What Comprises a Green Seal® Certified Window?

Green Seal® encourages companies to build products that can improve the sustainability of the world. The organization is involved in almost every industry and has developed requirements for over 500 different products. For a window to receive this designation, it must meet certain qualifications.

Environmental Requirements

Glazed windows should have U-value that’s not greater than 0.36. Heat transfer coefficient measures the temperature difference between the outdoor and indoor temperature of a product. It’s how much heat gets into your home from your window.

Product frames and sash can’t contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury or hexavalent chromium. Aluminum parts that are treated for anti-corrosivity with organic conversion coatings with chromate are an exemption.

Product Specific Requirements

The ratio of the window’s visible light transmission coefficient (VLTC) over its solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) should be at least 1. SHGC refers to the amount of solar energy that can be transmitted through a product. VLTC is the amount of light that enters your indoor space through the window’s glazing.

The Andersen® High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass is the most energy-efficient glass we have. This ensures that minimal energy escapes from your sliding patio door or window. Choosing our products can give you much as 30% savings on energy costs.

Packaging Requirements

The box containing the product must at least contain 25% post-consumer material. The total amount of present heavy metals in the box shouldn’t exceed 100 parts per million by weight.

Consumer Education Requirements

Windows must be suited for different U.S. climate zones and all cardinal orientation in every climate zone. The SHGC and U-value of the product must be clearly stated. Windows must come with a proper installation manual.

You can count on Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities for energy-efficient and long lasting windows. Our team of professionals also specializes in French patio door installation. Call us at (309) 644-4769, or complete our online form for a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Moline, IL.