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Sustainable Design & Green-Build Goals met by Kolbe windows & doors

Stacked casements and awnings enhance the interior of the Red Eye Brew Pub. The interior of these Ultra Series products is finished with a factory-applied Red Wheat stain. We offer interior prefinishing with water-based, low-VOC stains and paints for our products, saving you the hassle of field-application, clean-up and disposal. Project Profile

  • Stacked casements and awnings enhance the interior of the Red Eye Brew Pub. The interior of these Ultra Series products is finished with a factory-applied Red Wheat stain. We offer interior prefinishing with water-based, low-VOC stains and paints for our products, saving you the hassle of field-application, clean-up and disposal. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&projectCategoryID=19&pI=50">Project Profile</a>
  • Sited near Aspen, Colo., VISION House is the latest in a sequence of show-home projects that demonstrate resource efficiency, durability and cost effectiveness through environmentally responsible design and construction practices.   <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&pI=44&ppID=74&projectCategoryID=14">Learn more</a> about this project.
  • The Green Builder® VISION House was constructed using Ultra Series windows and doors. The windows are constructed of wood, which is widely recognized as a sustainable product. The windows’ exterior cladding is composed of recycled aluminum and finished with a durable anodize. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&projectCategoryID=14&pI=44">Learn more</a> about this project.
  • Custom Sustainable Wood: Laminated bamboo outswing entrance door panels on a commercial project  <a href=http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&keyword=pier1>more photos</a> (door panels only by Kobe)
  • This timber frame home won <i>Peoples Choice Award</i> for Best Home in the 2005 Grand Traverse area Parade of Homes. The efficiency of 82 Ultra Series windows and doors helped earn a Michigan ENERGY STAR grant. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&projectCategoryID=10&pI=34">Learn more</a> about this project.
  • Dual-insulating glass units with LoE² coating and argon gas are standard on these Ultra Series windows, helping them to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines in all climate zones.  The residence also incorporates sustainable and recycled materials, and sensible approaches to energy management. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&pI=34&ppID=51&projectCategoryID=10">Learn more</a> about this project.
  • AIA Architect Peter Pfeiffer\'s Austin home features over 50 Heritage Series wood windows - including double hungs, single hungs, awnings, transoms, and casements.  Properly installed, quality windows are a big factor in minimizing energy loss from unwanted warm air infiltration. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&pc=12&locationID=109&keyword=&pl=331">More photos</a>
  • This home\'s design included venting windows that help further reduce the energy required to cool this home, while also providing the benefits of ample daylight and good air circulation. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&pc=12&keyword=%20&locationID=109&pl=332&start=2">More photos</a>
  • Deep in the Northwoods of Oregon, this home stands out for its unique windows and doors.  This home features Latitude™ Series sliders, double hungs, and casements. Our vinyl products carry a limited lifetime warranty. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&pc=12&locationID=61&keyword=&pl=134">More photos</a>
  • This Northborough, MA, residence features Ultra Series windows and doors with Rustic fluoropolymer exterior coating.  Ultra Series products offer the ultimate in performance and carry up to a 30-year warranty. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&pc=12&locationID=54&keyword=&pl=285a>More photos</a>
  • Heritage Series crank-out casements and awning picture unit combinations provide this log cabin home ample daylight.  The unit exteriors are coated with K-Kron II, a paint-like finish that offers low maintenance. <a href="http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=12&pc=12&keyword=%20&locationID=112&pl=370&start=2">More photos</a>
  • Westhampton Free Library features Ultra Series Crank-Out Casements, Awnings & Sterling Double Hungs with impact performance & qualified as a Gold-Level LEED Green project. Learn more about this <a href=http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com/gallery/index.cfm?pcID=5&pID=31&projectCategoryID=14&pI=42>project</a>

Kolbe Offers Sustainable Design Options:

  • Products designed and built with performance and durability in mind
  • Including numerous venting windows can help reduce the energy required to heat and cool your project
  • Our products contain some recycled content
  • Energy efficient products save money on heating & cooling, helping businesses and homes control costs
  • Pine and other wood species available for our wood products are all renewable resources and sourced from managed forests

Kolbe products can contribute to sustainable design projects because of their durability and energy-efficient technology, as well as utilizing materials and finishes that address environmental concerns.  Our products are independently tested for air and water infiltration, as well as structural and impact performance - to ensure you will have a certified product to meet your building's design criteria.  We stand behind the durability and performance of all our products, which is evident by our extensive transferable warranties. [ Architects, technical information is available in our Architect Library. ]

Materials & Resources
The selection of materials is an important criteria for green building rating systems and Kolbe products can contribute in several ways:

  • Most of the components used in our products are sourced from within 500 miles of our factory 
  • Pine and other wood species available for our wood products are all renewable resources and sourced from managed forests 
  • Kolbe has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification, as have many of our distributors, and can provide FSC-certified wood for many window and door products

During the manufacturing process, we maximize how all lumber is utilized in our products. There is also some recycled content in our products:

  • Ultra Series extruded aluminum billet consists of 50-75% recycled material 
  • Roll-formed cladding used in our Classic Series products contains 65-70% recycled aluminum 
  • Standard glass used in our products contains 25-30% recycled content

Indoor Environmental Quality
Green building practices also address concerns about our environmental air quality and the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some ways in which Kolbe further demonstrates their commitment to manufacture their products in an environmentally conscientious manner: 

  • Kolbe uses a fully encapsulated process in which the VOCs are destroyed when applying our wood preservative and also our 70% PVDF fluoropolymer exterior finish 
  • We offer interior prefinishing with water-based, low-VOC stains and paints for our products, saving you the hassle of field-application, clean-up and disposal 
  • BetterVue® fiberglass screen mesh for all wood products has attained GREENGUARD® certification.

By choosing high-quality products that will last for decades, you have taken important steps toward reducing your carbon footprint.


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