Leading Our Industry
Safety and the environment is core to Andersen’s values and to how we do business. In fact, sustainability has been In Our Nature for more than a century. Our sustainability initiatives draw strongly from Life Cycle Thinking. We work to drive sustainable improvements across our value chain—from the forest to the home. We continuously uncover new ways to reduce our overall environmental footprint, while maximizing our positive impacts across the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. We source materials in a responsible manner from partners who share our commitment to the environment. We seek out opportunities to reduce waste and pollution in our operations. Most importantly, we invest significant time and resources to develop innovative, industry-leading products that maximize energy efficiency, performance and durability for our customers.
Safety and the environment is core to Andersen’s values and to how we do business. In fact, sustainability has been In Our Nature for more than a century.
Our sustainability initiatives draw strongly from Life Cycle Thinking. We work to drive sustainable improvements across our value chain—from the forest to the home. We continuously uncover new ways to reduce our overall environmental footprint, while maximizing our positive impacts across the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
We source materials in a responsible manner from partners who share our commitment to the environment. We seek out opportunities to reduce waste and pollution in our operations. Most importantly, we invest significant time and resources to develop innovative, industry-leading products that maximize energy efficiency, performance and durability for our customers.
Andersen is a leading advocate for advancing sustainable practices in the sourcing and use of wood materials. We promote responsible forestry management practices to protect the environment, and work with our partners to ensure they are using the best possible practices to produce the high-quality wood we use to make windows and doors.
In 2008, Andersen received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification for traceability in our wood supply chain (FSC-C016636). During the years of our certification, we have purchased more than 100 times more certified wood than what was required to meet our demand for certified products. Click here to read our Forest Resources Policy.
Andersen takes great care to manufacture its products in a responsible manner. We review each step of our process to find ways to increase efficiency and reduce pollutants, natural resource consumption and waste. Today, 99 percent of the manufacturing materials at our Bayport, Minnesota, plant are beneficially used.
In addition, we continue to identify ways to improve how we package and ship our products. This commitment has significantly reduced the amount of waste that leaves our factory. The landfilled solid waste at our Bayport facilities has decreased by more than 90 percent since 1990.
STEAM GENERATING FACILITY
In 2007, we opened a state-of-the-art steam generating facility that uses sawdust, a production byproduct from our on-site milling operations, as its primary fuel source. The Bayport facility captures thermal energy contained in the warm water discharged from the Xcel Energy power plant, which is located just upstream on the St. Croix River. We then lower the water temperature before releasing it back into the river, promoting a healthy ecological balance for the scenic waterway. The energy produced by the steam generating facility meets the entire heating and cooling demand for our 2.5-million-square-foot manufacturing plant.
Providing a healthy indoor environment is an important part of sustainable design. Our products have received SCS Indoor Advantage Gold™ certification for indoor air quality, a certification program that meets North America’s strictest criteria for indoor air emissions: California Section 01350 Specification.
Andersen is also an advocate for strong energy efficiency standards. Andersen was one of the first window companies to meet strict ENERGY STAR® performance requirements for our windows and patio doors. Our sustainability commitments mean that our customers get environmentally responsible, durable products that improve their homes’ energy efficiency and lower energy costs.
Andersen’s commitment to sustainability can be seen in the company’s philanthropic funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Through the Andersen Corporate Foundation, the company is constantly looking for ways to provide students access to these important areas of education. By aligning with school districts in the communities where our employees live and work, we are continuously trying to make a difference.
Andersen is pleased to align with key community organizations that are driving positive change to impact the environment.
Yellowstone National Park
Andersen is aligning with Yellowstone National Park on its five-year sustainability plan, the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship initiative. Specifically, the park aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, decrease its electricity consumption by 15 percent, minimize fossil fuel consumption by 18 percent and divert 100 percent of solid waste from landfills. As a part of the initiative,Yellowstone cabins received Andersen® windows during an energy-efficient building renovation.
The Nature Conservancy
Andersen partners with The Nature Conservancy to aid in their mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. For more than 15 years Andersen has funded programs and projects that do just that. From supporting reforestation in Northern Minnesota to funding programs that protect and preserve the St. Croix River, we are committed to doing our part to protect the environment.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Kitty B. Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota was founded in 1996 to honor the memory of Katherine B. Andersen (the company’s matriarch) for her love of science, and her work to promote education and leadership for young women and under-represented communities. Today more than 1,000 young people have participated in this unique community asset that strives to make science fun and accessible to youth in our community. Learn more: smm.org/kaysc
The commitment to sustainability has inspired Andersen to look at ways to use more of each piece of wood and to be even more creative in using production byproducts. Sawdust can be transformed into something new that can make windows better and at the same time help make us more responsible in how we use wood.
In 1991 Andersen developed Fibrex® material, a novel composite made of reclaimed wood fiber from our manufacturing operations and a special thermoplastic polymer, some of which is also reclaimed. The revolutionary and highly sustainable material has many benefits, including high durability, stiffness, moisture and heat resistance, non-conductivity and thermal insulating properties. Fibrex material technology is used in products across the Andersen® product portfolio.
Life Cycle Assessment
To determine and understand the full impact of our windows and doors, Andersen conducts life cycle assessments, which measure all inputs and outputs of a product. Measurements account for the mining of raw materials; manufacturing, transportation and energy required to use the product; and the impacts after its original intended use ends. Our commitment to our customers and the environment consistently extends to thinking about what happens to our doors and windows after they are installed and replaced.