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As an architect, you rely on experience to make decisions: your own experience and that of the suppliers you entrust with your projects. The Andersen Commercial Solutions iPad app allows you to view highlights of our project catalog to demonstrate what Andersen offers and the associated applications that will help you achieve the results you’re looking for.CommAppScreenGrab

The app — available free in the iTunes® store — features project case studies broken out by category — hospitality, commercial, assisted living, multi-family, historical, and educational. Each project identifies the specific Andersen products used, features stunning photography and summarizes the design challenges addressed in the project. Featured projects will grow over time. Download and view the app today and contact your Andersen sales representative if you have projects you would like to be considered for the Andersen Commercial Solutions iPad app.

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It’s a sign of the times. Green building is a hot topic and talk about techniques, trends and materials is prevalent throughout the building industry. At Andersen, building responsibly is part of our commitment to the environment and sustainability. The development and introduction of Fibrex material some 20 years ago is just one of the many ways we demonstrate the importance of that commitment.Reclaimed Wood Fiber. Fibrex Ingredient.

What makes Fibrex material sustainable? Its unique composition for one; Fibrex material blends 40 percent wood fiber by weight, mostly reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing processes, with 60 percent thermoplastic polymer by weight, some of which is also reclaimed. We extrude it in to lineals, which enables us to use Fibrex material in a variety of applications. Pre-consumer Fibrex material is also reclaimable.

Andersen uses Fibrex material across its product lines. It combines the strength and durability of wood, with the low-maintenance of vinyl. It offers builders and owners the comfort of choosing a sustainable building material. Fibrex material is more than just environmentally responsible; it’s also durable and beautiful.

Fibrex material is durable, which is an important component of sustainability. It’s twice as strong as vinyl, so weathertight seals stay weathertight. Fibrex material resists rot, decay and fungal growth, and won’t flake, blister, peel, pit or corrode.* These contributing factors help Fibrex maintain its long-lasting beauty.

Fibrex material helps contribute to a home’s energy savings as well, by blocking thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum to help reduce heating and cooling bills. It also reduces VOC emissions because no wood preservative treatments or painting is needed.

AW12_169So, what windows contain Fibrex material? You may be surprised. Among its many applications, it is the main structural material of our 100 Series product line. We use it as the sub-sill of Andersen® Frenchwood® patio doors. The sill-plate of Andersen tilt-wash double-hung windows is made of Fibrex material — a particularly vulnerable part of any window product. And on and on. See the product details for more information.

Since 1966, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories has offered unique access to marine life that has helped generations of marine research. Situated along the midpoint of the Monterey Bay coast, the lab is a few hundred meters from the largest undersea canyon along the west coast of the Americas.MossLanding

When an earthquake caused serious damage to the laboratories, the opportunity to apply some of the lessons of marine living provided the basis for the new facility’s vision. Architects were challenged to design a new Moss Landing Marine Laboratory that could withstand the wind, rain and salt-laden fog common to the Monterey Bay coast, while satisfying a California Coastal Commission requirement to fit visually with the natural landscape, including avoiding all materials that reflect significant light.

The architect, SmithGroup JJR, embraced the challenges to create a building that would be home to many public and academic functions, while meeting the many requirements of the site. When it came to specifying windows, Andersen® 400 Series windows proved to be a perfect fit, with a Terratone exterior color that blends beautifully with the building’s chosen palette of neutral, earthy tones and highly durable Perma-Shield® cladding, the new structure easily withstands the harsh weather and resists the effects of salt air while not reflecting light. A mix of awning windows, picture windows and Flexiframe® windows were used throughout to help establish a connection between the building and the rugged, natural surroundings of the area.

Not only did the facility manage to provide the space the lab needed and meet the requirements to help preserve shoreline and marine life, it also earned LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

See project details and additional images of the Moss Landing project in the Andersen Commercial iPad® app. Download that app on iTunes®.

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“LEED Gold” is a registered trademark of U.S. Green Building Council.

Andersen Windows has debuted an iPad app that provides users interactive versions of its four most popular Home Style Library pattern books. Available free in the iTunes® App Store, these tablet-friendly apps give homeowners, architects, builders and remodelers easily accessible resources to understand and discuss the elements of architectural style at any stage of the building process.

Starting with the four most popular pattern books, Prairie, Craftsman Bungalow, Farmhouse and Georgian/Federal, users can download just the style they need when they need it. That accessibility in an iTunes app helps architects and builders bring design knowledge with them anywhere they go throughout the building process. It’s like having an architectural library at your fingertips.ipad

The app was designed to give users a truly enhanced experience unlike the print and pdf versions of the Pattern Books. Zoom into images to view intricate details, swap out colors and trim configurations and select finishing touches like hardware. More styles will be added to the app collection in the future, including French Eclectic, Modern, Shingle, Queen Anne, Ranch, Spanish Colonial, Tudor styles and more as Andersen expands the Andersen Home Style Pattern Book offering.

Part of the Andersen Home Style Library, volumes in the library are now accessible four ways: online as interactive resources; as free downloadable pdfs; spiral-bound hard copies of eight styles may be ordered through the Andersen website; and now the iPad app brings the Prairie, Farmhouse, Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian/Federal styles to the convenience of tablet technology.

