OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY


We believe that everyone who interacts with Andersen should benefit from that interaction, including the communities and environment in which we all live and work. Grounded in our values, we continuously strive to expand our understanding of the impact of our decisions on people, the environment and the long-term viability of our business. This systems approach allows Andersen to help all our stakeholders Love the Life You See™.
Healthy Home River 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

Energy Efficiency

Andersen® products play an important role in contributing to energy-efficient, green buildings. The building sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offers the greatest opportunity in reducing those emissions. Energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by 30 to 80 percent using proven and commercially available technologies.

Andersen is proud to have been named 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. We are proud to offer a wide array of ENERGY STAR® certified windows, including a variety of glass coating options and our triple-pane glass options.

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.
Sustainability in the Home

Product Lifecycle

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.

LEED Certified, Zero Energy Mid-century Modern home

Green Building

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.
St. Croix River

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.

2020 Goals

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.
Sustainability at Andersen

Environmental Stewardship

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.
Sustainability at Andersen

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.

Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainable Landscaping

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.  

Yellowstone Building

Sustainable Growth Coalition

Andersen is proud to be a founding member and active participant in the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition. The coalition is a member-driven initiative of organizations, large and small, coming together to harness their expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability – the circular economy. Read more about the coalition’s work here. You can find more information about the convening partner of the coalition, Environmental Initiative, here.

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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.

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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.

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Other Memberships

• Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – us.fsc.org 
• United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – usgbc.org 
• GreenBiz Executive Network (GBEN) - www.greenbiz.com/executive-network
• Alliance to Save Energy - ase.org/
• Greater MSP – greatermsp.org

2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Andersen deploys a comprehensive strategic approach to driving sustainable improvements across our value chain—from the forest, to our operations, to the home, to the communities where we live and work.
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Contact Us

Please contact us at sustainability@andersencorp.com with questions or for more information about how our products can help you meet your sustainability goals.