GreenSENSE™ is ABTCO’s company-wide program designed to make us more aware of the effects we have on the environment and what we can accomplish, both individually and collectively, to reduce our carbon footprint and become greener citizens. In support of our consumer educational efforts, we would like to share A Dozen Things You Might Not Know That Make Vinyl Siding Green...
Contributes to Green Building Certification
Vinyl siding can contribute to achieving points in leading green building certification programs. Insulated vinyl siding may help achieve significantly more points.
Insulated vinyl siding helps increase the exterior wall’s R-value to contribute to a home’s energy efficiency.
Generates Little Manufacturing Waste
The ability to return scrap and off-spec materials into vinyl siding’s manufacturing process results in virtually no manufacturing waste.
Leaves Little Installation Scrap
Studies show that average scrap rates from vinyl siding installation are less than 1.9% of total construction waste.
Requires Fewer Resources to Maintain
Vinyl siding does not require painting, staining or caulking. This lowers the cost of maintenance and avoids releasing harmful solvents into the environment.
Engineered to Last a Lifetime
Durability is the key to sustainability. The NAHB has cited "Lifetime" as the estimated life expectancy of vinyl siding on a home.
Delivers Better Environmental Performance
Vinyl siding has excellent performance compared with other exteriors, based on assessment with ISO 14044 -compliant tools.
Provides Excellent Economic Performance
Vinyl siding also provides exemplary economic performance when evaluating costs associated with all life-cycle stages, from raw material acquisition to waste management.
Contributes Less to Global Warming
Combining the amount of energy saved with manufacturing and transportation, vinyl siding contributes significantly less to global warming than other exterior cladding.
Releases Fewer Toxic Chemicals
Compared to other exterior cladding, vinyl siding releases significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals, including mercury and silver, into the environment.
Emits Less Dioxin
Despite considerable growth in the production of vinyl products over the past 20 years, the level of dioxin released has decreased by nearly 90% over the same time period.
Poses No Health Risk
Unlike silica-based fiber cement, vinyl siding does not utilize any materials that can cause adverse health effects to installers – or to anyone.
For the full story on these facts, go to vinylsiding.org/greenpaper and download a full report ©2009 Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc.
ABTCO’s sustainable business practices demonstrate our dedication to the local and global community.
Environmental protection is paramount in the manufacturing process of our durable and low maintenance building products. We use renewable energy in our manufacturing process, as well as an efficient use of raw materials. By closing the loop in the product life cycle, 99.9% percent of raw materials are reused in our manufacturing process. ABTCO’s GreenSENSE™ program is devoted to educating employees and customers about new and innovative green practices in the industry. By giving back to local communities and charities, ABTCO is proud to build lasting impressions and sustainable futures.