Green Schoolhouse Series creates sustainable schools
Energy-efficient Pella® windows, EFCO® doors accent innovative design
Release date:May 8, 2012
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PELLA, Iowa — May 8, 2012 — Pella Windows and Doors will be included in new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum schoolhouses built in Arizona in 2012, as a partner in the Green Schoolhouse Series.
Three distinctive designs will replace portable classrooms or community centers in Phoenix area school districts. Construction of a 6,291 square-foot classroom and community-center building for Roadrunner Elementary School is now underway in west Phoenix. Two more Phoenix area schoolhouses are slated to break ground in 2012.
“The Green Schoolhouse project’s goal is to help create a better learning environment for children,” said Pella Corporation Vice President of Marketing Elaine Sagers. “As a longtime leader in sustainability and educational causes, it was a natural for us to donate Pella windows and EFCO storefront and entrance systems to help students in these communities.”
Reading, writing and air
More than 20 percent of public schools reported having unsatisfactory indoor air quality, according to the U.S. Department of Education. And it’s estimated that students in America miss approximately 14 million school days per year because of asthma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, controlling exposure to indoor environmental factors, like carbon monoxide, dust, and pollen, could help prevent more than 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children.
Keeping it cool
ENERGY STAR® qualified Pella Impervia® fiberglass windows, donated by Pella will be featured in Green Schoolhouse Project schools.
Made from Pella’s patented five-layer engineered Duracast® fiberglass composite, these energy-efficient windows can withstand the forces of Mother Nature without cracking, shrinking or warping in extreme weather conditions like the heat of Arizona. The strength and durability of Pella Impervia windows, together with their sleek profiles, make them a natural choice for schools and homes.
The school’s entrances feature EFCO aluminum storefront and door systems. The high-performance EFCO doors designed for use in schools are surrounded by expansive floor-to-ceiling storefront glazing to provide dramatic views. Welded EFCO entrance systems provide solid construction and low-maintenance longevity.
Privately-held professionally managed EFCO, a Pella Company headquartered in Monett, Mo. provides innovative customer solutions to satisfy commercial design challenges from historical replication to cutting-edge new construction. EFCO is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial aluminum fenestration systems in the United States. EFCO products include high-performance aluminum window, curtain wall, storefront and entrance systems. Visit efcocorp.com or call 800-221-4169 for more information.
About Green Schoolhouse
The Green Schoolhouse Series is a catalyst for change; a public/private collaboration that focuses on meeting critical needs of children, education, and the environment. Spearheaded by a strategic partnership between Brighten A Life, a nonprofit organization, and CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions, a cause development firm, The Green Schoolhouse Series brings together corporations, foundations, school districts, municipalities, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build 21st-century, environmentally-sustainable schoolhouses on existing Title I, low-income, K-12 public school campuses. For more information visit greenschoolhouseseries.org.
Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing energy-efficient windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications for commercial and residential needs.
As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its 87-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.
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