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In our second Corporate Sustainability Report, Andersen shares the latest progress made towards a commitment established over a century ago to be the kind of company that not only produces a superior product, but also respects the human and natural resources needed to succeed and supports the communities it serves. From that report, we wanted to share our timeline of Responsible Leadership that documents the company’s innovations; some are commonplace in most workplaces today, others have set a standard for our industry:

  • 1922: Andersen becomes the first in the industry to offer employees two weeks’ paid vacation
  • 1924: Andersen begins actively seeking employee input with a suggestion system
  • 1938: Andersen develops its first health care plan for employees
  • 1941: The Andersen Corporate Foundation is established, marking the beginning of a long tradition of charitable giving
  • 1960: Andersen begins offering employee sick pay
  • 1983: Andersen becomes the first window company to employ low emissivity (Low-E) glazing as a standard glass technology, greatly improving energy efficiency
  • 1993: Andersen develops Fibrex® material, a revolutionary composite made of reclaimed wood fiber from Andersen manufacturing and vinyl
  • 1999: Andersen is the first window manufacturer to be named ENERGY STAR® National Window Partner of the Year by the Department of Energy
  • 2000: Andersen joins the Certified Forest Products Council (CFPC)
  • 2003: Andersen funds and builds 100 homes with Habitat for Humanity in celebration of the company’s centennial celebration
  • 2007: Award winning Andersen steam plant supplies entire heating and cooling demand, as well as some of its manufacturing power, for the 2.5-million-square-foot Bayport facility
  • 2008: Andersen receives Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification for traceability in our wood supply chain (FSC-C016636)
  • 2009: Andersen’s Corporate Administrative Offices located in Oak Park Heights, MN earns the ENERGY STAR® Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its superior energy performance
  • 2013: Andersen receives the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence award for the second consecutive year

To read more from the 2012 Andersen Corporate Sustainability Report, visit http://inournatureblog.com/website/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/020-2323b_CSR2012_DIGITAL_d12.pdf

Andersen Windows has debuted an iPad app that provides users interactive versions of its four most popular Home Style Library pattern books. Available free in the iTunes® App Store, these tablet-friendly apps give homeowners, architects, builders and remodelers easily accessible resources to understand and discuss the elements of architectural style at any stage of the building process.JulProViews3

Starting with the four most popular pattern books, Prairie, Craftsman Bungalow, Farmhouse and Georgian/Federal, users can download just the style they need when they need it. That accessibility in an iTunes app helps architects and builders bring design knowledge with them anywhere they go throughout the building process. It’s like having an architectural library at your fingertips.

The app was designed to give users a truly enhanced experience unlike the print and pdf versions of the Pattern Books. Zoom into images to view intricate details, swap out colors and trim configurations and select finishing touches like hardware. More styles will be added to the app collection in the future, including French Eclectic, Modern, Shingle, Queen Anne, Ranch, Spanish Colonial, Tudor styles and more as Andersen expands the Andersen Home Style Pattern Book offering.

Part of the Andersen Home Style Library, volumes in the library are now accessible four ways: online as interactive resources; as free downloadable pdfs; spiral-bound hard copies of eight styles may be ordered through the Andersen website; and now the iPad app brings the Prairie, Farmhouse, Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian/Federal styles to the convenience of tablet technology.

For more information on the Andersen Home Style Library and to order pattern books, visit www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/.

Home style in your hands. Andersen Windows has expanded its popular series of Home Style pattern books with six new spiral bound volumes. Builders, remodelers, designers and architects now may order print versions through the dedicated bookstore of the Prairie, American Farmhouse, French Eclectic, Queen Anne, Shingle, and Tudor styles. These books join the Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian Federal styles previously available.FarmhousePatternCover

Pattern books are not a new concept. They’ve been around since ancient Rome providing consistent resources for effectively communicating the elements of architectural design. “Building or remodeling is a collaborative effort between homeowners, architects and contractors. In most cases the homeowner is driving the project, but they are often the least knowledgeable about the process,” says Jay Libby, marketing services manager at Andersen Windows. “When people are handed the pattern books a light goes on for them. We see it happen all the time. They now have a resource that gives them the language to share ideas and dreams, and the power to articulate what they want to everyone involved in the process. That confidence can give the whole project a new energy.”

The books, part of the Andersen Home Style Library, are now accessible four ways: online as interactive resources; downloadable for free in pdf format; spiral-bound hard copies available through the Andersen website of eight volumes; or select designs are now available as an iPad® app. Each pattern book is dedicated to a single style and contains illustrations and descriptions of the architectural elements that make up each style including proportions, groupings, window and door positioning, accent windows, color palettes, combinations and grille patterns; interior and exterior trim details; entry door, hardware and art glass options.

Said Libby, “Our intent with this collection has always been to make style accessible and easy to dream. Providing the information in a variety of formats continues that commitment. By connecting home styles with the product resources in our A-Series and E-Series/Eagle® product lines our intent is to make it easy to choose the right products for the style of the home.”

For more information on the Andersen Home Style Library and to order pattern books, visit www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/.

Standing on the edge of a rugged coastline, looking at nothing but horizon, ocean waves and breathtaking sunsets, it’s easy to feel limitless. The designers of the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay wanted guests to experience that feeling whether they were indoors or out while they enjoyed their stay at the luxury resort. The right products would give guests that very feeling — like the windows and doors weren’t even there — and only E-Series/Eagle could deliver the designer’s promise.Ritz Carlton AW11_215

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, this resort, designed by HKS Architects, evokes the grandeur of 19th century seaside lodges, with a variety of dormers, gables and chimneys forming a picturesque silhouette atop the rocky coastline. Some of the 266 guestrooms feature French doors and terraces with magnificent views of both the Pacific Ocean and the renowned Ocean Colony Golf Course. Other amenities include access to the golf course, ocean-view restaurants, meeting and spa facilities.

