Sustainability and why it matters to us
The JELD-WEN sustainability commitment isn’t just about being “green;” it’s a commitment to people, the planet and business. It’s a process that takes into consideration how we as humans depend on our natural environment. Our dependence is significant, whether that be directly, like breathing in oxygen, or through processes like taking raw materials and creating windows and doors.
In pursuit of sustainability, we as humans must exist in harmony with our environment and be good stewards of the planet for future generations. The three pillars of sustainability — social, environmental and economic — all interconnect and balance one another. We must live within our means in terms of natural resources (environmental). Organizations and countries must use resources efficiently and responsibly to generate economic progress. Socially, communities must work together to ensure the well-being of their members.
Initial environmental compliance policies were enacted in 1969 with the National Environmental Policy Act. Since then, knowledge around our environment and the concept of sustainability has grown dramatically. Research has found that, in areas in the U.S. with sustainability successes, those successes are mostly driven by their communities. This means individuals, local governments and organizations are working together to support sustainability. With interest and participation comes shared learnings.
For JELD-WEN, environmental stewardship has been at the core of our efforts for over 50 years.
Our role in sustainability
We are committed to building windows, doors and components in a manner that promotes environmental stewardship. In 1960, efficient resource use such as recycling and material reuse made sense because it was good business. We began the use of finger-joint and engineered wood components because it produced a better product.
We believe that a healthy environment and healthy business practices go hand in hand. Our philosophy is simple: be good stewards by designing long-lasting, energy-saving windows and doors. Our manufacturing process uses recycled waste materials. We also manufacture products close to markets to minimize fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
We hold U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Living Product 50 (LP 50) memberships.
As a SmartWay transport partner, JELD-WEN’s transportation fleet meets the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a designated shipper in the program, we are helping to reduce environmental impacts related to transporting goods.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Its purpose is to maintain and improve air quality and research causes of and solutions for air pollution. Being CARB Phase 2 compliant means the products we make contain the minimal amount of formaldehyde emissions.
Although this is only a law in California, we choose to meet this standard across all our interior doors.
Our interior molded, flat panel and flush doors, MiraTEC trim and Extira panel products meet the GREENGUARD certification. GREENGUARD certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions requirements. Through chamber testing, products are screened for more than 10,000 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Our wood sources
Much of the wood we source for our interior doors is from northern California and Oregon. Most often, we purchase timber from landowner tree farms, owned by the same families for years. Our use of timber in these areas can help aid in maintaining forests. Among building materials, wood is one of the few renewable resources that is sustainably sourced.
JELD-WEN builds Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified wood windows and doors. This certification means materials are from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
We also have products that meet the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) standard. This standard promotes sustainable forest management in North America. SFI works to ensure the future sustainability of our forests.
Use of recycled materials
We use shavings and recycled wood materials in manufacturing our door skins, and the core of our hollow doors contains 100 percent recycled materials.
How our products help buildings receive LEED certification
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program. It recognizes best-in-class building construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points.
JELD-WEN products may help earn credits or satisfy prerequisites in the following LEED categories:
- Energy efficiency via National Fenestration Rating Council® (NFRC) thermal ratings
- FSC and SFI certified products
- Molded, flat panel and flush interior doors, MiraTEC trim and Extira panel products with GREENGUARD certification
- Locally manufactured products (products must be manufactured within a certain mile radius)
JELD-WEN offers products and services that meet many local sustainable building provisions. Using our products can contribute to a project’s certification within nationally recognized programs.
Our products work well in commercial or residential projects pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC LEED), the International Living Future Institute (Living Building Challenge), the Green Building Initiative or the National Green Building Standard.
The Living Building Challenge
Manufacturers speak often of reducing their footprint or negative impacts. A “handprint” in the world of sustainability means the measurement of positive impact.
Manufacturers are using this framework to engineer products that have a positive impact, a handprint, rather than a “less negative” one. The goals of the framework are to produce products that are:
- Healthy and free of toxins
- Socially responsible, respecting the rights of workers
- Net positive, benefiting both people and the environment
JELD-WEN is an active member of the International Living Future Institute.
The JELD-WEN sustainability commitment will only grow stronger as we continue to develop new products and technology, building quality, innovative products.