For more information on the Andersen Home Style Library and to order pattern books, visit www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/.

Booth 2903 was humming at last month’s AIA Convention in Denver. Not only did Andersen representatives meet new friends and catch up with old acquaintances, the booth was the scene of a Happy Hour at the close of the first day of the convention. Andersen woke up the crowd on Day 2 with coffee and treats, but the show wasn’t just about visiting. There was lots to see and do at the Andersen booth, including:

Printed Home Style Pattern Books – Andersen recently expanded its print library of Home Style Pattern Books to include eight spiral-bound volumes in the series. Visitors were invited to page through copies at the booth and take with them the styles they’re most interested in.

Andersen Home Style Pattern Book iPad® App – Andersen debuted the new iPad app for the Home Style Pattern Book series. Part of the Architectural Collection, the initial release included interactive apps for the Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian/Federal styles. Read more about this new app in our product spotlight this month. For every download captured during the show, Andersen donated $5 to the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning.

Multi-Family Model Featuring 100 Series Windows – Booth visitors had the opportJulProViews1unity to see the 3D architectural model of 222 Hennepin, an upscale multifamily development currently under construction in downtown Minneapolis featuring Andersen® 100 Series windows. Developer Ryan Companies US, Inc. loaned the model to Andersen for the show.

Corporate Sustainability Report – Andersen shared the results of its 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, measuring the company’s progress towards a more sustainable future.

If you were there, we’d love to hear what you saw and liked at the show; please share in the comments section!

In our second Corporate Sustainability Report, Andersen shares the latest progress made towards a commitment established over a century ago to be the kind of company that not only produces a superior product, but also respects the human and natural resources needed to succeed and supports the communities it serves. From that report, we wanted to share our timeline of Responsible Leadership that documents the company’s innovations; some are commonplace in most workplaces today, others have set a standard for our industry:

  • 1922: Andersen becomes the first in the industry to offer employees two weeks’ paid vacation
  • 1924: Andersen begins actively seeking employee input with a suggestion system
  • 1938: Andersen develops its first health care plan for employees
  • 1941: The Andersen Corporate Foundation is established, marking the beginning of a long tradition of charitable giving
  • 1960: Andersen begins offering employee sick pay
  • 1983: Andersen becomes the first window company to employ low emissivity (Low-E) glazing as a standard glass technology, greatly improving energy efficiency
  • 1993: Andersen develops Fibrex® material, a revolutionary composite made of reclaimed wood fiber from Andersen manufacturing and vinyl
  • 1997: Andersen begins offering Green Seal™ certified products, an industry first, meeting Green Seal energy efficiency requirements
  • 1999: Andersen is the first window manufacturer to be named ENERGY STAR® National Window Partner of the Year by the Department of Energy
  • 2000: Andersen joins the Certified Forest Products Council (CFPC)
  • 2003: Andersen funds and builds 100 homes with Habitat for Humanity in celebration of the company’s centennial celebration
  • 2007: Award winning Andersen steam plant supplies entire heating and cooling demand, as well as some of its manufacturing power, for the 2.5-million-square-foot Bayport facility
  • 2008: Andersen receives SCS Global Services (SCS) Indoor Advantage™ GOLD, a certification meeting CA section 01350 specifications
  • 2008: Andersen receives Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification for traceability in our wood supply chain (FSC-C016636)
  • 2009: Andersen’s Corporate Administrative Offices located in Oak Park Heights, MN earns the ENERGY STAR® Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its superior energy performance
  • 2013: Andersen receives the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence award for the second consecutive year

To read more from the 2012 Andersen Corporate Sustainability Report, visit http://inournatureblog.com/website/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/020-2323b_CSR2012_DIGITAL_d12.pdf

At the AIA Convention in Denver last month, Andersen Windows debuted the first two of a series of iPad apps providing users virtual versions of its popular Home Style Library pattern books. Available free in the iTunes® App Store, these tablet-friendly apps give homeowners, architects, builders and remodelers easily accessible resources to understand and discuss the elements of architectural style at any stage of the building process.

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Starting with the two most popular pattern books, Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian/Federal, each style is a separate app. Users can download just the style they need when they need it. That accessibility in an iTunes app helps architects and builders bring that knowledge with them anywhere they go throughout the building process. It’s like having an architectural library at your fingertips.

The apps were designed to give users a true page-turning experience like the print and pdf versions of the Pattern Books. More styles will be added to the app collection in the future, including Prairie, American Farmhouse, French Eclectic, Modern, Shingle, Queen Anne, Ranch, Spanish Colonial, Tudor styles and more as Andersen expands the Andersen Home Style Pattern Book offering.

Part of the Andersen Home Style Library, volumes in the library are now accessible four ways: online as interactive resources; as free downloadable pdfs; spiral-bound hard copies of eight styles may be ordered through the Andersen website; and the iPad apps bring the Craftsman Bungalow and Georgian/Federal styles to the convenience of tablet technology.

For more information on the Andersen Home Style Library and to order pattern books, visit www.andersenwindows.com/home-styles/.

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