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Tip 3 Issues in Green Building and Therma-Tru Doors' Role

June 17, 2009

No. 1: Energy Efficiency and the Building Envelope

 
At the forefront of key issues in green building is energy efficiency. Quite simply, a green home has to conserve as much energy as it can - and, if possible, generate its own. The first critical item to address is building envelope efficiency. Poor insulation values; poor-performance windows and doors; and air infiltration can create significant energy losses.
 
Therma-Tru Doors' products address energy in homes because they:
  • Are Energy Star compliant and NFRC Certified
  • Provide five times more insulation than a wood door
  • Offer a tight seal against air and water infiltration
  • Qualify for energy-related points toward a number of green certification programs, including the Green Globes program, USGBC's LEED for Homes, and the NAHB's National Green Building Program
Energy efficiency is clearly not the only factor in green building, but creating an efficient building goes a long way to reducing environmental impact.
 

No. 2: Reduction of Environmental Impact

 
Lessening a home's impact on the natural environment includes reducing carbon emissions in manufacturing and building energy use; sustainably sourcing natural and easily renewable resources; utilizing recycled-content material; and reducing construction waste.
 
Therma-Tru Doors helps in this mission by using recycled material, recycling manufacturing waste and reducing landfill waste. Therma-Tru Doors partners with wood suppliers that utilize various certification standards including Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), CERTFOR Sustainable Forest Management Standard and the state of Oregon's Forest Practices Act to ensure that the wood products it uses come from managed forests.
 

No. 3: Durability

 
A green home is a durable home that requires minimal maintenance and product replacement and will last many lifetimes. The building envelope plays a key role, as the system must be built to withstand aging and weather while maintaining energy performance. Therma-Tru Doors' products help to address durability in homes because they are made of fiberglass to resist common damage; provide easy maintenance; and qualify for durability related points toward several green certification programs, including the Green Globes program, USGBC's LEED for Homes, and the NAHB's
National Green Building Program.
 

Tackling the Top Issues

 
The green building industry is a rapidly growing movement that has the potential to dramatically improve our environment, and help builders and remodelers to differentiate their businesses in an extremely competitive market. Tackling the top issues touched on in this paper is a daunting task that can involve a complete change of design, construction and business practices. However, a significant part of green building has to do with choosing materials and products that provide energy efficiency, durability, and environmental-friendliness.
 
Therma-Tru Doors is committed to helping our customers deliver sustainable solutions by providing high quality products that address these top issues in green building.
 
For more information on Therma-Tru's commitment to the environment and how our product help you build green, visit www.thermatru.com.

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