Responsible building and manufacturing is good for everyone. From making sure every individual in our corporate office has a recycling bin to incorporating sustainable practices in our overall manufacturing process, Milgard is committed to reducing our own environmental impact while helping you reduce yours.
Recycling post-consumer and pre-consumer content
97% of vinyl manufacturing scrap goes in a clean waste stream that is recycled for
future window frames. The remaining 3% is recycled into other products such as garden
Our Vinyl windows average 15%-10% manufacturer recycled content.
Our Fiberglass windows average 25% post-consumer recycled content.
Our fiberglass pultrusion process facility has earned ISO 14001 certification, a
standard that manages and improves performance in areas such as lower energy usage,
waste reduction and increased recycling.
Milgard glass waste has decreased to nearly 1/3 of the waste 10 years ago:
Reduce carbon emissions and fuel
We have 13 locations throughout the Western U.S. to service our consumers more quickly
and reduce our carbon footprint by saving on fuel costs. Most Milgard customers
are within 300 miles of our manufacturing and service locations.
green building partnerships and affiliations
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is the fenestration industry's
leading trade association. Through participation in the listed task forces, Milgard
is seeking to address critical components in providing consistency in measuring
window material contributions to green building.
Vinyl Material Council Environmental Stewardship Committee
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Oversight Committee
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v2014 (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is an important certification
for recognizing builders for environmental and public health excellence. While building
components themselves are not individually certified, they can contribute to the
points awarded to a project as a whole. Milgard windows and doors can play an important
contributing role in obtaining this green building certification.
Milgard is a participant in the Environments For Living® program and offers windows
that meet both the Environments For Living® program and Environments For Living
Certified Green™ program requirements.
The Environments For Living program is an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc.,
a Masco company. The program was launched in 2001, in response to a growing need
for professional services to support regional and national home builders in applying
building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field.
Under the Environments For Living program, Masco Home Services uniquely offers a
complete suite of turnkey services for builders. These include pre-construction
plan reviews that use industry-standard home-energy analysis software, various inspection
services and diagnostic testing utilizing industry-standard authentication tools.
Builders can also take advantage of building science training, sales training and
marketing assistance. The program also offers homeowner limited guarantees on heating
and cooling energy use and comfort.
designing a more energy efficient product
At Milgard, we help consumers like you make an impact on their energy consumption
through our energy-efficient windows and patio doors.
Leaky and inefficient windows, skylights and doors account for poor insulation and
higher energy usage in households. A lot depends on where you live:
Cold climates lose energy in the form of heat
Hot climates lose energy in the form of cooling
The good news is the greater your heating or cooling costs, the greater potential
you have to save money on energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy,
upgrading to ENERGY STAR qualified windows can save an average of 7%-15% on annual
household energy bills. As of 2014, all Milgard window series meet or exceed ENERGY
At Milgard, we conduct thermal simulation to improve efficiency performance in our
windows and patio doors so our consumers can save money and reduce energy every
day. We work hard to help maximize your energy savings and reduce our own impact
through responsible manufacturing practices.
Our windows and patio doors are designed to meet tough thermal and solar requirements.
We make it easy to meet green building efficiency standards with a tiered selection
of energy-efficient window packages. In fact, Milgard tailors the components of
our energy packages to specific climates—perfectly matching the window to your energy
needs. All Milgard products meet Energy Star version 6 requirements. Learn about
the components of an energy-efficient window. Compare energy packages that help
take your Milgard windows and doors one step further.
how you can help
We share your commitment to reducing our environmental impact.
Recycle old windows. If you are purchasing replacement windows,
call your town’s recycling department to learn if you can recycle your old window
frames and glass. Another place to check is your local Building Materials Reuse
Center. You can also donate old windows and doors to local nonprofits.
Reuse old windows. Repurposing an old window can be a fun DIY project.
You can build a mini greenhouse or create a wall-hanging art piece. We like these
ideas from Architecture Art Design.
Take a Look Inside an Eco Home
Thirty-four Tuscany® Series vinyl windows and four Ultra™ Series fiberglass patio
doors were installed in this sustainable eco-home. The builders sourced sustainable
and recycled materials for minimal environmental impact. The contemporary style
residence is a certified Department of Energy Challenge Home, ENERGY STAR® home
and Green Built Texas Home.
(The “USGBC” logo is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council, the “AAMA” logo is a registered trademark of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and the “Environments For Living” logo is registered trademark of Masco Home Services Inc.)