Cork-based window manufacturer Munster Joinery has won the green product award at the 2013 Green Awards.
“We’re proud to be recipients of the 2013 green product award,” the company’s Gemma Ring told Passive House Plus. “This prestigious awards programme does great work in encouraging Irish companies to use innovative techniques to grow their businesses in a sustainable manner.”
According to Ring, Munster Joinery is acutely aware of its environmental responsibilities: “Buildings contribute massively to the carbon emissions that give rise to global warming,” she said. “Windows and doors form an important part of the building fabric and we have optimised the thermal performance of all our products.” The company has developed passive house suitable components throughout its ranges to enable designers and builders to achieve low to zero carbon projects. The company has achieved passive house certification on five window systems including uPVC, aluminium and aluclad frames.
“We have also looked to reducing the environmental impact of our huge energy requirements,” said Ring. “We have invested heavily in green technologies to meet these requirements and reduce our carbon footprint.” In 2009 Munster Joinery began investing heabily in renewables – installing two wind turbines with an electrical output of 4.2 megawatts, and commissioning a biomass CHP plant fuelled by sawdust and timber off cuts from the joinery. The plant is capable of generating up to 12 megawatts of thermal energy which is used for space heating and process heating throughout the plant. The CHP plant also produces up to 2.8 megawatts of electricity, completing a package of renewable energy generation that has greatly reduced the company’s carbon footprint and energy costs.
“At Munster Joinery we strive to provide an energy efficient product from an environmentally conscious source together with an efficient service,” Ring said.
“We are delighted that this award has recognised the passion with which we have designed and developed our passive window range.” Ring said.