Soft-Lite Windows Named 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award Winner by EPA

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Soft-Lite Windows has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a winner of the prestigious 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

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We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA for the fourth year in a row, and to have reached the most prestigious level of Sustained Excellence for the second year.

Soft-Lite Windows has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a winner of the prestigious 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. This is the fourth consecutive year that Soft-Lite has received the Partner of the Year Award and the second consecutive year that the company has achieved this elite Sustained Excellence level of award. Soft-Lite will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017, for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the ENERGY STAR, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.

Soft-Lite's innovative ENERGY STAR achievements this past year included the development of a brand-new, high-performance, double-pane glass option, designed specifically to ensure that all Soft-Lite windows would continue to be ENERGY STAR certified under the new Version 6.0 criteria. The new glass, “Low-E Northern Energy Zone” (NEZ), is available exclusively on Soft-Lite’s Barrington double-hung, two- and three-lite slider, and picture window models. Low-E NEZ incorporates double-pane glass, argon gas, and a high-performance Low-E coating on surface #3 of the glass.

Another key achievement was launching a one-year sweepstakes on its primary web site, http://www.soft-lite.com, to promote ENERGY STAR certified windows to consumers and to help generate leads and new business for its dealers. The sweepstakes is called “Soft-Lite’s $10K ENERGY STAR Certified Products Sweepstakes” and the Grand Prize is a “houseful” of Soft-Lite ENERGY STAR certified replacement windows, including installation by an accredited dealer, up to a maximum of $10,000 retail value.

“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA for the fourth year in a row, and to have reached the most prestigious level of Sustained Excellence for the second year” said Tyson Schwartz, Soft-Lite Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. “ENERGY STAR is an integral part of Soft-Lite's business—it’s become the cornerstone of our commitment to energy efficiency. It’s exciting to see the impact we’ve made by producing not only the best, most innovative windows and doors in the industry—but the most energy-efficient products available. We also place great emphasis on educational and training materials to ensure that our employees, dealers and consumers have a clear understanding of the ENERGY STAR program and the benefits that energy-efficient products provide. We remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

The 2017 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

Soft-Lite is a vinyl replacement window and door manufacturer headquartered in Soft-Lite is a vinyl replacement window and door manufacturer headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio. The company is a multiple Crystal Achievement Award winner and is a recipient of the Friedman Corporation Customer Appreciation Award, the Window & Door Top 100 Manufacturers recognition, and the Door and Window “Companies to Watch” recognition. For more information, visit http://www.soft-lite.com.

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.

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