LONDON, ON, June 6 /CNW/ - Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency within
Natural Resources Canada presented its highest award of ENERGY STAR Sustained
Excellence to Centennial Windows Ltd. in a ceremony held Wednesday evening in
Ottawa. This award recognizes the company's products and its long-standing
commitment to energy efficiency. This commitment addresses the challenges of
climate change, most notably, reducing energy waste and the demand for
household heating and air conditioning, which in turn results in reductions in
smog pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
The award category of Sustained Excellence was introduced in 2003 to pay
special tribute to organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment
to energy conservation, and that are using the ENERGY STAR symbol to support
their work: previous award winners include Whirlpool Canada Inc. and B.C.
"Centennial Windows was the first window company in Canada to promote and
sell ENERGY STAR qualified windows. It achieves consistently high ratings in
ENERGY STAR certification tests, and has helped create strong demand for
energy-efficient replacement windows in its market area," said Carol Buckley,
Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE). "Centennial Windows takes
advantage of every opportunity to display the ENERGY STAR symbol on its
product and marketing materials, and regularly offers customer rebates and
other incentives for installing ENERGY STAR qualified windows. After winning
two previous ENERGY STAR Recognition Awards - as Manufacturer of the Year in
2004 and Retailer of the Year in 2005 - it's now time to acknowledge
Centennial Windows as a true energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR leader."
"There is clearly a strong connection between good management, innovation
and environmental performance. This company has made the connection," said
Dr. Ray Côté, Professor and Director of the Eco-Efficiency Centre, Dalhousie
University, and a member of the Research Network for Business Sustainability,
which is based at the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of
Business. "That is why they can take advantage of the consumer's interest in
energy efficient products."
"Receiving this award from the OEE supports our window's benefits to our
customers and to the environment," said George Warren, President of Centennial
Windows. "We believe that addressing climate change is not just under the
domain of international governments and industry, but rather it begins by
lessening demand at home. Faulty windows in a home can contribute up to 25% of
total heat loss, which is one of the largest causes of energy waste in a home.
Our windows can significantly improve energy efficiency."
Centennial Windows Ltd. is Ontario's leading provider of energy efficient
windows that all carry the ENERGY STAR symbol. Centennial Windows is a
privately held company located in London, Ontario and has 176 employees. With
showrooms in 10 regional communities, Centennial Windows celebrates its 27th
year in business in 2008.
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