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How Green is VERSATEX Trimboard?

While many companies have recently implemented environmentally responsible strategies, these activities have been a driving force behind VERSATEX since its inception in 2003. VERSATEX employees strive to be industry leaders establishing environmentally responsible practices while remaining committed to continual improvement of its products, process, and culture. VERSATEX’s mission is one of conscientious citizenship and constructive action in support of civic and environmental progress. We are committed to converting the company and the products we manufacture from “brown” to “green” by developing innovative and practical solutions to reduce the environmental impact of our manufacturing plant and products while maximizing our recycling and conservation efforts.

1Reduce Carbon Footprint
  • Using a minimum of 10% recycled pre-consumer cellular PVC scrap By:
  • Harvesting heat from equipment to heat plant and office;
  • Combining customer orders to maximize shipments.
2 Connected With the comunity
  • Support the area in which we operate by:
  • Supporting local non-profit organizations, schools and the community.
  • Using local rehabilitation centers to produce sales and marketing.
  • To the extent possible purchasing goods and services from local companies
3 Inspiring Office
  • Our employees will share and promote our core values.
  • Our workplace fosters entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, and
  • We provide and promote balance, good health, and learning continuing education.
4 Increase Efficiencies
  • Using 100% recycled content processed chlorine free paper in the office, and
  • Maximizing the use of electronic files & reference materials.
5 Fourth Step
  • If possible, we will purchase goods and services from local companies.
6 Contribute Zero Waste
  • Our goal is to generate “zero” landfill waste through source reduction and recycling practices, such as:
  • All end of life office equipment will be donated or recycled;
  • Recycling fluorescent lamps and chemicals will be recycled;
  • Recycling all office paper;
  • Recycling all cardboard products;
  • Recycling all wood scrap into mulch;
  • Recycling all unusable PVC scrap into secondary products;
  • Continuing to identify other recycling opportunities; and
  • Mainting a scrap buy back program with OEM’s, dealers, distributors

Econimic benefits of VERSATEX

VERSATEX cellular PVC trim requires less maintenance than other similar products. It does not require the use of paints, stains or harsh cleaners to maintain its physical performance characteristics.

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Energy Consumption

Because VERSATEX cellular PVC is lighter than most other building products it reduces the amount of fuel required for transportation, which in turn reduces fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. VERSATEX also requires less energy to produce than many competing products and 20% less than other plastics, thus saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. The majority of raw materials used to produce VERSATEX pvc trim are shipped to us via rail, once more decreasing emissions and the need for over the road transportation. Through the implementation of energy saving design features in the construction of our manufacturing facility, VERSATEX now harvests the energy from its process to heat the plant during the winter months reducing fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Resource Efficiency

Recycling VERSATEX Cellular PVC trim is good for the environment. It reduces the amount of raw materials used to make new PVC and lessens the amount of wastes diverted to landfills. Most cellular PVC manufacturers recycle their post industrial trim on site,but VERSATEX has taken it one step further securing and processing as much as 20% pre consumer recycled scrap into its cellular PVC trim.

As a responsible steward of the earth, VERSATEX recycles all primary waste steams thus reducing the overall carbon footprint of the company and the products manufactured.

Recycled items include:

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  • PVC Scrap and dust
  • Process water
  • Paper - cardboards
  • Wood scrap
  • Waste oils

Durability

The longer a product lasts the less energy and other resources that must be expended to make and install replacements products. VERSATEX Cellular PVC trim is a durable material that does not rust or corrode. It is also insect, mold and mildew and fire resistant. Most PVC building materials are long life products. VERSATEX recognizes that fact and offers a lifetime warranty on all its cellular PVC trims.

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Energy Efficient

VERSATEX cellular PVC trim has an R-value 60% greater than that of a comparable wood trim.

Life Cycle Analysis

An environmental life cycle analysis of PVC building products similar to VERSATEX by the European Commission found that they offer environmental benefits equal to or better than competing materials. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) PVC Task Group reached similar conclusions in its draft report issued December 2004.

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is used by architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, construction managers, and state and local governments across the country to help transform the building environment to one of sustainability.

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The use of VERSATEX may contribute to earning LEED points in the following ways:

  • Durability Management – Unlike wood, VERSATEX Trimboard is impervious to moisture, is insect resistant, and will not rot, rust or corrode. VERSATEX requires less maintenance than wood, wood composites, or fiber cement trims and does not require painting for protection.
  • Innovative or Regional Design – VERSATEX’s Stealth exterior trim solutions protects the ends and edges of various siding products from moisture wicking, reducing the potential for mold or mildew growth.
  • Environmentally Preferable Products – VERSATEX uses recycled content products that meet the LEED recycling specifications, and uses products that meet the LEED emissions specifications. Additional points are available if your project is within 500 miles of our manufacturing plant in Aliquippa, PA.

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LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Projects are evaluated for LEED Certification Level based on the project category and points awarded in associated sub-categories. Project categories are:

  • Building Design and Construction
  • Interior Design & Construction
  • Building Operations & Maintenance
  • Homes

Sub-categories and available point values vary based on the project category, but most include:

  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

NAHB

In 2008, NAHB notified the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) of its intent to develop the National Green Building Standard. In early 2007, NAHB partnered with the International Code Council (ICC) to develop a standard which was approved in January 2009. The new standard includes a list of mandatory measures, most of which correspond to minimum code requirements. Builders accrue points by incorporating features in seven areas: site design & development, lot design & development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation, maintenance and owner education.

Features

The program sets point requirements in each category for the bronze, silver, gold and emerald levels. Homes are inspected and verified by local green experts and the documentation is sent to the NAHB Research Center for review. If the project qualifies, the home can receive national certification from the Research Center.

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NAHB

Resource Efficiency:

  • Practice 601.7 – Building materials/assemblies do not require additional site applied material for finishing. Receive five points when 90% or more of the installed trim is VERSATEX. Earn two points when more than 50% but less than 90% of the installed trim is VERSATEX.
  • Practice 602.8 – VERSATEX qualifies as a termite resistant exterior cladding material and is eligible for two, four or six points depending on the degree of termite infestation probability (slight, moderate or heavy).
  • Practice 605.3 – VERSATEX trim is taken from a project and recycled. If a minimum of two types of materials are recycled off site - 3 points. For each additional recycled material - 1 point.
  • Practice 608.1 – Material that originates, is produced, grows naturally or occurs naturally (Indigenous materials) in a region within 500 miles of the construction site. If your project falls within 500 miles of the VERSATEX plant you qualify for two points.
  • Practice 609.1 – VERSATEX qualifies as a more environmentally preferable product or assembly based upon the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) practices - 3 points.
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