“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”
Ancient Indian Proverb
Alpha One Door Systems is committed to the environment and only work with environmentally responsible companies like C.H.I. and Clopay.
Doing our part today for a better tomorrow.
At C.H.I. Overhead Doors, it’s more than just doors; it’s our commitment to the environment.
We build doors in Arthur, a small town in the middle of Illinois Amish country. Our community is quiet, safe, and clean – and we like to do our part to keep it that way. C.H.I. Overhead Doors has taken numerous steps to make our operations as green as possible by recycling waste products, reducing transportation emissions, and increasing our energy efficiency.
By separating our recyclable materials, we are doing our part to reduce landfill waste. We recycle all of the steel that is not usable in the production process, as well as the cardboard packaging material surrounding the shipments we received from our vendors and suppliers.
Many of the raw materials that C.H.I. utilizes in the manufacturing process contain recycled content. Everything from the steel on the outside of the door to the foam insulation on the inside, as well as the glass and plastics that make up our windows, is fabricated by taking advantage of recycled content.
Reducing Transportation Emissions
C.H.I. Overhead Doors utilizes an energy efficient fleet of trucks in the Transportation Department. An on-site maintenance facility ensures that each truck is in top shape, resulting in better fuel mileage and reduced emissions. We also purchase many components locally, reducing in-bound freight emissions. Many of the components supplied by outside vendors are transported to our manufacturing facility in C.H.I. trucks returning from product deliveries. This process adds to energy savings and reduces exhaust emissions.
Perhaps the most significant change in our fleet of trucks has an economic impact as well as an environmental influence. C.H.I. has recently equipped all of its long-range trucks with Tripac Auxiliary Power Units (APU). While trucks traditionally had to idle constantly for a driver to be able to utilize on board features like heating and cooling, an APU achieves the same process, without leaving the truck engine running. This results in a drastic savings of both fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as the two charts above indicate.
Increased Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing Facility
The C.H.I. Overhead Doors manufacturing facility has found new ways to become more energy efficient over the years. We have reduced energy consumption by utilizing a state-of-the-art heating system and replacing all lights in the plant to high-efficiency, low power consumption fixtures. With 13 acres under roof, the energy savings are quite significant. Dock seals and weather stripping ensure minimal energy loss on shipping/receiving doors, while roofing over shipping docks additionally helps to reduce winter heat-loss and summer heat-gain. The building design employs minimal partition walls, eliminating ‘hot/cold pockets’ and providing efficient air movement, creating a more comfortable environment and less energy use.
With all of these energy efficient features in place, C.H.I. Overhead Doors will continue to provide the highest quality doors with a minimal impact on the environment.
Yes, Even a Garage Door can be “Green”
Clopay is committed to manufacturing and installing eco-friendly garage doors that enhance the beauty, safety and value of your home, and doing so in a way that reduces the overall impact on the environment in every step of the process – from product design to distribution.
As the largest moving part on a home, your garage door plays an important role in maintaining its structural integrity and energy efficiency – two important criteria in green building design.
Clopay’s Manufacturing Efficiency:
Clopay meets and exceeds EPA guidelines for manufacturing.
They recycle scrap steel, cardboard and polystyrene.
They continuously look for ways to reduce packaging and disposable material coming into our plants.
The Clopay fleet runs on low-sulphur diesel fuel and is equipped with computers to monitor idle time, engine performance and driver performance to maximize fuel efficiency.
Clopay’s loading and unloading procedures have been shortened to reduce carbon emissions associated with truck idling
Material Efficiency – longer-lasting products, fewer replacements:
Steel Garage Door Products:
Our Coachman® Collection and Grand Harbor® Collection steel and composite carriage-house style garage doors help conserve natural resources by providing an attractive, low-maintenance alternative to natural wood garage doors.
The door materials are impervious to moisture and will not rot, warp, crack or fade.
A number of our garage doors are insulated with environmentally safe, expanded polyurethane made from recycled content.
Wood Garage Door Products:
Materials for our Reserve® Collection wood doors are purchased from suppliers who have certifications for their logging practices. Rain forests are not damaged and green practices are followed.
The mills we purchase from re-plant for the harvested timber to ensure a long term sustainable wood fibre and sustainable forest management.
Residential garage doors are counterbalanced with galvanized torsion springs that last 50% longer than industry standard oil-tempered springs.
Our steel is true 24, 25 or 27 gauge to ensure a quality appearance, dent resistance and longer life.
A paint system that begins with hot dipped galvanizing, then coating with a baked-on primer and finished with a baked-on top coat both inside and out, reduces fading and wear from natural exposure.
When it comes to maintaining structural integrity during a hurricane or storm the garage door is critical to preserving a home’s structural integrity during a hurricane or high wind storm.
Clopay WindCode® garage doors are installed “storm ready” – eliminating the need to install extra add-on parts to secure the door in the event of a storm.
Reinforcement is contained within the structure of the door and is engaged by simply locking it.