First Pella system manufacturing site in U.S. to earn national honor
As Americans observe October as Energy Awareness Month, a Pella Corporation manufacturing site has even more to celebrate, as the first Pella system site in the U.S. to earn a prestigious national award for its focus on sustainability.
Shenandoah team honored for dedication to saving energy
Through its focus on energy efficiency, Pella Corporation’s Shenandoah, Iowa Operations achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. To earn the honor, the Shenandoah team reduced its energy intensity by 12.4 percent in one year, saving 4,600MMBtu (British thermal units) in 2013. That’s about how much energy is consumed by 115 average-size homes in a year.
Energy intensity takes into account how much energy, like electricity and natural gas, is used on a per-unit produced basis at American manufacturing sites. Pella’s Shenandoah Operations reduced its energy intensity by improving lighting, building and system controls, and cutting compressed air waste. The Shenandoah team also conducted energy-saving continuous improvement events, and built awareness of everyone’s role in saving energy.
ENERGY STAR Challenge encourages energy-saving practices
The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call to action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more in five years or less.
According to EPA, the U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy. Under the umbrella of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, EPA works with individual manufacturing sites and their parent companies to fight climate change through improvements in energy efficiency.
“Pella Corporation is dedicated to using resources responsibly, and has been since our company was founded in 1925, when our first recycling program began,” said Pella Senior Technical Leader John Brouwer. “Practicing environmental stewardship and reducing waste are key aspects of our energy management program. Our motto is, ‘Use only what you need when you need it.’ ”
Built in 1992, Pella’s Shenandoah Operations manufactures energy-efficient custom Pella® windows and doors sold to customers throughout North America and select countries overseas.
Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.
As a family-owned and professionally managed privately held company, Pella has been making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction for almost 90 years. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing carbon pollution by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.