VEKA Implements Green Technology for LEED Qualification
June 5, 2009
VEKA Inc. announced its intent to implement green technology for
door and window extrusions being manufactured for its commercial
"Our commercial products are manufactured using co-extrusion
technology, which means that two extrusion lines feed one die which
gives us the ability to introduce two materials into one shape,"
says Kevin A. Seiling, director of engineering for VEKA.
According to the company's announcement, the window systems made
with these profiles will contain at least 40 percent pre-consumer,
recycled PVC material and are comprised of the company's scrap start-up
material, obsolete inventory, cut-offs, clean customer buy-back
material and other compatible recovered material, i.e., siding.
The recycled material will be used for the substrate of the products,
which are not subject to any weathering conditions that the exterior
surface might face.
The exterior of the co-extruded products will be the same virgin
compound formulation that VEKA has used for its residential products
for more than 25 years in North America.
"Obviously, LEED is of great importance to this product line
because of the heightened awareness of "Green" products
and how they directly relate to energy conservation and the environment.
Because of the material's recycled content, these products will
be eligible for up to two LEED credits toward a building's certification.
VEKA will maintain it's rigorous in-house quality inspections and
testing, which includes impact and dimensional stability as well
as strict adherence to AAMA certification and third-party inspections
of profiles manufactured in all of their North American facilities.
Products made from the new combination of materials will also carry
Dade County certification, which is one of the most stringent requirements
in the country," says Seiling.
This announcement follows VEKA announcing its DP-100 certification
for the Tilt/Turn product line for commercial applications.
"We are very excited about the new in-roads we are making
with these new products," says Steve Dillon, VEKA's corporate
director of marketing. "It's no secret that these types of
products have been around for some time in Europe and that environmental
awareness has been at the forefront of all European technology for
the past 15 years. We feel the time is right to introduce this product
to the United States and we will continue to develop new ways to
contribute to vinyl sustainability in all of our product lines and
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