenged Andersen to modify our E-Series product line to meet the stringent requirements of that green building program.
Sustainable Growth Coalition
Living Product 50
Andersen is excited to be listed as an LP50 Leader! The Living Product 50 (LP50) is a collaboration of leading manufacturers working to ensure that healthy, high performing building materials with full ingredient transparency are the rule, not the exception. While each manufacturer on its own plays an important role in pushing the market, the LP50 provides a unique opportunity to effect industry-wide transformation by leveraging a common voice and shared practices. Read more about the LP50 here.
Health Product Declaration Collaborative
Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative is a not-for-profit, member association with over 300 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, standards programs and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. Read more about HPDC here