How can the packaging from a semi-truck full of new windows fit in a small car? Duxton Windows is ``Looking Out`` for the environment
We all know that landfills are piling up all over the world. The Living Building Challenge asks us to consider how we can keep construction waste out of the waste stream.
This becomes a special problem when it comes to transporting new windows to the site. Wolf Ridge’s team of Gardner Builders, Heritage Window and Door, and Duxton Windows got their heads together to see what could be done.
Typically, new windows arrive encased in packaging for understandable reasons – a broken new window is a huge waste. The team looked at several options. One was to replace the typical foam and plastic wrap with recyclable cardboard. A second was to use only re-usable packing straps to secure the windows to the truck.
Out-of-the-box thinking also brought up another option. What if the windows could take a short cut from Duxton’s manufacturing plant directly to Wolf Ridge? This would reduce the number of times the windows were handled and moved between trucks, storage buildings, and more, greatly reducing the need for all that padding.
The solution worked great! The resulting “waste” was a compact pile of cardboard that could fit in a small car on the way to the recycling plant. Not bad for a semi-truck load full of new windows!
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