Four Door and Window Manufacturers Receive Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards

April 1st, 2024 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the latest Energy Star Award winners, with four door and window manufacturers making this year’s list. Andersen, Jeld-Wen, ProVia and SoftLite Windows and Doors all received Partner of the Year awards—each for its own list of notable accomplishments.

Each year, the Energy Star program honors businesses and organizations that have “made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements.” Award winners, “lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services, and in the development and adoption of strategies that provide substantial savings in the buildings where we work, and in our homes.”

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of partners.

ProVia

This year marks the 16th time ProVia has been recognized by the program. Key accomplishments included:

  • Offering at least one Energy Star-rated door and window product for the Northern and Southern climate zones in 100% of the company’s product lines;
  • Printing and delivering more than 330,000 pieces of literature promoting the Energy Star program and certified products to dealers and distributors; and
  • Sending detailed, educational digital newsletters on new Energy Star 7.0 criteria to more than 22,000 dealer/distributor customers, with an open rate of 47%.

“Everyone here at ProVia is excited and honored to be recognized by Energy Star for our efforts in providing energy-saving products to our customers,” said president and CEO Brian Miller. “Our company values include sustainability and continuous improvement, and we work diligently to ensure our products perform efficiently to save energy and money for homeowners and businesses.”

Andersen

Andersen has been an Energy Star partner since the windows program began in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the Energy Star National Window Partner of the Year award in 1999. This year marks the company’s 10th Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award—its eighth consecutive—and the 15th time it has been recognized by the program overall.

Among the key accomplishments listed for Andersen were:

  • Providing more than 1.7 million impressions from point-of-purchase displays and graphics with Energy Star content, stemming from 15,500 impression locations at big box retailers and dealer showrooms, including 400 newly installed showrooms;
  • Delivering more than eight million pageviews with Energy Star-related messaging from website and trade/dealer portals; and
  • Presenting program messaging on exhibits and displays at major industry-focused events, with a total of more than 37,000 attendees.

“As we continue to work toward a more sustainable future, we acknowledge the pivotal role windows and doors play in energy efficiency,” said Brandon Berg, senior vice president of research, development and innovation at Andersen. “With our recent product expansions to support triple pane glass, we’re making it easier for homeowners to choose even more efficient products for their homes and contribute to a healthier world.”

SoftLite Windows and Doors

SoftLite is a Partner of the Year for the 11th time, earning the Sustained Excellence Award for the ninth time. Among the company’s accomplishments were:

  • Delivering more than 10% of Energy Star window products (sold) meeting the 2023 Most Efficient criteria;
  • Supplying more than 100 Energy Star-related social media postings on various platforms in 2023 and increasing the number of related YouTube videos to 38, with more than 13,000 views; and
  • Training 100% of new and existing employees and more than 2,500 dealers and distributors at 68 locations on the program and product performance criteria.

“Earning this award this year is especially important for SoftLite,” said Mark C. Hobbs, senior vice president of sales. “SoftLite made a concerted effort to enhance our product offerings to meet Energy Star 7.0 criteria. We are committed to the Energy Star program and its mission. To be recognized for that is truly a highlight for us.”

Jeld-Wen

This was Jeld-Wen’s first year earning a Partner of the Year award. The company made the list by:

  • Preparing and delivering a robust, companywide training program on new performance criteria to prepare senior vice presidents (VPs), operations VPs, product line managers, product engineering, product certification, and sales staff for the transition to version 7.0;
  • Delivering educational materials and guidance to more than 32,000 builders and remodelers on the transition to the next product performance level; and
  • Providing paid media and consumer ads on Energy Star-rated products and campaign efforts, resulting in more than 7.8 million impressions.

“Energy efficiency is a key element in Jeld-Wen’s efforts to build a sustainable future for everyone,” said Jason Kantola, North America leader of sustainability and certifications. “Our North America team continues to exceed new levels of performance for energy efficiency – not only ensuring lower energy costs for homeowners, but also helping our planet. We are grateful to be recognized and named an Energy Star Partner of the Year.”

As of 2024, the efforts of Energy Star award winners have cumulatively saved over 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, program officials said.

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda creates unprecedented opportunity to build a clean energy economy, and private sector partners through programs like Energy Star are leading the way,” said EPA administrator Michael S. Regan. “I congratulate this year’s Energy Star award winners for their innovation and leadership, in delivering cost-effective energy efficient solutions that create jobs, address climate change, and contribute to a healthier environment for all.”

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