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0 Comments | Jun 29, 2010

Andersen 100 Series Window

BAYPORT, MN — Andersen Windows, the most trusted brand of windows and doors, introduced Andersen® 100 Series windows and patio doors not too long ago.  In fact, it’s been only a little over a year. The new 100 Series product features energy efficient and third-party-certified construction and a sensible price.

Recycled content is important in the construction of 100 Series window products.  The amount of recycled content in each window and door is certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) ranging from a minimum of 18% to a usual maximum of 24% recycled glass and wood fiber content based on the National Fenestration Rating Council-rated standard window size in single-hung, casement, awning, picture and gliding window styles.

Andersen Windows and Doors manufactures the 100 Series window and door with the company’s patented Fibrex® material.  Fibrex material is a highly sustainable structural composite that seamlessly combines the best attributes of sawdust and polymer – much of it reclaimed directly from Andersen’s manufacturing plant operations. It combines the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl.  Independent testing has found that Fibrex material has a low thermal expansion and contraction rate, is resistant to rotting and termites, and retains its rigidity and stability in high temperatures.

Andersen 100 Series products also have received SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for indoor air quality.  This level of certification meets North America’s strictest indoor air emission criteria, namely the California Section 01350 Specification, the strictest emission standard in the U.S. by a healthy margin. “There’s a lot of engineering that goes into Andersen products and you really notice it in our new 100 Series windows and patio doors,” said Blaine Verdoorn, marketing manager at Andersen.   “This product line is tailored to the likes and needs of builders in the West, and we know they and their customers will appreciate its sustainable design.” Certainly, with a low U-value, the windows will not permit the blazing western states’ sun in unnecessarily spike up the air conditioning and cooling bill.

Andersen 100 Series windows feature a clean, contemporary design and are available in single-hung, gliding, casement, awning and specialty fixed styles in more than 1,200 sizes and can be specified in more than 20,000 combinations.  There are four exterior color options available: White, Sandtone, Terratone®, and Cocoa Bean.  All have matte finishes and white interiors.

There are 48 glass options including the new Andersen SmartSun™ Low-E glass, standard Low-E glass, dual-pane and specialty glass.  Finelight™ grilles-between-the-glass are available, with a sculpted profile and duplex color capability, so the interior and exterior colors match those of the window. Windows with SmartSun glass can also help homeowners save money with a tax credit.  As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, significant federal tax credits for “qualified energy efficient improvements” are available, which covers windows, doors and skylights.
Builders and architects will appreciate that the 100 Series windows can help earn up to 17 LEED points in the Energy & Atmosphere category, up to 13 LEED points in the Materials & Resources category, and up to 15 LEED points in the Indoor Environmental Quality category.  Andersen® 100 Series windows meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications in all climate zones.

As a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Andersen has designed the 100 Series product line to last and reduce future waste streams.  Fibrex® material is durable, long-lasting and can be reclaimed to make new windows, and the products are protected by minimal packaging to help reduce cardboard usage, jobsite waste, and shipping costs.  Andersen also is committed to using only wood from sources certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative or similar organizations. For those consumers looking for a high quality, eco-friendly window, the Andersen 100 Series should be a major candidate for consideration. The price is comparable to windows of the same caliber, but the high performance and environmentally conscious production method (materials, processes, etc.) should nudge it ahead of other contenders.