Andersen Corporation announces that the Andersen® brand of wood windows and doors have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification. This certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry.
The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification is awarded to companies that meet FSC standards for traceability in their wood supply chain. Before a product may carry an FSC label, all stages of the production, distribution, and sale of the product must be independently evaluated and the wood must be tracked from the certified forest to the finished product. The certification was awarded by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the leader in third-party, independent green building product certification.
“Andersen approaches sustainability at every level and for us it begins in the forests where we source the wood for our products,” said J Glasnapp, vice president of Corporate Sustainability and Quality at Andersen Corporation. “We are committed to environmental stewardship and our FSC Chain-of-Custody certification supports this philosophy and assures our customers that their purchase supports the highest forestry standards.”
In addition to its recent FSC certification, Andersen is the only manufacturer in the industry to have received certification from Green Seal; was one of the first window manufacturers accepted into the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Program; and was the 2007 Minnesota Environmental Award winner for its steam generating facility in Bayport, which uses wood byproducts from Andersen’s manufacturing process as the Bayport plant’s energy source.
The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification will enable Andersen customers to earn points in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Materials and Resources Credit 7: Certified Wood. Andersen products also help earn LEED points in other categories including Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality.
About the Forest Stewardship Council
FSC promotes responsible management of the world’s forests through the development of voluntary, internationally recognized forest management standards and the most widely recognized forest certification program globally. The FSC certification program supports biodiversity, protects streamsides, ensures protection of high conservation value forests, assures consideration of human benefits, provides for stakeholder input, and ensures long-term timber supplies.
SCS developed its Forest Conservation Program in 1991 in response to growing worldwide concern over the fate of the earth’s forests. It was one of the world’s first certification programs to recognize responsible forest management practices. SCS played a role in the formation of the FSC, and subsequently was among the first certifiers to become accredited to offer FSC endorsed certification services.
About Scientific Certification Systems
For over two decades, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs aimed at establishing the highest levels of environmental improvements, social accountability, and product performance. As the leader in third-party, independent green building product certification, SCS was the first company to offer manufacturers a program for verifying the accuracy of environmental claims on products. SCS certification programs for building products include Indoor Air Quality, Sustainable Choice, Environmentally Preferable Products, Recycled Content, Biodegradability, and more. For more information, please visit www.scscertified.com.
About Andersen Corporation
Andersen is a privately-owned business and was founded in 1903 by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen and his family in Hudson, Wisconsin, where logs arrived via the St. Croix River. Andersen Corporation, headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, is now an international enterprise employing more than 12,000 people in locations across North America. With 16 manufacturing facilities, Andersen annually manufactures more than 12 million wood windows, patio doors and storm doors, with sales worldwide.
Renewal by Andersen is the window and door replacement subsidiary that offers an in-home consultation, manufacturing and installation.
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