Westwood 250-T: Casement, Awning, Hopper
Sustainable Vs. Green: Wood windows and doors, which are prevalent in luxury homes, are commonly touted as "green" products. Although wood is technically green, don’t be misled - wood is only sustainable if harvested in compliance with a sustainable forest plan. On the other hand, aluminum is an abundant and sustainably harvested resource. In fact, about 8% of the earth’s crust consists of aluminum bauxite. This bountiful supply exceeds global demands and because of its recyclable nature, aluminum is the material for the next century. Additionally, 94% of the world’s supply of bauxite is mined in non-forested regions, minimizing global environmental impact.
Sustainable Design: Aluminum is a fantastic building product for those concerned about sustainability. It is naturally plentiful and perpetually surviving (recyclability). Moreover, aluminum rates very high in Life Cycle Assessment and leaves a small ecological footprint.
Ecological Finishes: We offer two types of finishes on our aluminum windows and doors: paint and anodizing. Both processes result in environmentally safe products that do not require refinishing. Because Fleetwood products are factory finished for life, you need only keep them clean. Imagine the reduction of VOCs if everyone chose aluminum over other products requiring refinishing. See the inside cover of our brochure for more information regarding painting and anodizing.
Recycled Metal: Every aluminum window and door is made up of components (rollers, latches, weather-stripping...) as well as extrusions and glass. The extrusions are comprised of virgin aluminum and, on average, 40% - 50% of post consumer aluminum to provide the world with products whose supply is nearly unlimited.