Andersen announces FSC certification

BAYPORT, Minn. (Nov. 19, 2008) — Andersen Corporation today announced that its Andersen® and Renewal by Andersen® brands of wood and wood composite windows and doors have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification. This certification is among the first of its kind in the window and door industry.

The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification is awarded to companies that meet FSC standards for traceability in their wood supply chain. Before a product may carry an FSC label, all stages of the production, distribution, and sale of the product must be independently evaluated and the wood must be tracked from the certified forest to the finished product. The certification was awarded by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the leader in third-party, independent green building product certification.

“Andersen approaches sustainability at every level and for us it begins in the forests where we source the wood for our products,” said J Glasnapp, vice president of Corporate Sustainability and Quality at Andersen Corporation. “We are committed to environmental stewardship and our FSC Chain-of-Custody certification supports this philosophy and assures our customers that their purchase supports the highest forestry standards.”

In addition to its recent FSC certification, Andersen is the only manufacturer in the industry to have received certification from Green Seal; was one of the first window manufacturers accepted into the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Program; and was the 2007 Minnesota Environmental Award winner for its steam generating facility in Bayport, which uses wood byproducts from Andersen’s manufacturing process as the Bayport plant’s energy source.

The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification will enable Andersen customers to earn points in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Materials and Resources Credit 7: Certified Wood. Andersen products also help earn LEED points in other categories including Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality.