|What makes Our Products Green? – J.S. Benson Woodworking & Design|
Installing our windows and doors in your home or business is a smart investment which pays exceptional dividends – both for you and for the planet. The sustainably harvested wood, non-toxic glues and low-VOC finishes that make our products so beautiful also help give them their 100+-year service life and keep your maintenance costs to a minimum. The advanced glazing systems that go into our windows give them exceptional thermal performance that will keep both your energy costs and your building’s carbon footprint lower than any similar product can.
J.S. Benson’s standard glazing and construction materials meet or exceed EnergyStar and LEED® performance requirements. We can build your doors and windows with either sustainably harvested tropical hardwood or heat-tempered Northern hardwoods. We also offer the option of using or vintage wood reclaimed from demolished buildings.
We can even help your project accrue additional points towards LEED® certification by using any suitable timber cleared off your job site as the raw materials for your project.
What Makes Our Factory Green?
Over the last three decades, we’ve employed a combination of state-of-the-art technology and old-school common sense to continuously reduce both the resources we consume and the waste we produce. We hope you’ll share the pride we take in knowing the factory which made your windows has a near-zero environmental impact.
J.S. Benson Woodworking is currently in the process of achieving LEED® certification for our 1890s-vintage factory building. Much of the work has already been done, including extensive insulation, energy-saving lighting, and a heating system powered exclusively by the wood waste produced by our manufacturing operation. Our heating system is a state of the art wood gasification system that uses pellets that we produce ourselves to generate a clean-burning fuel gas. The system is so efficient that it takes only ¼ of the pellets we produce to heat our building, leaving several tons of “free” fuel to be sold or used for other purposes.
To take advantage of this energy surplus, we are in the process of developing a biomass-driven generator that will use the same wood waste to generate our own electric power and drive a geothermal air conditioning system. .In the near-future, we hope to go one step further by producing our own fuel for the trucks that deliver our products.
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"Coming up with a solution to the warm edge technology, in conjunction with a restoration glass, true divided light, insulated glass, and the look of a unit built in 1904 proved we were just asking for the impossible. You found a solution to each and every hitch along the way."
— Alan Ridgeway, Jr., Project Manager
Woodworking & Design, LLC
118 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
800-339-3515, 802-254-3515 phone