With a distinct exterior appearance, the best window choice would, ideally, not be noticed at all. The palette of exterior colors spanned earth tones drawn from the granite trim on the building’s facade to synthetic stucco covering the sides and rear of the structure. HKS wanted to know it could color match each window to blend in to the color variations. On the inside, a variety of stained and painted finishes would be needed to compliment the styles of the common areas, some of the higher-end rooms, restaurants, and other parts of the facility. As they did their research, they quickly learned that the E-Series/Eagle product line offered the style of windows in the variety of finishes and combinations they required.

The combination of double-hung windows and gliding patio doors provided the finishing touch the architect was looking for, reinforcing the timeless romance of the façade from the outside, while pulling the breathtaking views inside. No matter where guests find themselves, the view is never compromised.

Choosing just the right finish for a window order can be confusing. At Andersen, we’re working to simplify the selection process, by providing selection tools that bring the color and finish options to life. Some tools we already provide include color cards that homeowners can take home, sample boards that showroom dealers share to show larger swatches of color, and style guides that can be downloaded online. We’re not stopping there, though. Some new colors and simplified selections help keep color selection a more enjoyable process:07_195-Large Canvas_R4

Aligned color offerings – With the Architectural Collection line, we’re simplifying the interior and exterior finishes selection, aligning similar color choices among A-Series and E-Series/Eagle® products. Old colors will still be available to order to custom-match units that are already installed, so replacements or warranty work will still appear consistent. The interior swatches are now accessible in EagleVision specifying and ordering software, with color swatches available soon.

Canvas exterior color for 400 Series windows – A color that’s been growing in popularity, Andersen® 400 Series windows and 200 Series patio doors now offer canvas as a standard color option on the exterior.

Coming soon: Dark Bronze – Another popular color among homeowners today, Andersen 400 Series windows and 200 Series patio doors will soon be available in a Dark Bronze exterior. Look for more information this Fall.

Color should never be a daunting prospect. With these tools and offering from Andersen, finding the right shade is easier than ever.

Since the Perma-Shield cladding system was first introduced in 1966, window and door performance has been on a steady track of continuous innovation and improvement. Perma-Shield is now a key feature of our 400 Series product line. In our pursuit to offer the best solutions to meet our customer’s needs, we thought we’d share the newest features we’ve added to the 400 Series offering over the past couple of years:

Canvas exterior color now available – A color that’s been growing in popularity, Andersen 400 Series windows and doors now offer canvas as a standard color option.07_195-Large Canvas_R4

Andersen® Exterior Trim System – Why use low maintenance windows, doors and siding, then choose wood trim that needs painting every few years? The Andersen Exterior Trim System installs in as little as 5 minutes and comes in a range of styles from contemporary to traditional. Not only is it fast to install, but ordering it with the windows consolidates a step in calculating and purchasing building materials too. Andersen trim is made of Fibrex® material, a time-tested composite combining the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Fibrex material has twice the stiffness of vinyl, withstands temperature changes better than vinyl and can be made in dark colors. Color matched options coordinate with Andersen A-Series, 400 Series and 200 Series windows and doors.

Tilt-Wash Double-Hung Insert Window – We now make an insert version of our popular 400 Series tilt-wash double-hung window prepped for fast, easy replacement. The product features a 3 ¼” jamb depth for convenient replacement, and each window comes with an install kit containing key materials needed to complete the job: instructions, screws, shims and backer rod. In addition, each unit comes with its own exterior stop covers for a clean, finished look when the job is done.

Replacement Casement The Replacement Casement, prepped for quick, easy installation and available without an installation flange, is pre-drilled with through-the-jamb installation holes allowing for installation from inside or outside the home. Special replacement extension jambs preserve original alignment of trim and paint lines. An installation kit comes with each window and includes innovative, self-hanging shims for consistent accuracy in installation, backer rod to increase the durability of sealant joints, fasteners and instructions.

The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance developed the Houses that Work educational program based on years of field research from the US Department of Energy’s Building America program. The day-long program delivers education based on that experience for improved building performance and increased profitability. HTW_2

Each module is designed to provide high-quality, up-to-date building science information to the residential building sector. Attendees learn about ways to improve performance, efficiency, durability, safety and health in the homes they build, making them a better value for their customers and incorporating green practices into their business formula. Certain Houses That Work classes can also count towards accreditation continuing education units (CEUs) for a number of professional associations, including AIA, AIBD, BPI, NAHB, RESNET, GBCI/LEED, and NARI.

The full day session explores how many complex changes in home design, building materials, mechanical systems, appliances, consumer lifestyles and expectations over the last 30 years make every builder’s, supplier’s and trade contractor’s job more complex and demanding. The segment outlines the basic building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don’t.

Another session, for existing homes, explores cost-effective opportunities to implement energy efficient and green technologies and strategies into remodeling projects for existing homes. The fundamentals of building science – air, heat and moisture flow – are applied to help participants understand how elements of a house all work together as a system and how this knowledge can be used by remodelers to reduce risks and find the most cost-effective energy improvements for individual homes.

Houses That Work classes have helped thousands of building professionals benefit from understanding the house-as-a-system approach. To learn more, or to find an upcoming class near you, visit their website.

“EEBA” and “Houses that work” are trademarks of The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance.

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