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 the green side of vinyl.

1. 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.

2. Boosts R-Value

Insulated vinyl siding helps increase the exterior wall’s R-value to contribute to a home’s energy efficiency.

3. Generates Less Waste

The ability to return scrap and off-spec materials into vinyl siding’s manufacturing process results in virtually no manufacturing waste.

4. Leaves Few Scraps

Studies show that average scrap rates from vinyl siding installation are less than 1.9% of total construction waste.

5. 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.

6. Engineered to Last a Lifetime

Vinyl siding has excellent performance compared with other exteriors, based on assessment with ISO 14044 -compliant tools.

7. Better Environmental Performance

Vinyl siding can contribute to achieving points in leading green building certification programs. Insulated vinyl siding may help achieve significantly more points.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

Our 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. Our 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, We are proud to build lasting impressions and sustainable futures.

For the full story on these facts, read and download the Vinyl Siding Institute’s full report: Verifiably Green.

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