JELD-WEN strives to be a world leader in environmental sustainability. Adopting and developing best practices is a philosophy that we have focused on since the 1960s. At JELD-WEN, we believe that a healthy environment and healthy business practices go hand in hand.
We strive to conduct our business with the highest ethical standards. That includes providing our customers with superior products, establishing solid relationships in the communities where we live and work, and conserving valuable resources. Resource conservation, in all aspects of production, is at the heart of everything we do. Globally, we strive to maintain and continually improve our environmental performance. This philosophy manifests in many ways:
- We design and produce long-lasting, energy-saving windows and doors.
- Our manufacturing process utilises recycled waste materials.
- We manufacture close to markets to minimize fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In a green building, the materials, design methods and construction techniques are carefully reviewed for their environmental impact. Initially focused on commercial building, sustainable design elements are now being incorporated into residential projects. Additionally, we know that our customers are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products for their homes, whether they are re-modelling or building a new home and it is our goal to provide them with those products.
It is clearly in interest of our customers and the industry to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in more energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings. To this end, we will continue to participate in the development and implementation of Green Building certification programs that promote credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction products.
Responsible Management of Forest Resources
Wood is a durable, versatile and beautiful material that has been used in building for centuries. It is non-toxic, recyclable and its growth and replanting removes carbon dioxide from the environment. For construction purposes, it is the only fully sustainable resource. We expect our suppliers to manage forests consistent with sustainable, renewable forest practices, and watershed and wildlife habitat protection. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to be able to meet their needs. We recognise that our future success in wood products manufacturing is dependent upon responsible and sustainable forest management.
Energy Efficiency of Our Operations
Part of being good stewards of the environment also involves designing and constructing our buildings and production processes to use as little energy as possible. For example, we presently generate heat from the burning of wood waste, to drive our production processes. We will strive to reduce the amount of energy we are required to purchase to operate our plants and offices, and emphasize efficient use of energy and natural resources throughout our operations.
Long-Lasting Products to Reduce Waste
Our long-lasting products and industry-leading warranties mean fewer replacements are needed during the lifetime of our products. The positive benefits to the customer and the environment are significant, including fewer deliveries and reduced fuel costs for manufacturing and distribution, as well as greatly reduced waste (i.e. longer lasting products reduce additions to landfill and energy consumption required to make replacement products).