‘Green’ Calgary Windows & Energy Star–what do they mean?

By the A two Z Team and JELD-WEN Canada

Deciphering the “green” labels used by window and door companies can be confusing.

More and more companies are using “green” or “environmental” labels, and the door and window industry is no exception. But how can we know which labels to trust?

A two Z Windows & Doors knows that saving energy is important to customers. With rising energy costs, whacky, unpredictable weather, more Calgary homeowners are looking for ways to cut their budgets while ensuring they are buying genuinely green certified products. With all the logos you see on window and door products, its hard to tell what they all mean. And it isn’t always easy to know which ones are backed by recognized association.

When you purchase windows and doors from A two Z, we can guarantee that you are investing in quality products that not only stand up to what nature dolls out, they are responsible in more ways than you think. Our supplier partners, namely Alberta Vinyl Windows & Doors, JELD-WEN Canada, and Masonite all promote green energy with that most advanced engineering that can save your money in the long run, and they also strive to ensure that their own manufacturing practices follow the strictest guidelines for waste management, recycling and reprocessing of raw materials, effective use of Canadian natural lumber products, reduction of airborne emissions during production as well as into each home and pre-tested safety standards that ensure your products are reliable and last for a long time to come.

We also make sure that these partner products are backed by reliable warranties and easy-to-process service response that you feel confident and give you peace of mind.

To give you a clearer understanding of how green products are to be produced in Canada, Industry Canada has a helpful online guide reviewing the common certifications for environmentally green products in Canada. It reviews what they mean and which ones you can count on to determine whether manufacturers truly meet green criteria.

The guide includes information on the ENERGY STAR logo, which certifies products that are among the most energy efficient in their category. You may see this logo on doors and windows sold by A two Z Windows & Doors, without necessarily understanding what it really means.

Want more information on the green claims made by certain companies or wish to check their validity? Check out “Environmental Claims: A Guide for Industry and Advertisers” on the Industry Canada website.

To see how ‘green’ windows work in action, JELD-WEN was a part of the construction of Maison Enfant Soleil in Terrabonne, Quebec in 2010. The $400,000 home was built to benefit sick children. You can view how they utilized Energy Star category windows on a virtual tour of the home by visiting the Opération Enfant Soleil website at www.operationenfantsoleil.ca.

You too can accomplish the same beauty and performance with smart, energy conscious windows from A two Z Windows & Doors in Calgary. Contact our team at 403-257-DOOR (3667) or email us to start your windows and doors replacement project. 



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