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You may not realize it, but building green begins long before products are ready for installation on your home. It begins with a strong commitment to "source reduction" by the manufacturer. This means that all aspects of production are designed to help reduce the volume and environmental impact of waste, while also achieving optimum material use to create products with a longer service life. At Gentek, we strongly promote best practices for environmental stewardship and proudly offer a wide variety of eco-friendly vinyl, steel and aluminum products.
Expertly crafted for a weathertight fit, Gentek windows and patio doors deliver outstanding energy efficiency to help reduce fuel consumption needed to heat and cool homes. For even greater energy savings, Gentek windows are also available with ENERGY STAR® qualified glass packages for maximum thermal performance and year-round energy conservation.
We also recycle virtually all in-plant vinyl scrap into other useful products, further reducing the volume and environmental impact of waste. Vinyl windows and patio doors are eco-friendly because vinyl resin is derived largely from common salt - a sustainable and abundant natural resource.
Gentek vinyl siding is performance-engineered to ensure premium product quality and a long service life. Vinyl siding also helps conserve wood and other natural resources often used in home construction. It saves the energy and resources required to manufacture and dispose of these materials.
Gentek vinyl siding installed with an insulating underlayment can achieve higher R-values to help keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer with greater thermal efficiency - a top priority for today's homeowners!
Built to shield your home from even the most punishing weather, Gentek steel siding also promotes energy conservation by creating a tight building envelope for more efficient heating and cooling performance year-round.
In terms of strength and stability, steel offers many advantages for residential building - and has long been North America's most recycled material.3 The uncompromising endurance of this heavy-gauge siding promises exceptional beauty and lasting protection for your home.
Did you know that at the end of their long useful life, Gentek aluminum siding products are 100% recyclable6 and can be reprocessed into similar products with no loss of quality? Eco-friendly aluminum siding, soffit, and trim coil further help the environment because they never need to be repainted, thereby reducing the amount of paint and other maintenance-related substances entering the waste stream.
INDUSTRY LINKS www.vinylinfo.org www.vinylsiding.org www.aamanet.org www.energystar.gov www.recycle-steel.org/cgi-bin/sridbq3.pl
1A Clear View - Vinyl Windows and the Environment. American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) & The Vinyl Institute (VI). March 2007.
2USGBC LEED® for Homes Program Pilot Rating System, Page 114. BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Study. January 2007.
3Steel: The Clear Cut Alternative for Building Homes. Steel Recycling Institute, www.recycle-steel.org.
4Jim Woods, Sustainability and Steel Construction. Steel Recycling Institute ©2007-2008. (http://www.sustainable-steel.org/susconst.html).
5Steel takes the LEED® with Recycled Content. Steel Recycling Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and American Iron and Steel Institute. March 2009.
6LEED® Fact Sheet, Aluminum Sheet & Plate for the Building & Construction Market. Aluminum Association, Inc.
*The NAHB has cited "lifetime" as the estimated life expectancy of vinyl siding on a home.