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We believe that the basic principles of sustainable building should be applied to entrances, too. As a functional part of the building envelope, entrances play a key role. Their appearance throughout their lifetime makes a lasting impression on all building visitors. Their ability to perform in their environment could have a disproportionate impact on facility maintenance activities and costs. Plus, they can contribute to overall occupant health, safety and welfare.
Special-Lite® entrances are specifically designed to contribute to the goals of sustainability. Their performance in use, extended service life, lower lifecycle cost, reduced impact on occupant health, and better thermal efficiency help to conserve material resources and energy, while contributing to occupant well being. Learn more about how to select a green door by reviewing our free whitepaper and our recommendations for improving entrance system performance.
Eight Reasons our Entrance Products are the More Sustainable Choice:
1. GREENGUARD Certification ensures better indoor air quality.
2. Modern materials and durable construction reduce lifecycle cost.
3. Lightweight doors extend the life of the entire entrance system.
4. Durable finishes reduce maintenance costs and health risks.
5. Easy cleaning with green cleaners protects indoor air quality.
6. Better thermal performance helps reduce energy usage.
7. Aluminum is a sustainable material choice.
8. All Special-Lite extrusions are made from reprocessed aluminum.
The LEED® Program
The LEED program, introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2001, is the dominant building certification program in the U.S. Specifying Special-Lite or any particular type or brand of entrance product will not earn LEED points outright. But specifying entrance products having performance advantages consistent with specific LEED point requirements can certainly help to earn points. Read our LEED Declaration to discover how Special-Lite products can contribute to specific point calculations.
Recycling Our Products
Our aluminum framing and monumental doors are easily disassembled with hand tools and are fully recyclable after use. The fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) face sheets, acrylic modified polyester (AMP) face sheets, and urethane foam core material in our flush doors are thermoset plastics and as such are not recyclable. These materials are essentially inert, so they can be safely disposed of at the end of their service life without adverse impacts on water, soil, or air quality.
LEED is registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.