Green Window and Door Products

Green Windows and Doors used by Cossins Windows Ltd.

Green Products (windows, doors) reduces your environmental footprint, are reusable and/or recyclable and have a high high post-consumer recycled content. They use Natural and non-toxic ingredients and are sourced as locally as possible. Green products are ethically manufactured and are quality products that work with and in our environment. Here are some green products used by Cossins Windows Ltd.

Our windows, doors, services, and workplace reflect our belief that what is good for the environment and the safety of our people is good for Canada.”  

This has been a key initiative for our company and as a result we have worked hard to ensure that the products we produce are “GREEN.”

Aluminum Coatings

Aluminum used in the building and construction industry contains a high percentage of both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. At the end of its long, useful life a building application it is 100% recyclable. Aluminum building components can be repeatedly recycled back into similar products with no loss of quality, and aluminum in its various forms provides the most valuable component for most municipal recycling efforts.

Our focus as a company is providing custom powder coated finishes primarily to companies that manufacture products for the Architectural Community. “Aluminum used in the building and construction industry contains a high percentage of both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. At the end of its long, useful life a building application it is 100% recyclable. Aluminum building components can be repeatedly recycled back into similar products with no loss of quality, and aluminum in its various forms provides the most valuable component for most municipal recycling efforts”.

The key to producing quality painted material is largely dependent on the process used for cleaning the metals. The chemicals used historically have been chrome based. Stringent regulations, imposed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have made the use of chrome-based pre-treatment an expensive process. Currently federal and provincial laws require the monitoring and permitting of all exhaust, including pre-treatment stacks. As the world becomes more environmentally correct, tighter controls and penalties will be placed on all pollutants, including chrome.

The pre-treatment chemicals chosen by Cossins Windows Canada contain no chromates, cyanides or other metals listed by the EPA or the OSHA. No sludge is produced in the waste treatment process, which eliminates the production, hauling, and storage of destruction of hazardous waste materials and reduces the costs associated with potential liabilities.

We use Powder Paint for custom colors and wood grain finishes. The visual appearance of the painted part can be the most important deciding factor to a customer. Powder Coatings have become the go to finish for metal products used by consumers. They are used on everything from lawn furniture, bicycles, office furniture and toolboxes plus much more including automobiles and appliances. Here are some reasons why.

  1. Quality: Because of the way powder coating is applied, the result is a finish that is superior to other finishes. No bubbles, drips, runs or sags. The end result is a very tough and durable finish giving the consumer product added value and a higher quality. The performance of Powder Coating is much better than liquid paints. Cracking, marring and peeling while being handled or serviced is reduced. Powder Coated products require less packaging. This reduces cost and also waste that would eventually end up in a landfill. Products are often advertised as Powder Coated because of the quality it will portray to the consumer. 
  2. Economics: Powder Coating not only is more durable, but can offer a cost savings when compared to liquid paints. This is because of things like reduced labour, energy savings, waste disposal, overall efficiency and material usage. Therefore consumers as well as manufactures can benefit from a product with reduced cost yet superior quality.
  3. Environmental: With a growing public and government concern for environmental issues, Powder Coated products are very desirable. They are compliant with government regulations, while most liquid paints are not. Liquid Paints may also contain solvents with VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Air pollution and sometimes ozone depletion can be a result if these chemicals. Powder Coated finishes do not contain these chemicals. The process of applying liquid paints can generate sludge. This sludge must be disposed of, usually at a hazardous waste facility. As a consumer, you can feel good about being responsible for the environment when using Powder Coated products. 

A key component to the products offered by Cossins Windows Canada ltd. Using powder as a base we are able to create a variety of wood grained finishes onto aluminum utilizing a process called sublimation. These “Alluminated” finishes not only offer the same environmental advantages as our custom powder coated products but also contribute to the conservation of our forests.

LEEDS (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

  • Specifying powder paint is worth one point towards LEED certification

  • Specifying exterior powder coatings is worth ONE Innovation credit

  • Having a LEED Accredited Professional on your certified project is worth ONE Credit.

No VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)

  • Powder paint does not contribute to air pollution/ozone depletion and complies with environmental regulations.

Chrome Free Pre-Treatment

  • Our chemicals do not contain chromates, cyanides or heavy metals

Cost Saving Alternative

  • Lower labour costs, rework costs, material usage, waste disposal and overall line efficiency 

5. AAMA 2640 & 2605 Certified

Vinyl Extrusions

Vinyl is one of the leading materials in construction today. This is because it often outlasts other building materials, requires less maintenance and has superior performance resulting in quality housing that is more affordable.

Why PVC is a Green Building Material.

Vinyl has many benefits. The Vinyl Institute has documented these benefits which include:

Vinyl can add to the quality of life.

Vinyl is one of the leading materials in construction today. This is because it often outlasts other building materials, requires less maintenance and has superior performance resulting in quality housing that is more affordable. Because of this home, owners can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Because of using natural resources, Vinyl is highly efficient.

The majority of material for Vinyl (57%) comes from Salt. Non-renewable petroleum products only make up 47%. Worldwide, production of vinyl accounts for less than 0.3 % of all annual gas and oil consumption.

During the Vinyl lifecycle, energy and recourses are saved.

In a study of construction materials, vinyl had one of the lowest energy requirements. This results in a savings of more than 34 million BTUs per 1,000 pounds of product made. About 44.2 million barrels of oil are saved every year in the construction industry.

Vinyl is recyclable. As much as 20 million pounds of used vinyl is currently recycled in the US. The Vinyl Industry promotes the recycling of construction and scrap material. 

Vinyl is also fire resistant. This is a well known and tested fact. This is because of it’s chlorine base. It does not ignite easily, and once the source of the flame is removed, it will not continue to burn. Products that are produced by the burning of Vinyl are no more hazardous than those produced by other natural or synthetic materials.

Materials added to Vinyl have been carefully researched. Performance additives are controlled by agencies such as the Food & Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The vinyl industry is governed by strict standards. Manufacturing is closely regulated. This minimizes any impact on the environment and human health. In the U.S. the EPA estimates a reduction in VCM emissions that the vinyl industry generates has been reduced by better than 99 percent. New standards were introduced in the workplace in the 1970’s.

A comprehensive range of health and safety standards put in place by agencies such as the National Sanitation Foundation, the National Fire Protection Association and the Food & Drug Administration govern the safety of Vinyl production. All three of these agencies contribute to building codes as well as the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

www.vinylinfo.org