We at Avalon Shutters believe that being an environmentally responsible company is an indicator of our business success. As an industry leader we are committed to leveraging our influence with our vendors, associates and customers to continue to find new ways to maximize the use of our current resources as well as develop new ways to recycle.
The following programs are instituted at Avalon Shutters:
Our shutters are finished with the best water-based technology and the most environmentally friendly coatings available in today’s marketplace. This water-based technology virtually eliminates hazardous air pollutants without sacrificing the durability and performance of solvent based coatings. Our finish carries a VOC of .149 pound/US gallon which is 93% lower than the allowable usage from the SCAQMD Rule # 1136.
Our wood shutters are made from a renewable source: for each tree harvested, an average of 2½ more trees are planted. All sawdust, wood shavings and excess wood cut-offs are ground up and recycled. All metal is recycled (paint cans, stain cans and metal shipping straps).
Once installed the homeowner will realize increased energy efficiency. Both Wood and Poly shutters nearly double the “R” rating of any window (when louvers are closed), based on recent tests conducted by Geoscience LTD. The Report GLTN-294 shows test results of 1.84 (hr ft 2 F/Btu).
Avalon’s painted wood shutters receive a Flame Spread of 0 and a Smoke Development Value of 0, which falls under the Class “A” Interior Wall & Ceiling Finish Category for the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101, Section 6-5.3.
Avalon participates in the “Critical Peak Program” regulated by Edison (Southern California power provider). Avalon adjusts its production schedule to be complete before the peak hours twelve times during the summer months.
The entire factory utilities high efficiency bulbs for lighting (safer and more efficient).
Both the factory dust collection and air compressor systems cycle on and off as needed. Blowers only run at speeds needed for the machines that are currently in operation. The systems are computer controlled to only come on when needed which saves on energy usage.