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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
VERSATEX cellular PVC trim has an R-value 60% greater than that of a comparable wood trim.
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.
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.
The use of VERSATEX may contribute to earning LEED points in the following ways:
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:
Sub-categories and available point values vary based on the project category, but most include:
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.
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.